2018 Small Sculpture Prize Fieldwork Workshops ZAFAA 2018 Portage Awards 2017 Humdrop Taking Shape 2017 Parkin Drawing Prize Coils of Clay Small Sculpture Prize 2017 MMCA: Painting & Drawing Friends Portage 2016 Buzz Carpet Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 3D The First Year Being Nice is Easy Portage 2015 Rare Form VIVID Paradise Sumner Art Window 2015 NZPPA Lush wins! Portage Ceramic Awards 2014 2014 Waiheke Art Award Thesis @ Woman Made Gallery National Contemporary Art Award Two-Woman Show MFA Show 2014 Punch & Crunch 2013 Portage Awards The Ooze Factor 2013 Parkin Prize Rack of Laundry with a Garbage Foam Graduate Lecture Transition: SAIC@AU MFA Open Studios Portage Awards Studio 338 Show your colour BOUNDLESS Free Rein Takeaway CAG Blog Fulbright Award Exquisite Corpse II Exquisite Corpse I Writ Large Collaborative Sketching More PARADE-ing PARADE! Alter Piece PARADE in progress Ready Made Foray Playlist Refining My Playlist En Plein Air En Masse Domestic Interiors Avenues Feature Art News: IN BOX IN BOX Exhibition IN BOX FMC 2010 Report Flying Colours Studio JAR Art NZ Review Collect III Bowl Me Over Early Health Hudek Symposium Amersfoortse Courant ENCORE! ENCORE! PRINT Gallery Farewell Tour NZ Herald Review Pic n Mix II Pic n Mix Take Two Muesli Tweets KALEID editions Festive Hoopla! Late Night Litho Wallace Art Awards Residency Results FMC Residency Muesli Tijd! Weighing In COCA Award seen this century Wie is dat? European Galleries Mini-Print Opening Big Bertha III Solo Show at AGA Big Bertha II Delushious Mini Print Success Big Bertha I Printjes Urban Play AGA Finland Symposium Solo Show NEW LOOK WEBSITE!!!! London Residency

2018 Small Sculpture Prize

2018 Small Sculpture Prize
Waiheke Community Art Gallery, Waiheke Island
30 March - 29 April, 2018

This is a National Award for an original free-standing or wall sculpture up to 800mm in any dimension. Transverse is a finalist alongside 31 other works chosen by the selector and judge Matthew Von Sturmer. There is a Premier Prize of $3000 and a Merit Prize of $1000.

Fieldwork Workshops

CoCA Create! Fieldwork Workshops
Join artist Janna van Hasselt and have some fun with wire! Janna will lead workshops responding to the works in Peter Robinson's Fieldwork exhibition. Kids will create something to take home and will work together on a larger sculpture to stay at CoCA!

17 March - 7-10 year olds
14 April - 10-13 year olds
28 April - all ages
Bookings essential!

ZAFAA 2018

Zonta Ashburton Female Art Award 2018
Ashburton Art Gallery
March 3 - 31, 2018

This award exhibition presented by The Zonta Club of Ashburton in partnership with the Ashburton Art Gallery showcases the works of emerging and mid-career female artists based in Canterbury.

Flakeskin has been selected as a finalist as one of 29 other works vying for the Premier Award; and 3 further artists are eligible for the Young Generation Award.

Premier Award: Emma Fitts
Young Generation Award: Emma Mealings

Portage Awards 2017

Portage Ceramic Awards 2017
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery
10 November 2017 – 11 February, 2018

Plaidskin has made the cut for the 2017 Portage Ceramics Awards (and features on the cover of the exhibition catalogue). The judge this year is Whanganui-based writer and curator Emma Bugden.

Premier Award: Richard Stratton
Guldagergaard Residency: Andrea du Chatenier
Merit Awards: Cheryl Lucas, John Parker and Amanda Shanley 
Peoples' Choice Award: Kiya Nancarrow.


First Thursdays: DREAMSCAPES
Annah Stretton window at The Colombo, Christchurch
August 2 - 4, 2018

Two and three dimensions collide in an explosion of exuberant colour and pattern; Humdrop is a psychedelic feast for the eyes!

Taking Shape

Taking Shape
grey, 37 Scanlan Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland
preview: 5-7pm, Tuesday 15 August
10am-3pm Tuesday to Saturday, until 26 August

A group exhibition featuring Kate Banazi, Annie Sandano, Sarah Williams, Janna van Hasselt and Tevita Sung.
Taking Shape brings together a group of artists concerned with geometry; manipulating the properties and relations of points, lines, surfaces and figures in space to captivating effect.

2017 Parkin Drawing Prize

My work Sprinkle Spool has been selected as one of 84 finalists in the 2017 Parkin Drawing Prize. The judge is New Zealand painter Seraphine Pick who will select the winner to be announced on August 1 at the gala opening.

2017 Parkin Drawing Prize
New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts
1 Queens Wharf, Wellington
August 2 - September 3, 2017

More information and the full list of finailists here

Coils of Clay

With CoCA Create! and artist Janna van Hasselt, learn how to coil-build and extrude clay to create sculptures inspired by David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind.

CoCA Create! Coils of Clay
Wednesdays April 19 and 26, 1-3pm

For more information and to book tickets click here

Small Sculpture Prize 2017

Crimp makes the cut in the 2017 Small Sculpture Award. The judge this year is Dr Zara Stanhope, Principal Curator at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and Adjunct Professor at AUT University, Auckland.

Her comments on the work: 'Where does the boundary between design and chaos, beauty and commonplace lie in Janna van Hasselt’s Crimp?'

Small Sculpture Prize 2017
Waiheke Community Art Gallery
Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand
14 April - 15 May, 2017

More information and the award results here

MMCA: Painting & Drawing

Peacock Flounder has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award: Painting and Drawing. It is an honour to be a part of the exhibition of 80 finalists as chosen by Judge Felicity Milburn, curator at Christchurch Art Gallery.

2017 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award: Painting and Drawing
Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi The Whakatane Library and Exhibition Centre.
January 28 - March 12, 2017

More information and award results here


A stack of my Being Nice is Easy pieces features on the cover of the 'Friends' insert in the Summer 2016-17 Christchurch Art Gallery Bulletin.

