International Sculpture Center

   

Sponsored in part by: Richard & Christine Didsbury, Brick Bay Wines & Sculpture Trail, Alan Gibbs and The Farm, John and Jo Gow and Connells Bay Sculpture Park, Auckland Art Gallery, Trevor and Jan Farmer
Symposium participants will have numerous optional activities
to choose from, including visits to:

Brick Bay Wines & Sculpture Trail

Sunday, February 10th, 2013
1:00pm-5:00pm
AND
Monday, February 11th, 2013
9:00am-1:00pm
Pullman Hotel
Corner Waterloo Quadrant & Princes Street
Cost: USD $40

A labor of love since 1986, Brick Bay Farm has been ambitiously landscaped involving the creation of many attractive lakes, extensive tree plantings and the nurturing of Brick Bay Vineyard. Concurrently, a longstanding passion for sculpture and the desire to support New Zealand artists was given space to grow, leading to the realization of Brick Bay Sculpture Trail. The Brick Bay Sculpture Trust philosophy is to make a significant contribution to New Zealand art by providing an exceptional setting for outdoor sculpture to be experienced and sold, while also offering the facilitation of public and private sculpture commissions. This trip includes transportation from the Pullman Hotel, Brick Bay admission, and a reception at the vineyard.


Photo: The Glass House.

Jeff Thomson Studio Visit

Monday, February 11th, 2013
9:00am-1:00pm
Pullman Hotel
Corner Waterloo Quadrant & Princes Street
Cost: USD $40

Born in Auckland and growing up in Castor Bay on its North Shore, Jeff Thomson was a rather shy but outdoors orientated youth. Left handed and mildly dyslexic, Thomson has become without a doubt the Corrugated Iron Man of Australasia. He showed early artistic promise, and attended Elam School of Art at the University of Auckland. While walking the rural and urban miles outside of Portobello during a break from his art studies in 1980, Thomson started observing and collecting the wealth of highway paraphernalia that he found on roadsides. These highway experiences culminated in the rural letterbox sculptures, the first body of work by Thomson to gain national recognition by a diverse group of New Zealanders. And it was through this letterbox series of works that Thomson came face to face with his chosen material - corrugated iron. Corrugated iron animals, birds, cars and people: these works have established Jeff Thomson fairly and squarely in the memory banks of most New Zealanders and many Australians.

Traditional Powhiri Welcome

Monday, February 11th, 2013
5:15pm-6:00pm
Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium
Corner of Kitchener and Wellesley Streets
Complimentary for all registered Symposium attendees who RSVP

Kia Ora! Welcome to New Zealand! Experience a traditional Maori Welcome, the Powhiri, performed by The Maori Cultural performers at Auckland Museum. The traditional ceremony is a 7-part welcome:
  • Te Karanga (Call of Welcome) A Maori woman offers an ancient call of welcome.
  • Haka Powhiri (Dance) The Maori dancers offer the welcome dance to the visitors using rhythmical hand actions and chanting.
  • Mihi (Speech) A speech of welcome to the visitors, usually in the Maori language.
  • Waiata (Song) Each speech is complimented by a song to add mana, strength to the words of the speaker.
  • Whaka-Utu(Speech) The leader or representative of the visitors who picks up the green leaf replies on behalf of the guests and offers words of thank sand the reason for their visit.
  • Waiata (Song) The visiting group may offer a song or a representative may sing on their behalf. The member of the Maori group accompanying the visitors can offer this.
  • Hongi(Dressing of the Nose’s) Traditional Maori greeting and acknowledges life force where the home tribe and visitors sharing the one life force or the sharing of two breaths.
Enjoy a warm, vibrant and entertaining glimpse of Maori culture culminating in a high-energy, spine-tingling version of their most celebrated dance, the world famous haka. Your cultural experience includes the opportunity to meet, talk and take photos.

Photo Credit: Auckland Museum

Welcome Reception - Auckland Art Gallery

Monday, February 11th, 2013
6:00pm-8:00pm
Auckland Art Gallery North Atrium
Corner of Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland
Complimentary for all registered Symposium attendees who RSVP

Join fellow Symposium attendees and companions for a welcome reception at the Auckland Art Gallery, our co-sponsor and host for the symposium. Enjoy local wines and New Zealand specialty hors d’ouevres. Reunite with old friends and meet new ones in the beautiful Atrium after-hours at the Auckland Art Gallery.

The Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki is New Zealand's oldest established and largest public art gallery. Opening in February 1888, the gallery has increasingly become a focal point of Auckland's rich and diverse cultural fabric, and now lies at the heart of the New Zealand art experience for both the local community and visitors alike.

The gallery holds a collection of over 15,000 works by national and international artists dating from the 12th century to the present day. These include major holdings of historic, modern and contemporary art, and outstanding works by Maori and Pacific Island artists. The Gallery commissioned three Maori artists to create permanent and enduring works in celebration of the building development.

Alan Gibbs Farm

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
8:30am-4:00pm
Pullman Hotel
Corner Waterloo Quadrant & Princes Street
Complimentary for all registered Symposium attendees who RSVP

Alan Gibbs is one of New Zealand's leading art collectors, and since 1991 has been establishing a sprawling 1,000-acre (4.0 km2) sculpture park at Gibbs Farm, which is located on New Zealand's North Island, 50 km north of Auckland. Gibbs Farm is a private sculpture park, open to artists, educational institutions and charities by appointment only. All attendees at the International Sculpture Symposium in New Zealand have the special opportunity to visit Gibbs Farm! Monumental works that are primarily site specific, relating to the farm’s landscape, animals, lighting & climate by internationally acclaimed artists: Graham Bennett, Chris Booth, Daniel Buren, Bill Culbert, Neil Dawson, Marijke de Goey, Andy Goldsworthy, Ralph Hotere, Anish Kapoor, Sol LeWitt, Len Lye, Russell Moses, Peter Nicholls, Eric Orr, Tony Oursler, George Rickey, Peter Roche, Richard Serra, Kenneth Snelson, Richard Thompson, Leon van den Eijkel, Zhan Wang. This trip will include roundtrip transportation to The Farm from Auckland, a boxed lunch, tour of The Farm, and Symposium presentations at The Farm.

Jenny Gibbs Home Collection Tour

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
4:30pm-6:30pm
Pullman Hotel
Corner Waterloo Quadrant & Princes Street
Cost: USD $30

Dame Jenny Gibbs' work has included helping to buy and redevelop the derelict telephone exchange now leased as the New Gallery, an adjunct to the Auckland Art Gallery; establishing the biennial $50,000 Walters Prize for contemporary art; supporting an internship at Artspace Gallery; and substantial patronage of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival, the Opera NZ Foundation and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. She is a board member of the Sea+City Projects and has served on the University of Auckland Council for 24 years. She continues to work for the University Foundation and the Liggins Institute; and she is on the governing board and art purchasing committee of the university's Gus Fisher Gallery. This year she was awarded the DNZM for her services to the arts.

This trip will include roundtrip transportation from Ms. Gibbs' home, a private tour of her collection, and refreshments.

Jenny Smith Home Collection Tour

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
4:30pm-6:30pm
Pullman Hotel
Corner Waterloo Quadrant & Princes Street
Cost: USD $30

Andrew and Jenny Smith started learning about contemporary art in New Zealand as members of an art collecting group in the 1970s. The act of looking and learning has become a focus of their travels and they began purchasing work in the 80s. They regularly visit contemporary art galleries in Auckland and live in a cliff-top home with extensive views over the Harbour.

Auckland Art Gallery Tour with Sue Gardiner

City and Fringe Galleries Tour 1
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
4:00pm-6:00pm
Forecourt of Auckland Art Gallery
Cost: USD $15

Join Sue Gardiner on one of her renowned Auckland based art tours, organized just for the International Dialogue Symposium. This tour will be taxied with some walking to see public art pieces.

