Thursday May 3, 2018
From Wales to Welly – rising art star comes to capital Contemporary fine artist Charlotte Giblin is the first person to admit that her creative path has taken some unexpected turns, but the Welsh-born potter-turned-portrait-artist wouldn’t have it any other way. “After 10 years of running my own pottery business in Cardiff it was time to try something new” says Charlotte. “So I rented out my Welsh cottage and got a one-way ticket to Auckland with my Kiwi partner – even though I’d never
been to New Zealand before.” Having received permanent residency in 2010, Charlotte established herself on the local art scene as a successful administrator. She returned to her own artistic roots when she moved to Whitianga in 2012, setting up drawing and painting classes while working on an extended series of Coromandel landscapes which were compiled into a book. Wandering Under Big Skies
Charlotte Giblin with a portrait of her mother at an exhibition in March. PHOTO: Supplied
Colonial-era documents feature at National Library A multi-award winning permanent exhibition of three of New Zealand’s iconic constitutional documents now features at the National Library. He Tohu was developed in partnership between Crown and Maori with an ambitious vision: ‘’He whakapapa korero, he whenua kura – Talking about our past to create a better future.’’ The documents are the 1835 He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni – Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand; 1840 Te Tiriti o Waitangi – Treaty of Waitangi, and the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition – Te Petihana Whakamana Poti Wahine. The exhibition has attracted more than 35,000 visitors since the opening, including around 6000 school children. He Tohu was designed not only to preserve these precious original documents for generations to come but to encourage discussion and debate about what it means to be a New Zealander. Extensive new research into the documents’ signatories
means visitors can explore their personal connections to the documents. It is estimated that many thousands of New Zealanders will have a family member who was signatory to one of these historic documents and may now discover that connection via a visit to He Tohu. The exhibition has already won seven awards in the prestigious Designers’ Institute of New Zealand’s Best Awards, the largest design awards in Australasia. It is open at the National Library on Molesworth St six days a week and entry is free. Internal Affairs spokesman Darin To’o says it is important people visit the exhibition as talking about New Zealand’s past helps to create a better future. “Without people to talk about them, without people to care for them, these taonga will be silenced.” He Tohu will celebrate its birthday with a Whanau Day on May 19. The free event from 10am will feature contemporary te reo and Pasifika music, storytelling and 3-D printing.
has been a great success, as a popular book to remind local residents of the beauty of their surroundings, as well as a unique souvenir for international tourists and visitors. She has twice been selected as a finalist in the Adam Portraiture Awards (2016, 2018) and this year was invited to exhibit at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington. “This is such an exciting month for me – I’ve got a really unusual Wellington double.
“I’m giving a talk at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery about the evolution of my painting career on the same day that my new work is on show at Academy Galleries. “What a way to arrive in the Capital!” Charlotte is giving a free presentation at the NZ Portrait Gallery (Shed 11, Queen’s Wharf) this Saturday at 11am-12pm and her latest artwork can be seen as part of SOLO 44 at Academy Galleries (1 Queen’s Wharf) from May 5 to June 6.
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