Creativity – Retreat – Restoration

archive 2019

April-May 2019/

SUNDAY AT EARTHSKIN workshop /  7 April 2019, 2 – 5pm
 – Muriwai

This workshop is part of the Muriwai Arts Group Show ‘Connect’ and the Muriwai Arts Open Studios on the 5-7 April 2019.  

Sharing, caring, creating. Views on local nature and experience.

During their workshop, Benjamin Gibert and Thomas Vaillant (respectively musician and photographer/videographer from France) will present their work, and they will explain how their personal productions and artistic research, in their own fields, influenced and shaped what they produced together.

Benjamin will talk about the way he finds connections between human behavior and natural structures and how he transforms it into music. Thomas explores the visual possibilities of what nature offers. One particular interest lays in towards how nature reaffirms itself in places that have been once colonized by men.

Always putting themselves as observers rather than creators, Thomas and Benjamin like to sit, listen, watch, and record, as they find their common process into empiricism.

As observers, they came to New Zealand trying to keep a spirit free of preconceived ideas about the country or the cultures. They have collected data and insights along their way to Muriwai and will keep doing so during their residency. They both want locals to be involved in their creative work. Therefore, they would like to include the visitors into this process during the workshop. People interested in being part of it will have the occasion to be recorded by Benjamin, to create music through sounds and singing (visitors are encouraged to bring any sound making objects, songs, or anything musical). Thomas will have some questions prepared for visitors willing to share their insight on culture, nature, and spirituality, through his lens. As part of the process, this would lead to a filmed discussion. Parts of it is to be used for the video, and all of it will help them seize an idea of the local cultures and views.

Afternoon tea will conclude the gathering, so please bring a plate.

It will be held at Earthskin (171 Motutara Road, Muriwai) on Sunday 7 April 2019, 2 – 5pm. Please walk down to the end of the drive way (no car park available).

You can find out more on Benjamin Gibert and Thomas Vaillant at and

March 2019/


EARTHSKIN CREATIVE RESIDENCY (Muriwai site)  Welcome to Gabryel Harrison

Gabryel Harrison
 is a painter/poet from Canada.

Her intention is to be in the discomfort of extending her practice beyond her known boundaries. She wishes to explore and experiment with less form, more abstraction. The natural world is her inspiration yet she seeks a more intuitive quality of felt-sense to be emergent. She wants to risk failure, for the purpose of being able to give more.

She will keep a notebook of impressions. She intends to observe and gather as she walks, and to collect for the purpose of surrendering to the beauty of forms.

She wants to reconnect, feel and listen to the land she left as a child of three. She wants to be permeated by the natural landscape and so to respond, to be changed. By bringing openness, and a willingness to be transformed, she wishes to model and participate in the natural cycle of all things.

In her sensory involvement with the land she desires to contribute with her art making to the necessary collective inspiration and love we need to care for our environment.

Please don’t hesitate to contact her:

Everyone is welcome to join our monthly Sunday at Earthskin, 31 March 2019 at 2pm with Gabryel Harrison. More info…

SUNDAY AT EARTHSKIN workshop / Saturday 30 March 2019, 2 – 4pm
 – Muriwai

Awareness practice and somatic meditation with Gabryel Harrison, artist in residence.

Please join us at Earthskin Muriwai for a short introduction to embodied meditation led by Gabryel. Awakening to the present moment is the first step in realizing our inner awareness. As an artist the practice of meditation helps me become attuned to these inner sources of knowledge that lie deeper than the conceptual mind.

Gabryel will read from new work she has created while at Muriwai. She will also show some of the studies and small paintings she has produced in her stay. Gabryel will talk about her painting practice and how she has approached this residency as an opportunity to subvert her known methods with the intention of discovering what she did not yet know.

Afternoon tea will conclude the gathering, so please bring a plate.

It will be held at Earthskin (171 Motutara Road, Muriwai) on Saturday 30 March 2019, 2 – 4pm. Please walk down to the end of the drive way (exception can be made if required).

You can find out more on Gabryel Harrison at and

February 2019

EARTHSKIN CREATIVE RESIDENCY (Piha site)  Welcome to Sally Cole

Sally Cole is painter and print maker from England.Sally Cole working Wales.