Start at forecourt of Auckland Art Gallery, taxi vans to Artspace (Public gallery: 2 Australian experimental installation/ object based exhibitions) on K Road, next door to Ivan Anthony Gallery (John Ward Knox and Julian Hooper), short taxi ride to Starkwhite ( Martin Basher NY/NZer – works from New York) for a hosted drink. Taxi to Gow Langsford Gallery Lorne St, leave taxis here. Take a short walk to return to AAG forecourt. Added component for those with time: Take a short walking loop around gallery forecourt and neighbouring Albert Park to view the recent Filipe Tohi and James Oram sculpture commissions and a small number of other public art commissions, including work by Neil Dawson and Frances Upritchard (UK/NZ). Finish back at AAG forecourt.(20-25 mins)

Sue Gardiner is the co-director of the Chartwell Collection of Contemporary New Zealand and Australian Art and a trustee of the Chartwell Trust. She is also a board member of Artspace and has written a monthly NZ art news column for over ten years for Art Monthly Australia Magazine, a regular columnist and feature writer for Art News New Zealand, Australian Art Collector Magazine and other publications. Gardiner manages the Study Abroad art lecture series in AU and NZ for Layola University, Los Angeles CA and is renowned for the Auckland based art tours for the University of Auckland Centre for Continuing Education.

*Please note, this gallery tour has a different itinerary than the City and City Fringe Galleries Tour 2 that takes place on Saturday, February 16.

Book Launch “Figure: Gill Gatfield”

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
4:00pm-6:00pm
Telecom Place
167 Victoria Street West, Auckland City
This event is complimentary to those who RSVP

Telecom New Zealand, a major New Zealand corporate and telecommunications company (designed by an award winning architecture firm Architectus), invites you to a talk and reception in honor of a new book on the work of New Zealand artist, Gill Gatfield by authors Ursula Cranmer, Rob Garrett, and Dr. Warren Feeney. Internationally acclaimed for his unique and innovative work, Gatfield’s impressive sculpture entitled “Native Tongue” will be featured in this NEW publication and will also be on display during this free event. Guests will also be able to view Telecom New Zealand’s extensive art collection, including – “130 Degrees” by Benar Venet. This event will take place in the atrium at Telecom Place, the new corporate headquarters for Telecom New Zealand in central Auckland city, and feature a talk by Rob Garrett, Director of Rob Garrett Contemporary Fine Art Lt., Gill Gatfield, and Telecom Art Foundation Trustee. A reception to follow the discussion.

Telecom Place is a 10 minute walk from Auckland’s Central Business District.

A complimentary copy of the book will be given to all ISC attendees!
Photo Credit: Gill Gatfield, Native Tongue, 2011, ancient kauri (agathis australis), 3000 x 1700 x 200mm

Zealandia Sculpture Park

Thursday, February 14th, 2013
2:00pm-6:00pm
Pullman Hotel
Corner Waterloo Quadrant & Princes Street
Cost: USD $30

Artist Terry Stringer's sculpture garden Zealandia is located north of Auckland. It's name is from the traditional personification of New Zealand. The garden aims to surprise the viewer with a sculptural vision of pastoral New Zealand landscape.The spaces form a theatre for the dramatic appearances of the sculpture. Within the grounds of Zealandia Sculpture Garden is a survey of Stringer's work, together with pieces by colleagues. Tim McWhannell, Zealandia Sculpture Garden Manager, and Dr. Robin Woodward, curator of the current gallery exhibition, will be on hand to speak about Zealandia.

The areas within Zealandia include:
  • Sculpture in the Open
  • The Enclosed Garden
  • The Gallery Exhibition (changing each season within the sculptural building)
  • The Gate Gallery
  • The Step Walkway in the Trees

Dayle Mace Home Collection Tour

Thursday , February 14th, 2013
4:30pm-6:30pm
Pullman Hotel
Corner Waterloo Quadrant & Princes Street
Cost: USD $30

Dayle Mace has a long history involvement in arts in Auckland, including time as chair of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery. She is a noted philanthropist, donating several top prizes in the Walter's Prize. She is the Head of Patrons for New Zealand at the Venice Biennale and was recently awarded the MNZM for her services to the arts and the community. This trip will include roundtrip transportation to the Mace home, a private tour of the collection, and refreshments.

Jenny Smith Home Collection Tour

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
4:30pm-6:30pm
Pullman Hotel
Corner Waterloo Quadrant & Princes Street
Cost: USD $30

Andrew and Jenny Smith started learning about contemporary art in New Zealand as members of an art collecting group in the 1970s. The act of looking and learning has become a focus of their travels and they began purchasing work in the 80s. They regularly visit contemporary art galleries in Auckland and live in a cliff-top home with extensive views over the Harbour.

