Exhibition 21 – 23 June
Havelock North Community Center

We are often asked if we can sell pre-loved art on behalf of a client who has either downsized or fallen out of love with a piece. In the past we have only ben able to sympathise with them, but now we are delighted to announce we have found an innovative solution, taking our lead from Netflix tidying guru, Marie Kondo.


The Pre-Loved Charity Art Auction is a guilt-free way of disposing of art that no longer “sparks joy” and maybe languishing in the back of your wardrobe or stashed under your bed.. You get to keep half the auction price with the rest being donated to help a struggling local artist. Not only does it help make art accessible, best of all, the artwork has another chance to be loved.

proceeds to go to award winning local artist

Through her art, Susan makes a valuable contribution to society in general and Hawke’s Bay in particular. She has been struggling this past year to pay the rent and recently had to give up her studio and move her workspace to a friend’s garage. Susan is at a tipping point in her career and needs support now.

 Susan is unique in that she works successfully in so many different media: installation, sculpture, painting and photography. Her work shows us the internal emotional states of being human as well as current external impacts on the environment.  In 2015 Susan completed a two month residency in Iceland where her attention was focused on found materials and the environment. Once back in New Zealand she produced an installation at the Hastings City Art Gallery based on that experience. Susan has continued to work with found materials, gathering and documenting materials from Waitangi Regional Park in Hawkes Bay, gaining a local perspective on a global environmental issue.

Susan was born in Waipukurau and grew up in Central Hawkes Bay, leaving the area, to train as a general nurse. Susan has continued to work as a nurse part time over the years whilst bringing up a family and then while studying art. In 2018, she made the decision to leave nursing, after graduating from Eastern Institute of Technology having completed a Master of Professional Creative Practice with distinction.  Susan obtained a Bachelor of Visual Art and Design at Ideaschool, EIT in 2014, being awarded the David Fine Scholarship for creative and academic excellence in 2013 and Top Visual Art Student for studio practice in 2014.

Susan was selected for the New Graduates show at Lakehouse Auckland in 2015 and has had work selected for the NZ National Contemporary Art Award in 2016 and 2017, the Adam Portraiture Award, Molly Morpeth 3D Canaday Award and Uku (Contemporary Ceramics) in 2018 and the Molly Morpeth Canaday Painting and Drawing Award in 2019.  She has work in private collections, including The Wallace Arts Trust.  Susan has exhibited at Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition in Hawkes Bay in 2016 and New Zealand Sculpture on Shore at Takapuna Fort, Auckland in 2014 and 2018.  Susan exhibited at the Hastings City Art Gallery in 2018.

Susan Mabin standing next to her self portrait which was selected for the 2018 Adam Portrait Award

Susan Mabin standing next to her self portrait which was selected for the 2018 Adam Portrait Award

To be the recipient of the fund that Muse Art Gallery is proposing to create would enable me to continue to practice full time as an artist and take away that gut gnawing, wake-you-up-at-3 am, worry about money. This would put me in a better position to pursue my art career and the energy to push it forward to another level.
— Susan Mabin

To help with the auction or arrange art drop off or collection, contact Muse Art Consultant, Kaye McGarva, telephone 06 877 8970 or 027 2899103.

Please, only original art in good condition. Thank you for being part of this wonderful new initiative.