Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sculpture OnShore celebrates 20 years of supporting Women's Refuge

NZ Sculpture OnShore is New Zealand's largest outdoor sculpture exhibition, and one of the oldest.
First held in 1996 in a private garden in Takapuna, the event grew so much in popularity that in 2004 it moved to the spectacular Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve on Auckland’s North Shore.
The exhibition, which features work from established and emerging artists, provides a unique snapshot of contemporary three dimensional art practice in New Zealand. This includes monumental stand-alone sculptures, domestic and small-scaled works, ephemeral projects, light and sound art works, process art and many site-specific installations.
All of the works exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore are for sale during the exhibition and proceeds from each exhibition are donated to Women's Refuge. To date over $1.5 million has been donated to help Women's Refuge support the victims of domestic violence in New Zealand. On until November 20, it has illuminated evening shows on Saturday November 12 and Sunday November 13 from 6.30 till 7.30pm, with live music.

"I think I think too much" Sharon Terrizzi
Indoor Gallery
NZ Sculpture OnShore 2016

"Subterfuge" Sharon Terrizzi
Indoor Gallery
NZ Sculpture OnShore 2016

Friday, November 27, 2015


"Filter" by Sharon Terrizzi

Portage Ceramic AWARDS 2015

Congratulations to all those whose works are finalists for the awards: Brendan Adams, Raewyn Atkinson, Stephen Bailey, Greg Barron, Maak Bow, Renee Boyd, Susannah Bridges, Madeleine Child, Aston Christie, Jon Clarke, Julie Collis, Peter Collis, Karuna Douglas, Sam Duckor-Jones, Suzy D√ľnser, Caroline Earley and Kate Walker, Penny Ericson, Liz Fea, Mel Ford, Grancy Fu, Brad Heappey, Marita Hewitt, Chuck Joseph, Nicole Kolig, Peter Lange, Virginia Leonard, Annie McIver, Kate McLean, Matt McLean, Paul Maseyk, Tatyanna Meharry, EM Mertens, Caitlin Moloney, Kiya Nancarrow, John Parker, Ezmic Partington, Michael Potter, Robert Rapson, Louise Rive, Duncan Shearer, Shim & Lee, Emily Siddell, Robyn Sievwright, Carol Stewart, Sharon Terizzi, Jann van Hasselt, Ann Verdcourt, and Helen Yau.


Congratulations to Raewyn Atkinson - winner of the Portage Ceramic Award 2015 for her "Wasters III (Accumulate)"

Other award winners were:
Virginia Leonard - "Too Many Surgeons"

                            Paul Maseyk - "Essential Equipment for a Competent Arsonist"

John Parker won a residency at the International Ceramic Research Centre in Denmark.

Portage Ceramic Awards exhibition at Te Uru from 13 November 2015 – 7 February 2016

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Estuary Art Awards 2015 Prize Winners

Estuary Art Awards

13 March - 24 April
Malcolm Smith Gallery

Judge's Tour with Warwick Brown
12 noon, Saturday 11 April

Estuary Art Awards is Uxbridge's premiere contemporary art prize, now in its ninth year. Open to all residents of New Zealand, the competition aims to raise the profile of the Tamaki Estuary by encouraging artists to respond to its role in the ecology of Auckland, and to take participate more actively in the Estuary's protection and preservation.

First Prize
Jesse Dunstan, On Reflection (2015)
Photography, 80 x 60cm

"This deceptively simple photograph is in fact a finely nuanced work. It makes reference not only directly to the required subject, the Tamaki Estuary, but also to the work of New Zealand’s most revered artist, Colin McCahon. McCahon is such a towering figure that it is difficult to refer to his work without being overshadowed. Here, Jesse Dunstan records his personal experience of the estuary as a kayaker, down at water level under a wharf or similar structure. Immediately nature and the works of human development are brought into sharp contrast, but in an almost abstract manner. The gradation of tones from bottom to top of the image is perfectly captured. This alone would be sufficient to make a fine photograph, but the monoliths immediately call to mind McCahon’s Necessary Protection series of paintings. In these works McCahon  abstracted the rock stacks at Muriwai, sheltering a gannet colony, into spiritual symbols standing for faith and strength in the face of the challenges of life. In Jesse’s photograph these strong symbols can be seen as both threatening and protective/supportive. They operate both above and below the water. The stones hitting the water and the spreading ripples can be seen as metaphors for the effects of actions in the estuary, both good and bad, and how small actions can have a large impact. Finally, after some careful scrutiny, one realises that what seemed like a black and white photograph is in fact a subtly coloured one. This is yet a further metaphor for the fact that the problems and challenges faced by the estuary do not have an easy knee-jerk solution. A note of hope is sounded by the touch of blue sky at the extreme top right. Quite a lot to cram into one snapshot." - Warwick Brown

Second Prize
Sharon Terizzi, post-Mimbres (2015)
Earthernware sculpture, 35 x 33 x 26cm

"The artist has chosen the lowly sea-squirt as the inspiration for this fascinating organic image. It immediately calls to mind a host of modernist sculptures of the past century, from Henry Moore to William Tucker. That deftly disposes of the art requirement and directs the viewer’s mind to environmental matters. The squirt must filter its food out of the water, and so is particularly sensitive and vulnerable to pollution. It cannot swim away to escape degradation of its environment. It, like every other living thing in the estuary, must trust in humans to protect it and not cause its extinction. Enlarging this ungainly half-plant, half-creature and placing it before us makes us think about the myriad unseen, vulnerable life forms in the estuary and the sacred trust placed in us to let them live and prosper." - Warwick Brown