Portage 2016

My work Underbelly has received an Honourable Mention in the 2016 Portage Ceramic Awards. The exhibition of finalists selected by judge Janet de Boos runs through till February next year.

The Portage Ceramic Awards 2016
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery
Auckland, New Zealand
11 November 2016 - 5 February 2017

More information and the full list of award winners and finalists is available here

Photo courtesy of More artsdiary images of works in the exhibition here

Buzz Carpet

My proposal was selected for SCAPE Public Art's 2016 ReACTIVATE series, curated by CoCA director Paula Orrell.

Buzz Carpet is an interactive ground mural which truly engulfs its site. A ludic tension between the planar and dimensional spaces creates a skin with an ambiguous sense of figure and ground. The pattern is derived from the stitches in crochet and mimics the makeup of surrounding building sites that form its backdrop. Visitors can engage directly with the piece on many different levels and will be dazed by its intense colour buzz.

Buzz Carpet
Cashel Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
On view 24/7

Thanks to Paula Orrell, Deborah McCormick, Harley Peddie, Fulton Hogan, ReSTART Mall and Placemakers Riccarton.

For more infomation, check out SCAPE Public Art

Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 3D

Is this simple enough Polly? has been selected as a finalist in the 2016 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 3D.

Presented by Whakatāne Museum and Arts, The award has been established to encourage and recognise the quality of creativity found in the area of three-dimensional applied arts, including sculpture.

Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 3D
Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi
The Whakatane Library and Exhibition Centre.
August 6 - September 18, 2016

More information here

The First Year

I'm exhibiting in Canberra alongside three other artists who have recently become Mums for the first time; Anne-Marie Jean, Dionisia Salas and Rachel Fairfax.

The exhibition explores the parameters of creative practice in the context of new motherhood. Issues of time, energy, identity, relationships, space, money, responsibility and creativity were grappled with and impacted the resulting bodies of work. This exhibition facilitates and illuminates the ongoing development of creative practice by each individual artist and created support, motivation, direction and collegial dialogue.

The show is on at the Foyer Gallery, Australian National University School of Art, Canberra. Read more on the gallery's website here

Being Nice is Easy

In the spring of 2014, I was fortunate to travel around a number of environments created by artists working outside the mainstream art world. Having previously studied the works purely through slides and writings, it was a joy to be able to experience the works and their unique settings in the flesh. These ceramic works were created on my return to Christchurch based on photographs and drawings from my trip.

Read more about the six environments I visited in the US and France here

All 70 pieces go on show at Seed Gallery as part of a group exhibition of new sculpture alongside works by Richard Kearney, Andrea du Chatenier and Ada Leung.

New Sculpture
Seed Gallery  
10-27 February
Preview 9 February, 6-8pm

To see all images of all 70 works, check out Seed Gallery's new website here

This project was made possible with the help of a Roads Travel Scholarship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as advice and encouragement from Lisa Stone and Jim Zanzi from The Roger Brown Study Collection.

Portage 2015

I am very excited to announce that Counter Top has made the cut as a finalist for the 2015 Portage Ceramic Awards.

All selected works will be on show at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery from 13 November 2015 - 7 February 2016.

The awards evening is on 12 November 2015 at 5.30pm.

The 2015 judge is Ingrid Murphy; an Irish ceramic artist whose focus on new media is creating radical new ways to work with clay.

Check out more information here

Rare Form

I have two works on show at Seed Gallery as part of their spring group exhibition showcasing new sculpture. Featuring: Janna van Hasselt, Rebecca Wallis, Veronika Maser, Nuala Gregory, Richard Kearney, Louise McRae, Ainsley O'Connell and Stafford Allpress.

Check out more information on the show here

Rare Form
28 October - 21 November 2015
Preview: 27 October 5 - 7pm

Seed Gallery
23A Crowhurst Street


Gallery 33 is holding a group exhibition celebrating colour. I'm showing a variety of works alongside Richard Adams, Christina Popovici and Ellie Gray. 

ViViD runs from July 3-24, 2015. All works can be viewed online here

Gallery 33
33 Helwick Street


I'm delighted to be in a group show celebrating colour, movement and playfulness with John Pusateri, Tevita Sung, Annie Sandano and John Appleton. Come and check out some ceramics and photographs created in Chicago during my MFA. 

Paradise opens at Seed Gallery on Tuesday June 2, 5-7pm.

June 3 - 20, 2015

Seed Gallery
23A Crowhurst Street

Sumner Art Window

It's my pleasure to announce the fourth installation of The Muesli Bowl Project - this time in the Sumner Art Window.

This will be the very last exhibition in the space, and I'm honoured to be the ultimate artist to utitlise this wonderful window - thanks so much Paul!

Sumner Art Window
17 Marriner Street
Christchurch 8081

May 14 through June, 2015
Lit till 11pm daily.

2015 NZPPA

Judge Dr Anne Kirker has selected my piece Babel Leaning Tatlin for the 2015 New Zealand Painting & Printmaking Award! The winner will be announced on February 13 at the awards ceremony.

2015 New Zealand Painting & Printmaking Award
Hamilton Gardens Pavillion
14-26 February, 2015

More information and the list of 50 finalists can be found here

Lush wins!

Lush has won the 2014 Walker & Hall Waiheke Art Award!

Huge thanks to Walker & HallWaiheke Community Art Gallery staff and my sister-in-law Sarah Peddie for accepting the award on my behalf.

Portage Ceramic Awards 2014

World-renowned ceramicist and teacher Takeshi Yasuda has selected my slip cast piece Relax ‘n’ Read as a finalist in the 2014 Portage Ceramic Awards.

It is an honour to exhibit alongside the top ceramic artists in New Zealand, especially Dunedin artists Madeleine Child and Blue Black.