The land is her inspiration. She says that to respond to and record the landscape truthfully requires time and total immersion, observing and listening, whilst being quite with the land. Her paintings develop through lengthy contemplation. She doesn’t hope to portray a swift representation but to express the deep feeling she receives from the land.

Over the years her trips to New Zealand, have challenged her received European notions of light, colour, and space. It is the contrasts in the magnitude of scale, geological differences and cultural heritage that continue to excite and inform her work. She works outside, in all weathers.

Her residency will provide her the time to further deepen her relationship and understanding of the New Zealand landscape, whilst stretching and broadening her concepts of landscape painting. While at Earthskin she will create a body of work to exhibit in New Zealand and the UK.

Please don’t hesitate to contact her:

Everyone is welcome to join our monthly Sunday at Earthskin (Piha site),  24 February 2019 at 2pm with Sally Cole. More info…

SUNDAY AT EARTHSKIN / 24 February 2019, 2 pm – Piha site

SundayAtEarthskin19SallyColewebWorking in and responding to the landscape’ with Sally Cole.

During her workshop, Sally Cole (painter and print maker from England) will share her process as an artist, working in and responding to the landscape.

She will show some of the work she has produced whilst here, at Piha, and earlier work both from the UK and previous visits to New Zealand.

She will offer a 1 hour workshop outside. No drawing or painting skill required. You will take a walk along the track to the stream and get to experiment the drawing and painting methods she uses when working outside, including the tools she chooses along the way. Basic tools and paper will be provided if you don’t have your own. After you will return to the studio and share how you all felt working outside.

Afternoon tea will conclude the gathering, so please bring a plate.

It will be held at The Waygood Foundation (9 North Piha Road, Piha) on Sunday 24 February 2019, 2 pm.

You can find out more on Sally Cole at

EARTHSKIN CREATIVE RESIDENCY (Muriwai site)  Welcome to Martin Krammer

Martin Krammer is a sculptor and painter from Austria.

20180214_174650 copySo many inspiring an exciting things happend during his stay in March and April 2018. He would love to continue in 2019. Ideas to be carried further, ideas to be realised, and of course most important: new ideas to be open for. And that is the very speziality of earthskin residency: New Inspiration.

The nature on the property is a stunning universe. A universe has no beginning and no end. Whether its the circle of the returning seasons or the fact that dead plants are preparing the ground for the new ones, there is a pattern of endless circles behind nearly every process. When the big Pohutukawa tree fell beside the yurt one night in April last year, it made a existential impression on him. It showed him what it means to be a tiny part of that big circle of nature. It did not fall on the yurt. It fell nearby and by doing so the tree gave a unique present: the most wonderful wood just one step from the studio. This tree, this wood, this present could be the starting point for the sculptural work this year.

At the end of his residency, Martin’s work will be shown at the Parnell Gallery.

Please don’t hesitate to contact him:

Everyone is welcome to join our monthly Sunday at Earthskin (Muriwai site),  24 February 2019 at 10 am with Martin Krammer. More info…

SUNDAY AT EARTHSKIN / 24 February 2019, 10 am – Muriwai site

‘Rythms in the Garden’ with Martin Krammer.SundayAtEarthskin19martinKrammer

Starting from the sculptures he allready made during his residency Martin Krammer (painter and sculptor from Austria) will give an insight of his recent work. This time it is not so much about executing ideas, it is the process and the pohutukawa that leads him. He focus on the smallest unit of the sculptor work: the beat. A very archaic process with hammer and chissel. Hundreds of beats make the rythm…………………………come and see if the sculptures are dancing by them self in the end.

This will be followed by a 1 hour workshop with an overview on how he prepares the wood and uses his tools. You will get the opportunity to experiment his sculpting methods and tools.

Lunch will conclude the gathering, so please bring a plate.

It will be held at Earthskin (171 Motutara Road, Muriwai) onSunday 24 February 2019, 10 am. Please walk down to the end of the drive way (exception can be made if required).
You can find out more on Martin Krammer at