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Rosa is an artist who grew up on a farm in North Canterbury. After graduating from the Ilam School of Fine Art, Rosa was awarded the Susan Ethel Jones Fine Arts travelling scholarship, which allowed her to travel throughout Europe. Rosa went on to earn a Masters degree at the Royal College of Art. Rosa has exhibited her work in London, Portugal, and Istanbul, and is currently represented by Art Piq, a Germany-based online gallery.
For the last 20 years I have been working outside New Zealand, now its time to come home a bit, The phone rings, its my cousin Sarah from Rotorua, her team has established a Natural Burial Project, Te Atawhai Aroha Compassionate Communities Rotorua Trust and I am on their whiteboard planner under ‘Resources’ ‘Yes I would love to be part of this!’ So I have built them a papermill, two years of inventing new machines for the weavers for processing, stripping and softening the harakeke leaves.
Jane Barry Yesterday Today
Jane Barry graduated with a double major in Printmaking from Christchurch Polytechnic in 1997. She has been a printmaker (original ink works on paper( for 25 years , and a painter for six. Her workshop is at her home in Redcliffs, where she produces work for exhibition and commission. An exhibiting and published artist since1997 in a solo and group shows, annually from a long time at CoCA gallery, amongst one of the last exhibitions to hang there two weeks before the 2011 earthquake. Inspirati
Curated by Louise Johns, Schmuck Rangiora celebrates the vibrant work of Twelve Contemporary Waitaha, Ōtautahi Jewellery Artists who trained together at Hagley College.
“After my husband Ian died I consoled myself with my painting,” Marion says. “It was wonderful for that. He was always interested in my work and was a great help.” …….. “All my paintings are based on a sudden and personal encounter with some part of nature. I love to paint the feelings these landscapes evoke in me.” From “Artist, 82, mounts first solo show” By Shelley Topp: North Canterbury News, August 27, 2020
Graduating in 2005 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Grad Diploma in Teaching and Learning, Zoe has established herself as an artist and private tutor within Canterbury. While being a busy mother of three, Zoe has created paintings for local exhibitions and galleries, as well as creating commission pieces, and enjoying five successful solo shows. She has developed and run art courses for adults and children at various schools and community centres around Canterbury.
Kathy lives in Rangiora and co runs with her husband Ryan, The Zoo, a Brand and Digital Marketing company. "Being Creative is in my blood, I don’t know how to go through a day where I am not experimentally playing with visual ideas and concepts, and connecting them with my past and present. Art to me is how I deal with the world expressed through medium and form."
Max Gills of Monark Design Co
Max Gills is a local graphic designer who draws upon his passion for 1920's-1970's commercial art, and craftsmanship. "I'm always on the hunt for relics in whatever form they come in. Be it a small logo mark on a poster or brochure, a travel map with beautiful typography and graphics, packaging, advertising, tins.... it's all golden treasures."
Tamar Guse and Helen Kendall
Tamar is inspired by ...natural elements such as driftwood, vines and antlers. Helen gets a lot of her inspiration from the rolling hills, award winning vineyards, Nor'west sunsets and rural life of the Waipara Valley.
Ao Ata Reflect Nature
Maan Alkaisi, Linda Borst, Jennifer Matheson, Loretta Young and Rachel Malloch. Joy, Hakehake, Girls, Play, Engineers, Noho here kore, a coming together of artists, designers and an engineer. Curator and artist Rachel Malloch maintains that the exhibition ‘defines and establishes a scenario for “Girls Play Engineers” and an engagement with the premise of sustainable arts practices.’
RHS -Toi o Te Kura Tuarua o Rangiora
We chose "Line" as our overarching theme as it is an element that is present in every form of artistic discipline and usually the starting point for any artwork. Each student interprets the concept of "line" from their own unique viewpoint and moment in time. They are all inspired and informed by the work of Artist Models of their own choosing. @therhspainterstudio
Kate Cairns’s oil paintings juxtapose figures using photographs from her local area. She uses found images from personal albums and arranged still life figures or objects to collage and create dream like compositions that explore the small-town regional narrative alongside ideas of the subconscious, nostalgia and memory. Her constructed realities explore notions of loss, fragility and the relationship we have with the land.
A move from Ōtautahi, Christchurch, some thirty-five years ago to a rural environment cemented Cheriene Singer's connection to the land. Having lived on the Mount Grey Downs for many years Cheriene has been drawn back to the area to express her spiritual connection to the mountain and the landscape.In ‘Retrace’, Cheriene draws upon her emotional and intuitive responses to the landscape.
My name is Fran Hales and I am a London based freelance photographer originally from Rangiora. I have been residing in the UK for 23 years and working as a photographer for 9 of those years. Self-taught, I work mainly in events and portraiture and enjoy mainly a reportage (story telling) shooting style. For close on 5 months throughout the 2020 Summer I documented the Black Lives Matter protests in London.
