Introducing the NZ Sculpture OnShore Team
Maker, curator, and collaborator with over 30 years experience in the art and design industries.
As an artist myself, my work embraces the code of embroidery, constantly trying to push the needle and thread as far as possible.I prefer to think of this process as an extension of my drawing practice and so don't follow any formal techniques.
Recently I have extended my practice into curation as a vehicle to transform places, individuals, communities and institutions. As a curator, my focus is on art as a vehicle for change and building awareness of the complex issues our communities face and how effective curation can provide understanding and build engagement with that. The artists I work with are by nature emphatic and the reason they are called upon to donate skills and passion to causes, and to be able to bring the two together is a wonderful challenge.
I am an art practitioner, advocate and curator with over 15 years experience in public art.
My personal and professional focus is on the role art and artists can play in contributing towards the quality of our built environments and the communities that occupy and use them, while cultivating authentic engagement between artists and the communities which host their work.
I am a founding member of Cut Collective, an Auckland based art collective specialising in large scale public projects and bespoke outcomes for commercial application. The work of Cut Collective has been based around producing accessible art encounters outside of traditional and institutional settings, and adopting an art focused approach to commercial collaborations.
I am also the current Chair of the Karangahape Road Business Association and Chair the Advisory Panel for Art In Public Places, Auckland.
Amanda Wright is an established event designer, curator, producer and sustainability advisor.
She has been creating and contributing to incredible events for 18 years and is the founder and visionary behind Splore, a stand out New Zealand arts and music festival that has set a benchmark in audience engagement, community building, integrated arts and sustainability.
Her passions relate to creating experiences that change peoples’ lives. To do this Amanda uses ‘big picture’ thinking; she can see the potential for community building to deliver the experience. By enabling people to connect at different levels, visual, emotional and physical her events are experiences that stick in the minds of the participants and have a positive impact.
Amanda recognises how events are the perfect springboard to inspire, engage and educate audiences in social and environmental issues through creative pragmatic mediums that have positive lasting legacies.
Visiting Burning Man first in 1998 inspired the creative direction for Splore and Amanda’s and event practice over the years. She started at the production coalface in NZ and UK doing set-up, crew, site dressing and design for community events. Her first creative director role was with the Trash To Fashion Awards and since has led or contributed to WOMAD, NZ Fashion Week, Auckland Art Fair (dealer gallery expo), Absolut Vodka global product re-launch, Erupt Taupo Arts Festival, Chinese Lantern Festival Auckland, Big Chill UK and NZ to name but a few.
Kim Shaw is an arts manager and practicing artist. She gained double Masters degrees with honours in Fine Arts (2013) then Arts Management (2015) from Whitecliffe College, Auckland. Having come from a professional graphic design background, Kim now works in the arts at OREXART gallery as Communications Manager and for NZ Sculpture OnShore as Artist Coordinator.
Kim is widely travelled and has lived in some exotic overseas locations. To balance her ‘artiness,' she renovates houses and spends as much time outdoors as possible including competing as a multi-sport athlete with her friends and in August 2016, she plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro