Also written by Joy - Operations, The Big Idea
Now a permanent fixture on the Ōtautahi arts calendar, The Arts Centre Sculpture Festival is back after its inaugural success last year.
Between the 12 to 26 November, Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre will come alive with 40 wellknown New Zealand artists showcasing around 250 unique and surprising works for sale, including ceramics and jewellery. Spread across the western end of the site, smaller works will be displayed in the Great Hall, while larger pieces will be installed in the North Quad.
During opening weekend 12 - 14 November (including Canterbury Public Anniversary Day) there will be free artist talks in the Great Hall. Artist demonstrations by ceramic artist Jane McCulla and mixed media artist Nicholas Duval-Smith will be held in the Maker Workshop, along with a range of ceramic, weaving, stone sculpting and felting workshops.
Entry to the Sculpture Festival is free, and tickets can be purchased for the artist demonstrations and creative workshops.
The appeal of the Sculpture Festival is intended for a broad audience with a mix of price points. This year event has a curatorial theme around wellbeing and how arts enrich people’s lives. Participating artists were given a lot of creative licence to respond to the wellbeing brief. There are a range of local and national artists including ceramic artists John Parker, Fiona Tunnicliffe, Peter Collis, Chris Weaver, Rick Rudd and Katie Gold; jewellers Ryan Dewsbury and Elfi Spiewack; glass artists Graeme Hitchcock and Dominic Burrell, and mixed media artists Tim Main, Anneke Bester and Nicholas Duval-Smith.
All sales from the Sculpture Festival will benefit both the artist and The Arts Centre. The Arts Centre Sculpture Festival is supported by the Farina Thompson Charitable Trust, proudly managed by Perpetual Guardian.