At our upcoming artist talk, join artist Rachel Ratten in conversation with curator James Hope as they discuss her new exhibition, The Construction of Colour

Despite being an avid quilter for 20 years, Timaru-based artist Rachel Ratten is more widely known as a painter and printmaker. Since completing her MFA in painting at the University of Canterbury in 2015, however, quilting has at long last been introduced to Ratten’s expanding practice.

In her new exhibition The Construction of Colour, Ratten lets her textiles take over, creating works that are fluid and painterly using a technique she calls ‘improv quilting’. In these textiles, she discards the narratives of her previous work in favour of exploring formal design and compositional elements.

Come along and listen to Rachel and James discuss her practice in more depth. The talk will begin at 2pm on June 11 – See you there!


  • Free - All Welcome


  • Sun 11 Jun


  • 2:00 pm — 3:00 pm


  • 327 West Street
  • Ashburton 7700