Drop by and meet Te Atamira staff, artists and special guests for informal talks about current exhibitions and events over a cuppa. Every Thursday morning at 10:30 | MANAAKI NUI. Upcoming: 29 September - members of the Queenstown Embroiderers' Guild discuss their work, on display in MANAAKI NUI from 19-29 September.
FREE, no booking required. All welcome!
Thursday 22 and 29 September 2022 - guests from the Queenstown Embroiderers' Guild discuss their work, including their contribution to the national embroidery project New Zealand: A History in Stitch.
From 25 August to 15 September, we are delighted to host a number of guest artists who were all involved in the 2022 Arts in Schools programme, facilitated by Three Lakes Cultural Trust. The Arts in Schools Remarkables Primary exhibition is currently showing from 6-25 August (years 5 & 6) and 30 August-17 September (years 7 & 8).
25 August 2022 - guest artists Tony O'Keefe and Fiona Garlick
Tony O’Keefe is an experimental sculpture artist from Queenstown. He has a zero-waste studio in an old barn at Bob’s Cove where he makes art from scrap metal and other interesting things he has found or that people have thrown away. Tony says “most of my artwork is just rubbish, but that doesn’t stop me making more”. He thinks that discovering your inner artist is an important part of balancing a life. "Everyone creates everyday. It may be through dressing, cooking, oil painting or just how you sign your name. The thing is to realise that you can manipulate the world to express yourself. Whenever you arrange things to please yourself and to communicate a thought, feeling or experience to others you are making art."
Fiona Garlick is a sculptor based in Arrowtown, New Zealand. Born in England, Fiona lived in Kenya and Zimbabwe before immigrating to New Zealand in 1976. After 15 years working in the television industry as a director and producer she fell out of love for the medium and realised a long time ambition to go to art school. Living in London at the time, she began with an Arts Foundation course at Camberwell College of Art before moving to Cornwall to study at Falmouth College of Arts. It was here that Fiona made her first bronze medal The Wave which won first Prize for the British Art Medal Society Student Award in 2005. Much of her early sculptural work drew from the wild coastline and sea, and, realising she was missing the New Zealand landscape Fiona moved home to Auckland. In 2008 she graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts with a BFA (Honours).
Fiona has exhibited in various outdoor sculpture shows including twice in Stoneleigh Sculpture in the Gardens at the Auckland Botanic Gardens, several NZ Sculpture on Shore, Sculpture on the Peninsula and has had work installed at Tai Tapu Sculpture Gardens and Brick Bay Sculpture Trail. Much of her work deals with the concept of place, identity and colonialism. Giant Charm Bracelet, her first big work to get noticed, continues to be made and remade in different locations, and with differing aspects of communal interaction.
It was whilst taking part in Sculpture in the Gardens that she was introduced to members of Medal Art New Zealand (MANZ) who invited her to join the group. It is this collaboration that has allowed her to develop and refine her skills in the art of bronze and has led to several commissions. Her work is held in private collections across New Zealand and Australia.
1 September 2022 - guest artists Marion Vialade and Liz Hawker
Marion Vialade-Worch is an artist made in France! No Diplomas, no art school, just her, a real self-taught artist. Marion ended up in New Zealand as a wine maker but soon felt the pull to her love of art and drawing. That is when she discovered printmaking. She was lucky to meet former printmaking teacher Chris de Jong from OCTA Gallery who shared his knowledge and let her spend long hours in his print shop/gallery in Old Cromwell. In later years, Marion applied her talents to painting. Currently she loves painting, makes her own paint and is back to the print shop. Nowadays, she lives in Alexandra with her husband and two kids. She is still self-taught and still learning… her life is 'busy as' and she wouldn't have it any other way!
Liz is a printmaker based in Wānaka. She trained as an art specialist for primary schools and studied with Kath Brown, a Ngāi Tahu artist in Christchurch. She then went on to teach art in primary and secondary schools over the years.Printmaking offers many challenges and processes. She works with woodcut, lino, etching and photo plates. These are sometimes combined in mixed-media works. Liz has an interest in history and memory. She is currently working on a series about the very few historic buildings that remain in the Wānaka area. She has had links with the area for many years and has lived in Wānaka full-time for the last six years.
8 September 2022 - Patrick Fallon
Patrick Fallon is a full-time professional photographer who specialises in photography that is relaxed, natural and fun. He has been shooting professionally for over 19 years and is based in Queenstown. Patrick believes that a great photo is all about capturing a moment/emotion in a way that makes the viewer feel something, not think something, and one that makes them feel that a specific moment will not and can not ever be captured again.
Kym Beaton is a Wānaka artist, who uses her local surroundings and the people she meets as a constant source of inspiration for her soft pastel and mixed media artworks. Her bold and colourful work has sold in Australia and New Zealand and she regularly takes commissions. She also holds workshops where she shares her knowledge of painting.
Australian-born artist Sue Marshall is an Arrowtown-based printmaker who gained her BA in Fine Art (majoring in printmaking) from Curtin University, Western Australia. After several years of commuting to her partner’s homeland, she relocated to their favourite Otago region five years ago.
Sue has exhibited and tutored in Australia and now New Zealand. Her practice is driven by process and materials. Sue tells the stories about co-existence and disruption caused by the adaptation of introduced species into New Zealand through Screen Print, Drypoint Etching, Collagraph and recently, Cyanotype.
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