Owen Mapp, CNZM: Contemporary Artist Carver of New Zealand
Free Public Talk
Join Owen Mapp, CNZM, for a talk about his 50 year career as an artist carver of bone and ivory.
Owen has played a key role in the revival of bone carving in New Zealand. When he began to carve in the late 1960s, bone was considered a less desirable material for artist carvers.
Owen’s unwavering dedication to the art form has played a vital part in its revival and the desirability of finely-carved bone today. His works are highly sought-after.
In 2019, Owen was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to carving and bone art.
The Museum is displaying more than 180 pieces of Owen's work in the exhibition Owen Mapp: Dragons and Taniwha – 50 Years an Artist Carver, which opens on 11 September.
Owen will also have a selection of work and tools at the talk for the audience to handle.
This talk is free but places are limited so please register below if you're keen to attend.