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For Art lovers, and Art lovers to be!

Revealing local artwork outside of the traditional model. 

 



Studio Home presents a revolving collection of limited edition and original works by some of New Zealand's most exciting artists.

Our online gallery presents work the same day we open our group exhibitions and events, making our project accessible to those that live outside of Christchurch.

Our group exhibitions round up vibrant, attractive and thought provoking work from invited artists, challenged to create in response to our exhibition themes.

By hosting these shows in our own home, garden and framing studio we meet our own aim of presenting artwork in a casual, comfortable domestic environment, stepping outside of the traditional white walled gallery space. 



There is an emotional thrill in finding a piece that will hang in your home for life. 


In a sense you are purchasing someone elses "point of view" of the world that rings true for you. Colour, texture, shape, subject matter and the artists themselves may be what attracts you, but the biggest hurdle can be giving yourself permission to purchase something that you can't wear, or drive, or use.

Art purchases are investments in your own happiness - there's nothing complicated about it. 

All art represented on this site and through my projects is personally selected as something I would hang in my own home.
Obviously this is highly subjective and there are many fantastic local artists out there beyond who I have chosen to work with. By maintaining a highly curated collection I hope to create a place that can be a go-to for those of your that share my tastes so you are able to return time again to find something special for yourself or someone you love.
That if you can appreciate one artist, you may appreciate all of them in their own way. 

Julia x 
@studiohome

 

Julia Atkinson-Dunn of Studio Home

Julia Atkinson-Dunn 

Art lover, champion and treasurer.

Art and the people that make it were unconsciously central to my interests from the very beginnings of my design blog; Studio Home in 2008. 
Over the following 12 years my most satisfying posts were providing introductions to artists and I valued my connections with them hugely! 

I was lucky to enjoy a wildly creative childhood and despite dropping out of art in 5th form - a career in interior design, my writing and photography has allowed me to stay satisfying ensconced in the industry. In more recent years I wrote and toured a social media workshop specifically aimed at creative small businesses, however, naturally as I headed down the road of a one-on-one strategy consulting I found myself losing touch with the community I had set out to serve. 
This is something I have now set out to recapture. 
  

In late 2018 I was given the opportunity to work with one of my absolute favourite artists; Fleur Wickes by hosting a pop up art sale at my home in Christchurch. 

This proved pivotal.


The first "Art House" revealed itself as a dream project. Inviting people into my home to browse art AND meet the artist herself felt like my years of writing leaping into "real life". I might be hopeless at remembering loved ones birthdays but my ability to absorb and share the stories of artists, their point of view and process seems to have unrivaled space in sit in my brain! 

On the flipside, connecting artists work to others is what spurred me on to continue and expand this side of my business. 
After 11 pop up art exhibitions held in both our own home and Auckland, Wanaka and Wellington in 2019 - we have settled on the recipe of sharing art exclusively from home here in Christchurch, in the form of themed group shows. Inviting artists to live paint, relaxed art lovers to wander our home and imagine work in theirs while still sharing directly with our NZ/Aus customers at the same time online. 

In late 2019, my husband T and I established a small neighbourhood picture framing studio on the property. Learn more about Studio Home Framing here. 
 

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