Lianne Edwards: Still [Marine] Life

What happens when you introduce two talented and intelligent individuals, both with a huge enthusiasm for saving the planet, in particular our oceans and the life within. The outcome is an amazing collaboration between Nelson based artist and marine biologist; Lianne Edwards and Captain Hayden Smith, founder of Seacleaners.

  • Opening Date: Tuesday, 14 February 2017
  • Closing Date: Sunday, 12 March 2017
  • Opening Time: Tue-Fri 11-5pm, Sat 11-4pm, Sun 11-3pm

Together they hope to raise awareness of the plight of the marine life in our beautiful beaches with a stunning exhibition of artwork made by Lianne using detritus collected from the ocean and woven into plankton nets.

Born in Auckland, now living and working in Nelson, Lianne Edwards artwork reflects her fascination with the natural world and the place of humans within it.  Growing up with a love of nature and drawing she completed a degree and post-graduate diploma in the natural sciences.  She then worked in coastal and marine conservation.  Her reinvention as an artist, following a degree in visual arts, results in art that resonates with her interest in both science and art to make comment on our relationship with the natural world.  "By exploring our relationship with nature I allude to notions of order and control, permanence and transience, chaos and beauty".

Edwards is best known for her postage stamp assemblages, whether they depict reproductions of nature, art or industry, postage stamps are reflections of the times and societies they are produced within.  Other materials also reflect her environmental consciousness and her desire to re-use and re-value materials.

Edwards was runner up in the Wallace Awards 2007 gaining a residency at the Vermont Studio Centre, USA and taking out the Peoples Choice Award.  Her work may be found in both private and public collections in New Zealand.

Captain Hayden Smith Founder of the commercial marine litter collection concept in Auckland City 2002, and visionary for the Sea Cleaners plan of work. 2011 Local Hero Medallist for the New Zealander of the year awards. He has over 12 years' experience on the water as a contractor to the Watercare Harbour Clean-Up Trust. Hayden has extensive marine litter collection knowledge from co-ordinating the removal over 3.7million litres of rubbish from the Waitemata Harbour and surrounding waters. He has directed the co-ordination of over 100,000 volunteer hours of individual support for the concept. He has also co-ordinated a personal expedition to the North Pacific Ocean to raise awareness of litter in the North Pacific Gyre, and has promoted the positive effects of working locally within local communities to solve global issues. Hayden is a founding Trustee of the SEA CLEANERS project to ensure the fulfilment of the plan and its objectives.



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