New Zealand Sculpture OnShore's biennial sculpture exhibition has become recognised as one of New Zealand's leading exhibitions. We have developed a reputation for exhibiting a vast and excellent collection of contemporary New Zealand art and have consistently delivered on our promise of providing an "excellent day out". Our connection with the spectacular cliff-top Fort Takapuna site overlooking the Hauraki Gulf, the breadth and diversity of our exhibition which allows us to take some artistic risks whilst still undertaking that there is "something for everybody" and particularly our support of New Zealand Women's Refuges, set us apart from other exhibitions and are points of differentiation we proudly promote.
The works of over 100 New Zealand artists are on public view and for sale during the 12-day exhibition at Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve.
NZ Sculpture OnShore Ltd is wholly owned by Friends of Women's Refuges, a charitable trust, which was formed in 1995 to raise funds for the support of NZ Women's Refuges. Including $150,000 from the 2008 exhibition, NZ Sculpture OnShore has been able to donate over $1 million dollars to help victims family violence.
Very much a community initiative, the small professional team is joined by over a hundred volunteers, thus ensuring overheads are kept to an absolute minimum.
Rob Garrett has a BFA from Elam and an MA in Art History from Otago. He recently led Auckland City Council's public art review and project managed Speculation, New Zealand's portable pavilion for the 52nd Venice Biennale. He has been a senior manager with Creative New Zealand and Head of Dunedin's School of Art.
Jan McEwen has had her own event management company for over 15 years running a wide range of events including exhibitions, conferences, charity fundraisers, sporting and public events including the Deveonport Food & Wine Festival.
Mel Weeks joined NZ Sculpture OnShore in 2009 and looks after the administrative aspects of the exhibition. She is also curently working for the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival and the Michael Hill Intl Violin Competition. Her experience includes working as a publicist for TV3, BBC, and IMG Artists(UK) as well as some administrative work for the APO (NZ) and Warner Music (UK).
Now working as part time Artist and Educator, Michelle has taught art extension, recently creating a large outdoor mural with the year 6's at Stanley Bay School. She has worked at the Lake House as an Art Tutor and teaches children and adults privately from home.
Exhibitions include:- Artworks, The Hilton, North Shore City Art Awards, Carmel College, The Lake House, Spencer on Byron and The Bruce Mason Centre.
Michelle is an ongoing member of the Children's Sculpture OnShore Committee.
Sue Harvey (chair)
Friends of Women’s Refuges chair Dorothy McHattie (left) and Erich Bachmann, managing partner of sponsors Hesketh Henry Lawyers, hand the donation cheque for $70,000 the proceeds from the 2010 exhibition to Heather Henare of NZ Women's Refuges.
Bought up in Bangladesh, and subsequently living in Australia and England, Jill Cahill's artwork continues to reflect her love of travel and cultural diversity. "I draw. I paint. I print. I photograph. I sculpt the things I see with my mind's eye". Jill has resided in Devonport since 2006 and continues to work on collaborative projects. She has been a part of many group shows, alongside her personal practice. Her most recent 100 Sleeps 2 Xmas show at Devonport's Depot Artspace, was a showcase of 100 works across the art spectrum - one each day until Christmas Eve.
Lenore Sumpter, one of the founders of Friends of Women's Refuges Trust, received a Queens Service Medal in the 2008 New Year honours list for her services to women and the arts. She has been associated with NZ Sculpture OnShore and previous arts fundraising events run by the Trust for women's refuges, and her particular expertise has been acting as co-ordinator in the selection of artists and liaising with the arts community. Over the 12 years Lenore has been a key part of the Trust, it is estimated she and her colleagues have raised close to $1 million for the refuge movement. We congratulate Lenore for her exhibition organisation and fundraising skills which have been recognised by this honour.