21 March - 27 April 2015

Sara Scott



Pottery workshop for 10-12 year olds

Thursday 9 April, 10am-12noon


A hands-on workshop with Marlborough ceramic artist, Sara Scott

Where: Millennium Art Gallery, Seymour Square, Blenheim
Cost: $10 to cover materials
How to book: phone the Gallery 579 2001 or email marlpublicart@xtra.co.nz
Numbers are strictly limited so booking is essential

Parental supervision not required


Full Circle

IMG_0181_250px.jpgMarlborough ceramic artist, Sara Scott was born Sara Bridger in the UK in 1955. Sara completed a 3 year BA Hons Degree in Ceramics at Central School of Art and Design, London, and after a few years running a pottery studio then teaching, she worked as PA to a Design Director in a firm of architects. In 1991 she moved from London to Suffolk and began gilding picture frames and wall furniture in a company set up by her husband. After busy years gilding and the arrival of two daughters, the family had the opportunity to immigrate to New Zealand where Sara could work with clay again.

Sara has lived with her family on a lifestyle block at Essons Valley on the edge of Picton for the last decade, working in a purpose-built studio and gallery. She is very involved with Marlborough and Nelson pottery groups and has been a mentor for the Otago Polytechnic Diploma of Ceramic Art (Distance Learning) course. Her work explores many techniques and styles, however a strong and consistent theme has been the love of drawing as a form of decoration; scraffito, the inlaying of lines, and scraping away of layers of slips. Portraits, life-drawing and textile designs are predominant subjects in her work.

Sara exhibited with fellow ceramic artists, Janet Green and Fran Maguire in an exhibition entitled Three at the Millennium Public Art Gallery in 2012. Her work in this exhibition explored her past, her ancestors and her early life in the UK. Three represented a turning point for Sara. Her new work focusses strongly on her life in New Zealand. For almost three decades Sara worked and exhibited as Sara Schotanus and the Schotanus family changed their name to Scott in 2013. Last year, Sara was a finalist in New Zealand's premier ceramic award, The Portage Ceramic Awards. Full Circle embraces her New Zealand experiences and is her first solo exhibition.

"The best aspect of moving here is that I am left in the peaceful and beautiful surroundings of Marlborough to make what I want, and I can feel like a young, Bohemian art student again, which is why I have entitled my show ‘Full Circle'." Sara Scott.


21 March - 27 April 2015


Ruth Cleland, Gary McMillan & David Woodings

New Urban Realists explores aspects of everyday urban life. The featured artists are painters who specialise in photo-realism, and each offers images that confront the viewer with familiar aspects of contemporary urban reality. The timeless aspect of the New Zealand landscape is well served by good practitioners, but the painters in this instance have chosen to engage with the essential essence of city life - by way of frozen moments in time. To this end, the three invited artists celebrate the street-scape and motorway, the parking building and the shopping mall. These painters focus on the functionality of structures and spaces - many of these eerily devoid of human presence.

Auckland artist Ruth Cleland is known for her photo-realist paintings and pencil drawings of suburban landscapes as well as her abstract grid works. Her works, like those of her exhibition colleagues, are a snapshot in time and there is a sense of social documentary in her scenes of suburbia, empty shopping malls and parking buildings. Gary McMillan is also based in Auckland and creates cinematic paintings by searching his surrounding environment; sometimes referencing the world of old science fiction and film noir movies. Christchurch artist David Woodings is a photo-realist painter who specialises in Gary20McMillan20Untitled20_18Copy_250px.jpgthe use of arcade machines in shopping mall settings to discuss social realities. Collectively their work represents a familiar, yet unfamiliar, urban street-scape imbued with the trappings of 21st century life.

Exhibition developed by Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore



Gary McMillan Untitled #18, Acrylic on linen, 2014



The Millennium Public Art Gallery in Blenheim

Marlborough's public art gallery is located in the centre of Blenheim, opposite Seymour Square right beside the Marlborough District Council. See map.

The Art Gallery presents a high quality, varied programme of regularly changing art exhibitions and events. 

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Open 7 Days

Weekdays: 10.30 - 4.30

Weekends:  1.00 - 4.00

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