Stoneleigh Sculpture in the Gardens

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Twenty New Zealand sculptors have been named to take part in this summer’s Stoneleigh Sculpture in the Gardens exhibition at the Auckland Botanic Gardens in Manurewa.

The curatorial panel of Alexa Johnston, Leo Jew and Lisa Reihana made their selection from a list of 72 proposals including many artists that took part in the 2007-08 exhibition.

“Once again there was a great deal of interest from artists wanting to take part and exhibit their work in Auckland’s wonderful Botanic Gardens,” says Ms Johnston.

“We are all very pleased with the selection and are confident that this will be as memorable and enjoyable an exhibition as last time. Selection criteria included the relevance of the sculpture to a garden setting and its suitability to both the outdoors and a public open space.”

Stoneleigh Sculpture in the Gardens is a three-month exhibition of large-scale outdoor sculpture set amid the garden collections at the Auckland Botanic Gardens. This year’s exhibition runs from Saturday 7 November 2009 to Sunday 14 February 2010. Entry to Stoneleigh Sculpture in the Gardens is free.

The selection includes Barry Lett, winner of the inaugural Stoneleigh Sculpture in the Gardens Supreme Award (McConnell Property) and Peter Lange, whose work Campsite was purchased by the Friends of the Auckland Botanic Gardens for its permanent sculpture collection. Campsite can be seen on the central lawn in front of the main lakes.

This year’s participating artists will gather at the gardens in early April to select sites for their sculptures, meet with the show’s sponsors and patrons, and spend some time getting to know a little more about the Auckland Botanic Gardens.
Naming right sponsor Stoneleigh, a Pernod Ricard brand, returns to support the exhibition. Details of this year’s Supreme Award will be announced in the coming weeks.

More than 314,000 people visited the inaugural Stoneleigh Sculpture in the Gardens between November 2007 and the end of January 2008. The duration of the second show has been extended by two weeks to allow more people to enjoy the artworks and visit the gardens while the show is on.

Sculptors chosen to exhibit in Stoneleigh Sculpture in the Gardens 2009-10 are:

  • Russell Beck
  • Todd Butterworth
  • Bing Dawe
  • John Edgar
  • Fiona Garlick
  • Aiko Groot
  • Chris Hargreaves
  • Christine Hellyar
  • Tui Hobson
  • Gaye Jurisich
  • Peter Lange
  • Barry Lett
  • Dave McCracken
  • Phil Neary
  • Phil Newbury
  • Jamie Pickernell
  • Colleen Ryan-Priest
  • Jeff Thomson
  • Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi
  • Richard Wedekind

For further information:
Contact Micheline Newton, Visitor Services Manager Auckland Botanic Gardens, 09 267 1457 ext 229
Suzanne Stickney, ARC Communications, 09 366 2000 ext 8273 or 021 412 001.

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