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Public Lecture Series: Kathryn Wightman

The Atrium, UCOL, Rutland Street, Whanganui. Starts Wed 20 Jun, 5pm

A photograph of UCOL's Glass and Visual Arts Lecturer Kathryn Wightman in a studio

Using glass to challenge your sense of reality

When it comes to all things Glass, Kathryn Wightman, award winning glass artist and lecturer in Glass and Visual Arts at UCOL’s School of Creative Industries, is an expert.

Kathryn utilizes glass to mimic textile surfaces, which aim to challenge the viewer's sense of reality. Hybrid decorative patterns are deconstructed to create multiple layered compositions. Each layer is stacked to add depth, allowing patterned forms to grow from the surface of the glass.

If you have the creative flair or an interest in glass making, you and a guest are warmly invited to hear from Kathryn as she shares her journey of glass practice and the ideas behind her work as part of UCOL’s Public Lecture Series.

Kathryn's background
Kathryn began working in glass as a student at the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom in 2000, where she obtained a degree in Glass and Ceramics followed by an MA in glass, 2005. After finishing her research Kathryn undertook work as a visiting lecturer at the University of Sunderland and worked as a glassmaker at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland.

In 2012 she relocated to New Zealand to take up a post of Glass Lecturer at the Whanganui Glass School. Since relocating to New Zealand she has been awarded the Emerge Glass Prize, Gold award, the Ranamok Glass Prize 2014, the Young Glass Prize 2017, winner of the Whanganui Arts Review 2018 as well as being a selected finalist in the Fuse Glass prize 2016 and 2018. Her work has also been selected for New Glass Review 33, 37, 38.  

5pm: Arrive for drinks and nibbles
5:20pm: Mihi/Welcome
5:30pm: Kathryn Wightman begins
6:15 - 6:30pm: Questions and networking 


Spaces are limited, so please RSVP to secure your spot by emailing

20 Jun

The Atrium
Rutland Street

5pm onwards

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