As a female artist I am looking at the experiences of older women with a focus on how women artists respond to the experience of their own aging within their practice. The core of female self-representational art is using her own body. The art itself represents the embodied experience of the artist—her family, sexuality, relationships, childhood experiences, personal traumas, plus the way her culture has shaped her and her response to its oppression.
In a process that flows between the sculpting of clay, casting of metal and stitching of fabric, Rookes explores these disciplines through the making of objects: a keepsake, a pendant or a piece to wear.
Verina Thirlwell Just 4 You Quilting
Jeff Bell is a New Zealand cartoonist and caricaturist. His work appears every Monday in the Dominion Post, the Press and other Stuff Ltd newspapers. Jeff also supported Waimakariri Community Arts Council establish its online presence and social media accounts.
“The act of drawing has shaped my mental acuity, providing the anchor to bring other mediums to life. The painting becomes the prayer: a twilight zone, an unknowing and fortuitous repose” From Shelley Topp, NC review, 18/12/2020
My artistic concerns are mainly around connectedness between people, ideas and things. My practice has strong Earth references from the materials I use and because I make everything with my hands. My work has encompassed ideas around the mind and memory, language and feeling, around Macro/ Micro scale shifts, to the body’s relationship with the land and with time.
Jacquelyn riffs on representations of culture in media and the built environment, questioning and exploring these identifiers from her position as an artist of Chinese, Māori and Pākehā descent.
Awaeknan: Everyday we rise from our “sleep” to face newness and to put the past in it’s place. The series tells stories from my past, present and future….stories that we all share or will in time. I utilise a mix of old and new materials as well as techniques, because I want the audience to feel familiar and challenged to both the physical piece and it’s moral. This exhibition is about the heart and the home - the ying and yang of pain and pleasure and of life and death.
Rangiora Pottery Group
Rangiora Pottery Group established in 1968 is based in Loburn Domain.
Gottermeyer’s works evoke the atmospheric pre-impressionist landscapes of Turner.
James' formal strategy involves appropriating images from Western art history and the contemporary media to explore how traditional notions of identity and authenticity are destabilized and trivialized in an environment where the commerce in images (via television, the internet, advertising) have reached saturation point.
Local artist, Margaret is an honorary life member of Ceramics New Zealand. This is bestowed on just twelve members who have made significant contribution to Ceramics in Aotearoa New Zealand. Margaret only recently retired from teaching at Canterbury Potters Association and her work is held in Public collections.
Herbert Merle Sweney
Merle was an educator and amateur photographer who participated and recorded five first alpine ascents in the 1930s. Hokitika Photo Archives house his collection of glass slides which were used extensively by Trevor Chinn in glacial research.
“I know nothing, except what everyone knows – if there when grace dances, I should dance.” W.H.Auden
"I learned by observing such scenes that light can transform the otherwise commonplace into something majestic and mysterious." – Peter Carson from I Lift My Head When Ploughing.
Phillipa paints rural scenes with a fresh perspective. Her works are strongly elemental, and have a directness which both captures, and modulates reality. Touches of surprise in the use of colour, perspective and proportion are intrinsic to Phillipa's style.
The Botanical Art Society of New Zealand
Our people are a dedicated bunch of enthusiasts who share a love for New Zealand flora and for our unique and fragile environment. However some do go above and beyond and put their name up to serve on our committee. We thank them for their dedication in helping cultivate the rewarding practice of botanical art in New Zealand.
Our Studio comprises a group of artists with intellectual disabilities based at the IDEA Services facility in Rangiora. It originated in Christchurch with a group called Your Studio at The Art CentreTe Matatiki Toi Ora, forced to close after the 2011 quakes. Their arts tutor, Victoria Bennett, moved to Rangiora and established classes at the Te Roopu Taurima Trust facility with art classes drawn from Te Roopu and IHC.
Drawing on his own experience, Hamizen has used thread and nails to weave his figures. The resulting images merit a close examination of his subject matter.
Courage 2019 An experience with Art Therapy
Tobias Gilsenan is a mixed media artist based in Rangiora. Thematically, he looks at the enduring frustrations of humankind as expressed through politics, ecological issues, conspiracy theories, myth and modern communication. These ideas are often juxtaposed to make a new visual language.The works are chaotic and lively, expressive and playful with a strong sense of tongue in cheek humour woven through them.
Duncan admits to being fascinated by people, their life stories, expressions, and emotions, and this is clear from even a quick glance at her graphite work. In terms of her art, pencil drawing is Duncan's first love, and her skill at it matches the joy she gets from the work.
