Art Award

International Award for 'Glass Ceiling (NZ Aotearoa)'

August 2019. Gill Gatfield's Glass Ceiling (NZ Aotearoa) wins Merit Honors in the international 2019 CODAwards. Celebrating art and design professionals whose collective imaginations create exceptional art in public and private spaces, 2019 honorees include art projects in North America, Europe, China, Asia and the Pacific. In selecting Gill Gatfield's monumental glass sculpture, the jury of 18 design and art thought-leaders were "incredibly impressed with the goals of the project, the successful integration of the artwork into the space, and the collaborative process between all the parties involved. Glass Ceiling (NZ Aotearoa) is an outstanding achievement."

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'Glass Ceiling' International Recognition

Glass Ceiling Top100 public art project

June 2019. 'Glass Ceiling (NZ Aotearoa)' has been selected as a Top100 project in the 2019 CODAawards. This international award, juried by a panel of 18 art and design leaders, honors outstanding site specific projects integrating art into interior, architectural or public spaces. Supported by Creative NZ, 'Glass Ceiling' is "a monumental sculpture with over 200 million shards of glass flooding the floor of a 30mH Silo, forming an undulating glass pool, a beautiful sensory experience, and a powerful political metaphor for change".

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NZ Edge

'Artist Gill Gatfield Smashes the Glass Ceiling'

June 2019. News platform NZ Edge, celebrating New Zealand innovation and high achievement across diverse disciplines - creative, technology and social, features art historian Dr Warren Feeney's interview of Gill Gatfield in World Sculpture News.

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World Sculpture News

'Glass Ceiling' hits World Sculpture News

May-Aug. 2019. "At night with the play of light, Glass Ceiling appears to have an aura. In the daylight, it seems edgy and difficult but, when sunlight fills the space, it is suddenly luminous and seductive." Art critic Warren Feeney considers the sensory impact of Glass Ceiling (NZ Aotearoa) in an indepth interview with the artist, exploring the work's materiality, site-specific content, politics and metaphors, and the public's response.  'Smashing the Glass Ceiling' World Sculpture News, Winter 2019, pp46-50

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Editorial WSN

New Era Narratives

May 2019. "Sculpture at the start of the 21st century has many beguiling faces", writes World Sculpture News Editor, Ian Findlay-Brown, considering the work of Munkhsetseg Jalkhaajav, Gill Gatfield and Bernar Venet. Findlay-Brown observes: "... Through [Venet's] unique perspective on art-making and his creative flair Venet has sought to present conceptual narratives for our new era. This is also true for the New Zealand artist Gill Gatfield. Gatfield's minimalist and conceptual abstract sculptures and site-specific works are powerful social and political statements heightened by her attention to her materials, which are often precious and unique. ..."  World Sculpture News Editorial, Winter 2019

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Video 'Glass Ceiling (NZ Aoteaora)'

Inside the Silo

From idea to realisation, the sounds and sensations of Glass Ceiling (NZ Aotearoa) are captured in video, revealing the conceptual topography of a public artwork that breaks the status quo. Filmed at Silo Park, Auckland 2019. (4 mins.)

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US Artist Residency

Sculpture Fellowship - Vermont Studio Centre

May-June 2019. Awarded a Jerry Shore Sculpture Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Centre, an interdisciplinary international residency programme for visual artists and writers, Gill will develop and present new work from a high-stud studio overlooking the Ghon River. The Spring 2019 programme includes resident presentations, studio critiques and talks by visiting artists and scholars including Dan Chiasson, Dona Nelson, Jay Heikes, Coco Fusco, Gregory Amenoff, and Chigozie Obiama.

NZ Photography Magazine

'Glass Ceiling' featured in D-Photo

Award winning NZ photographer Rachel Spillane documented the sensory experience of Glass Ceiling (NZ Aotearoa) in different lights, including this shot of a young boy pausing at the 'No Entry' sign, published by NZ's leading photography magazine. D-Photo Autumn issue 2019

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Art News NZ

Headlining Art News NZ

Autumn 2019.  On the cover of New Zealand's leading contemporary arts publication, Gatfield's Glass Ceiling (NZ Aotearoa): "A starkly impressive dialogue between site and materials, abstract metaphor and physicality. ... [This] work by sculptor Gill Gatfield, reflects on a profound issue without offering easy answers - the 16.5 tonnes of shattered glass in Glass Ceiling (NZ Aotearoa) suggest that progress can be made while threats remain."  Editorial, Art News NZ Vol.39 No.1 Autumn 2019

Artist Talk

Traversing Layers of 'Glass Ceiling'

14.2.19  Artist Gill Gatfield presents a talk at Silo Park Auckland on the inspiration behind Glass Ceiling (NZ Aotearoa) and how ideas unfold through interconnections of materials, concept, form, scale and site to create meaning and sensory experiences for viewers.

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