Artist Christine Hellyar at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery 2012 for the exhibition opening of <em>Singular Companions</em> Photo Pip Guthrie

Artist Christine Hellyar at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery 2012 for the exhibition opening of Singular Companions Photo Pip Guthrie

Artists in conversation: Wendy Bornholdt and Christine Hellyar

  • Sun 18 Dec 2016
  • 11:30AM—12:30PM
  • Gallery 1
  • Free entry
  • All welcome

This opening weekend, exhibiting artists talk about their work in All Lines Converge

Join artists Wendy Bornholdt and Christine Hellyar as they discuss their work in the exhibition All Lines Converge and their history with the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and its collection.

Christine Hellyar (b. 1947/Lives in Auckland)

Hellyar grew up in New Plymouth rock hopping on Taranaki's beaches, rivers and mountain. She is and was fascinated by displays in the Taranaki Museum (Puke Ariki) and shops like C.C. Wards. She continues to be influenced by Don Driver. After years of living overseas and in Auckland she still explores what people feel about our landscape, how they see it, and how they make use of it. She makes sculptures, paintings and drawings. Her more recent work concentrates on the material cultures of Europe and the Pacific in the 18th century. She has had two solo exhibitions at the Govett-Brewster, Perverse Sculpture in 1976 and People and the Land, Apron works in 1987. Several works by Hellyar are held in the Govett-Brewster Collection.

Wendy Bornholdt (b. 1963/lives in Sydney)

Wendy Bornholdt began working site specifically in the early 90’s, utilising architectural space, lighting and audio to make installations exploring the politics and poetics of space. She exhibited widely in New Zealand before relocating to London in 1998 where she forged a relationship with the founders of The Museum of Installation (no longer extant) in what proved to be an intensely productive and fruitful period of time creatively. Bornholdt exhibited in London plus other parts of the UK and further afield, including Mexico City, while also continuing to make work in New Zealand.  While in London, in addition to making site and situation specific works, she began a small works practice in earnest, focusing on issues around art for an audience of one versus the grand gesture to be shared by many. Strongly influenced by visual aspects of writing and language, in 2006 she also began making text works on windows as chance encounters for passers-by. Bornholdt’s practice is multidisciplinary, spanning photography, text, postal projects, installation, object making and drawing. In 1996 Wendy produced Installation VI: conversation with a grid at the Govett-Brewster.





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