Barry Brickell Play with Clay Day


The spirit of the late great Barry Brickell will be alive and well in Coromandel Town on Anniversary Weekend when talented potters and clay artists from around the country will come to share their craft with one and all.

 

The second annual Barry Brickell Play with Clay Day on Saturday, January 25th, will take place at the Hauraki House Theatre, Kapanga Road, in historic Coromandel Town, with the aim of keeping alive the memory of the legendary artist and visionary who contributed so much to the town and the wider peninsula. Organiser, Pete Sephton, says the small team behind the event all had a close association with Barry and started the Play with Clay Day as a fun tribute. “This year was the first one and we had such a fantastic response. Obviously we only have a small number of potters here on the Coromandel but, when they heard what we were doing, people who knew Barry from Whangamata and even as far as Auckland came to help us out,” he says.

 

Next January’s event will see around six to eight potters in attendance to help and guide members of the public who want to come and have a go. “We’ll have two or three kick wheels and an electric wheel. It’s all free of charge and it was especially exciting seeing so many kids coming along to enjoy it and we hope for more of the same next year,” says Pete.

 

With a celebratory atmosphere, including live music on the Barry Brickell Memorial Stage, the inaugural clay day attracted and estimated 250 visitors throughout the day. Pete emphasises that the event is open to other artists also. “Last year we had screen printing demonstrations that the public could also try their hand at. We would welcome any creatives who would like to be involved by sharing their skills with others to get in touch.”

“We are also inviting some community groups to come along and provide food this time as a fundraising opportunity. The day will run from 10am until 3pm. Some of our local musicians, including Whitianga band Soul Sax, will be performing on the stage.”

 

Reflecting on what his friend, Barry, would have made of it all, Pete has no doubt. “He would have loved it. He used to do this sort of thing back in the day. He’d set up out in the car park – it was mostly aimed at potters, but people would come along to check out what they were up to and join in. This is just a small way to help ensure that the inspiration he gave to so many is carried on.”

 

Pete says the way the community has supported the day has been amazing. Funding has been provided through the Creative Communities Scheme, administered by Creative Coromandel, while the marquee has been loaned free of charge by the Spirit of Coromandel Trust.  “Then of course there are all the people who participate and contribute on the day. It really is a big community effort and we’re looking forward to welcoming lots of visitors on January 25th.”

 

Photo courtesy of Driving Creek


Contact info:

info.creativecoromandel@gmail.com

www.creativecoromandel.co.nz




Celebrating Local Creative Spaces: The Little Gallery

We interviewed Faye Saunders, new owner of The Little Gallery Tairua & Whangamata

Coromandel artists embrace NZ Made Products Facebook Page

We chatted with a few local artists from around the Peninsula who generously shared their experiences

First pARTner Up artist mentoring programme ends with a ‘Flourish’

'Flourish' special event celebrates first pARTner Up programme

Meet our Artists: Whangamata hosts the Easter Open Studio Trail

Arts Collective Whangamata hosts annual Easter Open Studio Trail

New arts collective springs into action in the Tairua Valley

New arts collective brings together three communities

Calling local artists interested in being a Mentor for pARTner Up

Apply now to be a Mentor for pARTner Up 2021-2022

Bounty Store honours Matariki with fundraising art exhibition

Q & A with Fiona Cameron, owner of Bounty Store in Thames

Applications now open for pARTner Up 2021/2022

Take your creative practice to the next level with pARTner Up - Apply Now!

Creative Mercury Bay to wind-up after 9 years of service

The performing arts trust is dissolving at the end of July 2021

Make your creative dreams a reality with local funding

Have you been daydreaming about a creative project during lockdown and wondering how to make it a reality?

Join us at the Creative Coromandel AGM 2021

A unique opportunity to learn about Creative Coromandel

Become a volunteer Committee member for Creative Coromandel

Are you an arts passionate local keen to support the arts sector on the Coromandel Peninsula and Hauraki rohe?

Creative Coromandel launches new artist mentoring programme

Creative Coromandel welcomes new patrons

Visit the Coromandel’s best artists - Open Studios ArtsTour 2020

Book yourself a weekend visiting the Peninsula’s best artists - it's guaranteed to inspire!

