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Anne Rush


Personal Details

Name: Margaret Anne Rush

Address: 3 Haven Road, Nelson 7040

Cell phone: 021 220 7441


Date of Birth: 14 March 1950




b. 1950 (Gore)


My primary career is as a self-employed artist.

All are solo exhibitions unless specified otherwise.


2017-18  A return to painting. The Return series of paintings in watercolour, polycolour and oil. Works for sale from artist studio at 3 Haven Road, Nelson 7040.


2016       Light Nelson - Luminous Dance


2016       Artist in Residence Nelson Arts Festival - a collection of artist’s installation work was  installed in the Festival venues at Founders Park Nelson.


2014       Nelson Arts Festival Installation Lucent an experiential installation housed in the Arthouse Architecture Building. it was also a performance venue for Java Dance Company's production of 'Back of the Bus' in the evenings.


2014       Light Nelson - Lucent II Installation at Queens Gardens, Nelson


2014       Lucent II


2013       Light Nelson - Lucent II Installation at Queens Gardens, Nelson


2013       Red Gallery Winter Lumiere Universal Light
Lucent I –
a suspended installation. One of 49 artist-led projects utilising light in the inaugural
Light Nelson: A Walk in the Dark – an exhibition of light, Queens Gardens, Nelson. 40,000 people attended over 2 evenings in July 2013.


2012       Founding member of Light Nelson Trust


2012       Universal Light, Bath Street Gallery, Parnell, Auckland


2011       Dress the City, Nelson, for the Rugby World Cup


2010       Christmas group show, Bath Street Gallery, Parnell, Auckland
Vox Lumens, a collaboration between Anne Rush and Heather Burnett-Rose
Four Photographers, group show, Red Gallery Nelson
Lumens Lumina, Anne Rush Artworks Studio, Nelson
Opening of Anne Rush Artworks Studio, Nelson. Celebratory show


2009       Arum, a sculptural installation, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland


2008       Arum – a white room, The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson
Maitai School Sensory Wall project, Nelson


2006       Arum, Red Gallery, Nelson
Fine, Nelson artists group exhibition, Shed 11, Wellington


2005       Fine, Nelson artists group exhibition, Shed 11, Wellington


2004       Slow Art: Christine Boswijk, Sally Burton,
Austin Davies, Anne Rush and Maree Simburgh-Höglund,The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson


1995       Journeys, The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson


1994       Sales of artworks from studio


1994       Nelson Connections, group exhibition, Whakatane Art Gallery
Loft Gallery, Motueka


1993       Wellington Women's Suffrage Exhibition, Brooker Gallery, Wellington, curated exhibition
Journeys, The Suter Art Gallery and Aiganthe Gallery, Timaru


1992       Loft Gallery, Motueka


1991       Canterbury Gallery Christchurch;
Brooker Gallery, Wellington


1990       CSA Gallery, Christchurch;
Loft Gallery Motueka


1989       Loft Gallery, Motueka;
Brooker Gallery, Wellington


1988       Loft Gallery, Motueka


1987       Brooker Gallery, Wellington
Form and Spirit – Paintings by Anne Rush and Ceramics by Steve Fullmer,
The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson


1986       Approach to Watercolour. Group exhibition, CSA Gallery, Christchurch
Group Christmas Show, Brooker Gallery, Wellington


1985       CSA Gallery, Christchurch; Galerie Legard (later Brooker Gallery), Wellington


1984       Still Life, Gallery One, Nelson
Domestic Rooms, Chez Eelco, Nelson


1983       Group exhibition, Gallery One, Nelson


1969       Christchurch Teacher's College (art major) with distinction



Public collections

Ministry of Women's Affairs, Wellington, New Zealand Foreign Affairs, Australia, New Zealand Foreign Affairs, Saudi Arabia, Southland Art Gallery



Consultancy and Initiatives in Arts and Cultural Tourism

2008-2009  Maitai School Project.

