Each month a member of our community is invited to browse our online collection and select six of their favourite artworks. Each ‘My Choice’ selection, together with personal responses to the works, will be available to view on the Sarjeant Gallery website for one month at a time. The May 2020 My Choice has been selected by Ingrid Culliford, musician and music teacher, and is available to view until 31 May 2020. After studying at the Royal Academy of Music, Ingrid Culliford spent more than 20 years working as a freelance flautist in London, touring Europe and the Americas with various orchestras and ensembles. She recorded frequently for BBC Radio 3 and worked as professor of flute at Trinity College, London. In 1994 Ingrid returned to NZ with her family, settling in Whanganui. Although she has continued to perform, teaching has been a significant feature of her life in NZ. Some of her teaching positions have included: flute teacher at Waikato University Conservatorium and the NZ School of Music at Victoria University, and Co-Director of Music at Nga Tawa Diocesan School. Ingrid is currently working as an individual tutor at Nga Tawa, Whanganui Collegiate School and her home studio. One of her other passions is Chamber Music. In 2015 she was honoured to receive the “Marie Vandewart Memorial Award” for commitment to fostering a love of chamber music and to be appointed MNZM in the 2019 New Year Honours list for service to music and education.
Ingrid reflects….”over the years, I have enjoyed collaborating in projects at the Sarjeant – with Susan Frykberg in “Let the Art Sing”, and more recently in her Tylee Cottage project on Edith Collier, “It shows really, a rather beautiful spirit”, as well as contributing on several occasions to concerts in the “Musicians for the Sarjeant” series. It has been a pleasure to spend some of my lockdown hours inside the virtual Sarjeant Gallery, revisiting some favourite pieces and discovering a whole lot more!”