Gallery Exhibitions

Coast – Mandy Gargiulo & Brent Forbes

A collaboration of sculptural ceramics and paintings, featuring new work from renowned Nelson ceramist Mandy Gargiulo and paintings by Timaru artist Brent Forbes.

RED Art Gallery – 1 Bridge Street, Nelson | Friday September 30 to Saturday October 15

Opening hours :  Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4pm, Saturday 9am - 3pm

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Fiona Sutherland & Sue Scobie

Fiona Sutherland

Born in Scotland, Fiona Sutherland grew up in an artistic family and was influenced by her father David Sutherland, the legendary Beano artist for over 50 years. She graduated in Fine Art, specializing in Sculpture from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee Scotland. Her career in art has enabled her to live in many places including London working part-time at Madame Tussauds, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Australia for 14 years where she has many public art pieces permanently located in Queensland and New South Wales. In 2008, she moved to Nelson, New Zealand, where she continues to create her sculptures from her home-based studio.

Sue Scobie

Sue Scobie first started working with ceramics part-time at Hornsby TAFE Northern Sydney in the early 1990s. At the same time she was studying full time for a Master of Science (Ecotoxicology) at the University of Technology, Sydney. After returning to New Zealand, she pursued a full-time science-based career until the lure of ceramics got the better of her. After four years working part-time and studying, Sue completed a Diploma in Ceramic Art from the School of Art at Otago Polytechnic in November 2009. Sue takes her inspiration from the colours, forms, sounds and textures of the land, sea and bush. Her work explores the tactile nature of unglazed surfaces and the subtlety of finishes which can be achieved without glaze. All of her work is hand-formed by pinching and coiling using combinations of porcelain and stoneware clays with the silky, translucent porcelain contrasting with the rough, gritty stoneware. 

Parker Gallery – 90 Achilles Avenue, Nelson | Saturday October 1 to Sunday October 9

Opening hours : Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 10am - 2pm or by appointment.

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[Photo credits: Fiona Sutherland - Me & My Parrots | Sue Scobie - Folding Form]

Hanging Hope – Madame Lama

18a – 18a Vanguard Street, Nelson | Saturday October 1 to Sunday October 9

Meet the artist: Saturday October 8, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Opening hours (from Sunday October 1 to Sunday October 9): 11am - 4pm

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History of ClayIconic Domestic Ware from the Suter Collection

The Suter foyer will host a selection of works from the early days of Nelson Tasman ceramics.

With examples of domestic ware by Mirek Smíšek, Crewenna (Harry and May Davis) and Waimea (Jack and Peggy Laird) Potteries, this exhibition will showcase the birth of the clay tradition in this region.

[Photo credit: Teapot by Mirek Smíšek. Gifted to The Suter Art Gallery by Miss Verna Corbett in 1984]

The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū – 208 Bridge Street, Nelson | Saturday October 1 to Sunday October 9

Open every day: 9.30am - 4.30pm

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Leigh Thompson

Viewfinder window will be hosting Leigh Thompson's beautiful organic clay lamp and sconce forms over Nelson Clay Week. Leigh describes herself as 'an intuitive creative,  working with clay and fibre, in functional art and spatial design.' Her work intersects light and sculpture using natural elements of the water flow and rock formations as an inspiration.

Leigh works from her studio on the beautiful Tahunanui Hills in Nelson. You can find her work for sale at Hot Clay on Hardy St. Follow her practice here

Viewfinder window is installing her work for Nelson Clay Week across two sites, in Bank Lane and the new second window based in Nelson Arts Festival HQ in Morrisons Square.

VIEWFINDER Windows | Saturday October 1 to Saturday October 15
Bank Lane - 218 Trafalgar Street, Nelson

Nelson Arts Festival HQ, Morrison Square

Opening hours: all day

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Nelson Community Potters

A collection of ceramic pieces made by members of Nelson Community Potters.

ATELIER Studio|Gallery – 1/329 Trafalgar Street, Nelson | Saturday October 1 to Saturday October 8

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm

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Our Collections

Featuring pieces from Stuart Newby's and Darryl Frost's personal collections - works by Stuart, Darryl and guests.

