Art able to add vitality

New Zealand sculptor Neil Dawson, above, is the guest speaker at this month's Monica Brewster Evening at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth.

Tonight Dawson talks about contemporary art's ability to vitalise public spaces, communities and urban development.

Creating large-scale sculptures from aluminium and stainless steel, Dawson's best-known works include Chalice in Cathedral Square, Christchurch, and Ferns which hangs above Wellington's Civic Square.

Overseas commissions include Globe for the Pompidou Centre in Paris and Canopy for Brisbane's Queensland Art Gallery.

Dawson was awarded an Arts Laureate by the Arts Foundation of New Zealand in 2003.

His work, Going for Broke 1986, can be seen in the Govett-Brewster exhibition Singular Companions: Sculpture from the Collection.

The Monica Brewster Evening runs from 6pm to 8pm at the Govett- Brewster Art Gallery. Photo: PIP GUTHRIE

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