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Mieke Davies (nee Hilhorst)

Blenheim, NZ


Tel: +64  27 7499199

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Professional info

As well as being a professional artist and art tutor, I also work as a Youth Minister at St Mary's Church with my husband Maurice. As a result, the two avenues of Art and work with young people, go hand-in-hand; each feeding the other.

Skills / Experience
Curriculum Vitae


  • 'Oil painting for Beginners' and 'Unconventional Acrylic' winter block courses tutored by Mieke at MAS, Blenheim 

  • 'Le Groupe 2' - collaborative exhibition with Artists of Marlborough - MAS gallery, Blenheim.


  • Finalist with 'Wharariki Forging'  in Peters Doig competition, Blenheim. May 13-June 12

  • MAS members exhibition Sep 15-Oct 7, Blenheim

  • Exhibit of 'Guide me to the Buttercups' in  'Up the Garden path' exhibition at Yealands Estate gallery, Blenheim, Nov 9-Nov 25

  • 'Figure exhibition', MAS Blenheim - several pieces- 7-23 Dec 2018



  • Exhibit of 'Coptic Koro' and 'Ethiopian Hine' in 'Hybridentity' Exhibition at The Refinery Gallery, Nelson, 7-25 Feb

  • Mural 'Bubbles'- Lucas st. - Youth week mural.


  • Resident artist at Hato Paora College, Manawatu.

  • 'How Great Thou Art' Art course for Teens- Manawatu/Marlborough - funding from Creative NZ


  • Exhibit of 'Coptic Koro' and 'Ethiopian Hine' in 'A Licence to Stare' Exhibition at Yealands Estate Gallery, Blenheim, 29 August-20 Sept.

  • Resident artist at Hato Paora College, Manawatu.

  • 'How Great Thou Art' Art course for Teens- Manawatu/Marlborough - funding from Creative NZ.

  • continued tour of 'Piers' in Adam's Foundation Award.



  • 'Piers' - finalist in Adam's foundation Award, National Portrait Gallery, Wellington. Selected for 18 month NZ tour.                                             

                                              New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Wellington, 20 Feb – 25 May 2014

                                              The Pah Homestead, Auckland: 16th June - 17th August 2014

                                              Percy Thomson Gallery, Stratford: 29th August - 27th Sept 2014

                                              Millenium Gallery, Blenheim: 31st Jan - 22nd March 2015

                                              Hastings City Art Gallery: 10th April - 22nd June 2015


  • 'How Great Thou Art' Art course for Teens - funding from Creative NZ.



  • Winner of the 'People's Choice Award' for "Douwe", in the Adams Foundation Award, National Portrait Gallery (Wellington & Auckland). Also chosen for touring exhibtion.

                                        Lopdell House, Titirangi: 19th April – 10th June 2012

                                              Percy Thomson Gallery, Stratford: 25th June – 26th July 2012

                                              Millenium Gallery, Blenheim: 14th December – 30th January 2013

                                              The Suter, Nelson: February – April 2013 



  • Established the "How Great Thou Art" - Tertiary Style Art Program for Teens, with funding from Creative NZ




  • Exhibit of "Lena" in Peter's Doig art Awards, Marlborough Arts Society, (Blenheim)



  •   Finalist with "Romsey" in Adams Foundation award, National Portrait Gallery (Wellington)

                                                                Lopdell House (Auckland)

                                                                          Eastern Southern Gallery (Gore)

                                                                          Hawkes Bay Exhibition Centre (Hastings)


  •  Conceptual work 'Love' in 'Reasons for Being' summer exhibtion, Suter Gallery, Nelson.
  •  Artist in residence - Clifford Bay winery, Marlborough



  •  'A Season' - opening exhibition at Forest Lake Hotel, Brisbane, Aus.


  • BVA  (Bachelor of Visual Arts degree), NMIT, Nelson, NZ. Graduate exhibition - Suter Gallery, Nelson.
  • Finalist in Adams Foundation Award with 'Steve of Te Mahoerangi', National Portrait Gallery (Wellington)

Private art tutor since 2007

Oil painting specialist

Youth work 

Graphic design

Music (Guitar & singing)

Large scale murals

Live theatre


2010 - present

2010 - present

NMIT - Bachelor of Visual Arts

2002- 2004

Painting major

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