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In 1995 a group of important artists and bookmakers associated with Wellington’s Inverlochy Art School created a limited boxed edition of original prints. This exclusive project was created as a special gift to institutions and sponsors in appreciation of their support to Inverlochy Art School.

Twenty years later in 2015 we invited them back to Inverlochy, to show their new and retrospective work alongside the original boxed edition, in an exhibition entitled 'Twenty Summers'. Incredibly after twenty years ALL of the artists were located, and enthusiastically agreed to participate. Some are sending work from as far away as Australia and the UK, and Cameron Drawbridge has very kindly agreed to provide prints by his father, the late John Drawbridge MBE. John was such an important part of the Print Studio, and a great teacher and mentor to many New Zealand printmakers. The focus of the exhibition... Read more

Follow this link to fascinating talk by Philip Ball. It played on National Radio and this links to the National Radio site. At nearly 49 minutes long it is well worth a listen. Thanks Radio NZ for airing your many arts programmes. Read more

Rosemary Mortimer wins at 34th Mini Print International of Cadaqués 2014

Rosemary Mortimer wins at 34th Mini Print International of Cadaqués 2014

Tutor Rosemary Mortimer wins at the  34th Mini Print International of Cadaqués 2014. Rosemary will be teaching our Thursday Morning Printmaking class in Term 1. Have a look at Rosemary's class; have a look at Cadaqués website here. Select "Access to content" and her work is on page 13 of the online catalogue.

Holiday Programme; It's winter but we're having a great time.

Holiday Programme; It's winter but we're having a great time.

I arrived at Inverlochy this morning and there were already children here, waiting, it's early though and one girl taps and flicks at her 'phone while the other sits looking around, legs swinging from a chair that's too high, she's new and no doubt still interested in the height of our ceilings and the plaster decor that adorns them.

Then another car pulls up and out jumps three kids, they run up the steps shouting back to parents below, one almost leap frogs a decorative pedestal, a remnant and reminder of the past, the grand house that that once stood alone surrounded by tennis courts and trees. Many trees remain and include a hundred foot tall Norfolk pine and of course the house, large and impressive. Other cars arrive and more children come running and dancing up the steps, it's a crisp, clear, cool morning and with their breath before them they run and jump just like dragons on a quest. 

Inside the house it's warm and cozy, children greet each other excitedly, they throw down bags, then someone discovers the old piano in the hallway, there's a tentative few notes as it's tested, it works! chopsticks fills the air, full percussive bass and a sweet tink tink tink as the right hand play melody; I take a look to see who's playing, there's three of them, two little girls who can hardly see over the keyboard and a very tall boy in the middle, each one playing a different part of the piano. They finish the piece and and one of the girls plays a jazz standard, I forget the title, a  Cole Porter piece I think, it was written decades before she was born but she plays it beautifully, I stand and listen while children chat and run and start donning smocks for the art lessons that will start in the next few minutes. The jazz standard finishes and Robbie voice appears above the din "OK everybody in the common room" children come from outside, from the hall way, from upstairs and suddenly the common room is is full; Robbie gives instructions for the day above the excited chatter. It's the second day and there's art works to finish and new works to begin....drawings, paintings, clay models, all made between the old wooden and tiled floors and the high plaster ceilings of this grand old house; brought alive by the students who love to learn, I can hear low noises coming from the rooms now, I take a peek inside, I see concentrated faces and hands working assuredly at a creation, nobody notices me and I close the door; time for a coffee while I work out next terms programme.



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