ARTbop Q&A with Tauranga-based creative Carol Bisset
Who are you? Carol Bisset B.A, M.A. Fine Art, M.A, Art Education. I moved from the UK to New Zealand with my family in 1988. A Visual artist, Art Educator and Mentor. I have been a practicing artist in Tauranga for 5 years having previously been living and teaching in the UK, Auckland and Qld Australia. I have qualifications at undergraduate and post graduate levels along with teaching qualifications in Art Education.
What is your field of creative endeavour? I have a Fine Art ‘Sculpture’ background and the range of my practice includes Installation, Contemporary Drawing Printmaking and Photography. My work aims to create a balance between the intellect and emotion, the personal and the objective through contemporary media and processes. Alongside my arts practice I have a long standing teaching practice in tertiary education on various adult Visual Arts programs across New Zealand and Australia.
Where is your studio/where are you based? Along with my home based studio, I have had a studio for three years at the Incubator Creative Hub in the Historic Village Tauranga. As a result of being based at the Incubator I have been involved in numerous exhibitions, community projects and adult teaching/mentoring opportunities.
What do you want the community to know? I have exhibited extensively across New Zealand and Australia in solo and group exhibitions since 1996 and most recently I became a finalist in the 2019 ‘Parkin Drawing Prize’ held at the Academy Galleries, Wellington. I particularly enjoy working alongside other Contemporary artist and currently mange a monthly ‘Feedback Lab’ session held at the Incubator. Periodically I run adult workshops in Contemporary Idea Development and Life Drawing at the Incubator and Tauranga Society of Artists.
Where can more information about this be found? The Parkin Finalist exhibition is on until the 8th September and further information can be found on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ParkinDrawingPrize/
Tutor profiles are listed on the Incubator Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/theincubatortauranga/
I can be contacted by email on email@example.com
My creative background: I have been involved in the Arts all my adult life since attending Art College at the age of 19 in the UK. My work addresses narratives that are both personal and universal through contemporary materials and processes. I enjoy a flexibility in my arts practice that involves using unconventional materials to ‘discuss’ familiar experiences related to memory, belonging and a sense of identity.
My creative achievements: My creative achievements are grounded in much of my teaching practice. It has been incredibly satisfying to see some of my ex students go on to achieve considerable success in their personal and academic lives. My teaching has always funded my passion to continue making work regardless of any financial gain.
My future creative plans: I will be involved in a group exhibition in Hamilton in February 2020, the work addresses the notion of ‘Value’ as we assign it in our everyday lives and the influences it has on our thinking and decision making. The Parkin Award was my first exposure to the world of competitions….I may explore this further. And
If I could go anywhere it would be to: I hate flying so anywhere in the world I can be teleported to experience arts and culture.
I would love to see/hear: My mother’s voice.
Text responses to ARTbop’s Q&A and images provided by Carol Bisset.
You can see all the 2019 Parkin Drawing Prize finalists here: https://parkinprize.nz/2019-finalist
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COMING UP AT THE JAM FACTORY at THE INCUBATOR 7th SEPTEMBER 2019
NICK CHARLES WITH MIKE GARNER
When: Saturday, 7 September 2019 from 18:30-20:30
Where: The Jam Factory – Historic Village, 17th Ave, Tauranga
With dazzling melodic finger-picking on six and twelve string guitars, stinging bottleneck slide and a lifetime’s stories and songs gathered or written on the world’s musical highways, it’s no surprise that Nick Charles has long been labelled internationally as “Australia’s virtuoso of acoustic roots and blues”. During his extensive and acclaimed career, Nick has released sixteen albums on major Australian and US roots music labels.
His recordings have garnered worldwide recognition beginning with “My Place” and now his most recent release “The River Flows”. This recognition has succeeded in having Nick signed to the Grammy Award winning label, Solid Air Records USA (“Home of the World’s Finest Guitarists”). The only other Australian recognized by the label being Tommy Emmanuel.
He has toured with and supported artists including John Hammond, Guy Clarke, Ralph McTell, Robyn Ford, Junior Wells, Taj Mahal and BB King and toured the US ten times in recent years.
Consistently averaging 150 shows a year in Australia, New Zealand and the USA, his music encompasses a delightful and eclectic mix of acoustic roots including blues, folk, country and early ragtime jazz. Along the way there are stylish nods to the “Great American Songbook” and the finest contemporary players and composers from Chet Atkins to Lennon and McCartney to Leo Kottke. (From the Creative Bay of Plenty site) And check out this YouTube clip of the man and his blues….
And here’s Rosalie Liddle-Crawford from the Weekend Sun’s article published in early August 2019 – an additional perspective on the music of Nick Charles https://www.theweekendsun.co.nz/lps/1404-nick-charles.html
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