Welcome to the Symposium Blog!

The ISC symposium blog is intended to help generate a dialogue for people who are interested in the 2013 International Sculpture Symposium in New Zealand.

Whether you are registered, presenting or just thinking about attending the symposium, please feel free to use this forum to discuss your thoughts and ideas to help strengthen the sculpture community.

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See you in Auckland!

The wait is over!
For the 2013 International Sculpture Symposium: International Dialogue

Photo: Richard Serra, Te Tuhirangi Contour, 1991/2000, Courtesy of Gibbs Farm

Photo: Richard Serra, Te Tuhirangi Contour, 1991/2000, Courtesy of Gibbs Farm

The ISC is officially New Zealand bound to commence our 2013 International Sculpture Symposium: International Dialogue.

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Jeff Thomson welcomes you to his studio

DSC01848My studio in Helensville is one of a selection of venues ISC delegates will have the opportunity to visit early on during the Auckland conference.

Helensville is at the southern end of the Kaipara Harbour, 50km north west of Downtown Auckland. It is an easy 45 minute drive via motorway, through wine country and rolling farmland and has a quaint, heritage feel to it. Twenty km further north of Helensville, is the well known, Gibbs Sculpture Farm for which, over the years, I have made a number of works. Most recently we installed a life sized giraffe made from my favoured material, corrugated iron. It is positioned so the live giraffes living on the property can get extremely close! Continue reading

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New Zealand Scenic Highlights

hotspringsThe Pohutu and Prince of Wales Feathers Geysers at Whakarewarewa, Rotorua, New Zealand by Heinz Albers

New Zealand is a country which has been blessed with an enormous amount of diverse and scenic landscapes in a comparatively small area – a little bigger in size than the United Kingdom. The population is just 4.5 million.

Below you can see, at a glance, the major scenic highlights of New Zealand including the air and road travel time to get there.   The destinations are listed from North to South.

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Did you know registration was EXTENDED!

Registration was extended and there are still a few spots left!

Hotels, Flights, and Optional Tours are only available on a first-come, first-serve basis.



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Chicago to Auckland: A Young Professional’s Adventure to Volunteer at the Symposium

In 2010, I was among four students who co-founded an ongoing outdoor sculpture exhibit in Providence, RI.  The “Sculpture Tour,” brainchild of sculptor and professor William Martin, is an exhibit where sculptures by national artists are displayed across the Rhode Island College campus, curated by the Engaging Visual Arts Collaborative.  As president of the organization, I was sponsored to attend the International Sculpture Conference in Chicago this past October.  Needless to say, I was ecstatic to have the opportunity to experience three days of art through panels, keynote speakers, tours, and activities!

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Photo: (Counterclockwise from Upper Left) Yvonne Domenge’s Interconnected in Millennium Park,
Jeff Thomson speaks about his work on Waiheke Island,
Tony Tasset’s Paul in Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. Photos by Kate Mullen

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Announcing Keynote Speaker Bernar Venet

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Bernar Venet from Conseil général des Yvelines’ on Flickr

Bernar Venet, born in 1941 and based in Paris and New York, has been an international leader of Conceptual Art in painting, sculpture and concrete music composition for more than three decades. As early as 1974 he was teaching at the Sorbonne in Paris. Venet is the recipient of major awards and France’s highest decoration, the Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur, in 2005. The artist has fulfilled numerous public art commissions, including in Cologne, Japan, Norway, Luxembourg, New York and Chicago. Venet is currently represented by New Zealand’s Gow Langsford Gallery. You will be able to see Mr. Venet’s work at The Farm. Continue reading

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Wellington Sculpture Trust

Wellington Sculpture Trust
www.sculpture.org.nz

Tanya Ashken, Albatross, 1986, cement, Frank Kitts Park

Commissioning public sculpture since 1982, the mission of Wellington Sculpture Trust is to enhance the urban environment and to support the creative arts in New Zealand.
As an optional add-on trip* after the International Sculpture Symposium, hop on a one-hour flight down to Wellington and spend Saturday 16 February touring outdoor public sculpture installations complete with lunch and an organized discussion on public art. Continue reading
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Summer of Sculpture @ Wynyard Quarter

During the height of New Zealand’s summer season, this new public event is happening during the International Sculpture Symposium!  Symposium attendees will have another great opportunity to view the best of the best sculpture that New Zealand has to offer ~ right on the waterfront!

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VIDEOS from Gibbs Farm

Take a glimpse at what’s to come at the highly anticipated ISC symposium in NZ!

Alan Gibbs recommends all symposium attendees to preview these insightful videos before venturing to New Zealand to make the most of your experience.

Even if you are not attending, you can get an inside look and enjoy The Farm by checking out these videos.

The videos are posted on the official site for the Farm and spotlights a few of the internationally renowned sculptors featured in the sculpture park. Below are synopses and links for each. Enjoy! Continue reading

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The Wait is Over – Register NOW!

Join us in Auckland, New Zealand for this once-in-a-lifetime event! Exclusive access to private collections and tours, and special group events! Continue reading

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