The Portage Ceramic Awards 2014
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery
420 Titirangi Road, Auckland, New Zealand  

Awards night: Thursday 6 November, 7pm
Exhibition runs: 6 November 2014 – 8 February 2015  

Check out more information and the list of the finalists here

2014 Waiheke Art Award

Another of my ush series pieces has made the cut...this time Lush has been selected as a finalist in the Walker and Hall Waiheke Art Award! This is a national award for two-dimensional artworks in any medium. Ian Jervis (Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts at AUT) is the selector and judge.

2014 Walker & Hall Waiheke Art Award
Waiheke Community Gallery
2 Korora Road
Waiheke Island 1081
New Zealand

Exhibition runs: October 25 - November 17, 2014.
Award ceremony October 25, 5pm.

For more information, visit:

Thesis @ Woman Made Gallery

Five ceramic pieces from my thesis show are included in a group exhibtion featuring work by seven 2014 woman graduates from MFA programmes in Chicago. The show is curated by Emanuel Aguilar in collaboration with Ruby Thorkelson.

I'm delighted to show alongside: Jessica Campbell, Bronwen Lee, Melissa Myser, Janna van Hasselt, Jenyu Wang, Julie Weber, and Sara Winston.

Woman Made Gallery
685 N Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago 60642
United States

Exhibition runs: September 5  - October 30, 2014
Wed - Fri: noon to 7pm
Sat & Sun: noon to 4pm

Take a look at the gallery page for images of all works.

National Contemporary Art Award

Rush has been selected for the 2014 National Contemporary Art Award!

Here's the details:

2014 National Contemporary Art Award
9 August - 9 November, 2014

Waikato Museum
1 Grantham Street
South end of Victoria Street
New Zealand
open 10:30 - 4:30pm daily

Check out the exhibition catalogue to see all 52 finalists' works.

Two-Woman Show

I'm in a two-woman show with the talented Louise McRae!

Here's the details:
Janna van Hasselt & Louise McRae
August 6-23
preview: Tuesday 5 August 5:30-7:30pm

Seed Gallery
23A Crowhurst Street

check out images of the works in the show here

MFA Show 2014

After four intense semesters at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I've finished my Master of Fine Arts!

The MFA Show showcases work from just over 100 graduates from the MFA programme in collaboration with curatoratorial teams of students lead by three guest curators.

MFA Show 2014
Sullivan Galleries
33 S State St #7
Chicago, IL 60603
United States

April 26 - May 14, 2014
opening preview Friday April 25, 5-9pm

Take a look at the official MFA Show website and my artist page

Punch & Crunch

Here it is: your chance to own the latest exuberant and invigorating 'Janna van Hasselt' work on paper.

Silkscreen on paper
275 x 375mm
Edition of 70

one print = $75
two prints = $125
three prints = $150
(postage and packaging included)

You can order Punch and Crunch here

2013 Portage Awards

I am very excited to announce that my recent ceramic piece Sprinkles are always OK has been selected as a finalist for the 2013 Portage Ceramic Awards.

This is a special work for me as it a resuscitation of broken pieces from Chink, a stack of glazed ceramic rings (sometimes referred to as doughnuts) which collapsed overnight in my studio.

The Portage Ceramic Awards 2013
12-20 October, 2013
the Silos
Auckland Waterfront
New Zealand

See the list of other finalists and more information here
and the 2013 Portage Awards Facebook page here

The Ooze Factor

As part of our MFA programme, SAIC graduate students present two lectures to peers and faculty.

For my second talk, I will discuss work created during the Spring semester, in particular how the ooze factor has arisen and where it might spread...

The Ooze Factor
Thursday 26 September
Room 220
280 South Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60603
United States

2013 Parkin Prize

Dairy-Free has been named in the shotlist of 120 from 800 entries for the inaugural Parkin Drawing Prize.

The Parkin Prize is valued at $20,000 and is New Zealand’s premier award for drawing. It promotes drawing in all its forms – as discovery, a testing of ideas, and decision making.

Parkin Drawing Prize 
New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts
Wellington, New Zealand
27 July – 25 August 2013

Rack of Laundry with a Garbage Foam

I'm exhibiting a series of 14 drawings created during the first year of my MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Rack of Laundry with a Garbage Foam
5-22 June 2013
Preview: 4 June, 5:30-7:30pm

Seed Gallery
23A Crowhurst Street
Newmaket, Auckland
New Zealand

More information at

Graduate Noontime Lecture

Want to find out more?

Join me on:
Tuesday February 12, 2013
at 12 noon
(SAIC Columbus Building, Room 220)

Transition: SAIC@AU

I'm delighted to be part of this group exhibition curated by our Printmedia Graduate Coordinator Kristina Paabus and Aimee Beaubien. The show features work from first year SAIC Photography and Printmedia graduates and is hosted by Aurora University.

Transition: SAIC@AU
The Schingoethe Art Gallery
Aurora University
Dunham Hall 1400 Marseillaise Place
Aurora, IL, United States.
Opening Reception: Tuesday February 5, 4:30-6:30pm.
5 February – 26 March 2013

MFA Open Studios

Just 2 short months into MFA study and it's time to show the Chicago locals what we've been up to!

SAIC MFA Open Studios is on Friday November 9, 2012.
Our Sullivan Studios will be open between 8:45 and 10pm.

Our Printmedia graduate class reps Annie and Annelies have also curated a group exhibition for the event, and my soft sculpture Counter Top will be on show (pictured here in the corner alongside works by Annelies Kamen, Drew Peterson, Rose Sexton and Kevin Goodrich).

Beyond Print: Across Dimensionality
Sullivan Center, 3rd Floor critique space
36 S Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL, United States.

Portage Awards

I'm very 'pleased' to announce that my ceramic work Crowd Pleaser has been selected as a finalist for the 2012 Portage Ceramic Awards hosted by the Lopdell House Gallery. It's a huge honour to be exhibiting alongside established ceramic artists such as Madeleine Child and Margaret Ryley.

2012 Portage Ceramic Awards
The Cloud Gallery
Queens Wharf, Auckland, New Zealand.
Awards Ceremony: Friday 26 October, 6pm 
Exhibition: 27 October – 3 November 2012, 10am - 7pm

Special thanks to Jasper at All Steel Fabrication for his box-construction skills, Jonathan at Images Unlimited for the vinyl lettering and Harley for his sleek type design.

