Chair of the Arts Foundation, Garth is a partner in Chapman Tripp's Christchurch office, specialising in civil litigation, insurance law and health and safety defence work. Garth has been a passionate collector of New Zealand art for many years, with a particular focus on painting and photography; he has been a member of the Council of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and is currently a trustee of the Christchurch Art Gallery Trust, Chairman of the W A Sutton Charitable Trust, Honorary President of New Zealand Football and a former member of the Film and Literature Review Board. Garth is also the wine writer for Avenues magazine and a member of Radio Sport's cricket commentary team.
Amelia grew up on a high country station in Canterbury, New Zealand where her great love for animals was born. After spending many years away from home, filling up on life experience and learning worldly lessons abroad, it is back in the hills and surrounded by four legged inspiration that she currently resides.
Amelia gained her art tuition during her high school years in Christchurch. She received a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Otago, achieving majors in both Art History & Theory and Theatre Studies and completed her studies at the University of Amsterdam. Some career highlights include being employed as expedition artist for the ‘Tracing Tea’ documentary filmed in India; A commission from the dairy conglomerate Fonterra to do a series of paintings and prints depicting the dairy industry, with those works now hanging in prominent company locations around the world; And in 2015 her work ‘Distinguishable’ was bought by Lincoln University, New Zealand to form part of their art collection.
She has held and continues to hold solo and group exhibitions around the country and has her artwork hanging in numerous local and international collections.
Deborah McCormick is the Executive Director of SCAPE Public Art in Christchurch. Under her directorship SCAPE Public Art has produced and commissioned more than 200 new temporary public artworks, and overseen the gifting programme of 12 permanent artworks. These include STAY by Antony Gormley, Fanfare by Neil Dawson, Nucleus by Phil Price, Flour Power by Regan Gentry and Passing Time by Anton Parsons.
Deborah has managed SCAPE Public Art from its inception and the development of public artworks and exhibitions by a wide range of leading New Zealand and international artists.
Based in Hanmer Springs, New Zealand, Ben Reid is an artist producing both original print and mixed-media works.
Ben combines specific references to local environmental histories with a wider appreciation for the conservation movement. They provide gentle reminders of the fragile nature of New Zealand’s environment.
Ben graduated in 2005 with a degree in Visual Art, from the Christchurch Polytechnic School of Art and Design, now Ara. He majored in printmaking.
Ben worked for three years as an assistant to master printmaker, Marian Maguire.