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The Blumhardt Foundation

has funded a wide range of activities and people in its work to promote New Zealand craft/object art.

BLUMHARDT GRANTS AWARDED JULY 2017

 

Peter Deckers - support for New Zealand international and national jewellery exhibitions that are part of Handshake 2018. The Handshake project aims to build independent jewellery artists with an innovative and energetic practice.

 

 

 

 

Wellington Potters’ Association - providing new display plinths for their annual Ceramicus exhibition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Auckland Festival of Ceramics 2017 - support for this ever-expanding region-wide celebration and showcase of ceramics and clay that engages the community and appeals to a broad audience.

 

RECIPIENTS FROM THE 28 FEBRUARY FUNDING ROUND

 

Blumhardt Residency:

Renee Bevan, contemporary jeweller based in Auckland, is the inaugural recipient of the Blumhardt Residency.  Renee says “I am looking forward to commencing the Blumhardt Residency which will allow me to embark on an intense period of research and experimentation and explore how human beings imbue meaning on objects. This residency, supported by The Dowse Art Museum will enable me to make new work for Material Matters, an international contemporary jewellery exhibition opening in February 2018 at The Dowse”. 

 

Blumhardt Grants:

Pātaka Art + Museum:  funding for a new publication to accompany the ceramics survey exhibition Wi Taepa : Retrospect at Auckland Art Gallery from February 2018.

Objectspace:  a contribution to the re-development of New Zealand’s only craft, design and architecture dedicated venue. Its new location, which opened in July at 13 Rose Road, Ponsonby, provides more exhibition spaces and a large multi-purpose public programme and event space.

 

CNZ/Blumhardt Curatorial Internship

Creative New Zealand and the Blumhardt Foundation have partnered with the Dowse Art Museum to offer a curatorial internship each year which is focused around craft/object art.  This provides an opportunity for curators, writers and practitioners to develop their curatorial expertise in the field of craft/object art by creating an exhibition, and related publications, at the Dowse Art Museum that enhances craft/object art discourses, knowledge and public visibility.

The Internship has a value of up to $15,000 based on 20 hours a week for 9 months.  The hours and duration of the internship may be varied based on the applicant’s situation.

The 2017 curatorial intern is Simon Gennard.  Simon recently completed his Masters in Art History at Victoria University of Wellington. His writing has appeared in Overland, Turbine, and The Pantograph Punch. He says “Curating, to me, means making oneself available to be humbled; persistently and embarrassingly humbled.  Curating means remaining open to being surprised, challenged, and unsettled by both artists and audiences.”

 

Recipients of funding in 2016

Dame Doreen’s Gift:  Craig McIntosh, carver and jeweller based in Dunedin, is the inaugural recipient of Dame Doreen’s Gift. Growing up in Aotearoa, New Zealand, Craig McIntosh was introduced to carving at an early age. Since 2000, he has exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand. From 2000-2004, he took part in the annual Seibu Netsuke exhibitions in Tokyo Japan. In 2014 he was included in the ‘Wunderruma’ exhibition curated by Karl Fritsch and Warwick Freeman to be shown at Schmuck in Munich, Germany and in the Dowse Art Museum. Since 2013, Craig has taken the time to complete a master’s degree in fine art.

Craig is represented by:

The National  Avid  Masterworks  Fingers Gallery

Blumhardt Grants:

Auckland Festival of Ceramics: Festival publication and Clay-a-thon

Book: Chester Nealie : Etched in Fire

Marlborough Museum: forthcoming publication on Elizabeth Lissaman

Denis O’Connor: residency with Chester Nealie at Gulgong

Jim Cooper: residency at Guldagergaard, International Ceramic Research Centre

Curatorial intern:  Faith Wilson, the 2016 Creative New Zealand / Blumhardt Foundation curatorial Intern, was the curator of Dark Objects  which showed in the Blumhardt Gallery at the Dowse Art Museum from 4 March to 23 July 2017.

Blumhardt sponsored

Etched in Fire

Handshake 1 at the Frame gallery, Handwerksmesse 2013, Munich, Germany

Richard Stratton Knuckle jug

Clayathon 2016 Exhibition at Two Rooms Gallery Virginia Leonards

Renee Bevan

Photo by Sean Atavenitia

Wi Taepa Whitireia 1990s

Image courtesy of Pātaka

Simon Gennard

Faith Wilson

The Blumhardt Foundation

has funded a wide range of activities and people in its work to promote New Zealand craft/art.

BLUMHARDT GRANTS AWARDED JULY 2017

 

Peter Deckers - support for New Zealand international and national jewellery exhibitions that are part of Handshake 2018. The Handshake project aims to build independent jewellery artists with an innovative and energetic practice.

Wellington Potters’ Association - providing new display plinths for their annual Ceramicus exhibition

Auckland Festival of Ceramics 2017 - support for this ever-expanding region-wide celebration and showcase of ceramics and clay that engages the community and appeals to a broad audience.