Introducing Fred Graham (Ngāti Koroki Kahukura/Māori) Sculptor


We hope to be open again on Sunday 29 January, please watch this space and our social media pages for updates. Katie Blundell's indoor gallery and studio will be open with small artworks by guest artists on display and for sale.

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Fred Graham (Ngāti Koroki Kahukura/Māori) is largely regarded as one of the pioneers of Sculpture in New Zealand. He has been honoured many times for his contribution to Art. For example, in 2018 he was the recipient of the Icon Award from the New Zealand Arts Foundation and he was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to Māori Art.

When Jim Innes gifted Riverhaven Artland a carved Totara sculpture ‘Who am I’ created in approx 1970s by Fred Graham, it was an opportunity to reach out and ask him to visit. At last year’s Riverhaven Artland Summer Sculpture Weekend raising money for Franklin Hospice Fred offered to help further support if he could.

Guy Blundell asked Fred if he would like to create a work which could be sold, with the money raised going to Franklin Hospice. He liked the idea and went ahead creating a wooden model of what was to be made.

Over the last year with the help of an amazing and generous Local Fabricator Grant McIntosh from Kawakawa Bay, who gifted his time and amazing skills, as his Dad was looked after by Hospice and he wanted to pay the kindness forward. He also roped in his friends from Profile Metals who cut the metal at cost for the project

The large work will be auctioned by Art and Object in April. The small maquettes will be available at this year’s Riverhaven Artland Summer Sculpture Weekend as part of the Small Works Sculpture Show (Auckland Anniversary Weekend 28-30 January 2023) with proceeds going to help Franklin Hospice provide essential palliative services to the Franklin community.

Please  buy your tickets online to support the event below.