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New Work by Kate Fitzharris


Fri 20 Mar 2020, 11:00am–5:30pm
Sat 21 Mar 2020, 11:00am–4:00pm
Thu 26 Mar 2020, 11:00am–5:30pm
Fri 27 Mar 2020, 11:00am–5:30pm
Sat 28 Mar 2020, 11:00am–4:00pm

Where: RDS Gallery, 6 Castle St, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


The gallery's March exhibition offers a range of new work by New Zealand ceramicist Kate Fitzharris.

Kate Fitzharris (b. 1974, Wellington, New Zealand), completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Dunedin School of Art, with a major in ceramics, in 1994. She has held a number of residencies, including: Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park [Japan], 2019; Tylee Cottage [Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui] (2018); and Doris Lusk Residency [Risingholme Community Centre, Christchurch] (2017).

Among her other honours, she was a finalist for the 2019 Wallace Arts Trust Awards, and received Portage Ceramic Merit Awards in 2014, 2010 and 2002. The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park Foundation, the Dowse, the James Wallace Arts Trust, and the Waikato Museum include her work in their collections. Her ceramic figures have been shown at galleries across New Zealand, including solo exhibitions at Masterworks Gallery, Sarjeant Gallery, the Lopdell House Gallery and the Blue Oyster Art Project Space, among others.

Kate’s primary medium is ceramics, though she also explores the use of “found materials”, such as vintage fabric and wild clay. Typically constructing small-scale, often anthropomorphic, objects, the artist asks viewers to look closely, to examine her diminutive creations in all their intricate detail of surface, colour and shape––ultimately to reflect upon how contemporary culture rarely encourages us to engage with the subtleties of our environment and its ever-proliferating collection of mass-produced, characterless objects. Kate comments about her own work that for her "the object is not a self-contained thing. When we consider an object we cannot help but become involved in it." This exhibition invites us to examine that involvement.

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