NZ Public Art

SCAPE book

Nov. 2019. A new critically acclaimed book, Out There: SCAPE Public Art 1998 - 2018 by Dr Warren Feeney reviews the ground-breaking artworks and projects commissioned and exhibited in Christchurch NZ by SCAPE Public Art, New Zealand's premier outdoor sculpture organisation. This 20 year survey includes images of The Kiss at Christ's College and interview of artist Gill Gatfield. "An essential book for anyone interested in public art", Andrew Paul Wood, EyeContact.


National Award Finalist

NZ Women of Influence

Oct. 2019. NZ Women of Influence Awards recognise women leaders who use their passion and vision to improve the world for others. Finalist Gill Gatfield was nominated in two categories in the 2019 awards: Arts & Culture and Diversity. Judged by a prestigious panel of multi-sector leaders, Gill was commended for her work as a sculptor, author, artist and advocate for human rights.

Art Magazine

'Smash' - 'Glass Ceiling' in ArtZone

Spring 2019. Art magazine ArtZone features the award winning 'Glass Ceiling': 'Functioning as both political allegory and a challenging sensory experience, Glass Ceiling (NZ Aotearoa) explores tensions between fear and desire, in a tantalising yet menacing visual feast. ...' Jess Scott, 'Smash' Artzone 81, 2019


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."


'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".


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, highlights art historian Dr Warren Feeney's interview of Gill Gatfield in World Sculpture News.


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


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


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.)


US Artist Residency

Sculpture Fellowship - Vermont Studio Centre

May-June 2019. Awarded a Sculpture Fellowship at the international Vermont Studio Centre, an interdisciplinary 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.

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