Judge for Darfield Artweek

by Kent Caddick

Rangiora High School art teacher Jan Robertson will be the judge for this year’s Darfield Artweek which is run by the Malvern Community Arts Council.

Darfield Artweek will run from Friday, October 6 through to Sunday, October 15, utilising three venues: the Darfield Recreation Centre, which will also host the opening night, the Selwyn Gallery, and the Darfield Library. Ms Robertson is an accomplished artist, and has taught art at Rangiora High School for the past 20 years.

She began to study painting and sculpture seriously as an adult student in her late 30s and earned a Bachelor of Fine Art degree, majoring in sculpture, from the Canterbury School of Fine Arts in 1998. She has also studied under the renowned New Zealand sculptor, Andrew Drummond.

“My sculpture practise is heavily influenced by the use of found materials, which have age or history attached to them,” Ms Robertson said.

Some of her more recent work uses children’s wooden building blocks.

“The idea of stacking and rebuilding is a rather nice connection to that which Canterbury is experiencing so some of my sculptural compositions have architectural references as well as reflecting a more domestic quality,” she said.

Jan Robertson’s work has been on exhibit regularly at the Chamber Gallery in Rangiora and most recently at the Arts in Oxford Gallery this year. Ms Robertson will announce the winner of the $2,000 Premier Award for Artweek at the Opening Night on Friday evening, October 6, at the Darfield Rec Centre.

The full list of prizes, including the 2016 winners, can be seen at selwyngallery.co.nz/artweek.

Tickets for Opening Night can be purchased in advance for $15 from the Selwyn Gallery, or $20 at the door.

Entry to Darfield Artweek’s three exhibition spaces, the Rec Centre, Selwyn Gallery, and the Darfield Library, is free from Saturday, October 7, to Sunday,October 15.