Creative visual thinking is fundamental to us all as human beings as we strive to understand our sense of self and the world. Chartwell seeks to deepen understanding about the importance of art and creative thinking for our future and our wellbeing.
Chartwell is an explorer of the visual world. We want to know more about how and what we see. When both the eye and the mind are active, the creative process opens to the artist and viewer. The Chartwell Collection provides the viewer many examples of creative visual thought in action.
Chartwell supports artists as they make and think. Making is an active and connected process, involving the interaction of intention, intuition and intellect with the mediums of the world. Chartwell is making too - making a difference through philanthropy and enabling access to creative activities and research.
Chartwell encourages everyone to think about art and the creative process with a commitment to drive an understanding about the significance of the visual arts to general creative thinking. We share a curiosity to know and learn more: an imaginative, ongoing investigation.
Two interlocking, highly polished brass rings are welded to one another, forming a three-dimensional Venn diagram. Each has a word engraved, one ‘sleeping’ the other ‘waking’. It suggests some space in between these two states, pointing to a zone of possibility or the unknown.
As New Zealand moves into lockdown against Covid-19 we collectively step further into the unknown, finding ourselves in a space between internal and external states. For a little while, we must find ournew ‘normal’ and create new routines for ourselves and our families.
We know that art and creativity can help us to imagine other ways of being in these difficult times, to stop and look, make and think, and to hope, soon, for the possibility of new beginnings.
- The Chartwell team x
Pictured: Hypnosis Venn Dane Mitchell 2013 brass 1070 x 1900 mm Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2014