ABOUT KES HARPER
Collecting and making from a young age in New Zealand set Kes Harper on her creative path, culminating in an art education and career in the UK.
After nearly 20 years, responding to the influences of her surroundings and experiences in a 'challenging' society – Britain in the 1980's – Kes chose to move to Australia.
With an eye for detail, hands for making and a mind for play, Kes fulfilled a compendium of roles – jeweller, art teacher, arts administrator, retail, artist, maker.
This led to a series of successful positions at the Art Gallery of NSW including Exhibition Shop Supervisor. Most notably, her 8 year role as Education Coordinator for the Art Gallery Society meant establishing, coordinating, teaching or supervising programmes including Kids' Club, Art Classes and Master classes engaging some of Australia's most notable artists reaching all ages.
Having exhausted her love of Sydney and city life, Kes chose an autonomous, sustainable and simple life, moving to her off grid studio shack in the Australian bush. Here, her experience was soon called upon to assist establishing Cessnock Regional Art Gallery. She was also selected to curate and manage Sculpture in the Vineyards exhibitions in the Hunter Valley 2017 & 2018.
Now, living an artist's and gleaner's life, Kes has embraced the natural and conscious ethic in work and life where as much as possible is gleaned...as it should be.