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Ready Steady Draw - In association with Museum of Wellington City and Sea

Ready Steady Draw - In association with Museum of Wellington City and Sea

Art workshops for the curious in association with the Parkin Prize, New Zealand’s premier award for drawing.

Draw interesting objects from the Museum collection with tutor Denise Durkin from Inverlochy Art School. No experience or materials needed – just bring your enthusiasm.


Every Thursday in August

12.30 to 1.20pm

Contact Museum of Wellington City and Sea to book

The Wolf and the Fox: 'Fairytale' Characters and Creatures | Rieko and minu.
Following their successful "A Curious Nature" art exhibition at Thistle Hall in November 2011, Wellington based Artists Rieko and minu would like to introduce their new exhibition concept "The Wolf and The Fox".

Many of you will have met one or both of these charming young artists at the school. Over the last couple of years Reiko has been a student in a number of painting classes and minu (under her 'real' name) has taught several excellent print work-shops. Read more

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.



Salon des Refuses Inverlochy Portrait Exhibition.

Salon des Refuses Inverlochy Portrait Exhibition.

You may have heard of  New Zealand's Adam Portrait Award?

New Zealand's  'premier' annual competition for portraiture.

Recently the first prize of $15,00 was won by Auckland-based artist Stephen Martyn Welch for his self- portrait - '3 Nights, A Mirror & Loads of Coffee'.  (Right)

The judge was Dr Christopher Chapman, senior curator at the Australian National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.

The wining picture and many of the other entries are currently on display at the Portrait Gallery in Wellington.

Until fairly recently all media were accepted for the award including  painting, drawing, photography and sculpture.

Inverlochy artist and tutor - Denise Durkin - decided  these criteria were a little bit restrictive!

"I began imagining an exhibition - Salon des Refuses - held simultaneously embracing portraits that were outside this narrow standard,either because of their media or the judging choices. With enthusiasm from friends I have set out to achieve this exhibition. Inverlochy’s supportive environment has made it possible this year and perhaps a by-annual event.

 If anyone is interested in exhibiting a portrait in any medium they should get in touch with Denise at  - [email protected] - or just drop the work into the art school (between 9-5pm weekdays)by this Thursday the 1rst of March.

Or just come to the opening on Friday the 2nd of March at the Art School between 5.30 - 7.30pm. The show runs in the gallery in the tea/coffee room until March 9th.



Portrait Gallery

 Dominion Post article on winner - Stephen Martyn Welch

Denise Durkin website

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