Connon works as a photocopy Artist.The short focal length of the scanner-head plunges the creases and folds of (the) fabric into a somewhat haunting drift and, on other occasions, a near forensic capturing. The resulting assemblages are life-sized original artworks. The studies play with the ruthless scanner-head lamp and the immediate darkness around the edges of her dress assemblages.
The natural world, evolution, mythology and the classification of creatures have come together in a remarkably intriguing exhibition by the Christchurch based artist whose work connects and questions our human relationship with the world around us.
Ivan’s involvement in art began in the 1960’s with a background as a graphic artist and illustrator within the advertising industry. He currently works with watercolours and oils. Ivan has a passion for New Zealand scenes along with villages of France and Italy as well as Still Life.
Rangiora Art Society
The Rangiora Art Society has been promoting and supporting Artists in North Canterbury, since 1957.
"I am grateful for starting at that time as there were no computers, or many books about pottery, to find all the answers. if you did not know how to go on. Books with glaze recipes, where hard to find and the only book about pottery and glazes was Bernard Leach book, in which all glazes were for oil or wood fired kilns. Which meant you had to experiment to get results, the consequence being that you learned a lot, which gave a good bases to work on and I later could pass on to my students.”
Alison is a self-taught sculptor. Her bronze "The winds of change" greets visitors to Rangiora Library. Alison lives and works at Waikari Mill with her fellow Artist Sam Mahon.
Celebrating Rangiora High School, Past and Present Art teachers: Kathy Anderson, Jan Robertson, Rachel Goldstein, Bruce McMillan, Maria Buhrkuhl, Rebecca Straker-Cunningham, Charlotte Davis, Bernadette Van Dalen
The way the camera interacts with the environment is critical to the way we view the world, that response is and must be different depending on the camera and the photographer’s interpretation of the moment. The camera does not and never has reproduced the world around us, merely a reproduction of its mechanical components.
Land People Home 土地人家
A selection of 40 images from the exhibition Enshi Vision in Oceania. A chance to gain a glimpse into a remote province, Waimakariri has official links to.
Until John reallocated to Nelson, he was an extremely active member of the Waimakariri Community Arts Council, and most especially installing with the Exhibitions team. John held two shows in gallery to include sculpture and drawings: “ Out on a limb”, and cartoons in“School Daze”. John was also a member of the Art department at Rangiora High School.
Te Whai Ao
Curated by Areta Wilkinson, this group show opened the gallery after Earthquake repairs. “Ki te Whai Ao ki te Ao Mārama” is an aspiration of Maori origin passed down from generation to generation. The message reminds us all to strive for enlightenment, to pursue our goals, to seek knowledge and find a standing place in the world.
Pat Unger – artist, critic and author – was born in the Waikato. After moving with her family to Christchurch, she studied graphic design at Christchurch Polytechnic and fine arts at the University of Canterbury before becoming a practising artist and art critic.
Kris Walden’s images are bold and layered with pours of colour often capturing a feeling of movement and energy in the landscape. She uses a wide variety of techniques including masking and pouring and wax resists as part of the process. “I have a love for working with watermedia; both watercolours, inks and acrylics because of their transparent qualities and the happy accidents.
Strong and intense works created from the rubble of Post Quake demolished churches.
"I was born in Christchurch and have been interested in crafts and working with Fabric for many years. In 2012, I came up with the idea of creating something completely different by making works of contemporary art from fabric. With endless options of fabrics and colours used, the designs are exciting and very different. " 2017
Five Honour Graduates
Featuring Gemma Banks, Viv Kepes, Martin-Hamizan Cox, Sandy Gottermeyer
Unfolding, Fashion Design Students
Jenny Ritchie Debra McLeod
Jenny is a visual artist, aerial artist and choreographer. Over the last 20 years she has worked for contemporary circus companies and various productions both in Aotearoa and overseas. Debra McLeod says, "I think of myself as an experimental artist and like to let the art and topic itself lead me."
Linda James, Tiffany Thornley, Margaret Ryley, Roby Kilty
Sam Mahon is a painter, sculptor – mostly in bronze – and a printmaker: he’s a superb draughtsman and builds everything from musical instruments to miniature rockets. His first book The Year of the Horse won the Best First Book Award in 2003. In 2010 Mahon installed a stone cairn opposite ChristChurch Cathedral's entrance. Protesters of the appointment of ECAN were encouraged to bring a river stone, and the cairn remains to this day.
"In researching the topography and history of the Canterbury landscape, I was intrigued by the imagery suggested by lines imposed on land. This is shown concretely, as roads, railways, fence lines, shelter belts, drains, canals. It is shown abstractly as partition lines drawn up on a map and the blocks and grids denoting divisions or boundaries of town or country. This imagery became the basis for the development of my earth pigment paintings."
An observer of life, a collector of stories. I distill my thoughts and feelings and transform them.