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NZ Artist's First Major European Exhibition

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17 July 2006

New Zealand Artist's First Major European Exhibition

Renowned New Zealand artist Rhondda Greig will today [Monday 17 July] open an exhibition of her works at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

The exhibition at the University’s museum marks Greig’s tenure as inaugural Artist-in-Residence, a position she has held since mid-2005.

‘Nga Taonga - A Response to Maori treasures in Marischal Museum is Greig’s interpretation of the remarkable collection of New Zealand artefacts held at the University’s Museum.

Greig has been involved in a several recent high-profile art commissions.

These include the design and creation of the Landmarks Trust monument to New Zealand women at St Pauls Cathedral, Wellington. She was a short-listed contender to design the New Zealand Memorial in Hyde Park, London.

Normally based in the Wairarapa, Greig has regularly held solo exhibitions throughout New Zealand and Japan. Her works feature in private and public collections in New Zealand, as well as in the United Kingdom, USA, France, Australia and Japan.

“Much of the inspiration for my work comes from New Zealand’s Pacific setting, its history and my feelings about these, whether at home, in Japan or Aberdeen,” Greig said.

Greig wrote and illustrated New Zealand children’s classic book Matarawa Cats. She is a published poet.

The Aberdeen exhibition will be opened by Waaka Vercoe, Deputy Chairman of the Maori Heritage Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.

To view the exhibition online from Tuesday 18 July visit www.rhonddagreig.com

ENDS

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