Allyson Hamblett profiles fellow artist, Eddie McMenemy
Eddie McMenemy has been coming to Māpura Studios since the beginning of 2018. He attends Leading a Creative Life class on Thursday morning, and is certainly a character.
Leading a Creative Life provides a supportive, instructive and stimulating environment for people living with stroke-affect (or similar disability), to develop a strong visual arts practice. Twice a term there will be a workshop or a tutorial that focuses on the learning requirements of the group and individual learning needs; once a term a guest ‘professional’ artist will present on their arts practice. The remaining time is ‘open studio’ where participants work independently and are self-directed in their choice of content and subject matter. Tutors provide ongoing input regarding methodologies, techniques, media and guidance re subject matter so artists are supported in the ongoing progression of their art making capabilities and knowledge base.
Eddie’s art practice is shaped by his life experiences and just emerge from his mind. Eddie never knew he could paint, but has become a prolific artist since attending classes at Māpura. He continues his art practice at home and often shows fellow class mates those creative endeavours as well as the ones he makes at Māpura Studio. One particular recent work was entitled Arohanui; the timing of which, was particularly poignant for New Zealand.
Eddie has exhibited his work at Pah Homestead through the Māpura Exhibition Programme, and entered one of his works into IHC Art Awards in 2018. He became a finalist and won the award with his work, “Buddha”.
Originally from Glasgow, Eddie was a musician in fifties and sixties. He worked with people such as Tom Jones and Englebert Humperdink. Eddie’s stage name was Eddie Clifford, and started Eddie Clifford and the Blackjacks in 1958.