As part of your ticket to The Arts Centre Sculpture Festival, you get free entry to the artist talks happening on that day. Buy your festival ticket via the yellow button on this page.
Friday 13 November
12.00pm - 12.30pm
Graeme Hitchcock - Glass artist
Graeme's works, in general, have a subtle connection across the mediums he uses. Painting or sculpture becomes a part of a story that started a long time ago and which continues to unfold before the artist, and every little detail becomes an important part of that story. The emotions are important in Graeme's and it is always driven by my emotions - feelings of intense joy and happiness as much as the painful feelings of sadness and loss. Graeme hopes that his work will make the observer smile, laugh, question and most of all, feel.
2.00pm - 2.30pm
Peter Collis - Ceramic Artist
Peter has just returned from an 8 month stay in Los Angeles California. There to support his wife (actor Julie Collis) they both decided to return to the security of NZ during the Covid 19 pandemic. Back in the studio new work has been the driving force for a burst of energy, to be able to put into practice the development of the wheel thrown and constructed form he is well known for, and further them as vehicles for his exploration of crystal glazes. In this exhibition, Peter's work responds directly to the forms and distinct colours of the Californian environment and LA Art world.
Katie Gold - Ceramic Artist
Katie is a clay artist from Upper Moutere, Tasman Region, Nelson who loves working with a rolling pin and clay to create pieces relating to special windows of inspiration from exploring New Zealand's environment. Katie will talk about the inspiration behind the leaves work in the festival and will be happy to answer any questions.
Saturday 14 November
11.00am - 11.30am
Ailish Roughan - Jeweller
Ailish's work explores ideas that have an emotional connection, often expressed through hidden elements found in nature. Ailish will talk will be about her recent work for the festival, her experiences during lockdown and how that has changed her artist practice. Ailish's work explores ideas that have an emotional connection to me, often expressed through hidden elements found in nature.
Barry Clarke - Jeweller
Born in Surrey, England in 1946, Barry has lived in New Zealand permanently since 1991. He studied art informally and is a self-taught painter, jewellery maker and sculptor. Working fulltime as an artist and jewellery maker since 1986, he began to make boat sculptures over 10 years ago and enjoys finding the old tin material, then shaping, riveting and painting the boats. Barry has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New Zealand and Australia.
Sunday 15 November
Yi-Ming Lin - Ceramic Artist
Yi-Ming Lin is a ceramist based in Christchurch where he has lived and worked for the last 22 years. In this artist talk, Yi-Ming will use images to illustrate the influence on his practice during his 24 year career, and the stories behind some representative works.
Sunday 22 November
Robyn's practice has evolved out of many years exploring harakeke as an ecologically sound and culturally rich material for art making and an interest in contemporary dance dates which dates back about a decade. Robyn I very interested in scale, using her own body as a measure. She is also interested in creating a sort of feminine alternative to traditional sculptural practice and processes, preferring lightness, tying, and binding, and using applied weight/ tension to create rigidity with my flexible materials. The connection with dance developed out of a desire to create movement within the harakeke forms, using human bodies instead of machines to animate forms.
Jane McCulla - Ceramic Artist
Graduating in 2006 with a 1st Class BA Hons in Fine & Applied Art at the University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Jane immigrated to NZ in 2009. For 7 years she was Canterbury/Westland RCM and Vice President of Ceramics Association of NZ. Jane teaches classes and workshops throughout NZ and undertake private and public commissions. From her studio in Diamond Harbour, Jane creates textured, stretched, stoneware clay forms - fluid textures suggesting geology, archaeology and mankind’s marks on the landscape, fluxed over time. In 2017 she completed a seven-week residency at The Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China. Her ceramics have been in various publications and exhibited in both solo and national shows in London, UK, Ireland and NZ. Pieces are held in both private and public collections worldwide. Awards received include a Portage Merit Award in 2013.