Fiona Kerr Gedson https://www.fionakerrgedson.com Tue, 04 Dec 2018 06:47:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9 Lifeline Art Auction & Cocktail Party https://www.fionakerrgedson.com/lifeline-art-auction-cocktail-party/ Fri, 23 Nov 2018 05:40:47 +0000 https://www.fionakerrgedson.com/?p=1133 Artists unite against suicide Opotiki News – Sven Carlsson Opotiki’s Fiona Kerr Gedson is one of several artists to have donated works to help stem the tide of youth suicide in New Zealand. Held at telecommunication entrepreneur Annette Presley’s home in Takapuna last week, the Lifeline Art Auction & Cocktail Party was organised by the […]

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Artists unite against suicide

Opotiki News – Sven Carlsson

Opotiki’s Fiona Kerr Gedson is one of several artists to have donated works to help stem the tide of youth suicide in New Zealand.

Held at telecommunication entrepreneur Annette Presley’s home in Takapuna last week, the Lifeline Art Auction & Cocktail Party was organised by the Jake Millar Foundation.

Mr Millar has recently been named on Forbes Magazine’s “30 under 30″list of individuals in education to watch in North America.

He has created successful start-up companies and has interviewed many famous people.

“The youth suicide rate in New Zealand is the worst in the developed world,” Mr Millar said.

“Every 63 hours a young person in New Zealand takes their life.

“For a population of 4.5 million, in one of the most developed countries in the world, this is shocking.

The event was “all about raising funds and building awareness to fight youth suicide”.

Gedson donated a “geometrically enhanced mandala” to the auction.

The work was made from guinea fowl, peacock, rooster and turkey feathers.

“The gorgeous couple who won the auction for my piece also took home the piece Fiona Pardington donated,” Gedson said.

“I’m happy to be in such good company.”

Currently, Gedson is keeping busy working on commissioned pieces.

“I have just sent seven pieces to Queenstown, for a joint exhibition with Annemieke Farmilo,” she said.

The exhibition is bring held at the Artbay Gallery.

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MiNDFOOD #smartthinking https://www.fionakerrgedson.com/mindfood-smartthinking/ Thu, 21 Dec 2017 09:33:53 +0000 https://www.fionakerrgedson.co.nz/?p=980 By Nature at Artbay Gallery By MiNDFOOD | DECEMBER 21, 2017 Prominent New Zealand based artists Fiona Kerr Gedson and Annemeike Farmillo are showcasing their nature inspired artworks together in Queenstown this holiday season (21st December 2017 – 11th January 2018). The exhibition, entitled ‘By Nature’ will be held at Artbay Gallery’s new Exclusive Exhibitions space overlooking […]

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By Nature at Artbay Gallery

Prominent New Zealand based artists Fiona Kerr Gedson and Annemeike Farmillo are showcasing their nature inspired artworks together in Queenstown this holiday season (21st December 2017 – 11th January 2018).

The exhibition, entitled ‘By Nature’ will be held at Artbay Gallery’s new Exclusive Exhibitions space overlooking Lake Wakatipu. The location couldn’t be better for an exhibition which has been inspired by – and created with – raw New Zealand nature.

Both Fiona Kerr Gedson and Annemeike Farmillo are well-known for their striking and uniquely New Zealand styles which utilise raw, natural materials.

Fiona Kerr Gedson is a multi-award-winning and internationally recognised artist based in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, within the boundaries of the Whakatōhea Iwi. She is perhaps best known for her Mandalas created from the feathers of pest and game birds, predominantly pheasant, peacock and turkey. The form has its origins in ancient Buddhism, but Fiona’s background in the art of Maori weaving techniques brings a New Zealand twist to the designs.

Annemeike Farmillo works from her studio overlooking Lake Karapiro, creating New Zealand’s vast landscapes and natural structures from precious South Island Pounamu (nephrite jade) and hand cut glass. Her artworks are framed in specially designed, black or white timber frames that give space and form to her work, balancing her scenes to perfection. Her work has been acquired by collectors around the world and featured in exhibitions internationally.

“The Pounamu itself creates realistic pictures of valleys with water falls, rugged bluffs and forests filled with birdsong,” says Annemeike.

The exhibition will appeal to those with an interest in nature and contemporary New Zealand art. Entry is free and all of the artworks exhibited will be available for purchase.

Where: Artbay Gallery, Queenstown, New Zealand
When: 21st December 2017 – 11th January 2018

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NZ Life & Leisure Magazine Dec 2017 https://www.fionakerrgedson.com/nz-life-leisure-magazine-dec-2017/ Sun, 26 Nov 2017 21:21:09 +0000 http://www.f.rickyboyce.me/?p=970 NZ Life & Leisure Magazine Dec 2017 Issue 76 High Street to the Hills. BY NATURE 23 December to 11 January, Artbay Gallery, Queenstown. Interpreting nature and the cultural identity of Aotearoa are centre stage in a joint exhibition by Waikato-based artist Annemieke Farmilo who works in pounamu, glass and found objects, and Ōpōtiki-based artist Fiona […]

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NZ Life & Leisure Magazine Dec 2017 Issue 76

High Street to the Hills.

