Edith Collier: A Light Among Shadows - Thursday 06 December - 18:30pm
MORE $10 TICKETS AVAILABLE DIRECTLY FROM SARJEANT GALLERY.
100% of your ticket price from this screening will be donated to the Sarjeant Gallery Redevelopment Fund.
Michael Heath's film tells Collier's story with sensitivity and respect, and includes much of her extraordinarily beautiful work. It is not only a fitting eulogy to a remarkable artist, but an affecting tale of cultural identity and rejection.
2007 | DIR Michael Heath | Exempt | 1hr 5mins ** SPECIAL FUNDRAISING SCREENING **
Our allocation of tickets for this event have all been reserved. This special screening is nowONLY available as tickets directly from the counter at Sarjeant Gallery. We do not guarantee that walk-ins on the night will be available. Please secure your seat by visiting or calling the gallery on Taupo quay, or if in doubt please call us for more information on 06 2813474.
One of New Zealand's most talented yet underrated artists, Edith Collier (1885-1964) was, sadly, a victim of her times. Born in Whanganui at a time when the town was still in the grip of profound and stultifying Victorianism, she suddenly found herself in an exciting milieu of new ideas and experimentation when she escaped to study in England.
In this fertile environment she created many exquisite paintings in the new Modernist style (Frances Hodgkins was one of her admirers), but when her father, who felt she was wasting her time and costing too much to support, summoned her home, she had no option but to return. Being back in her home environment was crushing for her, as people had no understanding of her work, and, tragically, Collier chose to give up painting as a result.