Check out images of the Award exhibition here.

Studio 338

We are now residents of Chicago - hard for us to register we're actually here after such a whirlwind year!

I'm officially an MFA candidate at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and am loving the opportunity to have a fresh start in a stark white this space for Studio 338 updates.

Show your colour

Dutch Design Week 2012 features Show your colour; a joint presentation organised by Audax Textielmuseum Tilburg | TextielLab, Beeldenstorm, Frans Masereel Centrum, Nationaal Glasmuseum| Glasblazerij, Nederlands Instituut voor Animatiefilm (NIAf) and Sundaymorning@ekwc.

‘Colourful’ projects by designers and artists using metal, paper, glass, film, ceramics and textiles will be on display in six studios.

My artist book Comfort has been selected for the exhibition as one of five colour-focused projects created during residencies at the Centrum Frans Masereel.

Show your colour
Vestdijk 280, 5611 CZ Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Open: October 20 - 28 / 11am – 8pm Free admission
more information here and here


BOUNDLESS Amsterdam: The Boundary Crossing Project was initiated by the Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier (AGA). The project explores the innovative use of print media, beginning with a curated exhibition exploring the notion of 3-dimensional printmaking.

Trigger  from the series Cramping My Style has been selected and will be on show in Amsterdam this September and October.

Kick-off Exhibition
6 September - 19 October, 2012

CBK Amsterdam
Oranje-Vrijstaatkade 71
1093 KS Amsterdam

You can follow the Boundless project's progress through their blog.

Free Rein

As a farewell to my Christchurch supporters, The Arthouse is hosting a pop-up exhibition of my latest ceramics, soft sculpture and drawing.

Leighton Henshaw has generously welcomed us to his beautiful restaurant Edesia this coming weekend!
We'd love to see you there.

Free Rein
Opening Friday 10 August, 4 - 6:30pm
Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August, 11 - 4pm

Edesia Restaurant
12 Show Place

More details and images available through The Arthouse website and my catalogue.


Harley and I were married in Teddington on July 21, 2012. We asked each guest to bring a cupcake to the reception and the resulting tower of treats was a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds!

As a nod to Claes Oldenburg and his Wedding Souvenir multiples, we thought it was fitting to create plaster cupcakes, complete with piped PVA icing. Takeaway is a series of 100 cakes with a choice of yellow, blue, red, orange and pink icing for our guests to take home as a memory of our colourful celebration!

Check out Takeaway on my catalogue.

CAG Blog

Big thanks to Tim Jones (Librarian at the Christchurch Art Gallery) for his fabulous piece aknowledging my Fulbright Award. It's humbling to have the CAG's support in my future endeavours!

Check out Tim's post on the CAG Blog: Bunker Notes

Fulbright Award

I'm incredibly excited to announce I have been selected as a Fulbright Award recipient to undertake graduate study in the US!

Harley and I are off to Chicago in August where I'll be doing my MFA in Printmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC for short).

I received my award at the Beehive last week from Minister Joyce and US Ambassador Huebner. Thanks muchly Fulbright New Zealand!

Exquisite Corpse II

I'm excited to announce the opening of Exquisite Corpse at Seed Gallery! The exhibition features eight works created by 16 artists collaborating in pairs. 

Rebecca Thompson has done an amazing job of resolving our piece entitled Salute.

Here's the show details:

Exquisite Corpse
4-21 July
Preview 3 July 5:30-7:30pm

Seed Gallery
23A Crowhurst Street,
Newmarket, Auckland

You can find the full set of 8 works on the Seed Gallery website

Exquisite Corpse I

This year Seed Gallery have decided to offer 16 of their artists the chance to collaborate on a piece Exquisite Corpse style. 

Exquisite Corpse is based upon the Surrealist picture game of the same name wherein a drawing is built by a succession of artists who can see nothing but a tiny sliver of the previous artist’s work.

I'm collaborating with Rebecca Thompson...can't wait to see what magic she creates on the left-hand side!

Anya Brighouse of has praised my work in her March COLOURSWATCH column.

"We will continue on the theme that we started with – art. Seed Gallery in Newmarket Auckland have just had an exhibition called Writ Large, which featured Janna Van Hasselt. I just love her work and when I finally have the headspace to start thinking about artwork for the new house, she will be head of my list.

She uses beautiful colour, and often screen prints – but I just love that ‘textile’ feel to her work. I have included one piece from the recent exhibition, and another from Seed Gallery’s current stock of Janna’s work. You can view other works by both her, and their other amazing artists at"

Read the whole article here.

Big thanks to the team!

Writ Large

My piece for Seed Gallery's latest show is called Directional Boring. I'm trying a new format using tilted square canvasses...

Writ Large, a group exhibition
29 February - 10 March, 2012
opening preview: Tuesday 28 February 5:30-7:30pm

Seed Gallery
23A Crowhurst Street
Newmarket, Auckland

Collaborative Sketching

It's been a glorious summer of glamping and collaborative sketching. You'd be amazed at some of the places we've gotten our watercolours and pencils out. Working en plein air is thoroughly liberating!

More PARADE-ing

Word has gotten out at CPIT that PARADE is gracing the shelves of the Christchurch Art Gallery library; their communications advisor Breeze Roberston has written a piece for the online news and events section.

Check out the full article here


The Christchurch Art Gallery have secured a copy of PARADE for their library of artist books along with the Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium. We are excited to have our work in two prestigious collections.

If you'd like to view PARADE virtually, have a look at our flick through video here, or we'd be happy to show you in person too!

Alter Piece

It's that time of year again; the Christmas show at Seed Gallery!

Alter Piece showcases 300 works by 30 artists working with a set template: ten hinged wooden altarpieces measuring 80 x 100mm.

Here's the show details:

Alter Piece
25 November - 10 December 2011
Seed Gallery
23A Crowhurst Street
Newmarket, Auckland

And if you'd like to see my take on these hinged beauties, have a look at What's in Yours?