A Sensory Fence featuring 72 panels (1780 x 600mm) mounted in the school playground. Anne worked with landscape architect Lyn Cadenhead and technician Sam Laidlaw to design and construct a multi sensory wall with tactile, auditory, olfactory and visual stimuli that allows special needs students to explore their school environment independently or with their teachers or caregivers in educative sessions. More information at: -


2002-2003 Cultural Mapping

Presenting Ourselves - Unlocking and Interpreting Cultural Landscapes

Australian Case Studies 146 pages

Defining the Territory 42 pages

Cultural Mapping Toolkit- A Cultural Mapping Case Study of Inner City Nelson. 72 pages. Three separate publications support this research

In 2002 a Social Entrepreneur’s grant funded by The Community Employment Group allowed Anne to conduct research in Australia relating to how *culture was expressed in defining place. She visited Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Ulluru to Alice Springs in Central Australia and the Grampians National Park.

The second part of the research was to conduct a case study in Nelson’s inner city to test her concept of Cultural Mapping as a tool for documentation, planning and interpretation.

For the purposes of the three Cultural Mapping documents that make up

“Presenting Ourselves – Unlocking and Interpreting Cultural Landscapes” culture was broadly defined as “ relating to the total way of life of a people. The people may be indigenous, immigrants who have lived in a region for a number of generations or recent immigrant arrivals”. Their rituals, beliefs, language and customs are expressed in multi dimensional ways through custom stories, architecture, sports, literature, film, cuisine, music, cultural festivals, marae, museums and art galleries, cemeteries and burial sites, streetscapes, parks and gardens to name but a few. All contribute to a sense of place and can be viewed in the context of the landscape and through layering through vertical timelines.

This work to date has attracted much enquiry and has been utilised by consultants and staff at local government level in Nelson and at NMIT (Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology) Schools of Tourism. and Visual Arts.

Cultural mapping techniques can also be utilised at many levels in developing tourism product, branding and interpretation.


1990-2002 Nelson Bays Arts Marketing Network

Co-founder of this significant regional arts and cultural tourism network.

Acted as a trustee of this Network (a charitable trust) from 1993 to 2001.

Developed the concept of the Nelson Regional Guide Book - Art in its own place, (1994) with the first Executive officer Mary Jensen. Further editions followed in 1997, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008. This publication is recognised nationally and internationally for its innovation and brand positioning of the arts with linkage to tourism attractions and businesses. It packages what makes a region special for both visitors and residents alike focusing on regional differentiation.


Arts and Cultural Advocacy

Anne has extensive experience as an advocate. She has presented concept papers to trustees, conferences, seminars, Government Caucus (2000), select committees, local government forums, annual plans and special strategic documents in both oral and written form.


Destination New Zealand – Capturing the Cultural Tourist

Nelson.  September 1998

This first symposium on Cultural Tourism was a benchmark event that was influential in raising awareness and Cultural Tourism practise in Aotearoa New Zealand. The experience of attending this event was a cultural experience, which permeated every aspect of the event

A national working party of representatives from: - NZ Tourism Board, Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Ministry of the Environment, Te Papa Tongarwera, Ministry of Maori Development, Creative NZ, Te Waka Toi, Local Government New Zealand, Museums Aotearoa, Tourism Faculty Otago University, NZTIA (Tourism Industry Association) and  Community Employment Group and a high calibre set of speakers and delegates from throughout New Zealand and overseas.


My role was as an initiator, researcher, advocate and project manager.


Business Experience

1972 – 1998   Was a business partner in Tasman Fruitpackers Ltd., a large horticultural business with holdings in pip fruit, blackcurrants, forestry and commercial property.


Teaching Experience

1970   Qualified (with distinction) Christchurch College of Education

1971   Auckland Point School

1972   Stoke Primary School

1973   Motueka South Primary School.

1981   Mapua Primary School

1982   Tasman  Primary School.


Awards and Grants

2004   Awarded MNZN in 2004 New Years Honours for services to arts and culture

2002   Social Entrepreneurs Award – Community Employment

2001   Civic Award - Presented by the Nelson City Council for work and service to Arts and Culture.

1993   Community Award - Presented by Tasman District Council in recognition of outstanding
           community service.


Crown Entity Appointments

2009 – 2014  Creative New Zealand Board Member - Arts Board of New Zealand Toi Aoteaoroa

2010 – 2014  Creative New Zealand Board Member - Arts Board of New Zealand Toi Aoteaoroa