Award‐winning jade carving on display at Left Bank Art Gallery.

Award‐winning jade carving on display


Visitors to Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s (TPP’s) Jade and Hard Stone Carving exhibition will be able to view the award‐winning work of student David Gibbs.

The exhibition opened on Friday night with around 150 visitors attending to view and learn about the sculpture and carvings of TPP’sstudents. The exhibition is held each year to showcase the accomplishments of students and give them an opportunity to display and interact with potential customers. 

Returning to the Left Bank Art Gallery this year, TPP Tutor Sheree Warren said the exhibition has so far proved popular with locals and visitors.

“The opening night was a fantastic event; the students did really well at displaying their work and representing their portfolio to the public. It’s always great to share our work with the local community and be part of a great event.”

One of the pieces on display is the work of student David Gibbs, Hono te whanau, which received a highly commended award in the Jewellery Design category of the annual ECC NZ Student/Craft Design Awards.

David’s piece was made as a result of a “mock” TPP client assignment, where he was tasked with making a piece for a family that included five separate pieces which could each be used as a jewellery pendant and which, when brought together create a sculpture for the whole family to enjoy.
Sheree says it was a complex assignment which required huge creativity and planning during the design phase, along with client communication and strong technical carving skills.

“The result is an amazing piece of art that David can be very proud of. Being recognised at the national awards is a huge accomplishment and we’re all really pleased for him. Over the past two years we’ve adjusted the programme to focus more on developing students’ creativity and helping them turn their ideas into works of art. This is having a positive impact, with graduate’s work being recognised and celebrated.”

David Gibbs says it means a lot to have his work recognised at the ECC NZ awards.

“I put a lot of effort and time into the piece and it’s amazing to have others admire it. I really encourage other students to take the time to enter the awards next year and see what they can achieve.”

Award‐winning jade carving on display


TPP Jade and Hard Stone Carving Student Exhibition
Left Bank Art Gallery
1 Tainui Street, Greymouth

For more information contact:
Mequa Hourston, Leader - Engagement
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