Experience the visual arts at the Whangamata Big Arts Day Out

Whangamata Arts Collective hosts annual visual arts exhibition

New Whiti Fest busking festival celebrates the performing arts

New summer busking festival debuts in Whitianga on 7 Feb

We're Hiring! Job Vacancy for Administrator/Treasurer

Therapeutic Glimmer

Inspiring the next generation

Keeping in touch

Locals entertain via Bubble Bites 

THINK Coromandel Gig Guide to launch crowdfunding campaign

With support from the team at Creative Waikato, The Gig Guide is fundraising by running a Boosted crowdfunding campaign

A message from the Creative Coromandel team

New waharoa is a labour of love

Te Puru School embarks on new Māori carving project

Te Puru School brings Kotahitanga to the Thames Coast through Māori carving and mural project

Tuia - Encounters 250

Te Powhiri, Te Whanganui o Hei commemoration October 2019

Floyd Johnston

From Kuaotunu Kid to Kick**s Creative

The Back Room

A creative haven with a difference

Give it a Go with Wendy

Whitianga artist Wendy Walls' love of teaching is inspiring her to share her skills and help others find their inner creative.

ArohArt - A Labour of Love

A Thames centre celebrating and showcasing authentic Maori art is getting people talking and the owners are excited by the dicussion.

Off the Scale

A feast of talent on show at Whitianga Music Club

Anniversary sculpture taking shape

Star Waka project ready to launch

Ka Tito Au

Kupe's enthralling journey comes to Mercury Bay

Artful Performance Space

Barry Brickell Memorial Stage

Jandal On The Mandel

#jandalonthemandel on the Hauraki Rail Trail

Back Room Gallery showcases local art

Barry Brickell Play with Clay Day

Make your Escape to Mercury Bay

Hausmusik NZ presents "Cupid's Arrows"

Steampunk The Thames

Shining the light on local talent and performance art.

Diverse Displays at BADO

Creative showcase of local art at Whangamata's Big Arts Day Out.

Handle The Jandal

First sculpture for Hauraki Rail Trail

Showcase of Creativity

New website showcases creativity on the Coromandel.

New Home For Steampunk

New base for Steampunk The Thames

Auckland Youth Orchestra

May performance in Mercury Bay

Creative NZ arts funding

Coromandel artists apply for CNZ funding

CCS Funding Projects

Successful applicants for CCS funding announced.

Creative Spaces

The Coromandel, with many heritage buildings intact, lends itself well to adaptive reuse for the arts.

Dr Tracey Slaughter Talks

Free Short Story Talk at Waikato Museum

Steampunk Arts Vision

A vision for arts in the community

Coromandel Muso's

Are you a muso based in The Coromandel?

A Winter Visit

If you love the arts, you'll love The Coromandel this winter.

Who We Are

He Mana Toi Moehau Trust

Funding Creativity

CCS funding applications open this month.

A Funding Chat

Bring your coffee to our online arts funding forum.

People’s Choice Award

Pam Mundell announced winner 2018 Mercury Bay Art Escape award.

Hub for Creative Sector

Welcome to your Coromandel Arts & Creativity hub.

New Members Wanted

Mercury Bay Art Escape 2019 call for new artists & groups.

A Buzz of Creativity

Arts celebrated across the Peninsula

The Back Room

A creative haven with a difference

Ask Where I’m Local

A visual art exhibition in Coromandel Town.

Coro Summer Fest

Everything a festival ought to be

ArtStation presents a creative feast

Tuia Stage showcasing Coromandel’s best

Open Invitation to Funding Hui

Workshop to help artists understand the grant application process

Coromandel Peninsula artists embrace NZ Made Products Facebook Page during lockdown

We chatted with a few local artists from around the Peninsula who generously shared their experiences

First pARTner Up artist mentoring programme ends with a ‘Flourish’

'Flourish' special event celebrates first pARTner Up programme

THINK Coromandel Gig Guide to launch crowdfunding campaign

With support from the team at Creative Waikato, The Gig Guide is fundraising by running a Boosted crowdfunding campaign

Street Art Festival In March

Mercury Bay Art Escape commemorate Tuia 250 Encounters with Street Art.