The Rippon family has an enduring connection with New Zealand art, and is delighted to provide a contemporary art space for the local community. Curator Robyn Bardas MFA brings a fresh eye and contemporary edge to this exhibition.

From 16th February through to 16th March, The Rippon Hall is excited to bring you ‘Pages,’ new work from Fashion and textile artist Rowan Holt. Holt has been involved with textiles and architecture her whole life, having been immersed in these skills since a baby learning from her parents and grandparents. Holt’s textile pieces range across a wide variety of scale, materials and processes from fine needlepoint, weaving to architectural size works.

Holt holds a Master of Fine Art with Merit endorsement from the Otago Polytechnic, as well as numerous other qualifications including studies in jewellery, sculpture, photography and is a registered secondary school art teacher.

She has appeared in many exhibitions throughout New Zealand and has also recently exhibited in Italy and China.
Her new work Pages reflects on the landscape and botanicals in Central Otago and researches historical links through the gold rush when many of the local towns were settled. She has made the canvas from scratch by weaving, and then layering in ceramic to create a surface to sketch her observations in drawing.

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