Graduate Profile

Trish Clarke - Visual Arts

Trish Clarke - Applied Arts


Trish Clarke is an established artist who combines part-time administrative work with her practice, based in a studio at her Whangarei home. She graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and now has a national profile as a contemporary sculptor working mainly in metals.

Trish said: "In the years since I graduated I've developed my practice and I now have a national profile. I do some work on commission and sell other work through outlets. My work can be seen at the Town Basin and I'm involved in the Camera Obscura project in Whangarei. I also have exhibitions coming up at Kings College and the Whangarei Quarry Gardens.

"I could do my artwork full time, as I have enough work to make it as a living. Working full time as an artist requires discipline, you've got to jump in with both feet and you just have to work away at it. However it is a bit isolating, so I prefer working out there with other people for some of the week - the mix of part-time admin work and part-time sculpting works well for me."

She recommends formal study for anyone who wants to work as an artist: "Most artists that I've met have got a formal qualification in the arts. It's a good grounding and it's also about connecting with other people - you get opportunities that you wouldn't get elsewhere. It's about joining a network of artists."