PARADE in progress

You won't believe it; after beginning our collaborative book at FMC last August, we are finally tackling the finishing touches! We recently spent an intensive weekend dedicated to PARADE; problem solving, glueing, trimming, primping and preening. At times, it felt like we were back in Kasterlee, ready to collapse into bed in our cosy A-frame lodgings each evening.

Watch this space for the official launch of PARADE...not long to go now!

Ready Made Foray

I started taking classes at the Canterbury Potter's Association rooms at the beginning of August and it only took a few weeks before I was completely hooked! I love the meditative process of hand-sculpting clay not to mention the magic of the firing process where results cannot be predicted.

As usual, I'm not following suit with the favoured fascination with bowls, mugs, pots and jugs...Instead, I'm mixing things up and entertaining my lovely classmates by creating ceramic scroggin and biscuit varieties as well as a series of unusual sandwich fillings.

Check out "What's in Yours?" in my catalogue to see what I've created for Seed's annual template show: Alter Piece (opening November 24).

Playlist Complete!

It was with a mixture of relief and remorse that I dropped off 4 large boxes at the couriers last night. I've thoroughly enjoyed creating the 10 pieces which make up Playlist, relishing the new challenges which came with working in oils and casting resin.

If you're in Auckland, I'd love to see you at the exhibition opening, otherwise you can view all work through my catalogue or on the Seed website.

Opening Preview: Tuesday 13 September, 6-8pm
Show Dates: 14 September - 1 October, 2011

Seed Gallery
23A Crowhurst Street
Newmarket, Auckland
Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, or by appointment

Refining My Playlist

With just four days before the courier picks up my ten works for Playlist, the heat is truly on.

Thankfully, the oil paintings are 99 percent dry and most other pieces have somehow resolved themselves over the past few weeks. Dad and I have enjoyed our bi-daily resin pouring sessions for Track 3. The result is totally not what I expected, but intriguing all the same. This piece has certainly lived up to its name: The Challenge Track.

We are all mourning the loss of our beautiful cat Jessie, Toby included. Now without his sunbathing partner and friend, he has taken to performing the 'dragon pose' alongside me as I work on Track 10. I love Toby's faithful presence and his discerning ability to know just the right spot to place his beloved tennis ball.

Watching paint dry...

After two days trapped indoors due to our blizzard last week, the weather was just too stunning to work indoors this afternoon. I spent a glorious few hours painting en plein air, giving my works a well deserved airing and also some much-needed contemplation time.

As you can see, Toby approved of the new deck layout and took full advantage of the comfort of Dad's yoga mat!

Playlist is coming together nicely, although there's plenty more work to be done yet; just two weeks until d-day...

En Masse

En Masse is a group exhibition of recent work from 16 artists represented by The Arthouse. It is also a chance to reunite following the closure of their Gloucester Street gallery space as a result of the 22 February earthquake.

Venue: NZ Health Food Company, 215 Wooldridge Road, Harewood.
Opening: Friday 12 August at 5:30pm.
Show runs through 21 August, 2011.

More information available through

Domestic Interiors

Domestic Interiors is a group show of paintings and ceramics which I was asked to be involved in literally at the 11th hour! It is a pleasure to show alongside Peter Miller, Cheryl Lucas and Madeleine Child & Philip Jarvis.

The show runs through August 25, 2011 at Gallery Thirty Three in Wanaka.

More details at

Avenues Feature

It was a pleasure to be interviewed by assistant editor Sara Bunny and photographed by Guy Frederick for the August Arts issue of Avenues.

Three Christchurch studios undamaged by the earthquake on February 22 were chosen for the feature titled my studio, my castle. Studio JAR was one of them along with Ben Reid's Sumner print workshop and the studio space at ABC Gallery being used by Oscar Enberg, Sebastian Warne, and Zina Swanson.

Patchiness features in Art News

IN BOX receives a special mention in the upcoming pages in the Winter edition of Art News. Check out the full write-up here

IN BOX exhibition

After several days drying time, my contribution to Seed Gallery's autumn print initiative IN BOX is ready.

It's a pleasure to exhibit alongside six reputable contemporary NZ printmakers: John Pusateri, Annie Sandano, Richard Freestone, Tracey Black, Rebecca Thomson and Aroha Lewin.

For a limited time, you can select three prints for $750 (includes a lovely portfolio box).

Check out a little animation showing each of the 20 variable edition versions of Patchiness here.

Exhibition details:
25 May - 11 June
Opening Tuesday 24 May 6-8pm (I'd love to see you there!)

Seed Gallery
23A Crowhurst Street
Newmarket, Auckland
Tue - Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm or by appointment

IN BOX (in progress)

It's been great having a project to focus on over the past few weeks when art-making has threatened to stay at the bottom of my 'to-do' list. This is a variable edition of 20 prints & 2 APs half printed in Amsterdam (litho and silkscreen) and finished off at Studio JAR with some silkscreen work using oil-based inks and gum arabic/contact paper stencils.

I've loved having a reason to getting back into printmaking and I'm thinking this might be the beginning of a new way of working. I've also realised I'm an ink addict!

IN BOX is an initiative of Seed Gallery in Auckland and features seven contemporary NZ printmakers. You choose your three favourite prints and you'll also receive a custom-made presentation box. More details to follow...

FMC 2010 Report

After FUEL made the cut for the 2009 edition, I was pleasantly surprised to find one of my Napper works Power Clean featured in FMC's 2010 report! It's a lush publication expertly laid out by Wim and Ivan, and contains some super innovative work. There's also a couple of pages from Harley's twitter book There'llBeTypos!

For a closer look at the spread, check out the pdf here

Flying Colours

Seed gallery is delighted to present Flying Colours, an exhibition featuring artists for whom colour plays an essential role. What better way to start the year than with a celebration of colour!

Featuring new work by: Annie Sandano, Mark Rayner, Sarah Williams, Jesse Watson, Holly Shepheard, Janna van Hasselt, Louise McRae and Rebecca Thomson.

You can view my Reworked series of four new paintings here.

Show runs 9-26 February 2011.
For more information and images:


Studio JAR Reinstated

Over the past few months I've realised just how important it is to have a dedicated space to work in. I've tried working from home, with mixed results, and it's amazing how much more productive you can be in a sole-focus studio environment.