Frost & Fire Art Gallery – 107 Harley Road, Tasman | Saturday October 1 to Sunday October 16

Opening hours: every day 10am - 4pm

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[Photo credit: Darryl Frost]

Pushing Clay Uphill Forsyth Barr Ceramics Award and Exhibition

A celebration and recognition of innovative contemporary ceramic art.

Refinery ArtSpace – 114, Hardy Street, Nelson | Saturday October 1 to Sunday October 15

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 2pm

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Rebekah Hall

The creative process for Rebekah is always a slow one, it is about taking time to connect with the natural world surrounding her, exploring this a little deeper but also listening to the emotional response that this observation and connection ignites within.  

Inspiration comes from pattern, texture and colours found within the stunning landscape of the Marlborough Sounds.

Working with a select range of clays, Rebekah aims for her sculptural forms to be an elegant, simple, restrained nod to the original inspiration rather than a direct copy. She will often incorporate local clays and sand into the work giving her work and herself a sense of place.

More recently she has become intrigued by beauty found in decay, of both natural and manmade forms, by colours changing over time through weathering, by the disintegration of material returning to the earth, and shadows created by the skeleton left behind.

These works encourage viewers to get close and explore from different viewpoints, to connect with the artist in a shared story of place.

Rebekah Hall is a ceramic artist living and working at the top of the South Island New Zealand. Originally a Mental Health Nurse from the UK she moved to New Zealand with her family in 2005.

She initially undertook studies in Sculpture, Design and Life Drawing at Hungry Creek Art School in Puhoi, followed by a Level 6 Diploma in Ceramic Art at Auckland Studio Potters in 2013 via Otago Polytechnic

A move to Marlborough in 2016 saw her reconnect with her art practice, and she now works full time from The Kauri Tree Studio at her home in Picton.

Wall to Wall – 112 Bridge Street, Nelson | Saturday October 1 to end of March 2023

Opening hours : Monday to Saturday 10am - 4pm, Sunday 11am - 2pm (until Labour Weekend, then Sunday 10am - 4pm)

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[Photo credit: Rebekah Hall - Wild Clay]

Sophie Lemaire-Sicre

Sophie Lemaire-Sicre is a designer and object maker based in Tāmaki Makaurau New Zealand, with an ambition to create a playful approach to domestic living. With a strong narrative weaved throughout, Studio Lemaire pieces thoughtfully fuse together a foundation of traditional pottery with contemporary methods

Craig Potton Gallery + Store – 255 Hardy Street, Nelson | Saturday October 1 to Saturday October 8

Opening hours : Monday to Friday 11am - 4pm, Saturday 10am - 2pm

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[Photo credit: Sophie Lemaire-Sicre]

Thomas Baker

Contemplation Gallery, The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū – 208 Bridge Street, Nelson | Saturday October 1 to Saturday October 9

Open every day 9.30am - 4.30pm

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Whakapuāwai – Students and Alumni from the Dunedin School of Art

Works by students and alumni from the Dunedin School of Art, showcasing a thriving new generation of potters and ceramic artists.

g_space – NMIT G-Block, 65 Nile Street, Nelson | Saturday October 1 to Sunday October 9

Open every day 10am - 4pm

Facebook: @NMITNZ

[Photo credit: Scott Brough - Jug]

What things say about us - Group exhibition

A group exhibition showcasing seven contemporary ceramicists from across Aotearoa.  Each artist creates mahi that is unmistakably their own.  Intricate carving and formality contrasts with playful irreverence, beauty sits alongside the purposefully misshapen and eyes watch you from the strangest of beings.  

Presenting: Aaron Scythe – Kate Fitzharris – Laurie Steer – Steve Fullmer – Stevei Houkāmau – Tracy Keith – Yvonne Guillot

Quiet Dog Gallery – 33 Wakatu Lane, Nelson | Friday September 23 to Saturday October 15

Opening hours : Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday 1 and Saturday 8 October 9am - 4pm, remaining Saturdays 9am - 1pm

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[Photo credit: Yvonne Guillot - On Edge]

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