Pin Wall is a collaborative public artwork by artists Sara Hughes and Gregor Kregar. Commission by Napier City Council, the work is situated on the Marine Parade side of the new wing of the museum building.

The work takes the form of a brightly coloured oversized pin cushion; created from about 4500 porcelain glazed balls that project out from the building on stainless steel rods. The artists spent considerable time researching the MTG collection and wanted to create a work that responded to objects within it. They were particularly influenced by a group of 19th Century pin cushion and the Avis Higgs fabric design archive.

“We have referenced a design for a textile print by Avis Higgs depicting New Zealand flora and fauna and turned it into a mosaic of colour. Each pixel of colour will be represented by a pin head; depending on how the work is viewed it can take the form of a vibrant assortment of colour and form, or from a frontal position it will make a more representational image.“ - Sara Hughes.

The work takes a pin, an everyday object but one with much history; an expensive and rare item in 19th century, an object that was a common household item in the 20th Century and an item used less and less in 21st Century homes due to the low cost and availability of readymade garments.

“A pin is a device used for fastening objects or material together which we think creates a fitting metaphor for the Museum.”  -Sara Hughes.

The differing lengths of stainless steel rod give a three dimensional effect to the work. The porcelain pin heads pop out from the side of the building creating movement across its surface as the work responds to the changing weather conditions.

“We are thrilled to be creating this work for Napier and very excited that the work will soon be installed.” – Sara Hughes.

The work brings a dynamic new dimension to the landmark building and is the largest work created from porcelain in New Zealand.

About the artists…

Sara Hughes is a dynamic artist with a career well established and highly regarded in Australasia. Her work examines the communicative power of colour and pattern as transformative visual modes.

Hughes has exhibited in major public galleries in New Zealand and her paintings and installations are held in many important Australasian public and private collections including the Chartwell Collection; Auckland City Art Gallery; Te Papa Tongarewa; Wellington and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Her work has attracted significant attention winning both the Wallace Art Award and the Norsewear Art Award in 2005. In 2008 she was the first New Zealand recipient of The RIPE: Art and Australia magazine Art Award and she has been selected to participate in a number of notable residencies including the Francis Hodgkins Fellowship in 2003, the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York in 2007 and the Creative New Zealand Berlin Visual Artists Residency at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in 2008/09.

Hughes has undertaken a range of high profile public commissions including a temporary installation entitled Heat Wave at Federations Square in Melbourne in 2010. In 2013/14 she completed two large-scale permanent works for the ANZ lobby in Auckland as well as a series of striking outdoor works for the re-opening of Cathedral Square in the centre of Christchurch.

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Gregor Kregar was born in Slovenia in 1972. He received his BFA from the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and an MFA from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland.

He has exhibited widely in New Zealand and internationally. Solo shows include: Dream House Project, 2012, Te Tuhi Art Center, Auckland, Piercing the Clouds, 2008, Tin Sheds Art Gallery, Sydney, Reflective Lullaby, 2008, Melbourne Art Fair, I Appear and Disappear, 2003-2004, Dunedin Public Art gallery, Dunedin; Te Tuhi Art Gallery, Auckland. Group show include: 2011 Cairo Biennale, Cairo, 2011 Ljubljana Biennale, Ljubljana, Red Badge of Courage, 2007, Newark, NY, Telecom Prospect 2007-New Zealand Art Now, Wellington City Gallery, 2007, A&P Show, Christchurch Art Gallery, Crystal Chain Gang, 2001, Auckland City Art gallery, Auckland.

Gregor’s work has been recognized by winning Premier Award as well as People’s Choice Awards at Sculpture On The Gulf 2013, Art & Australia / Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award 2009, Art Norsewear Art Award in 2004 and the prestigious Wallace Art Award in 2000. He has completed many public commissions and his work is included in a number of important Art collections including; McClelland/Southern Christchurch Airport, Christchurch, Doha, Qatar, Abu Dhabi City, United Arab Emirates, Te Papa Tongarewa-Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, James Wallace Arts Trust, Auckland, Connells Bay Sculpture Park, Waiheke and Francis J Greenburger Collection, New York. Gregor has been invited to participate on several New Zealand and international art residency programmes, including Art Omi, New York, NY, USA in 2007, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC, USA in 2006 and The South Project Residency, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia in 2005.

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