The Portage is nigh…

This year’s judge Ingrid Murphy arrives next week. Her first tasks will be to view her initial selection of work and confirm their selection, or not, then to choose the prizewinners . Following that she embarks upon a visit down country – this year flying visits to Queenstown, Dunedin and Nelson. She will give talks and workshops and return to Auckland on Tuesday 10th.

Ingrid is Head of Ceramics, called Subject Leader at Cardiff Metropolitan University in Wales which is probably the UK’s leading institution for education in Applied Arts these days. She has always taught alongside studio practice and has been in that position in Cardiff for the past four years. See pic of her below, and to know more about her own work – she is currently a finalist in the British Ceramics Biennial – you will find images and links on that website. In fact it’s pretty interesting to view all the artists in what could be termed Britain’s Portage Award.

Ingrid Murphy

Ingrid Murphy

Thursday 12th , at Te Uru, Titirangi is the opening of the Portage Awards and announcement of the winners – $15,000 or a Residency at Guldagergaard, Skaelskor, Denmark. Exhibition with all finalists and a solo exhibition by Richard Stratton, winner of the last Guldagergaard Residency. Tickets from the gallery.

Friday 13th opening Objectspace, 8 Ponsonby Road, 6pm of Empire of Dirt – ceramic exhibition plus the launch of a new NZ publication of writing around and about ceramics. Blue Black installation in the window.

Afterwards, an open invitation for those interested, a relaxed gathering at my place, just down the hill at 14 Sheridan Lane, Freemans Bay as opportunity to gather, talk and meet the judge, Ingrid and her husband, Jon. (Just refrain from flashing your phne camera with images of your work… please) Please bring contribution for the supper…Any time from 7-30 but we won’t be late as Clayathon is the next morning…. All welcome.

Saturday 14th Clayathon… all day bus tour around all the ceramics oriented venues. Begins at 9-15am and heads for eight venues in west /central Auckland. It includes new venues such as Te Toi Uku (Art of Clay) museum for ceramics, another visit to Te Uru where Ingrid will do a walk-around her choices in the show. Something of a firing spectacle at Corban Estate and a visit to Brendan Adams Front Room Gallery with works by Campbell Hegan and Ande Barrett-Hegan. A landing at Anna Miles new gallery space where high tea will be served, Masterworks and the Gus Fisher, plus a performance at Objectspace at 2-45pm. Artists, Emily Siddell, Kate Fitzharris, Richard Stratton and Paul Hartigan all giving talks at various venues plus you will be informed, entertained, fed and watered at intervals the whole day…. finishing about 6pm. Just in time to totter to bed!

You must register for this!

Bookings are essential and payment must be received no later than Friday 6 November 2015.

Booking & enquiries to:

09 9236646

Cost of $65 includes:

Commentary on board the bus and a paper bag

lunch with meat or vegetarian options available.

Payment options: MasterCard or Visa, cash or cheque, payable to Gus Fisher Gallery.

Further details may be found at…

Detailed programme will be forwarded on receipt of payment.


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