BY NATURE 23 December to 11 January, Artbay Gallery, Queenstown.

Interpreting nature and the cultural identity of Aotearoa are centre stage in a joint exhibition by Waikato-based artist Annemieke Farmilo who works in pounamu, glass and found objects, and Ōpōtiki-based artist Fiona Kerr Gedson who uses feathers as her medium. Using organically sourced materials is a fundamental principle for both Netherlands-born Farmilo and for Kerr Gedson, who grew up alongside Tūhoe in Tāneatua and Ruātoki. The exhibition includes two-dimensional sculptures and framed works in feathers centred in the Buddhist meditative mandala motif of inner stillness. artbay.co.nz

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Rotorua Art Award Finalist https://www.fionakerrgedson.com/rotorua-art-award-finalist/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 01:41:50 +0000 /?p=917 This is my piece which was selected as a finalist for the Rotorua Art Awards. The exhibition runs until October 6 2017 at the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre. It’s well worth a look if you’re in Rotorua!

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This is my piece which was selected as a finalist for the Rotorua Art Awards. The exhibition runs until October 6 2017 at the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre. It’s well worth a look if you’re in Rotorua!

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Ōpōtiki News https://www.fionakerrgedson.com/opotiki-news-aug-29-2017/ Wed, 30 Aug 2017 03:35:25 +0000 /?p=892 Feathers make a positive impression. By SVEN CARLSSON. POSITIVE intentions and mathematical relationships are some of the factors in Opotiki artist Fiona Kerr Gedson’s current work. Recognised nationally and internationally for her art, Kerr Gedson has specialised in creating intricate mandalas from the feathers of birds. The art form has its origins in ancient Buddhism […]

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Feathers make a positive impression.

By SVEN CARLSSON.

POSITIVE intentions and mathematical relationships are some of the factors in Opotiki artist Fiona Kerr Gedson’s current work.

Recognised nationally and internationally for her art, Kerr Gedson has specialised in creating intricate mandalas from the feathers of birds.

The art form has its origins in ancient Buddhism and, with her background in Maori weaving technique, Kerr Gedson has added a distinctively New Zealand angle to the meditation practice.

“True to the aim of the mandala meditation traditions, the pieces are designed to help the viewer find a gap in the bustle of everyday life,” she said.

Kerr Gedson said her artwork had undergone a shift two years ago when she started to bring geometry into her mandala work.

A radio interview with Ockham Residential’s Mark Todd had inspired her and added a new dimension to her mandalas.

“He is a mathematician who is using his thinking to create positive solutions and contributions to society,” she said.

Mathematical thinking was a way of enhancing creativity, of problem-solving in real life situations.

“Fundamentally, maths is quality in relationships,” Kerr Gedson said.

With mandalas having been used as a meditation tool for a long time, Kerr Gedson hoped that her “geometrically enhanced” mandala would further expand quality relationships and be positive contributions.

When the OPOTIKI NEWS caught up with the artist, she was shipping one of her artworks as an entry to the Rotorua Art Awards, which will be held at the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre on September 8.

Another of her pieces has been selected as a finalist in the Arts Gold Awards, with the announcements from the judges coming on Saturday, September 16 at the Russell Henderson Gallery in Alexandra.

There is more good news from the deep south, with Kerr Gedson having been chosen for a joint exhibition with Waikato-based artist Annemieke Farmilo during the upcoming holiday season.

Running from December 21 to January 11, the exhibition called “By Nature” will be displayed at an exclusive exhibition space in Queenstown.

Artbay Gallery founder Pauline Bianchi said the two artists had been selected for the exhibition because of their “striking and uniquely New Zealand styles, which utilise raw, natural materials”.

“The exhibition will appeal to those with an interest in nature and contemporary New Zealand art,” she said. Bianchi said the works by the two artists would be showcased in the Artbay Gallery’s new and exclusive exhibition space.

Opened last year, the exhibition space was located in Queenstown’s new waterfront icon, the Eichardt’s Building.

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Arts Gold National Art Award https://www.fionakerrgedson.com/arts-gold-national-art-award/ Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:51:52 +0000 /?p=878 This piece has been selected as a finalist for the National Award opening on the 16th of September 2017 in Central Otago.

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This piece has been selected as a finalist for the National Award opening on the 16th of September 2017 in Central Otago.

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The Real Ōpōtiki https://www.fionakerrgedson.com/the-real-opotiki/ Wed, 08 Feb 2017 21:20:34 +0000 /?p=804 Opotiki art has been travelling up and down the country as part of The Real Opotiki – a vibrant exhibition of well-recognised and emerging artists with strong connections to the Opotiki district. Following the success of exhibitions on Ponsonby Road in Auckland and Goddard Arcade in Tauranga, The Real Opotiki has been invited to exhibit […]

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Opotiki art has been travelling up and down the country as part of The Real Opotiki – a vibrant exhibition of well-recognised and emerging artists with strong connections to the Opotiki district.

