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Aaron Frater

Aaron Frater

The Safety Gardener 

Aaron Frater is a carver, and sculptor of 3D objects. His first works (at the age of eight) were of soap and pumice, but now range from fine bone and shell jewellery to monumental sculptures in marble and Oamaru stone. His latest series of work utilises plastic mesh as the main material – making symbolic, sign-like sculptures. “The meshing of open weave, has virtually no substance, but its colour and its connotations are powerful and unmistakable”.

Frater has exhibited for nearly 30 years, having been part of group and solo shows in New Zealand, Japan, the US, and Australia. He has works in private residences and community spaces around New Zealand. 

Frater has also worked in theatre and movies as a prop and set maker, as a tutor in the disabilities/mental health art spaces and as a mentor at The Learning Connexion School of Creativity and Art. He has a love of learning and developing his skills, with tertiary qualifications in art, craft, teaching, and comparative religions, and has a Masters of Arts in museum and heritage studies underway.

Frater lives and works in Wellington


This is Frater’s first time exhibiting in Sculpture in the Gardens.