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
Matthias Arndt
Panel: New Zealand/New Curatorial Practice
Matthias Arndt
was born in Frankfurt am Main in 1968, Matthias Arndt completed an apprenticeship with the banking industry. At the age of 20 his interest in art led him to switch fields and become a trainee at a Berlin and London based Gallery and the Centre national d´art contemporain Villa Arson in France. While studying Art History and Art Education at the Kassel School of Art and Design, Arndt established his first gallery project from 1990 to 1992, which received the city of Kassel’s Cultural Promotion Award. He also worked as an art educator and visitors’ guide at the documenta IX (under the artistic direction of Jan Hoet). After earning a further degree in Education and Cultural Management at the Hamburg School of Economics and Politics, Matthias Arndt moved to Berlin and founded the gallery Arndt & Partner in 1994. Over the past 25 years in the Art Business, Arndt has established himself as a pioneering connoisseur of the Berlin art scene and an expert authority in the field of international contemporary art. Arndt lectured at the Berlin Institute for Cultural and Media Management from 1996 to 2004.In 2001, Matthias Arndt was named a “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” and thus made a member of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture.

Jack Becker
Panel: Public Art
Jack Becker
is the Founder and Executive Director of FORECAST Public Artworks. In 1989, he established two annual programs for FORECAST: Public Art Affairs, a state-wide grant program for emerging artists and the national journal Public Art Review, for which Becker serves as editor. FORECAST later established a wide range of Public Art Services. He is recognized regionally and nationally as a leader in the public art field. Becker has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, lectured extensively throughout the U.S. and his writings have been widely published.

Chris Booth
Panel: Process and Creation: Artist Presentations
Chris Booth
studied at Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, Christchurch; and in the late 1960s two years of specialist sculpture training with Barbara Hepworth, Denis Mitchell and John Milne in the UK, and with Quinto Ghermandi in Italy. He has presented solo exhibitions of his works in all the major public galleries in New Zealand and in prestigious Australian and Italian galleries. His work is also held in various collections throughout New Zealand, Singapore, Australia and in Europe. He has also completed site-specific commissions in New Zealand, the Canary Islands, Canada, France and most recently completed a major commission for the prestigious Kröller-Müller Museum, The Netherlands.

David Cross
Panel: Public Art
David Cross
is an artist, writer and curator based in Wellington, New Zealand. His artistic and curatorial practice examines performance/installation and temporary public art. He has exhibited at a range of venues in New Zealand, Australia, Eastern Europe and the United Kingdom including Perspecta 99 in Sydney and Australian Centre of Contemporary Art in Melbourne and performed in international live art festivals in Poland, Croatia and the Czech Republic. In 2008/9 he developed with Claire Doherty One Day Sculpture, a series of 20 temporary commissions by national and International artists across five cities and regions in New Zealand. The book of the series was published by Kerber Verlag in 2010. More recently he developed Iteration Again, a public art project in Tasmania that examined repetition and time featuring 22 national and international artists and seven curators in assorted locations across the island. He is Associate Professor in Fine Arts at Massey University.

Hideaki Fukutake
Panel: International Sculpture Projects
Hideaki Fukutake
is the Chairman and CEO of Benesse Corporation OR director and CEO of EFU Investment Limited, who moved to NZ from Japan two years ago. He is interested in investments in NZ including opportunities around fresh water and a new approach to exporting the abundant resource of water.

Sue Gardiner
Panel: Collecting and Supporting Emerging Artists
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.

Alan Gibbs
Presentations at The Farm
Alan Gibbs
is a New Zealand-born businessman, entrepreneur and art collector. Since 1991 Gibbs has been establishing a sprawling 1,000-acre sculpture park at Gibbs Farm, which is located on New Zealand's North Island in the Kaipara District. He relocated to London in 1999 but retains strong links to New Zealand through his development of Gibbs Farm, which has become one of the world’s leading sculpture parks. He is also founder of Gibbs Amphibians, which pioneers High Speed Amphibious technologies.