After a huge clear-out, it was with great delight that I placed the Studio JAR sign on the door of my parents converted garage. Harley and I are loving the chance to listen to Dad's old records on the turntable; Roger Whittaker, Neil Diamond and Art Garfunkel make for great working music!

Art New Zealand Review

Early Health looked fabulous gracing the resplendent white walls of the Arthouse gallery. The Muesli Bowl Project also looked right at home; although some passers-by couldn't quite work out what was oozing out of the exhibition space!

Jamie Hanton wrote an intriguing review of the show likening my Breakfast Paintings series to: "... an all-out food fight with Takashi Murakami."

Check out the full review on my press page here (just try to ignore the mis-spelling of my last name ;-)

Collect III

The Young Collectors project promotes the young talent in NZ, alongside affordable works by named artists, in an effort to bring original art to the young or young at heart collector.

Collect III is the third in the series of The Young Collectors exhibitions and features work by Richard Adams, Barry Clarke, Thomas Elliott, Kate Fitzharris, Nicky Foreman, Cheryl Lucas, Elizabeth Moyle and Janna van Hasselt. Check out the exhibition on the Arthouse website here

I have three new paintings in the exhibition which can be viewed on my catalogue.

Collect III opens this Friday 10 December at 5:30pm and runs through 17 December.

The Arthouse
62 Gloucester Street

Bowl Me Over

For their latest Christmas show, Seed Gallery has invited thirty different artists, working across various disciplines and media to work with a set template: a shallow wooden bowl of 80mm diameter. The resulting exhibition will showcase 300 miniature artworks reflecting each artist’s exploration of the limitations and possibilities of this form.

I have created ten works celebrating various bowls I have eaten muesli from over the past few years, complete with the odd stray oat flake, linseed or apple slice. You can view images of each bowl on my catalogue.

The show opens Thursday November 25 at 6pm sharp and runs through Sunday December 12.

Seed Gallery
23A Crowhurst Street

Early Health

6 Breakfast Paintings, 4 large servings of Early Health, 1 Muesli Bowl Project and 1 Splash. This is what constitutes my latest show at The Arthouse gallery in Christchurch.

If you're in the area, I'd absolutely love to see you. Otherwise, you can find all images from the Early Health show on The Arthouse website.

I'm sharing the space with Kate Fitzharris who is exhibiting her latest series of ceramic works entitled Picking up threads in the upstairs gallery.

Early Health
6 - 24 October
Opening Wednesday 6 October 5:30pm (and yes, I will be in attendance!)

The Arthouse
62 Gloucester Street
+64 3 366 6029

5th Hudek Symposium

Harley and I spent a week in Croatia painting in 'plein air' as part of the 5th Hudek Symposium. We lived, worked and ate alongside 16 artists, two dogs and a bunch of noisy turkeys in Gusakovec (55 km from Zagreb). The result? Three collaborative paintings inspired by typography, textiles and treats from our new environment (Lojzekova Hiza).

Amersfoortse Courant Article

Harley and I had the pleasure to be interviewed by Bert Vos from the Amersfoortse Courant.

Read all about the StadsGalerij, Kunstenaarslogies and ENCORE!ENCORE! in the article here


If you're interested in seeing what Harley and I have spent the past three months doing in Amersfoort, come along and check out ENCORE! ENCORE! (for two days only!)

July 31 & August 1, 2010
Open 1-5pm

Studio Jar @ StadsGalerij
Leusderweg 23
Amersfoort, The Netherlands

Venue 2: PRINT Gallery

After a successful road trip cross country The Muesli Bowl Project is now officially installed at PRINT gallery in Antwerpen until August 3.

You'll find all images from the Farewell Tour on my twitpic account

Big thanks to Nele, Harley, Lies and Wayne for all their wonderful assistance!

Farewell Tour

The Farewell Tour had a successful start this weekend in Amersfoort. We wowed the locals, including some unsuspecting visitors to the organic food supermarket next door. The good news is that the season has been extended through Friday - so there's 4 more days to sneak a peek!

The next stop is Antwerpen. Do come along and witness the fabulous installation team in action this Saturday and Sunday July 10 & 11.

Print Gallery
Muntstraat 8
2000 Antwerpen

After this weekend, the muesli will be on show in the gallery window until August 3 when it will begin its long and exhausting journey to New Zealand...I'm still not quite sure of the details, but it will get there somehow!

Pic n Mix NZ Herald Review

Check out TJ McNamara's review of Pic 'n Mix at Seed Gallery here

Pic n Mix Installation

For those of you who (like me) aren't able to visit the show at Seed in Auckland, watch this space for some installation shots...


Pic n Mix

Pic 'n Mix opens at Seed Gallery next week!

For a sneaky peek of my latest works, check out Nappers, Pic 'n Mix, The Boys and Evacast Magic in the catalogue.

For those of you in or around Auckland, here's the show details:

Pic 'n Mix
26 May - 6 June 2010
Preview: Tuesday 25 June, 6-8pm

Seed Gallery
23A Crowhurst Street
Auckland, New Zealand
Tues-Fri 10-5, Sat & Sun 10-4

Big Bertha TAKE TWO

If you missed out on seeing Bertha being unveiled in all her splendour last year, there's one more chance before she heads home to southern climes. She's showing over three weekends at d’ ETALAGE gallery in Vierlingsbeek and will be joined by a wall installation of proofs from two years of lithographic printing in Kasterlee and Amsterdam. I'll be at the opening and it would be fabulous to see you there!

Take Two
17 April - 2 May 2010
Opening Saturday 17 April 3:30-5:30pm

d’ ETALAGE - kijkraam voor kunst
Spoorstraat 21
5621 BB Vierlingsbeek
The Netherlands

Open Saturday & Sunday 1-5pm
Also by appointment - email Kristianne at:

Tweet Tweet Muesli!

Follow me on Twitter to see how I'm getting on with my giant soft sculpture muesli bowl project here:

The Grand Plasto-Baader-Books

The Grand Plasto-Baader-Books

I am honored that FUEL and COMFORT were selected to be a part of this exhibition first: a group show dedicated to unique artists’ books.

