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Gill Gatfield takes on the Danish art scene

Gill Gatfield takes on the Danish art scene

A Global Women member has overseen four tonnes of black granite wrangled onto a Danish shore, as part of a major sculpture event.

Gill Gatfield is in Denmark for her artist residency, and her new work 'The Kiss' has just been installed as part of Sculpture by the Sea 2015 in Aarhus, Denmark, an event that involves artists from around the globe.

"This is a major international sculpture event staged alongside coastal beaches against a forest backdrop. I’m the only New Zealand artist selected by the panel of five curators for this biennial exhibition which showcases new sculpture by artists from around the world. It’s great to connect with international colleagues and curators," says Gatfield.

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Her artist residency is at the Women’s Museum Denmark, and her solo exhibition is opening this Saturday, July 4.

"It is wonderful being artist in residence at the Museum. It is a dynamic place with a brilliant team of diverse women! These women do it in style and straight up," she says.

She says Aarhus itself has to be one of the best kept secrets in Europe.

"It’s a University town with cobbled stone streets, architecture by luminaries like Arne Jacobsen, and installations by Olafur Eliasson. A very hip place. I am in art and design heaven. I calculate there is one public cultural institution per 100 head of the city population. Museums and galleries and theatres are everywhere."

Gatfield has given a few talks so far in the city. Watch this space for the link to the video of her talk with the international Creative Mornings network.