MAJESTYCANCELLED FOR 2022
A Gathering for Artists of Faith
It is with a little sadness that we have made the decision to cancel MAJESTY this year.
In all reality, the climate for operating national events safely, within the current restrictions, makes it prohibitive to the vision and focus of MAJESTY.
As we can see, the Omicron wave is likely to peak by the end of this month with the potential of a long tail of cases and changes reaching into April. We believe, for many reasons, that it is best to cancel the gathering at this time and instead, prepare for 2023 where hopefully we will be in an entirely different climate.
I want to thank you for your support of MAJESTY this year and over the last few years. The vision and purpose of this gathering is still very bright and increasingly relevant for the times we find ourselves in. To that end, I would love to invite you to join the ATELIER Collective private Facebook Group, if you haven’t joined already. We intend, over the next few months, to offer new ways to engage and build community together as artists of faith – and being part of ATELIER Collective on Facebook is a good way to stay in touch with these changes.
For those who have already registered and paid for MAJESTY this year – we have two options. We are more than happy to refund your registration fee, or if it works for you, to hold over the registration payment for MAJESTY 23. Entirely up to you. We will be making contact with each of you today to confirm.
In the meantime, stay safe. There is a shifting that is going on in the spirit throughout our beautiful land, and God will have his way to demonstrate his deep love for the people of this land. Hold fast and trust him.
With love and care
We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfil the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfil it!
Ephesians 2:10 TPT
David is an artist, a gallery director, and a leader in the art & faith movement in Aotearoa, New Zealand. His contemporary art practice focusses on the sensitivity and control of traditional figurative drawing, challenged by disruptive techniques that allow emotive and prophetic narratives to emerge and express our humanity in relationship with our creator. David holds an undergraduate qualification in Visual Arts majoring in painting and drawing, and achieved First-Class honours for his Masters degree in Art & Design.
David also directs ATELIER Studio|Gallery and ATELIER Collective – both art & faith initiatives founded in 2018 with the specific mandate to support, raise, and promote artists of faith. ATELIER is a key strategic initiative in the landscape of art, faith, and Christianity in Aotearoa NZ that seeks to raise the importance and value of creativity as an essential expression of the nature and identity of God to both the church and the world.
David, together with his wife Nina, have three beautiful adult daughters and reside in Nelson, New Zealand. As co-founders of the Atelier Ministries NZ charitable trust, they oversee the three core components of ATELIER: the studio, the gallery, and the church community.
Jill Miriama Smith
Jill is a New Zealander of Pakeha (English, Irish) and Maori (Tainui) descent, based in the Franklin Region, just south of Auckland. She is married to Don and together they have a lively family that includes 4 children, their spouses and 11 grandchildren. Jill has experience as a teacher, counsellor, art therapist, church minister and practising artist, currently working from her studio in Pukekohe. She paints abstract works that she hopes will be ‘God Spaces’ that might facilitate a viewer’s awareness of Divine Presence – the God in whom we live and move and have our being. Jill draws on her own faith and life experiences as well as the narrative and whakapapa of Scripture hoping to share something personally authentic and true, yet universal and relatable.
Jill is interested in the potential of art to move people and transform their awareness and experience at a deep, subconscious level, helping them to become conscious of hidden or suppressed experience, to connect and integrate disconnected parts of their personal or shared stories, as well as identify and connect across cultural, language, generational, political, and other divides. So, for Jill, painting and engaging in the lifestyle and work of making and sharing art is a significant way in which she can participate in the reconciling, redeeming, restoring work of Christ.
As well as working at her painting, Jill speaks and ministers in various churches and gatherings, and facilitates groups for learning and transformation. She also connects with people seeking to focus and refocus aspects of their lives, including work, ministry, relationships, past and present challenges, or future vision and purpose. Sometimes this takes the shape of mentoring, other times therapy, or prayer ministry either in person or online via Zoom or other platforms. Jill works with an integrated perspective that encompasses the physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social, vocational, and environmental dimensions of life with a confidence that God is always present to reconcile, redeem and restore.
My painting practice investigates ways of registering experience of place through the painting process, specifically I work with environments to let them participate in the making of a painting. Alongside painting I occasionally teach painting and drawing papers at the Waikato Institute of Technology, and enjoy presenting research and talking about art as well as doing some art writing.
I started my painting trajectory at Elam School of Fine Arts when I left Taranaki to study in Auckland, then did a Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies at Massey University, and a Masters of Arts in Painting at Waikato Institute of Technology. Not so long ago I enjoyed a brief stint at the Slade of Fine Art Summer School in London, and more recently a residency at the Dunedin School of Art in Otepoti Dunedin, and all these things have shaped and challenged my way of thinking about painting.
Over the years I’ve worked in public and private art galleries, local government, community organisations and tertiary institutions which has been interesting from the perspective as an art-maker to experience how the administrative art infrastructure in Aotearoa New Zealand works. And this year I’m coming on board with the Journal of Visual Art Practice as an Associate Editor to hopefully extend the reach of the journal into this part of the world some more. All in all I love painting and art-making and I’m looking forward to sharing this with you.
Simon Hunter is a Nelson based artist. His current practice combines screen printing, stencil and painting processes to create work that explores layers, traces and histories both in the physicality of the work and the ideas he engages with.
Hunter uses, binary code, text and varying coloured layers of paint to create contemplative and introspective surfaces.
He currently works for the Arts, Media and Digital Technologies school at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.
Dean & Jo McQuoid
Dean and Jo are passionate believers, who love to serve prophetically through worship and the arts.
They fell in love leading worship together 25 years ago, and continue to serve through itinerant ministry nationally, internationally and in their local fellowship at Coast Vineyard in the Hibiscus Coast, where they live with their 2 teenage sons.
They have been a part of the Christian band scene, church leadership, worship directing, prophetic art, recording projects, evangelistic outreach, both internationally and throughout Aotearoa, and this year saw them release their first full length album ‘The Strength of Stones’
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