The exhibition will bring to life ‘the aftermath of an accident between a trolley car and a newspaper kiosk', recalling Maud Lavin’s description of Johannes Baader’s original exhibition Das Grosse Plasto-Dio-Dada-Drama. Drawing inspiration from Baader’s original architectural feat, fifty pieces have been selected for their originality and conceptual response to the traditional book form. KALEID curator Deeqa Ismail challenges the viewer to consider not what a book is but what a book can be.

Press release (including exhibition highlights) here

Private View: Tuesday 1st December, 6-9pm
Show runs: 2-24 December 2009

KALEID editions
Unit 2, 23-25 Redchurch Street
Shoreditch, London E2 7DH
Wednesday to Saturday 12-7pm
Late night Thursdays and informal Sundays


I'm lucky enough to be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Don Binney and Don Driver in the end of year group show at the Arthouse: Festive

Make sure you stop by if you missed out on seeing Late Night Litho last month.

Exhibition runs: 25 November - 22 December 2009

The Arthouse
62 Gloucester Street
Christchurch, New Zealand
Monday to Friday 12 - 6pm
Saturday and Sunday 12 - 5pm


The medium for this year's Christmas show at Seed is a 90mm wooden hoop. I decided to work with a mixture of acrylic, printed fabric additions and just a touch of resin. The result: 'Pfaffing Around' (an ode to the stunning work of Judy Pfaff)

30 artists, 300 artworks, priced at $60 each.
Preview: 26 November 6-8pm
Exhibition runs: 27 November - 13 December 2009

To view all 300 works on the Seed Gallery website, click here

Seed Gallery
13A Crowhurst Street, Newmarket
Auckland, New Zealand
Tuesday to Friday 10 - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 10 - 4pm

Late Night Litho

Finally, a show in my hometown! Don't miss out on your chance to see my latest body of work created in Amsterdam and Belgium at the Arthouse.

View all works on the Arthouse website here

I'm sharing the gallery with Caroline McQuarrie who is showing photographic pieces mixed with intricate crochet work: Kindle

Late Night Litho
Opening Wednesday 14 October, 5:30pm
Show runs: 14 October - 1 November 2009
The Arthouse
62 Gloucester Street
Christchurch, New Zealand

2009 Wallace Art Awards

I am super excited to have the SAHT selected as a finalist in the 2009 Wallace Art Awards. After a long journey across the world from Amsterdam to Auckland, I just hope it’s still fresh and tasty!

The exhibition details are as follows:

Salon des Refusés
The James Wallace Arts Trust Gallery
305 Queen Street, Auckland
8 September - 2 October 2009
10 – 4 Monday - Saturday

For more information about the awards including the winners, check out the James Wallace Trust website.

Image kindly courtesy of Arjan van Hasselt (touring photographer)


My third residency at theFrans Masereel Centrum has sadly come to an end. After three weeks of intense printing and sewing (with the odd forest jog and pony-feeding session thrown in), I have completed two books as well as a last-minute experimental litho project! Check out recent work for images and descriptions. Enjoy!

Hanging with Frans

I'm back in Kasterlee soaking up the glorious sounds and smells of summer in the Belgian countryside.

This is my third residency at the Frans Masereel Centrum after visiting in 2005 and 2008. I'm certainly making the most of their top-notch facilities as well as the chance to work uninterupted for three weeks. Time in the studio is broken only by meals and the occasional evening jog amongst the cornfields. Pure bliss!

I've set myself the goal of creating 2 artist books during my stay - heavy going to say the least! But, you know me - I'm only happy when I'm fully absorbed in an intense project ;-)

As you can see, I'm not giving too much away regarding content or materials - just these two words: Disco Paper! Watch this space for the results in September.

Muesli Tijd!

Did you know there are 7 different kinds of grains in Euro Shopper muesli? Not forgetting those tasty banana flakes and pesky raisons...

I'm literally a whingeing mess if I miss my daily museli fix. Sad, I know. I like mine microwaved with soya milk, sliced granny smith apple and orange and lastly, just a wee dollop of yoghurt. How bout you?

Our morning muesli preparation routine is an art form in itself and it was high time this extreme fibre dependence warranted closer inspection.

As a natural development from my SAHT soft sculpture, it made sense to create an over-sized bowl of muesli (just the way I like it!)

The scale is 30:1, so we're talking MASSIVE muesli grains. The printing is done, and this is just a wee taster for now. Time for me to get ;-)

Weighing In

My latest work goes on show this month at Seed Gallery.
Expect to enjoy some Flat-Packed Tomatoes not to mention some seriously tasty Comfort Food.

20 May - 7 June 2009
preview Tuesday 19 May 6-8pm

Seed Gallery
23 Crowhurst Street
Auckland, NZ

For more information on the show check out

COCA Anthony Harper Award

I am absolutely chuffed to have Zaterdag selected from close to 400 entries as a finalist in the 2009 COCA Anthony Harper Contemporary Art Award.

The winner will be announced at the exhibition opening Tuesday 12th May at 5.30pm at COCA Gallery in Christchurch, New Zealand. The judge is arts consultant, author and ‘cultural curmudgeon’ Hamish Keith.

All friends and whanau are welcome at the opening, so please feel free pop by and check it out!

seen this century

Warwick Brown's latest book profiles his favourite 100 New Zealand artists who have come to notice since 2000. It is written as a guide for art collectors and investors and includes four pages on each artist.

I am honored to be featured in seen this century which is being launched by Random House on April 16, 2009.

Wie is dat?

I'm currently finishing off a large piece of soft sculpture as well as a printed silk double-sided screen for this group show in Amsterdam...

