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You are invited to the opening of our next exhibition focusing on three different art collaborations from across Aotearoa New Zealand


Stephen Bradbourne & Emily Siddell

Madeleine Child, Philip Jarvis and The Antarctic Riviera Collective

The Crystal Chain Gang

Exhibitions opening Thurs 10 September, 6pm – 8pm
Shows run from Fri 11 September – Sun 18 October 2015

For information about the public programmes sitting alongside these exhibitions click here

Counterpart features the works of: Auckland-based contemporary ceramic and glass artists Stephen Bradbourne and Emily Siddell; Dunedin-based sculptors Madeleine Child and Philip Jarvis with the Antarctic Riviera Collective; and Martinbourgh-based glass artists Jim Dennison and Leanne Williams, a.k.a. the Crystal Chain Gang.


Stephen Bradbourne and Emily Siddell are both acclaimed contemporary glass and ceramic artists in their own right. Bradbourne and Siddell’s collective skill sets combine to make a new collection of domestic ware, a fitting collaboration for a couple, in addition to a series of large-scale necklaces, a recurrent form in Siddell’s personal practice. Both artists have a mutual interest in pattern and surface decoration which is emphasised by working within their preferred monochrome palette.


Far from monochromatic are the colourful and witty artistic collaborations by Dunedin-based sculptors Madeleine Child and Philip Jarvis. For these artists the meaning of collaboration is simply the agreement between everyone to share ideas. Their inclusive collaboration extends beyond their partnership and includes a wider group of makers known as The Antarctic Riviera Collective. They share a common manifesto to create by hand with non-precious materials and to make things big. Adorning the gallery will be the collective’s Monster Jewellery which they describe as oversized, showy, one-off and bespoke.


The third collaborative art practice featured in the exhibition was established in 2003 by glass artists and partners Jim Dennison and Leanne Williams under the name the Crystal Chain Gang. Together their renowned practice crosses the boundaries of art, design and craft. The Crystal Chain Gang is widely admired for their clever and conceptual glass objects, which combine popular objects and remnants from New Zealand’s multicultural society and colonial past. Included in the show will be their infamous playful chandelier and decanters cast glass sculptures alongside new pieces.

Public programmes:

Saturday Gallery Club #8 – Collective drawings

Date: Saturday 12 September between 10.30am – 12pm

Families can create a colourful collective drawing together based on the collaborative artworks by Crystal Chain Gang and Stephen Bradbourne and Emily Siddell.

Entry: Free, all art material provided. This is a drop in art activity, no bookings needed.


Saturday Gallery Club #9 – Oversized jewellery

Date: Saturday 10 October between 10.30am – 12pm

Families come and make jewellery with household items inspired by the oversized Monster jewellery of Madeline Child, Philip Jarvis and Antarctic Riviera Collective.

Entry: Free, all art material provided. This is a drop in art activity, no bookings needed.




Saturday Gallery Club is a series of free and fun family art-making sessions happening in the gallery every SECOND Saturday of the month. Art activities are designed for children aged 4 and upwards and run for around 30 minutes. These sessions are family friendly and children need to be accompanied by an adult.


Artists floor talk - Stephen Bradbourne and Emily Siddell

Saturday 10 October, 1pm

Together acclaimed artists Stephen Bradbourne and Emily Siddell talk about their collaborative and individual glass and ceramic art practices as part of the Counterpart exhibition.

Entry: free


ARTWEEK art writing workshop out west

In the gallery with writers Amy Stewart and Dr Ann Poulsen

Saturday 17 October 1-4pm

ARTWEEK Auckland presents this free art writing workshop for everyone to share, discuss and articulate their responses to the art they see. The session is an informal opportunity to interact with professional writers and improve your art writing skills.

Entry: is free but spaces are limited email artweek.writing@gmail.com to register.

