Art Speaker Series

KPAT hosts an annual event to showcase an art speaker and report to the community on its activities.

Our guest speakers have been inspiring and shared their stories with us.

To register on our invitation list for these events please email info@kpat.org.nz

2020 Virginia King https://www.virginiakingsculptor.com/

Virginia King has created a diverse range of site-specific sculpture over the past three decades, commissioned for public locations and private collectors.

By magnifying and abstracting the scale of natural life forms, she draws attention to the beauty, fragility and vulnerability of our environment.

Her vessel forms have evolved from symbols of exploration, migration, and nurturing, to become symbols of life and survival.

Since learning about global warming in 1988 from a Canadian Ministry for the Environment Report, Virginia has focused her work on environmental concerns.

An Antarctic Artist Fellowship in 1999 was a pivotal experience. A visit to the spectacular Lake Vanda strengthened her commitment to the microsphere, marine protozoa and foraminifera.

Enduring themes in her practice include ecology and survival and the delicate balance between sustainability and progress.

Major public works include: Willinga Plume, Canberra Airport Australia; Reed Vessel, Docklands Park Melbourne, Vic; Woman of Words, Wellington, New Zealand; Koru and Raupo Rattler, (visible from Google Earth,) Brick Bay, Matakana, North Auckland. New Zealand.

At the invitation of the European Cultural Centre, King exhibited sculpture and video at Palazzo Bembo, Venice Biennale 2019.

Her vessel forms have evolved from symbols of exploration, migration, and nurturing, to become symbols of life and survival.

Since learning about global warming in 1988 from a Canadian Ministry for the Environment Report, Virginia has focused her work on environmental concerns.

An Antarctic Artist Fellowship in 1999 was a pivotal experience. A visit to the spectacular Lake Vanda strengthened her commitment to the microsphere, marine protozoa and foraminifera.

Enduring themes in her practice include ecology and survival and the delicate balance between sustainability and progress.

Major public works include: Willinga Plume, Canberra Airport Australia; Reed Vessel, Docklands Park Melbourne, Vic; Woman of Words, Wellington, New Zealand; Koru and Raupo Rattler, (visible from Google Earth,) Brick Bay, Matakana, North Auckland. New Zealand.

At the invitation of the European Cultural Centre, King exhibited sculpture and video at Palazzo Bembo, Venice Biennale 2019.

Phantom Fleet Vessel by Virginia King
Phantom Fleet Vessel by Virginia King. Brick Bay Sculpture Trail

Previous Speakers

Mar 2019: Jeff Thomson

Dec 2017: Marte Szirmay

Feb 2017: Michael Parekōwhai

2016: Phil Dadson

2015: Greer Twiss

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