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Glass Ceiling 2020

Marking a pivotal year in the tumultous landscape of global human rights, a framed archival photograph captures a broken metaphor. No longer an invisible barrier or higher goal beyond reach, the smashed glass ceiling is exposed, glittering at ground level. Glass Ceiling 2020 reveals an operating system that seduces and repels, controlling entry at the threshold; a sublime precarious terrain. Framed by concrete arches reminiscent of a Roman forum, Glass Ceiling proposes a place and a context for the exchange of new ideas.

Public Art Commission

'Asterisk' lands in Sydney!

July 2020. A new public artwork for Sydney, Asterisk (from the Ancient Greek 'asteriskos': little star) combines ancient stones with celestial form, marking journeys past and present. The sculpture is sited at the entrance of a new park developed by NSW Government and Westconnex on 18 hectares of open space, part of a major transport infrastructure project on Cadigal and Kameygal land. The intersecting stone from far corners of Australia - Pilbara, Chillagoe and Sydney, trace the history of the oldest continent on Earth. A unique composite blade made from rock recovered from road tunnelling below the site is oriented to Ginan, a small star recently renamed its ancient Aboriginal Australian astronomy star-name. Shadows mark the passage of time in a circle of heritage stone that once lined local roads.

Asterisk 2021/21
Pilbara Marble, Chillagoe Marble, Sydney Tunnel-Stone, Heritage Sandstone
1mH x 12m Dia.
Westconnext Public Art Project, St Peter's Sydney NSW

Zealandia (At Home) Abroad

Virtual Exhibition - 'Touch'

April 2020. WomanMade Gallery Chicago presents a curated virtual exhibtion, aptly titled 'Touch' during a global pandemic lock-down. Zealandia (At Home) joins selected international multimedia works each navigating the pyschology of human need for connection with nature, community and aspiration in times of turmoil.

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Creative Leadership Award

25 Creative Revolutionaries for 2020

Jan. 2020. International commissioned art platform CODAworx honours 25 Creative Revolutionaries - "artists and arts collaborators, leading the way for positive change", among them NZ sculptor Gill Gatfield:

"an activist and an alchemist, creating beautiful minimalist artworks packed with complexity. Inventive in form and meaning, her work draws audiences to engage through sensory experience and inspired philosophical meanings. From a platform of inclusion, Gill's public artworks challenge the status quo, raising eyebrows, questions, and the bar for minimalist art in contemporary practice. ..."

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Exhibition 2020

Exhibition The Vivian

Dec 2019-Feb 2020. The Vivian presents work by Gill Gatfield in the Summer Show, a curated exhibition at the purpose-designed spacious gallery north of Auckland, with Australian artists Sally Gabori, Patricia Piccinini and Stephen Benwell, and NZ artists Monique Lacey, Rebecca Wallis, Peter Panyoczki, Cruz Jimenez, Iain Cheesman and Seung Yul Oh.

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NZ Public Art

SCAPE book

Nov. 2019. A new critically acclaimed book by Dr Warren Feeney reviews the exceptional public artworks and projects commissioned by Christchurch based SCAPE Public Art, NZ's premier international bi-annual sculpture exhibition. This 20 year survey includes an interview of artist Gill Gatfield and images of her 4 tonne granite sculpture The Kiss installed on the neo-gothic quad at Christ's College. "An essential book for anyone interested in public art" Andrew Paul Wood, EyeContact Nov 2019

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NZ Women of Influence Award

NZ Women of Influence

Oct. 2019. Sculptor Gill Gatfield is a NZ Women of Influence Finalist, nominated for outstanding work in the arts & creative sector and for diversity leadership with impact across sectors. Juried by a prestigious panel of industry leaders chaired by Dame Silvia Cartwright, the Women of Influence Awards recognise and celebrate the passion and vision of New Zealand women leaders on the national and international stage.

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Review

'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

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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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