Opening in 1986, Masterworks was established to offer a professional venue specialising in contemporary craft and an opportunity for visitors to experience the excellence of the handmade from New Zealand’s talented artists. Masterworks founders had a strong belief that the high standard of work being made in New Zealand and overseas deserved a greater profile.
As the new partnership, from 2009, Eloise Kitson and Christine Hedlund (a mother and daughter team), we see need to educate the audience by evolving the gallery’s focus on ceramics, glass and jewellery and to develop a gallery to reflect the continuing changes in the contemporary craft movement with the establishment of the THINKspace program among others. THINKspace offers an insight into the creative process behind contemporary craft.
By developing new approaches, we are blurring the line between public and private spaces that is a 21st century reality through promoting the skills of creative hands in partnership with an awareness of the changing technological environment of today. We see the fusion of creative minds with creative skills as a stimulating dialogue for excellence.
To achieve our goals we moved to new premises in 2014 and taking the opportunity to push the sector further. By offering a greater diversity in exhibition experience to our audience, we are challenging expectations of the craft sector, through provoking thought, giving support, and facilitating local and international opportunities for New Zealand craft artists. In doing this, we are continuing the gallery’s long history of building enduring relationships with both artists and clients alike.