“The making of medals in the past evolved from the early traditions of metal coinage. Today it is an increasingly diverse practice, in subject matter, form, techniques and materials. This diversity is demonstrated in the works that make up this exhibition and is also reflective of the varied practices of the members of Medal Artists New Zealand and the invited guest exhibitors.
A compact art form, the medal can address history, commemorate an illustrious person, a significant event, or act as a personal memento. Regardless of the subject matter or technique, the contemporary medal demonstrates a concentration of the maker’s mind, and a honing of information down to the essential, made for handling and contemplation.”
Michael Reed – Curator 2019