History Of New Zealand Mosaic Art Inc.
In 2011 the first national exhibition of mosaic art took place at Waikino, when Con Kiernan persuaded organisers of the local art exhibition to add a mosaic section. Con’s effort to locate and contact mosaic artists throughout New Zealand resulted in 48 mosaics displayed on the small stage of the Victoria Hall and the eventual formation of NZMA.
Since then, national exhibitions have been held in Wanganui (2012), at Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua (2013 and 2015), and at Estuary Art Gallery, Orewa (2016). These exhibitions have seen an increase in the number of participating artists and the quality of work displayed.
At the Orewa exhibition in 2016, those present elected a working group to take the next step: to establish a national mosaic organisation to promote the continued growth of mosaic art in New Zealand. This subsequently became New Zealand Mosaic Art Inc, an Incorporated Society registered with the Companies Office in 2017.
The purposes of the Society, extracted from the Society Rules, are as follows:
3.0 Purposes of the Society
3.1 The purposes of the Society are to:
a. Promote mosaic art in New Zealand and be further guided by the following objectives:
- Showcase best work in contemporary mosaic art and celebrate the uniqueness of this medium,
- Enhance the sense of community amongst New Zealand mosaic artists and enthusiasts,
- Encourage new artists and to involve youth in mosaic art through associated events,
- Encourage skill development among membership,
- Liaise with relevant organisations and media to raise awareness of contemporary mosaic art in New Zealand.
- Promote mosaic art in public spaces.
3.2 Pecuniary gain is not a purpose of the Society.
Download a full copy of the New Zealand Mosaic Art Incorporated Society Rules
Committee Members 2018-2019
Christine Coles – Chairperson
Ellie Fijn – Secretary
Elwyn Scott – Treasurer