About the artists:

Stephen Bradbourne

Stephen Bradbourne was born in Auckland in 1969. He grew up in west Auckland and attended Carrington Polytechnic between 1988 and 1991, graduating with a Diploma in Craft Design (major in ceramics). He immediately received critical recognition for his ceramic work and was awarded a Judges Commendation at the internationally acclaimed Fletcher Challenge Ceramic Award in 1993. In 1992 Bradbourne was offered a job at Sunbeam Glassworks were he quickly found an affinity for glassblowing, soon becoming an efficient and highly skilled production blower. Over the next decade Bradbourne maintained dual careers in both ceramics and hot glass, successfully exhibiting works in both medium. In 2005, Bradbourne left his position at Sunbeam Glassworks to focus fully on his own designs, specialising in intricate traditional Italian glass techniques which include Murrine, Mosaic and Twisted Cane styles. Bradbourne is now regarded as one of New Zealand’s most multi-talented and original glass artists. He has been the recipient of many awards winning both the Cavalier Bremworth Luminous Glass Award and the Molly Morpeth Canaday Glass Award in 2007. Stephen Bradbourne continues to exhibit widely in both solo and group shows and his work is included in many public and private collections both in New Zealand and Internationally. Stephen Bradbourne is represented by Masterworks Gallery in Auckland and AVID Gallery in Wellington.

Emily Siddell

Emily Siddell was born and raised in Auckland and it is this city that has most influenced her work. She draws inspiration from the narrow, water surrounded isthmus and the subtropical plant life. Siddell works in a variety of different mediums, combining ceramic, glass, crochet and weaving, drawing upon the Polynesian influences of her Auckland home and the history and universality of craft practices from around the world. Siddell started exhibiting in 1992 after studying Craft and Design at Carrington Polytechnic. Since then she has exhibited throughout New Zealand and her work is held in many public and private collections including; Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, Dowse Art Museum, Wellington, and the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland. Emily Siddell is represented by FHE Gallery in Auckland and AVID Gallery in Wellington.

Leanne Williams and Jim Dennison – the Crystal Chain Gang

Since 2003, The Crystal Chain Gang’s work has been selected for major glass exhibitions within New Zealand and internationally. In 2012, in conjunction with Sarjeant Gallery, they toured a solo show around many public galleries throughout New Zealand. Other accolades include a 2007 fellowship at the Creative Glass Centre of America, USA and a Fulbright Travel Award to present at the American Glass Conference 2009.Their work is included in the collections of the Ebeltoft Museum Denmark, Museum of American Glass, USA, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui, Aratoi Museum, Masterton and Government House, Wellington. The Crystal Chain Gang is represented by Masterworks Gallery in Auckland and The National in Christchurch. Both artists live and work in their own collaborative studio in Martinborough.
(Biography source: The National)

Madeleine Child

Madeleine Child has pursued the study of ceramic and glass in New York, Lisbon, and London where she received a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Camberwell School of Art, Masters from the Royal College of Art and Advanced studies Central St Martins College of Art. Child has received numerous art awards which recently include; Merit Portage Ceramic Awards 2014, Merit National Contemporary Art Award 2014 and the Jury Award Wallace Art Awards 2013. Together with Philip Jarvis they have been awarded several prestigious art and ceramic awards; Premier Award Portage Ceramic Awards 2009, Merit Award Norsewear Art Award 2004, Premier Award Sidney Myer International Ceramics Awards 2000. Her work features in private and public collections internationally including; the Frans Hals Museum in the Netherlands, Shepparton Art Gallery in Australia, the Dowse in Lower Hutt, the Otago Museum, and the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Madeleine Child is based in Dunedin with fellow collaborator Philip Jarvis and is represented by Whitespace Contemporary Art in Auckland.

Philip Jarvis

Philip Jarvis is a graduate of Camberwell School of Art London in 1990. Jarvis currently lives and works in Dunedin with his partner Madeleine Child, they have collaborated together for 16 years. Together they have received awards in major art competitions including; Premier Award Portage Ceramic Awards 2009, Merit Award Norsewear Art Award 2004, Premier Award Sidney Myer International Ceramics Awards 2000. Jarvis was runner up in 2009 Wallace Art Award. His works are held in numerous collections including; Te Papa Tongarewa, Christchurch Museum, Otago Museum and A.I.R Vallauris, France.

The Antarctic Riviera Collective

A group of Dunedin based makers who come together for different projects. For the past two years they have created the jewellery for DADA collection for ID Fashion Week in Dunedin. The Antarctic Riviera Collective includes: Philip Jarvis, Madeleine Child, Spex Capone, Maylene Charles & Sons, Lettice Crow, Florence Jarvis, E Tist, Fallalerie Wybird et al
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