"Wie is dat?" / “Who is that?”
Group Exhibition Showcasing Printmaking from Outside the Netherlands
Karen Anthony (UK): etching + aquatint
Janna van Hasselt (NZ): silkscreen + lithography
Masha Trebukova (Russia): carborundum printing
Susan Corke (UK): monoprint + silkscreen
Christina Hallström (Sweden): video + silkscreen
Bianca de Góes (Brazil): woodcut + tarlatan embroidery  

Open Afternoon: Friday 24 April, 1-5pm
Opening: Friday 24 April, 5-8pm
Show Dates: 24 April until 22 May

Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier (AGA)
Laurierstraat 109
1016 PL Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 6252186

New galleries: London / Dublin

If you're in London or Dublin, check out my latest work in these fabulous galleries who specialise in printmaking:

16 Perrins Court, Hampstead
London NW3 1QS, UK

Original Print Gallery
4 Temple Bar
Dublin 2, Ireland

Mini-Print Show: London

The 7th British International Mini Print Exhibition (featuring my Printje: Speculaasje) opens at London Print Studio Thursday March 26 at 6:30pm.

The show will then tour through various venues in the UK throughout 2009.

24th April to 24th May 2009: Ropewalk Gallery, Barton on Humber
13th June to 25th July 2009:  Melton Library Art Gallery, Leicestershire
8th August to 26th September 2009:  Aberystwyth Arts Centre
9th October to 6th November 2009:  Grampian Hospital Arts Trust, Aberdeen
13th November to 24th December 2009:  Gracefields Arts Centre, Dumfries

Pop by if you're in the area :)

Bertha: in Technicolour

Bertha has had her 3 weeks in the spotlight in the AGA passage. Big thanks to all those who have visited and commented on her colossal length and intensity of colour and imagery.

For more images of the installation and opening, check out Recent Work. Special mention to Paul Stephenson who has provided some superb photographs - thanks Paul!

Solo Show at AGA

Big Bertha is almost ready to be installed!

She is printed on cotton bought in Antwerpen and worked on intermittently over the course of a year in: Kasterlee (Frans Masereel Centrum), Amsterdam (Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier) and London (East London Printmakers)

If you're in or near Amsterdam I'd love to see you!

De Passage van het AGA
Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier
Laurierstraat 109, 1016 PL Amsterdam

20/02 – 12/03
Opening Vrijdag 20/02 om 16:00
Expositie open 9:00 – 17:00 op werkdagen

"Is this big enough Simon?"

Big Bertha is getting some special attention once again. This time she's being treated to a 'sticky' textile printing table and nice new inks.

I have just under a month to complete this 15m work which was started in Belgium a year ago. It will be installed in 'de passage van het AGA' (otherwise known as the long gallery space at AGA) for three weeks from February 20.

The show is appropriately entitled: "Is this big enough Simon?" referencing my fine art lecturer.  Nothing was ever big enough for Simon Ogden!

Time for me to get printing....hope you've enjoyed the sneak preview :)


My latest series of prints on paper are now ready! They were printed at AGA using a mixture of lithography and silkscreen. Each print is part of an edition of 4-6 and features 10 or more layers in intensely tasty hues.

Some say they look good enough to be the judge!  Check out the 6 new Delushious prints here

British Mini Print Success

I submitted three prints for the 7th British International Mini Print Exhibition, and Speculaasje has been selected!

200 prints have been chosen from over 1000 submitted by 420 artists representing 25 countries. The exhibition will begin its UK and European tour at the London Print Studio in March 2009.

I'm super excited to have my favourite of three Printjes selected! Good ole Speculaasje...heel lekker :)

Big Bertha hits Amsterdam!

That's right - Big Bertha has made the move from London to Amsterdam and she's ready to be completed, stretched and exhibited.

Anyone interested in purchasing a 15 metre work of art?!

She got a brief airing when we had some London friends over one evening...

Printjes: British Mini Print

I have found a  job in Amsterdam which is on the same straat as AGA (my printing atelier) This means I am able to keep my creative juices flowing whilst working full time...These past weeks I've been spending my hour-long lunch break printing!

These mini prints, or ''printjes'' are for the 7th British International Mini Print Exhibition which will begn its tour in early 2009. Fingers crossed I am selected!

I've enjoyed working on a much smaller scale and have pushed the limits of lithography with a slow build up of 6-7 layers of colour on each image.

Working on paper again had its challenges, but I thoroughly enjoyed the change of scale not to mention the  ''speed printing'' sessions :)

Check the printjes out for yourself here

Stefan Sagmeister: Urban Play

Harley and I spent an hour on an autumnal Zaterdag morning arranging een euro cent pieces according to Stefan Sagmeister's florally embellished typographic plan.

For more images and information about the design project, check out the Urban Play blog here

Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier

I have just started my year long membership at Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier!

It is a joy to be drawing on stones again - and the mechanical grinder here shaves hours off stone preparation time. Talk about a lithographers heaven!

Currently I'm creating a series of works on paper using heavily layered silkscreen and litho printing. Its a new step for me to be printing on paper, and also editioning (edition size :8)

I'm also experimenting with printing on the silk I bought in Thailand recently....

Watch this space for updates!

Finland Symposium

I have just spent a week at Hovinkartano Art Centre (near Hauho in Finland) for an Artist's Symposium. Harley and I worked and lived together with 13 artists from across the globe, and produced three works for exhibition in the Centre.

The pressure was on to complete 3 large paintings in just one week, with many gallery outings, social events and sauna visits thrown into the mix! It was inspiring to be surrounded by such a diverse range of techniques and working methods, not to mention a variety of European languages and styles of hilarity

I won't miss the huge Finnish mosquitoes and lack of flushing toilets but I am already missing Riita's home cooking and the beautiful Hauho evenings.


Make Yourself at Home

If you're in Auckland, don't forget to check out my third annual solo show: Make Yourself at Home

Seed Gallery
23A Crowhurst Street
Preview 22 July 6-8pm
Exhibition Runs 23 July - 10 August

go to for more details


After years of planning and hard web designer Harley has come up with the goods - and wasn't it worth waiting for?!! We're both very excited about it (as you can see!)

Enjoy navigating and let me know what you think :)

Click here for more examples of Harley's work.

Artist in Residence ELP

I have been awarded a residency at East London Printmakers in Hackney till mid-July and am working on an ambitious 15 metre print project lovingly coined 'Big Bertha'.

I have access to a wonderful silkscreen fabric printing table and am meeting a diverse group of London Printmakers.