Summertime at Loudon

Everything is looking beautiful at stunning Loudon Farm with just a couple of weeks to go until The Finale of Sculpture on the Peninsula gets underway.

Although Friday night’s Grand Opening tickets sold out in a flash, we have gate sales available for Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th January. And Dr Warren Feeney is back with his wonderful Art Tours as well.

Read on for a taste of what’s on show!

Featured artists: Melissa and Rudi Robinson Cole

Crocheting has opened up a whole new creative flow for Lissy and her husband artist and sculptor, Rudi Robinson. Together they are exploring crochet from a Te Ao Māori lens, incorporating sculptural and architectural forms to create large scale three-dimensional art installations.

They bring a kaupapa of joy to their communities through the use of neon and bright coloured yarn, reflecting their love of life and desire to uplift people’s spirits. Lissy and Rudi hope their art helps people to encounter, and interact with, crochet to spark imagination, conversation and connection.

Lissy and Rudi are bringing five works to Sculpture on the Peninsula, which will be their first time exhibiting in South Island.

Melissa and Rudi Robinson-Cole
Melissa and Rudi Robinson-Cole

Our infamous charity auction

For those coming to Friday night’s Grand Opening, our charity auction is always a hilarious affair with Joe Bennett at the helm. This year, it is salvaged wooden planks that our featured artists have used as the ‘departure point’ for their art and sculptures.

All of the auction items will be on display throughout the weekend as well, and as a special treat for our final event, we’ve put together a retrospective collection of auction items over the years.

Remember the shovels? The cricket bats? The frames, the oars, the saws and the chairs? These wonderful pieces have raised much-needed funds for Cholmondeley Children’s Centre, and we’re pleased to be able to bring some of them back for our Finale event.

From the 2011 Saws and 2007 Oars auctions

Diana Adams
Diana Adams
Pippin Wrightstow
Pippin Wrightstow

Personal tours

With so much to see and to take in, make the most of your visit by taking a tour with arts commentator Warren Feeney. Warren will select key works of interest in the show and take you on a 90 minute walking tour where he will discuss these pieces in depth.

This is a unique chance to learn more about the contemporary sculpture scene in New Zealand, and you’ll even get a voucher to enjoy a coffee afterwards.

The $40 tour tickets include your $20 event admission and a coffee, and must be prebooked.

Book your place.

Tickets available online

Tickets for the event on the Saturday and Sunday are $20, and children 15 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online. You can get your Art Tour tickets online too.

Buy tickets.

See you soon!