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Art For Refuge - Studio Photos With Tammie Pittwood.


Art For Refuge photos © Tammie Pittwood Photography.



When Shona from the Taranaki Women’s Refuge reached out to see if I would be interested in submitting a piece for their upcoming auction I saw a chance to do some real good for the community through my art. The piece I chose was ‘Prelude to a Dream,’ a work from my 2013 Perth exhibition ‘Flights of Fancy.’ The work spoke to me of the refuges aims - to give comfort, safety and help to those in need. This image reflects that positive aspiration touching on simple childhood pleasures such as the magical ritual of the bedtime story.

The above photos were taken by the lovely Tammie Pittwood for Art for Refuge. Taken in my home and small studio space they beautifully capture a moment where motherhood and artistic calling are no longer so at odds and the promise of a greater return to my art practice is only a whisper away.


Art for Refuge auction takes place at the Te Henui Chapel, New Plymouth on 13th November 2020.

© 2017 Fern Petrie.  Artworks are copyright and must not be reproduced without the artists written permission.