Artist grabs gold medal at games
When Sheryl Gallagher flew to Croatia last month, she spent the long-haul flight worrying if there was enough bubble wrap around the precious ceramic artworks in her suitcase.
The Upper Hutt artist was one of four Kiwis flying to Slavonski Brod, a town with a population of around 59,000, for the biennial World Art Games.
For Gallagher, the games were a celebration of different cultures as she explored how artists presented their cultures and was treated to displays from Croatian artists. ‘‘They’re right into literature and poetry.’’ Living history was also a big part of their artistic scene, she said.
Artists from around 55 countries gathered for the week-long festival, which began on August 12. Not everyone could make it to the festival, due to transportation and financial issues, Gallagher said, but around 50 artists gathered in Slavonski Brod.
‘‘We don’t go to be famous, it’s more about connecting with other artists than selling your work. It’s not really about selling your work at all.’’
Gallagher took along pieces to enter in ceramics, photography, sculpture and jewellery, but it was her set of three ceramic baby gourds that saw her scoop a gold medal.
‘‘It was really quite amazing. I have never won a medal before.’’
There were around 10 other artists entered in
‘‘We don’t go to be famous, it’s more about connecting with other artists than selling your work.’’
the ceramics section and Gallagher said she was honoured to have her work chosen above some incredible pieces.
To join the Kiwi contingent, Gallagher’s work went through a selection process.
She had to apply with photos of her work and the pieces she was planning to take overseas.
‘‘You are sort of limited by baggage space. That’s one of the considerations. The pieces I took were quite small so they had to be well wrapped in bubble wrap.’’
She described her artwork as organic and flowing. ’’I like to be able to touch it.’’
It was the Birchville resident’s second time at the games and she was already planning to enter in two years’ time.