Monday, November 3, 2014

Upcoming Exhibitions

Please support these exhibitions during the Devonport Arts Festival

This year marks the 10th biennial NZ Sculpture OnShore exhibition - a national event presented at the spectacular Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve in Devonport on Auckland’s North Shore.
The exhibition, which has recently featured more than 100 works by as many artists, provides a unique snapshot of contemporary three dimensional art practice, including monumental stand-alone sculptures, domestic and small-scaled works, ephemeral projects, light and sound art works, process art and many site-specific installations.
Panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf provide a stunning back-drop to this showcase of consistently excellent art from established and emerging artists.
With a twenty year history, NZ Sculpture OnShore has come to be recognised as one of New Zealand's leading exhibitions. We offer a breadth and diversity of work which allows us to take some artistic risks whilst still ensuring there is "something for everyone".
All of the works exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore are for sale during the exhibition.
NZ Sculpture OnShore Limited is wholly owned by Friends of Women's Refuges Trust - which as the name suggests - is a charitable trust set up to support the work of New Zealand Women's Refuges.
Proceeds from each exhibition are donated to Women's Refuge - over $1.34 million since 1994.
Very much a community initiative, the vast majority of those involved in planning, organising and staging NZ Sculpture OnShore are volunteers - over 100 in 2012. This not only allows us to keep overheads to an absolute minimum, but provides an opportunity for a large number of people to be directly involved with the exhibition and to contribute to the work of Women's Refuge.

Beneath Her Ink

Group Show: Small Object Exhibition

November 8 @ 2:00 pm - November 20 @ 3:00 pm

The Depot Artspace supports and celebrates the innovative and socially conscious Sculpture on Shore event with its own small scale object exhibition during the Devonport Arts Festival. This show offers lovers of the ‘small and perfectly formed’ a wide range of works in a variety of media, from sculpture to quirky assemblages and everything in between.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

'The Innumerable Plaything"
Sharon Terrizzi

Toi Toy

An Invitational Exhibition by Various Artists

Opens 11am Saturday 6th September

Open to 9th October 2014

What happens when you blend the innocent and playful world of toys with the interpretive and often challenging realm of contemporary art? Toi (Art) and Toy (Play) are both immensely important, universal aspects of human life and closely related.

 Village Arts gallery in Kohukohu invites a sizeable number of artists from Hokianga and beyond to investigate this conjunction for their major exhibition of 2014 entitled Toi Toy opening on Saturday 6 September

“Such a content merger is certain to excite artists and we had a tremendous response to our invitations.” says Lindsay Evans, co-­curator of Toi Toy exhibition with brother Phil Evans, both Village Arts trustees. “However, the potential for contrast and juxtaposition implied in the title may be far from comfortable at times.” “The exhibition brief allows artists to investigate both ‘Toy’ and ‘Toi’ (Art) in their own way” says Phil. “The outcome is a substantial and thematically related body of work, everything from fusion through strong to tenuous connection – a heavy focus on one aspect or the other – with many stimulating, some breathtaking and even one or two ‘laugh out loud’ funny works of art.” “Toi Toy is for children of all ages but it isn’t a children’s exhibition,” adds Lindsay, “some of the work is quite provocative”.

 As might be expected the exhibition is heavily object based, although by no means exclusively 3D. Several artists use existing toys while others create their own or derivatives or representations in a wide variety of media.

Toi Toy opens 11am Saturday 6 September for 5 weeks until Thursday 9 October in Kohukohu. The show also celebrates Village Art’s extraordinary nine years of operation.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

2014 Small Sculpture Prize

Small Sculpture Prize 2014
21 Mar - 14 Apr 2014

Some people think woman are people - Sha
 "Some People Think Woman Are People" - Sharon Terrizzi - Finalist

Proudly sponsored by Davis Funerals in conjunction with Obsidian Vineyard the gallery presents the 2014 Small Sculpture Prize. The gala and prize announcement at 5pm 22nd March, tickets $25 pp.This selector and judge for 2014 is Monique Redmond, senior lecturer in Art & Design at AUT University.

The finalists this year include Alexander Bartleet, Sue Collins, Anthony Densham, Doug Marsden, Helen Schamroth, Chris Mules, Vicky Savage, Jim Wheeler, Todd Sheridan, Gaye Jurisich, Jonathan Campbell, Lucy Bucknall, Sharon Terrizzi, Dale Copeland, Robin Ranga, Olivier Duhamel, Sally Smith, Virginia Leonard, Frances Jill Studd, Mia Hamilton, Melissa Young, Kim Logue, Gill Gatfield, Fran Dibble, John Ecuyer and Zita Waldron.

Alexander Bartleet  2014 Waiheke Small Sculpture Prize Award Winner

On Saturday the 22nd of March Alexander Bartleet's artwork 'Line Cluster' was awarded the Small Sculpture Prize. The award was judged by Monique Redmond and is open at Waiheke Community Art Gallery until the 14th of April. Pop over to Waiheke and see the work and the other finalists.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Northland Art Awards 11-17th Nov Turner Centre Kerikeri

                     "That Place" Earthenware Ceramic  -  Finalist Northland Art Awards 2013

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