Panoramas of Grey Lynn pay tribute to a lost neice
An exhibition to help create a scholarship at Auckland Girls Grammar School is bringing back a flood of memories for the artist.
June Sparkle’s photography display, entitled Libran Love Rat, has been 10 years in the making and the show’s opening on Monday marked the second anniversary of her niece Margaret Nive Sipleydeath.
Margaret was 16 when she died suddenly from a rare type of brain hemorrhage.
“She was bubbly, full of life and full of energy and a great role model for her two younger brothers,” Ms Sparkle says.
“She was passionate about school and excited about her future.”
The documentary maker, who always carries a loaded camera wherever she goes, shares her niece’s passion for education.
“It’s been a dream of mine for more than a decade to start a scholarship award at my old high school,” she says.
“This is my first step to realising this and I want it to grow each year.”
The 100 panoramic images displayed in the show come from a vast collection and capture the neighbourhood she raised her 16-yearold son in.
“They’re all of the Grey Lynn community, but they’re just so varied. Its curation is a work in progress,” she says.
Margaret’s mother Siale Sipley says having a fundraising exhibition that pays tribute to her daughter is more than appropriate.
“For June to take up the initiative with all the time and effort she is putting in to this and in recognition of Margaret, I think it’s a really neat idea,” Ms Sipley says.
“Margaret was a student who really loved learning. She took all the opportunities that were thrown at her and would’ve wanted to help other girls have access to those opportunities as well.
“She would not have wanted anyone to miss out or let the financial side be a barrier to learning.”
A Margaret Sipley Memorial Trophy was gifted to Auckland Girls Grammar’s November prizegiving ceremony by last year’s prefects.
It is awarded to a year 13 recipient who shares Margaret’s attributes of being an all-round friendly, respectful, positive and diligent student.
Principal Liz Thomson says the continuation of Margaret’s legacy from a trophy through to a scholarship for students in need of extra support is a wonderful gesture.
“It’s lovely that June is donating her money to this and it shows the respect people had for Margaret. She epitomised what we see as a true AGGS girl.”
Libran Love Rat is on at the Carlina Goffe Gallery, 598 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, until October 5.
For more information phone 376-1362.
Memorial tribute: An Auckland Girls Grammar School scholarship will acknowledge the life of Margaret Nive Sipley-Patelesio.
Local talent: Documentary maker June Sparkle is using her photography skills to fund a scholarship at Auckland Girls Grammar School.