John Gow
Welcoming Reception
John Gow
and his wife, Jo, established Connells Bay Sculpture Park in 1998. John previously financed such popular international musicals as Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and Miss Saigon. John and his wife Jo put the royalties from sponsoring these plays into a program bringing together nature with monumental art in the stunning landscape of New Zealand. Initially, they purchased sculpture to enhance the setting for three colonial-era cottages along the shoreline. However, the concept of a sculpture park developed, and the Gows have purchased and commissioned more than 26 large-scale permanent works and five temporary installations. In this evolution, Connells Bay has followed a typical pattern; while the collection began with purchased works, it continued to grow through commissioned pieces. This mature stage has brought with it some of the parks most distinctive sculpture, since commissioned works tend to have a specific reference to place, space, or site. The Gows have embraced a variety of works that challenge the concept of a sculpture park and comment on their own activities at Connells Bay.

David Handley
Panel: International Sculpture Projects
David Handley
is the Founder and Director of Sculpture by the Sea. Formerly a lawyer with a Masters of Law from London University, Handley established Bathtub Productions as an arts & film production and sales company while he was living in Prague in the early 1990s. After working in film production in New Zealand, Handley returned to Sydney and established Sculpture by the Sea in 1997, which has now become the largest annual sculpture exhibition in the world. In 2002, Handley was appointed to The Australian Museum Trust and was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2010.

Sophie Jerram
Panel: New Zealand / New Curatorial Practice
Sophie Jerram
is an independent curator and artist based in Wellington New Zealand who works on the thresholds of business, social activism and public dialogue. With co-curator Mark Amery she founded Letting Space, a public art platform that seeks to transform the relationship between artists, the public and their environments to enable social change. www.lettingspace.org.nz She founded Now Future with composer Dugal McKinnon, to create dialogue between artists, scientists, economists and thinkers on the subject of climate change.[www.nowfuture.org.nz Jerram's past curatorial projects include an examination of nuclear propaganda, Bombs Away (Physics Room and Adam Art Galleries 2005); and Posted Love (National Library of New Zealand & touring venues, 1999). Her own artistic practice is multidisciplinary and plays between sacred and mundane references to resource use. She exhibited at ISEA Istanbul 2011 and at the Article Biennal, Stavanger Norway 2010 and most recently in The Land Show (Blue Oyster Project Space, November 2012).

Noel Lane
Presentations at The Farm
Noel Lane
is the Architect and Director of Gibbs Farm on Waiheke Island. He is celebrated for such architectural works as the Glass House at the Brick Bay Sculpture Park and the refurbishment of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Christina Lanzl
Panel: Public Art
Christina Lanzl
is a cultural planner, public art consultant, freelance curator, presenter and author with more than 20 years of experience working with the creative leadership of neighborhoods, towns, and cities to create successful places that become part of our history, part of our evolving culture, and part of our collective memory. Prior to joining the Urban Art Commission of Memphis as Executive Director this summer, she was affiliated with the Urban Arts Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design for 12 years. This spring, she also launched the Urban Culture Institute in Berlin, Germany. Lanzl has completed more than 70 projects working with public and private sector clients, cultural institutions and grassroots community initiatives. She regularly publishes on art and culture, placemaking, and integrated design, notably as contributing writer for the journal Sculpture. Lanzl’s achievements have been honored with awards of distinction by Massachusetts College of Art and Design, The Nan Foundation, Manhattan Arts, Artprint Magazine, and Public Art Network Year in Review.

John McCormack
Panel: International Sculpture Projects
John McCormack
is currently co-director, Starkwhite; NZ commissioner for the 2011 Shanghai Design Exhibition. Fornerly Associate Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Director of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Manager of the Dunedin City Council’s Museums Business Unit (The DPAG and Otago Settlers Museum); Director, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery; Visual Arts Advisory Officer and later Director, Arts Development Unit, Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand; Executive Director, New Zealand Art Gallery Directors Council; Chair of the College of Governors of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand (AFNZ); Trustee of the AFNZ; Chair, Artspace, Auckland; Chair, Museum Directors Federation of New Zealand;Trustee, Asia 2000 Foundation; Trustee, Len Lye Foundation

