A N N E R U S H
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
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: - http://southern-artists-in-schools.wikispaces.com/Maitai+School
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.
1972 – 1998 Was a business partner in Tasman Fruitpackers Ltd., a large horticultural business with holdings in pip fruit, blackcurrants, forestry and commercial property.
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
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