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  • Wed 19 Oct ’11, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 20 Oct ’11, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 21 Oct ’11, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 22 Oct ’11, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 23 Oct ’11, 11:00am – 5:00pm
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Port Nelson, Vickerman Street, Nelson


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Seven of New Zealand’s most celebrated jewellers are combining in an exhibition which will challenge the conventional boundaries of artistic disciplines.

Shed brings together artists who challenge the dimensions between jewellery and sculpture and in doing so have achieved recognition on national and international stages.

Warwick Freeman, Ani O'Neil, Niki Hastings McFall, Areta Wilkinson, Joe Sheehan, Jason Hall, and Andrea Daly will exhibit both jewellery and sculptural pieces.

All have work in public collections and it will be the first time that Freeman, who is credited with helping revolutionise contemporary New Zealand jewellery, will exhibit in both art forms.

The Nelson Sculpture Trust, which is hosting the exhibition, was formed to commission significant sculpture in the top of the south city. The trust hopes Shed’s location, in an old Port Nelson shed overlooking Nelson’s Haulashore Island, will encourage exhibition goers to think about the range of possibilities available for a multi-million dollar sculptural commission there.

Trust director Rebecca Hamid says the distinctions drawn between jewellery as craft, and sculpture as fine art are artificial. “Such distinctions are arbitrary and often say more about hierarchies and values than matters of substance or content in the artist’s practice.” The aesthetic, making, scale and materials are these artists primary concerns. “They have moved between the dimensions of jewellery and sculpture, employing a conceptual rigour to their practice.”

The exhibition will challenge issues of scale and its relationship to the particular narrative the artists have developed. Hamid is hoping the exhibition will stimulate viewers to think about the importance of scale and materials in any work.

This exhibition will be held at Shed 1 Port Nelson, 272 Wakefield Quay.

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