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Magical Thinking and Radical Gratitude

Author: Emma Bugden, Senior Curator
“I am currently exploring magical thinking, radical gratitude and the sense of connectedness that makes all the difference when life is difficult”. - Sarah Read

On Saturday jeweller Sarah Read held a sewing bee in the gallery foyer. Visitors were invited to help Sarah produce more of her This Too Shall Pass ribbon pins, a project we’re hosting as part of our exhibition RetrospectThis Too Shall Pass is an ongoing fundraiser by the artist to support Christchurch gallery The National, which, like so many, has struggled as a result of the earthquakes, losing its original building. 

For sale through our gallery shop Mine, with all profits going directly to The National, Sarah’s project is a gesture of support for The National and the community it nurtures. Sarah says, “I am currently exploring magical thinking, radical gratitude and the sense of connectedness that makes all the difference when life is difficult”.

We had various helpers throughout the day to stitch the pins or just to pop by for a chat.

Lots of new ribbons were produced and the project grew with each person who contributed. Two years after the February 2011 earthquake, the sewing bee was a chance to reflect on how much has changed for Christchurch and how much still needs to be done.

The National’s Director, Caroline Billing, gave an interview last year where she said, “Art can respond more quickly than architecture and infrastructure. While this is not a new thought, art’s importance and capacity to bring people together has never been more evident. At a time of disaster the human spirit needs art, not just flushing toilets.”

 Emma Bugden, Senior Curator 

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