Let’s Talk Art: Living With Art


Let’s Talk Art, Viaduct Events Centre
Saturday 20 April, 11:30AM – 12:15PM

Ever wondered how art can turn everyday objects into something extraordinary? Join Objectspace Director Kim Paton in conversation with acclaimed artist Joe Sheehan. Together they will discuss two new bodies of work, Surface Tension, exhibited at Aotearoa Art Fair with Tim Melville gallery and Lost & Found, Sheehan’s major public commission, installed last month in Federal Street, Auckland. Each are meditations on the detritus and filler of a material world – a glove, a shoe, an anarchic sea of plastics —rendered in eons old rock. Both bodies of work illustrate the glorious power of his stone carving, it’s impossible to encounter Sheehan’s work without slowing down.

This talk is presented as part of Let’s Talk Art, the talks programme at the 2024 Aotearoa Art Fair, held from 18 – 21 April at the Viaduct Events Centre. To attend this talk, purchase a ticket to the Fair.



Kim is the Director of Objectspace in Auckland, a public gallery dedicated to the fields of craft, design and architecture.  She holds a first class honours degree in Sculpture and a post-graduate diploma in Business Management. Kim has curated and written extensively on craft and contemporary art.

Joe Sheehan


Joe Sheehan studied contemporary jewellery at Unitec in the mid-1990s and since then has worked in carving studios throughout New Zealand. His interest in the historical, geological and cultural context of stone has led to extensive on-site field work and exploration both in Aotearoa and overseas. He has received prestigious awards and exhibited internationally, with his work held in major collections including Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland Art Gallery, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Joe is showing at the 2024 Aotearoa Art Fair with Tim Melville Gallery.