Grahame Sydney

Grahame Sydney is one of New Zealand's most celebrated and loved artists, best known for his dramatic paintings of Central Otago, where he lives.

He is also an acclaimed photographer and writer, has published numerous books, and collaborated with writers such as Brian Turner, Vincent O'Sullivan and Owen Marshall.

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Festival sessions

The Living Room Session 

- in conversation with Mike White

3pm-5pm, Saturday 6 July, The Bell Tower at Dog Point Vineyards, Brookby Rd, $60

Join one of New Zealand's most renowned artists for a special event at this year's festival. Grahame Sydney will speak about his early artistic efforts, his remarkable parents, the miraculous meeting that launched his career, his life in Central Otago, and the landscapes there that he's fought to save. There will be time for relaxed discussion and mingling during this intimate, extended session at The Bell Tower, while enjoying Dog Point hospitality.


View from the South

- with Owen Marshall in conversation with Nikki Macdonald

10am-11am, Sunday 7 July, ASB Theatre, 2 Hutcheson St, Blenheim, $20

The poetry of Owen Marshall and photography of Grahame Sydney complement each other beautifully in View from the South. They discuss their 2018 collaboration and other ties that bind their friendship of many years.


Painter, Photographer, Writer, Reader

- in conversation with Mike White

2pm-3pm, Sunday 7 July, Hunter's Wines, Rapaura Rd, $30

Grahame Sydney is best known for his paintings but has published several photography books, writes beautifully and reads extensively. Grahame will discuss these connections; the art, books and people that inspire him; and the time he met Janet Frame.


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