Cath Sheard lives in Patea, where she works as a library and museum manager. She has an Advanced Diploma of Arts & Creativity (Honours) from The Learning Connexion, a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) and Post Graduate Diploma in Sociology from Massey University.

She has a deep love of words; this, coupled with her interest in people and the local surrounds, all inform Cath’s work. She works mainly in acrylic and mixed media. Most of her work leans more toward abstraction – particularly of the local landscape.

In an ongoing body of work, “Working Memory: the Patea Freezing Works”, Patea’s industrial and urban landscape, both seen and remembered, is the starting point, especially the derelict Freezing Works which has been dismantled since the artist began recording it.

The combined interest in people and remembered history has led to a series of works based on men who served in WWII. Four of these works were shown at the Legato exhibition in Cassino, Italy in 2010, along with work by other New Zealand artists. This trip continues to inspire further works.

  • Joined: September 2010
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