Jenny Gibbs Home Collection Tour

Thursday, February 14th, 2013
4:30pm-6:30pm
Pullman Hotel
Corner Waterloo Quadrant & Princes Street
Cost: USD $30

Dame Jenny Gibbs' work has included helping to buy and redevelop the derelict telephone exchange now leased as the New Gallery, an adjunct to the Auckland Art Gallery; establishing the biennial $50,000 Walters Prize for contemporary art; supporting an internship at Artspace Gallery; and substantial patronage of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival, the Opera NZ Foundation and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. She is a board member of the Sea+City Projects and has served on the University of Auckland Council for 24 years. She continues to work for the University Foundation and the Liggins Institute; and she is on the governing board and art purchasing committee of the university's Gus Fisher Gallery.This year she was awarded the DNZM for her services to the arts. This trip will include roundtrip transportation from Ms. Gibbs, home, a private tour of her collection, and refreshments.

Tour of Connells Bay

Friday, February 15th, 2013
9:30am-1:00pm
Pullman Hotel
Corner Waterloo Quadrant & Princes Street
Cost: USD $75

Artworks by New Zealand sculptors are showcased at Auckland based Waiheke Island where art and nature are united to create special spaces for site specific sculpture. Enjoy a guided walk of this private sculpture park, led by John and Jo Gow, owners and visionaries behind Connells Bay Sculpture Park. This trip will include a chartered Ferry from Auckland harbor to Waiheke Island, guided tour, a boxed lunch, and chartered ferry transportation to Sculpture on the Gulf and the Symposium Finale Party.


Photo: Neil Dawson, Other People's Houses, Painted Steel.

Collection at Rannoch, Pah House and Wallace Arts

Friday, February 15th, 2013
8:30am-1:00pm
Pullman Hotel
Corner Waterloo Quadrant & Princes Street
Cost: USD $40

The Pah Homestead, also known as the TSB Bank Wallace Art Center, is a beautifully renovated property, now home to the Wallace Art Awards. The Annual Wallace Art Awards aim to support, promote and expose New Zealand contemporary art and artists. James Wallace established the Annual Wallace Art Awards 20 years ago. These awards are now the longest surviving and largest annual art awards of their kind in New Zealand, with a value amounting to over $165,000. They differ from other important New Zealand art prizes in that they aim to provide challenging opportunities and broadening experiences to the four major winners by way of residencies at top-class international institutions. Many of the Finalist and Award-winning works are purchased by the Trust each year to add to the Collection.

This trip will include a private tour of the Collection at Rannoch (James Wallace’s home collection), admission to Pah House and a private lecture on the collection, time to view the Wallace Arts Collection, and lunch at the Pah Café Veranda overlooking the sculpture park. A chartered bus will take you from the Pullman Hotel, and return you to the Ferry Pier in Auckland, so that you may join the entire group on Waiheke Island for Sculpture on the Gulf and the Finale Party.

Finale Party at Sculpture on the Gulf

Friday, February 15th, 2013
5:00pm-7:00pm
ATTENDEE MUST ARRANGE TRANSPORTATION
Most visitors reach the island by way of the Fullers Ferry service that departs regularly from downtown Auckland. The ferry docks at Matiatia Bay, a short walk from the Pavilion. Visit www.fullers.co.nz for timetables and pricing.
Complimentary for all registered Symposium attendees who RSVP

The ISC Symposium New Zealand culminates with the Finale Party at Sculpture on the Gulf on Friday evening. Located on Waiheke Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, the island is known for its magnificent vistas, beaches and vineyards. This great venue is considered New Zealand’s premier contemporary outdoor sculpture exhibition, which attendees will have time to explore before the Sunset Finale. In honor of its 10th Anniversary, the organizers of Sculpture on the Gulf’s annual special event titled headland have introduced a new welcome Pavilion on the waterfront which includes a small sculpture gallery, restaurant & bar that offers world class Waiheke wines & artisan beer tastings (selected vineyards include Obsidian, Kennedy Point and Batch, and craft beers, cider and ginger beer from Waiheke Island Brewery). Island Coffee, Rangihoua Estate olive oils and Waiheke Aqua water are also featured, together with produce from many other local suppliers. Attendees will enjoy hors-d’oeuvres, drinks, and a live band while watching the sunset over Matiatia Bay. Come join us in this closing celebration of our 2013 Symposium at Sculpture on the Gulf, where you will have an unforgettable and truly “Waiheke experience!”

