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The Summer Do - Quarry Arts Centre
Boasting New Zealand’s longest running mixed media arts Summer school, The Quarry Arts Centre offers up yet another helping of creative courses with the 2015 Summer Do programme.


Boasting New Zealand’s longest running mixed media arts Summer school, The Quarry Arts Centre offers up yet another helping of creative courses with the 2015 Summer Do programme. Bringing renowned local and international tutors to Whangarei, the Summer Do always offers a lively experience and provides participants with a firm base from which to start their own personal artistic journey with a particular medium. Community Manager Andrea Beazley says that she looks forward to the event every summer “the annual influx of people here at the Quarry to peruse their creative interest is inspiring, it is so rewarding for us to see all the individuals here collectively learning and exploring”. Offering courses in ceramics, glass, flax, painting, sculpture, printing and more, the Summer Do art school brings together renown artisans and tutors to lead the courses, some travelling from as far away as the UK, “we are committed to working with tutors who stand out in their field of practice” says Mrs Beazley, “we are so lucky in Northland that there is such a wealth of artistic professionals to work with, and the Summer Do programme is further enhanced by the tutors who travel to Whangarei to lead our courses”. From Solar Etching with Jacqueline Aust to weaving your own taonga with Mandy Sunilight - the Do encourages both traditional and innovative approaches to an assortment of art forms. “Artistic exploration and connectivity between people, place and process is what makes the Summer Do one of the most exciting events in the New Zealand art calendar” says Arts Coordinator Katherine McDermid Smith. “Not only is there a real exchange of knowledge from one person to another, but also the transfer of passion for creativity that community inspires”. The Summer Do is on from the 17 to the 23rd of January and held amidst the native bush, in the village setting of the Quarry Arts Centre. The tutors exhibition and presentations are open to the public throughout the week. Contact the Quarry for more information: (09) 438 12 15 –

Further information: 

The Quarry Arts Centre is located at 21 Selwyn Ave. Vinetown, Whangarei, Northland. Summer Do brochures and extended course outlines are available from the Quarry Office located in the Yvonne Rust Gallery, and are free with a suggested gold coin donation. 5 Day Courses MACRO AND MICRO - PAINTING WITH JENNY BENNETT - 17 – 21 Jan, $500 + some materials CLAY TO OBJECT - CERAMICS WITH RICHARD STRATTON - 17 – 21 Jan, $500 + some materials FORM & FINISH - WOODTURNING & CARVING with GRAEME PRIDDLE, assisted by Melissa Engler - 19 – 23 Jan, Course one: $500 + some materials, Extension course: $580, Both: $1060. WEAVING - WITH MANDY SUNLIGHT - 17 – 21 Jan, $500 4 Day Courses SOLAR ETCHING - PRINTMAKING WITH JACQUELINE AUST – 17 - 20 Jan, $400 + some materials 3 Day Courses GLASS FUSING & SLUMPING - WITH SHANE GREGORY - 17, 18, 19 Jan, $300 + some additional materials DARJIT – WITH KOBI BECK - 14, 15, 16 Jan (week before Summer Do), $300 + materials WOOD FIRED PIZZA OVEN & EARTH BUILDING – WITH GRANT STEVENS - 20, 21, 22 Jan - $260 2 Day Courses SCULPTURE AND INSTALLATION – WITH SALLY LUSH - 21 and 22 Jan, $200 Summer Do Socials Tutor Talks - 15min talks throughout the week, 1pm and 4:30pm Tutor Exhibition and Opening – Yvonne Rust Gallery, Sunday 18th January, 5pm Themed Life Drawing – Quarry Lawn, Monday 19th, 5pm Artlympics – Throughout the site About The Quarry Arts Centre Nurturing the Creative Spirit of Northland - Whakatupua Te Puna Waihanga O Te Tai Tokerau The Quarry Arts Centre is one of New Zealand’s most unique spaces for the arts, offering a creative environment which is responsive, valued and belongs to the community. Providing education through workshops and events, resources and opportunities such as Whangarei’s only hireable gallery, we endeavour to involve, engage and expand the arts in Northland. As well as the Yvonne Rust Gallery, the centre holds within its site: The Quarry Craft Co-op shop and gallery, the Te Kowhai Print Trust, The Quarry Studio Café, 14 artist studios and the Rust ramble sculpture trail. The Quarry Arts Centre exists under the Northland Craft Trust, core funded by ASB and in receipt of regular funding from Whangarei District Council. Quarry Office Open: Monday – Friday 9am – 4:30pm Yvonne Rust Gallery Open: Monday – Sunday 9:30am – 4:30pm Admission: Free

Contact details: 
Andrea Beazley, Community Manager T: (09) 438 1215 E: Katherine McDermid-Smith, Arts Co-ordinator T: (09) 438 1215 E: Hayley Clark, Workshop & Event Co-ordinator T: (09) 438 1215 E:

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The Quarry Arts Centre

21 Nov 2014

The Quarry Arts Centre is a unique hub for Northland's creative community. Situated in a disused quarry in central Whangarei, the Quarry Arts Centre is a home to artist studios, a ceramics store, a community kiln, hire-able rooms for pottery and art, a delightful little cafe, and two galleries.