About the Tutor

Ceramics | Stuart Shepherd


With a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Waikato University and a Master’s degree in Painting and Installation Art from RMIT, Melbourne, Stuart has worked in the advertising agency in New York for 12 years. He has worked as a sculptor for Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning film, ‘Lord of the Rings.’ He has curated exhibitions in Paris, New York, Belgium, Auckland. Stuart has published numerous articles on NZ Outsider Art in Holland and Auckland. In 2019, Stuart was the artist in residence at Desoto studio in Rock Island, Illinois, U.S.A.

An insight into the work of Stuart Shepherd

Art History | Maree Wilson


Born in Helensville and now living in Whangarei, Wilson has continually referenced the New Zealand coastline in her work. Maree graduated from Auckland University Elam School of Fine Arts, majoring in painting in 1993 and went on to complete a master’s degree at R.M.I.T University, Melbourne Australia. Maree has a making and teaching practice that spans over two decades, she very much enjoys the exchange between students and tutors and the energy that comes from experimentation and collaboration. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally and is held in both public and private collections.

An insight into the work of Maree Wilson