Nicola Mannering

b. 1954

Nicola Mannering was born in Ōtautahi Christchurch and graduated from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Art in 1974. After graduating Mannering travelled in Australia and India with her teacher, a Canadian Buddhist monk in the Tibetan tradition. While in Australia, Mannering began to explore painting on ceramics.

In 1985 Mannering moved to Nelson and opened Art of Living gallery. Through this she exhibited a range of art and craft objects (paintings on paper and decorated ceramics inlcuding domestic wear, tiles and jewellery) with a consistent aesthetic: "simple designs in bright clear colours often against white backgrounds."

Mannering founded the Unity Trust and the GeoWalk Project while continuing her art practice as a writer and illustrator.

~ quotes from 'Mannering's 'Inside and Out'' exhibition reviewed in The Press (Christchurch, N.Z.). 30 June 1992.

See also:

Nicola Mannering, ‘Memorial Fountain to the Brig 'Gertrude'’ (1991), Plimmer Steps, CBD, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

Images: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2022