janet bathgate | nelson artist

Nelson, New Zealand, is home: a city of supportive people, of both my art practice and design practice Janet Bathgate Design. Although technically a city, Nelson is a small town with a nucleus that currently holds its own on a partly-reclaimed, once meandering, river plain. It lies low behind a snaking, ocean-formed bank of boulders with a backstop of foothills. It is an urban-nature haven, young in human history, where long silences – between the sun opening over Maungatapu and closing across Tasman Bay behind Wharepapa – allow space to play, delight and craft with a refusal to be corralled into predictability.

Janet Bathgate: Diploma of Fine Arts University of Canterbury 1973; post-graduate Diploma of Fine Arts University of Canterbury Honours Printmaking 1974; work held in the collections of The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson, the World of WearableArt Museum, Nelson, the Christchurch Art Gallery, the Macmillan Brown Library of the University of Canterbury and the Hocken Library, Dunedin. Public place and private art commissions are sited in Nelson city.

Janet Bathgate-Greenmeadows-TNMailGreemeadows sports field, Stoke, Nelson. Photo: Martin de Ruyter, Nelson Mail