Deborah McCormick
Panel: International Sculpture Projects
Deborah McCormick
was involved in the set up of the Art & Industry Biennial Trust towards the inaugural public art event in 2000. She has directed a dedicated team of specialist staff and consultants for the past 14 years to plan, coordinate and deliver five successful SCAPE Biennials in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 and the interrupted/re-thought 6th SCAPE in 2010/2011 for Christchurch (www.scapebiennial.org.nz) including: raising approximately $6.51 million from public and private sector sponsors. Under her Directorship, SCAPE has produced and commissioned more than 150 new temporary and permanent public artworks with a gifting programme of eight permanent artworks including: Nucleus, Phil Price 2006, Flour Power, Regan Gentry 2008 and Passing Time, Anton Parsons, 2010/11.

Carole Anne Meehan
Panels: Public Art, Collecting and Supporting Emerging Artists
Carole Anne Meehan
was appointed Auckland Council’s Manager Public Art in late 2011. Currently she is working with the region’s artists, Maori and twenty-one local boards to build a fresh framework for public art here that fulfills Auckland’s aspiration to become the world’s most liveable city. With over twenty years’ experience facilitating exhibitions and works of art for an array of public places, Meehan aims to ease the common distinctions between art, audience, and artist in ways that invite deep engagement. Her professional history includes work with the Houston Arts Alliance in Texas, Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, the Boston Center for the Arts, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Danae Mossman
Panel: New Zealand / New Curatorial Practice
Danae Mossman
is the Co-Director of Auckland’s Hopkinson Cundy Gallery alongside Sarah Hopkinson. Mossman has recently returned to New Zealand after five years overseas working with London’s WhiteCube and New York’s Foxy Productions. She has co-curated the 2008 SCAPE Biennial with Fulya Erdemci, presenting the work of 25 international artists through the urban spaces of Christchurch. She has subsequently worked with Erdemci on a number of projects, including the Pavilion of Turkey at the 2011 Venice Biennale. Mossman has also worked as Associate Producer at Situations and co-curated a Thomas Hirschhorn project for the One Day Sculpture Project in 2008-9. Prior to that, she was Director of Christchurch’s The Physics Room.

Caterina Riva
Panel: New Zealand/New Curatorial Practice
Caterina Riva
is the director of Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand. She studied in Italy and the UK where she received her MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She has been the founder and co-director of FormContent, a not for profit space established in 2007 in London's East End. Riva has worked on a number of notable exhibitions, including The young people visiting our ruins see nothing but a style at GAM, Turin, Italy (2009), The Responsive Subject at MuZee, Ostend, Belgium, (2010), and The Filmic Conventions at FormContent, London (2010). She has been the coordinator of the Advanced Course in Visual Arts for Fondazione Ratti in Como, Italy, from 2004 to 2008 working alongside young international artists and distinguished visiting professors such as Alfredo Jaar, Marjetica Potrc, Joan Jonas and Yona Friedman.

Andrew Rogers
Panel: Process and Creation: Artist Presentations
Andrew Rogers
is a distinguished and internationally recognized artist. He exhibits internationally and his critically acclaimed sculptures and photographs are in numerous private and prominent public collections in Australia and around the world. He receives many international commissions and has created “Rhythms of Life”, the largest contemporary land art undertaking in the world, forming a chain of 48 massive stone structures, or Geoglyphs, spanning the globe. The project has involved over 6,700 people in 13 countries across seven continents.

*Two 7.5m high (24.5’) bronze forms commissioned for the Australian National Airport in Canberra have recently been installed.

Bernar Venet **Canceled**
Keynote Speaker
Bernar Venet
, born in 1941 in the south of France and based in New York since 1966, has been an international leader of Conceptual Art in painting, sculpture and concrete music composition for more than three decades. As early as 1974 he was teaching at the Sorbonne in Paris. Venet is the recipient of major awards and France's highest decoration, the Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur, in 2005. The artist has fulfilled numerous public art commissions, including in Cologne, Japan, Norway, Luxembourg, New York and Chicago. Venet is currently represented by New Zealand’s Gow Langsford Gallery. You will be able to see Mr. Venet’s work at The Farm.



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