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Mindspaces is a documentary narrated by our current Tylee Cottage resident, the acclaimed New Zealand sculptor and writer Denis O’Connor. He travels to Ireland, the UK and France to discuss, together with prominent art historians, archaeologists, curators and Gallery Directors, the studio spaces of Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon. The film was prompted by the untimely death of O’Connor’s daughter, the archaeologist Dr. Blaze O’Connor, who was part of the team that relocated the Francis Bacon studio from London to Dublin. Blaze and Denis had begun to discuss the sanctuary of ‘that room’ called a studio and how it functions as a mindspace for the artist. O’Connor also takes us into his Waiheke studio which he has occupied for over 50 years.

Produced and Directed by Stephanie Bennett

Original Music by Rhian Sheehan

Featuring Conor Lovett, internationally acclaimed performer of Samuel Beckett plays

The documentary will be followed by an in conversation with Greg Donson the Sarjeant’s Curator and Public Programmes Manager

Any enquiries please phone 06 349 0506


  • $5.00


  • Fri 02 Dec


  • 7:00 pm — 8:30 pm


  • Davis Lecture Theatre
  • 8 Watt Street
  • Whanganui