59 – Different Drum
Different Drum is the home-studio of artist Neil Buddle. Neil creates vibrant works in print-making and assemblage, exploring the environment, politics and landscape. The studio offers visitors the opportunity to view and buy artwork and learn about the printing process. Different Drum is excited to be in a new location and to participate in this special 20th anniversary event. Kia ora.
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa,
Ko Taff te awa,
Ko Caerphilly te maunga,
Ko Irish Sea te moana,
Ko British Isles ngā motu,
Ko Iwi Wēra te tangata,
Ko Whanganui tōku kainga,
Ko Neil Buddle ahau,
Tēnā koutou, Tēnā koutou, Tēnā koutou katoa.
I have been printing with lino since childhood, when I used to help my Dad make Christmas cards to raise funds at the local church. I grew up in a family where art and music were the main elements of our family culture. From being taken to many galleries as a child, to having access to an great library of books, I was lucky to be immersed in the world from a young age.
Having spent a period pursuing music and travelling, I finally went to art school in my mother's native South Wales and completed a degree in Visual Arts. There I developed a love of assemblage and reignited my love of printing, experimenting with many different forms.
In 1999 I moved to New Zealand and found myself in the midst of a lively and vibrant arts scene in Waitakere, Auckland. Here I continued making art and exploring my new environment. Through this involvement I became the Gallery Manager of a community gallery and then an Arts-Coordinator for the progressive and arts-positive local council in Waitakere. This allowed me to engage professionally with many artists and expand my knowledge and understanding of what it takes to be a practicing artist, in addition to being inspired by the amazing and diverse work I was exposed to.
In 2005 I moved to Whanganui, after a visit to Whanganui Artists Open Studios. By chance a job came up soon after and I began work as Regional Arts Developer for the Whanganui Arts, Culture and Heritage, Development Trust.
Since then I have remained in Whanganui and continued to be involved in the creative community as a practicing artist and a community member, working, exhibiting art, playing music and currently as acting Chairperson of the Whanganui Artists Open Studios Trust.
I continue to make art part-time and support the arts where possible. My work has developed slowly over the years with the focus becoming print-making, specifically in lino, continuing that early affinity and connection with the medium. My work covers various topics and includes a love of landscape and local history, environmental politics, world politics, erotica and the human condition.
I believe that Whanganui AOS is a wonderful event and a great snapshot of the diversity and quality of art and artists working in this vibrant, creative town. I feel privileged to be a part of this wonderful community and amazing event.
Studio Details:Studio Manager: Neil Buddle
Address: 17 Balgownie Avenue, Gonville, Whanganui, New Zealand
Phone: 027 9018984