*Those who are attending the optional tour to Connells Bay will be transported directly from there to Sculpture on the Gulf for the Finale Party.

Auckland Art Gallery Tour with Sue Gardiner

City and Fringe Galleries Tour 2
Saturday, February 16th, 2013
11:00am-1:00pm
Forecourt of Auckland Art Gallery
Cost: USD $15

Join Sue Gardiner on one of her renowned Auckland based art tours, organized just for the International Dialogue Symposium. This tour will be taxied with some walking to see public art pieces.

Start at the forecourt of the Auckland Art Gallery, Taxi to Michael Lett Gallery, Newton, for Steve Carr show ( video and sculptural works- artist will meet to talk to group if possible), taxi to Two Rooms Gallery, Arch Hill (Mark Adams photographs), and next door to Hopkinson Cundy Gallery ( Ruth Buchanan UK/NZ, large scale installation), taxi to Whitespace, Ponsonby ( for Graham Bennett exhibition) Finish at Auckland Art Gallery forecourt.

Sue Gardiner is the co-director of the Chartwell Collection of Contemporary New Zealand and Australian Art and a trustee of the Chartwell Trust. She is also a board member of Artspace and has written a monthly NZ art news column for over ten years for Art Monthly Australia Magazine, a regular columnist and feature writer for Art News New Zealand, Australian Art Collector Magazine and other publications. Gardiner manages the Study Abroad art lecture series in AU and NZ for Layola University, Los Angeles CA and is renowned for the Auckland based art tours for the University of Auckland Centre for Continuing Education.

*Please note, this gallery tour has a different itinerary than the City and City Fringe Galleries Tour 1 that takes place on Wednesday, February 13.

Wellington Sculpture Trust

Saturday, February 16th, 2013
11:00am-5:00pm
ATTENDEE MUST ARRANGE TRANSPORTATION
For assistance in planning your travel to Wellington contact Jude Earles meet@corporatevenues.co.nz
Complimentary for all registered Symposium attendees who RSVP

Commissioning public sculpture since 1982, the mission of Wellington Sculpture Trust is to enhance the urban environment and to support the creative arts in New Zealand.

As an optional add-on trip* after the International Sculpture Symposium, hop on a one-hour flight down to Wellington and spend Saturday 16 February touring outdoor public sculpture installations complete with lunch and an organized discussion on public art. Neil Plimmer, Chairman of the Wellington Sculpture Trust; The Wellington City Council public arts team & City Gallery Wellington.

Originally established to raise funds for Tanya Ashken’s Albatross and continue to commission artworks for the public in Wellington, the Trust works in partnership with Wellington City Council, and raises funds through donations and sponsorships. To date, the Trust has commissioned 24 permanent sculptures around Wellington City; 13 sculptures in the inner city, 6 in the Botanic Gardens and 5 on Cobham Drive.

The schedule for this fabulous program will be as follows: *

11:00am Tea at the City Gallery
11:30am Jack Becker Keynote
12:35pm Seminar Begins
1:30pm Lunch available for ISC attendess
2:00pm Coach departs for City Sculpture Tour
3:00pm Visit to the Academy-award winning Weta Workshop
(Lord of the Rings trilogy, Hobbit trilogy, and many others)
4:00pm Coach tour resumes
5:00pm Coach tours ends at the City Gallery

Check out these helpful MAPS from the Wellington Sculpture Trust!

*RSVP Required @ Conference Registration website. Please also advise your attendance to wellingtonsculpture@xtra.co.nz

You must arrange your own transportation to Wellington. For assistance in planning your travel to Wellington, you are welcome to contact the ISC’s local New Zealand travel liaison, Jude Earles. She will be happy to help you make additional travel plans throughout New Zealand. Jude can be reached at meet@corporatevenues.co.nz or by phone at (+64) 021 1650355.
Photo: Tanya Ashken, Albatross, 1986, cement, Frank Kitts Park
And gallery hops, special museum tours, artists studio visits, private home collection visits, and more! Check back for more information on optional activities or join our New Zealand mailing list.


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