BRENDA & LISA
Brenda Nightingale & Lisa Walker
02 May – 27 May 2023
Lisa Walker is a contemporary jeweller based in Wellington, New Zealand. She has a Diploma of Craft and Design from Dunedin School of Art (1989), and co-founded Workshop 6 in 1993. Walker studied at the Akadamie der Bildenden Künste, Munich, under Otto Künzli (1995-2001), before establishing her own studio in Munich (2002-2009). She now lives and works in Island Bay, Wellington.
Lisa Walker repurposes the world into a wearable language. Well known for her expansive use of materials, influences and construction techniques, with iconoclastic exuberance Walker poses questions about the possibilities and meaning of wearable objects. Remaining in close conversation with the history–and potential futures–of the medium, Walker’s work is deeply invested in exploring the limits and boundaries of what jewellery can do.
Walker has an extensive international exhibition history and her work is held in many international collections. Her prestigious awards include Foerderpreis der Stadt Muenchen (2007), Francoise van den Bosch Award (2009), and the Arts Laureate Award of the New Zealand Arts Foundation (2015). A major retrospective of her work I want to go to my bedroom but I can’t be bothered opened at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand in 2018. A touring version of this exhibition, She wants to go to her bedroom but can’t be botheredhas subsequently toured to RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne, Australia (2019) and will open at Villa Stuck in Munich, Germany in March 2020.
In 2022, Lisa received an Officer of the Order of New Zealand Merit (ONZM). And in 2023 she received the Bayerische Staatpreis (Bavarian State Prize) in Munich.
Brenda Nightingale studied painting at University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts during the 1990s graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1998. She exhibits with Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch and Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington. Brenda completed a Masters of Fine Arts in painting at University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts in 2008 and has taught art at several Christchurch schools most recently as HOD of the Art Department at Hagley College. Her work is represented in the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū collection. She has also produced several artist’s books including Christchurch Hills 2010 – 2012 as part of the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū’s Outer Spaces Projects after the city’s earthquakes in 2012. She lives, paints and gardens in Diamond Harbour.