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St Matthew’s set to host “The Spirit of Sculpture”

2 May 2005


St Matthew’s set to host “The Spirit of Sculpture”

A sculpture exhibition to be staged by Auckland Anglican Church, St Matthew-in-the-City, has drawn sponsorship from one of New Zealand’s leading financial services companies, in their first association with the arts.

Macquarie New Zealand, part of Australia’s Macquarie Bank Group, itself a keen supporter of the arts, is the sponsor for “The Spirit of Sculpture”, an exhibition raising funds for restoration of the historic stone church in its centenary year.

The Head of Macquarie New Zealand’s Financial Services Group, John Rowley, said the sponsorship supported an important cause and Macquarie was delighted to be able to assist St Matthew-in-the-City.

“St Matthew-in-the-City is a beautiful building and Macquarie is pleased to be able to help with its restoration. ‘The Spirit of Sculpture’ exhibition embodies Macquarie’s long tradition of supporting the arts and provides an opportunity for New Zealand’s leading sculptors to demonstrate their talent”, he said.

The exhibition will open with a cocktail party on June 16 and will run to June 21, and will feature works for sale by 28 of New Zealand's top sculptors. The artists have been asked to create works that will be suitable for a domestic environment.

The opening night is sponsored by SKYCITY, and will feature selections of opera and organ music performed by St Matthew's acclaimed organist Michael C.W. Bell. Tickets for this event are available now through the St Matthew's church office.

The full list of sculptors whose work will be for sale includes Mary-Louise Browne, Chiara Corbelletto, Bing Dawe, John Edgar, Marian Fountain, Brett Graham, Fred Graham, Paul Hartigan, John Ioane, Virginia King, Gregor Kregar, Barry Lett, David McCracken, Paratene Matchitt, Peter Oxborough, Phil Price, John Radford, Ann Robinson, Peter Roche, Jim Speers, Terry Stringer, Marte Szirmay, Jeff Thomson, Elizabeth Thomson, Filipe Tohi, Greer Twiss, Leon Van Den Eijkel and Jim Wheeler.

St Matthew's share from the sale of the sculptures will contribute to the renovation and restoration of two historical treasures in the church building: the Father Willis Pipe Organ and the St Thomas' Chapel.

For more information about The Spirit of Sculpture exhibition and to obtain opening night tickets, phone the St Matthew’s church office on 09 379 0625, or visit the web site


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