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Rowan Dicks: Fine Furniture


Thu 3 Oct 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 4 Oct 2013, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sat 5 Oct 2013, 10:00am–3:00pm
Mon 7 Oct 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm
Tue 8 Oct 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, 33 George Street, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts is pleased to present two complementary exhibitions of handcrafted work which illustrates the rich craft heritage of our country. Clay & Fire features handmade ceramics fired in a Japanese style anagama kiln by an award winning husband and wife team, Estelle and Bruce Martin of Hastings. The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Estelle Martin who passed away in 2001. Rowan Dicks: Fine Furniture will show a range of beautifully handcrafted furniture including floor lamps, chairs, tables, a cabinet and other fine joinery.

Rowan Dicks has a passion for designing and making artistic furniture. As an instructor in the Furniture Design and Making programme at UCOL, Palmerston North, he can now pass on that passion to his students. Dicks writes that his pieces are “made to inspire the body, mind and soul” and that “the point will become clear as one experiences a sense of well-being” when seeing, using and owning these one-off designer masterpieces. Dicks’ new and exciting range of furniture is being exhibited for the first time at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts and will become a regular feature of the gallery as have the furniture of other tutors and students in this two year course.

Rowan Dicks followed his childhood hobby through college and into UCOL where he completed the two-year diploma Level 5; he then took one year of post-graduate studies in artistic design and business management. After graduating he worked for two furniture and joinery workshops and while in the industry Dicks completed a National Certificate in Furniture Making, Level 4. He has also entered many competitions and wood skills festivals and has placed First in the National Kawarau Wood Skills Festival. Currently Rowan Dicks teaches at UCOL where he has been a Lecturer in the Furniture Design and Making programme since 2011.

UCOL graduate Rowan Dicks is a skilled craftsman. After completing the two-year UCOL Diploma in Furniture Design and Making, Rowan worked for a year with Avant Garde Interiors in Rongotea and during this wood manufacturing apprenticeship, Dicks won national recognition as one of four finalists for ‘Trainee of the Year 2008’ from the industry training organisation which oversees furniture making [FITEC]. In 2010 Rowan placed in the top three finalists for this award. UCOL Furniture Design and Making Lecturer Andy Halewood, whose work is shown at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, says: “Rowan Dicks is a name to watch in the future of New Zealand furniture design. It is great to see our graduates receive recognition. It’s quite special that they can not only design, but also skilfully make beautiful pieces of furniture.”

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