Following the success of exhibitions on Ponsonby Road in Auckland and Goddard Arcade in Tauranga, The Real Opotiki has been invited to exhibit in Bowen House in Wellington this February.

The East Coast Member of Parliament, Hon Anne Tolley, will be part of the opening event for the exhibition.

“I’m pleased to invite The Real Opotiki to Bowen House in Wellington to display art with a connection to the Opotiki district. My home electorate has some incredibly talented artists, and this exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the unique art that’s being created there.

“I’m looking forward to showing some of my colleagues around the display, and I encourage everyone to come along for a taste of sunny Opotiki right here in the Capital.”

The exhibition does more than showcase the talent of Opotiki, it is also a fundraiser for Te Tāhuhu o te Rangi, the community space, research centre and library planned for the District.

Opotiki Deputy Mayor, Lyn Riesterer, said that it was a delight to be able to bring the display to the capital from 9 February 2017.

“This opportunity to display incredible Opotiki art in Wellington is a two-fold win for the project; supporting Opotiki artists and raising awareness and funds for our new facility, back home.

“Bowen House is a beautiful location in the heart of Wellington and we are very proud to have our art on display in such a well-known building.

“We are also very pleased that our local MP and Minister for Local Government, Hon Anne Tolley, is opening the exhibition and introducing our art to Wellingtonians,” Ms Riesterer said.

The exhibition will open to the public on the 9 February and finishes on 10 March 2017.

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Paramore Prize: Art + Innovation https://www.fionakerrgedson.com/paramore-prize-art-innovation/ Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:59:47 +0000 /?p=786 Paramor Prize: Art + Innovation 2017 I’ve just been advised that this piece has been accepted as a finalist in the Paramor Prize: Art + Innovation in Liverpool, NSW – yay! The exhibition launch is 18 February and runs till 24 April at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. “Artwork submissions should address ideas about innovation and […]

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Paramor Prize: Art + Innovation 2017

I’ve just been advised that this piece has been accepted as a finalist in the Paramor Prize: Art + Innovation in Liverpool, NSW – yay!

The exhibition launch is 18 February and runs till 24 April at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.

“Artwork submissions should address ideas about innovation and visions for our future. The union of contemporary art and innovation in creative practice has the potential to generate new knowledge, ideas and processes. The Paramor Prize encourages new ways of seeing, experiencing and interpreting the world around us.”

GE Mandala

Mathematical thinking is not what many perceive it to be; boring. In fact, Mathematical thinking is a way of enhancing creativity, of problem solving in real life situations. Fundamentally, Maths is Quality in Relationships.

I’m paraphrasing Mark Todd, of the Ockham Foundation, after hearing him interviewed on National Radio. Here is a Mathematician who is using his thinking to create positive solutions and contributions to society.

I found this inspiring. I have Geometrically Enhanced these Mandalas with the hope of expanding Quality Relationships and Positive Contributions; let’s meditate on that!

 

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Staging a Whare – Kāinga Tuatahi Project https://www.fionakerrgedson.com/736-2/ Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:45:25 +0000 /?p=736 By Alice Pearson At the beginning of this year I had the honour of working with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust through the Kāinga Tuatahi project, a 30-house village located on ancestral land at Bastion Point. The project has a strong emphasis on providing affordable housing for their tribe, while achieving stunning contemporary design and community. […]

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By Alice Pearson

At the beginning of this year I had the honour of working with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust through the Kāinga Tuatahi project, a 30-house village located on ancestral land at Bastion Point. The project has a strong emphasis on providing affordable housing for their tribe, while achieving stunning contemporary design and community. My role was to stage their first completed whare for their own portfolio. 

At first I didn’t put myself forward for this project, as I didn’t have the confidence to bring Maori elements into my interior design, it was a piece of art that gave me the inspiration to try. When travelling through Ohope I viewed a local art gallery, 4 Artsake.  I discovered this stunning piece of art by Fiona Kerr Gedson, an artist from Ōpōtiki. Fiona was taught to weave as a child by local Maori women, you could see that Maori heritage through her piece and yet it is contemporary and stunningly creative. I witnessed how art could reflect the past while being on trend within the present. There is so much beauty in Maori culture and I wanted to challenge myself to do what Fiona had done within my expertise of home staging. I believe to furnish a home, you give it the ability to speak, to say to individuals things like “rest”, “play”, “relax”, “enjoy” and “connect”. For a project as significant as this one I hoped my work would say to Ngati Whatua Orakei and the new owners of this whare, “You are Home”.

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Arts Revealed Eastern Bay of Plenty https://www.fionakerrgedson.com/711-2/ Tue, 02 Aug 2016 23:41:11 +0000 /?p=711 Arts Revealed Eastern Bay of Plenty Conversations with artists, writers, musicians and performers Heather Hourigan & Andrea Cooper Fiona Kerr Gedson page 98

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Arts Revealed Eastern Bay of Plenty

Conversations with artists, writers, musicians and performers

Heather Hourigan & Andrea Cooper

Fiona Kerr Gedson page 98

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