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Sam Mahon and Sculpture at The Mill

 
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Sat 10 Dec 2022, 09:00 am - 5:00pm

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The Mill, 6 Singleton St, Waikari
6 Singleton S
Waikari

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Sun 11 Dec 2022, 09:00 am - 5:00pm

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The Mill, 6 Singleton St, Waikari
6 Singleton S
Waikari

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Exhibitions, Visual Arts, Arts Culture, Sculpture

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Sam Mahon is an artist and who has multi-tasked  as painter, printmaker, sculptor, writer, conservationist and, over the past decade, an events’ organiser in his home and  studio, The Mill in Waikari, North Canterbury.   Mahon is also the recipient of the Best First Book Award in 2003, for The Year of the Horse, its subject, the story of a commission for a bronze figure of an idealised, “Southern Man”.   Yet, as prominent as the sculpture and Mahon’s first award winning book remain, there are numerous artworks and actions by the artist that more widely sustain his public presence.  For example; his public activity as a conservationist or, for example, The Fool, a prominent sculpture familiar to Christchurch residents, and still residing, post-quake (in need of restoration) in The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora.  

In November, Mahon has curated, Sculpture, an exhibition in his studio and home, The Mill, the participating working artists who are also his friend. They include: Anna Dalzell, Bing Dawe, Alison Erickson,  Tim Main, Rory McDougall, Tony O’Grady, Chris Reddington, Ashley Smith, Matt Williams and Mahon of course.  

And there is more - Mahon is as enthused about Sculpture as an exhibition as he is about its potential as an opportunity for debate, discussion and a critique of the nature of art, its role, relevance and status in all our lives.  Commenting that although he will be selling artworks to people who ‘don’t know what we are doing’, there will be no ‘Tin Chickens’’ for sale.   Indeed, an important aspect of Sculpture at The Mill is that all who visit come along and talk about art.  

The event and exhibition seeks to highlight the nature and demands of being an artist, and Mahon says: ‘I want a collegiate of artists to be here, having lunch together and throwing ideas around.  What makes The Mill different is that it is a cool place, a flour mill where 100s of people can meet, and you can walk into an artist’s studio and see how they do stuff.  The artists won’t have their studios here but they can talk about their work and you will also be able to meet the artists online as well.’

  As part of the launch, artist and educator, Bing Dawe is the guest speaker.   Mahon is certain of  the wider interest in the event, recalling a previous call to the public  to visit The Mill:  ‘Two decades ago I put one photograph and message in The Press  that I am open for two weeks for visitors and we had numerous people coming to visit.’

There are wider aspects to the participating artists’ work as well, and Mahon is keen to include this as part of his programming for artists’ interviews, including sculptor and painter, Tim Main taking about his commitment to archery.   Mahon will equally be opening up questions about art and its significance in our lives.  ‘Works of art are sublime and art is our conversation and we create music or painting to convey that.   Art takes what is usual and inverts it - and we see life afresh.’  

DETAILS

Participating artists include: Anna Dalzell, Bing Dawe, Alison Erickson, Sam Mahon, Tim Main, Rory McDougall, Tony O’Grady, Chris Reddington, Ashley Smith and friends.  

The Mill, 6 Singleton St, Waikari

19 November – 12 December, pen weekends 9 – 5pm and weekdays by appointment

 

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  1. Sam Mahon with a work in progress in his studio
  2. Detail of a work by Chris Reddington in Oamaru stone.

 

Event Dates

The Mill, 6 Singleton St, Waikari
Waikari
6 Singleton S
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Date:

Sat 10 Dec 2022, 09:00 am

Until:

Sat 10 Dec 2022, 05:00 pm

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The Mill, 6 Singleton St, Waikari
Waikari
6 Singleton S
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Date:

Sun 11 Dec 2022, 09:00 am

Until:

Sun 11 Dec 2022, 05:00 pm

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