Jade Exhibition 2018 - Greymouth

Jade exhibition showcases student carving skills

The work of TPP’s Jade and Hard Stone Carving students was on display to the community throughout November and will also be on show across the region following the gift of three large sculptures to the community.

The annual Jade Exhibition was a great success in 2018, with visitors taking time to view students’ work and learn more about the programme at the November show.

Due to the temporary closure of the Left Bank Art Gallery, the exhibition was held for the first time in 2018 at the Westland Recreation Centre.

Tutor Sheree Warren says great feedback was received from visitors to the exhibition who were able to view a wide variety of work, mostly original pieces made from jade, hard stones, limestone, silver and wood.

“This is always a great event for the community and it’s hugely important to our students. It’s their opportunity to showcase their work and introduce themselves to the industry and community as an emerging jade/stone carver.

“It’s their chance to shine and be proud of what they have accomplished throughout the year. It’s also a great way for them to meet senior carvers and industry representatives, build networks and create options for their professional future,” she says.

Opening night was a highlight, with the gifting of three student‐carved limestone sculptures to the community as part of the event.

TPP Chief Executive Alex Cabrera says the gifts to the Grey District, Westland District and Ngati Waewae Marae in Arahura were symbolic of the institute’s growing partnership with the region.

Following last year’s gifting of sculptures to the Buller District it will also mean the work of TPP students is on display right across the region

You can read more about the gifting of the sculptures, or the event itself in the news section of the website.

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