This month in the arts

Author: Alex Grace, Communications and Relationships Manager

Each month Courtney chats to Kathryn Ryan on her show Nine to Noon on RNZ.

In this blog we’ve rounded up the projects discussed so that you can delve deeper and learn more about the objects and projects described.

Warkworth weaver receives Blumhardt Foundation gift

Dame Doreen's Gift 2018 has been awarded to Warkworth based weaver Christopher Duncan by the Blumhardt Foundation at a ceremony at the Pataka Art Museum, Porirua.

On hearing the news of the award Christopher Duncan said “Receiving a gift as recognition for your work is a humbling experience. I see it as a sort of beacon or a treasure you never looked for but a contribution you know encourages you to keep going and enhances your drive to continue.”

The $8000 Gift is awarded every two years to encourage an outstanding maker whose achievements have garnered the admiration and respect of peers, sector leaders and institutions who has not yet attaining the status of being a mid-career artist.

The Foundation works with national sectors leaders to select the recipient. This is what one of the selectors said about Christopher Duncan;

“He has pioneered a weaving business in an urban environment that before he opened his doors, was probably unthinkable. His shop-front space blends workplace, gallery and retail operation and provides a highly visible ongoing tutorial in the contemporary role of weaving for the unsuspecting passer-by. Propelling craft into this area of the city indirectly gives ballast to the work of other makers, whom he also supports directly, by presenting and selling their work within this carefully cultivated environment.

During the time he’s been weaving on Karangahape Rd, his work has advanced very rapidly and he’s maintained an impressive record of productivity. Physically his weaving has become increasingly fine, but perhaps it is its richly variegated philosophical texture that is most striking. In weaving, he appears to be formulating a contemporary role for craft, driven by a deeply principled sensibility. His practice in this space is not just as a producer of textiles but as an advocate, he works as a quietly powerful craft impresario. His example of not simply producing handmade textiles, but establishing an environment that makes this work, and the work of like-minded others, more visible, is inspiring.”

You can learn more about this gift and the Blumhardt Foundation here.

Photo: Meighan Ellis

Photo: Meighan Ellis

Whetū Whitu installed in light boxes in Courtenay Place Park

Nikki Hessell has written about these works and published her essay online for all to enjoy

“Matthew McIntyre Wilson’s series The Price of Change asks us to think about the stories we carry with us, the value(s) we place on them, and what they have cost us. Begun in 2008, the series of brooches has been extended to reect the stories of Matariki.”

Read her full essay here.

Whetū Whitu by Matthew McIntyre Wilson (Taranaki, Ngā Māhanga and Titahi) is on display in light boxes in Courtenay Place Park until 20 August.

Make sure to visit these works and if possible linger at night to experience the joy of jewellery writ large in our capital city.


Matthew McIntyre Wilson, 'The Price of Change'

Matthew McIntyre Wilson, 'The Price of Change'

Owen Mapp: Dragons & Taniwha – 50 Years an Artist Carver

27 May – 19 August 2018
Pātaka Art + Museum

‘There was no one before Owen Mapp’. It seems indisputable to attribute the revival of bone carving as an independent practice substantially to him… In Owen’s practice a sense of history is palpable, he’s consciously making works inspired from history for history.

Philip Clarke

Read more about this exhibition here, and make sure to visit our friends at the newly reopened Pataka.

Owen Mapp, Taniwha and Dragon

Owen Mapp, Taniwha and Dragon

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