With clean minimal lines, concrete floors and big white walls, Lightworx Gallery by Artbay is a fresh, modern, contemporary gallery with a big city feel. Located in downtown Queenstown this innovative gallery is a national first, featuring Avant-garde works that will inspire, engage and simply wow any audience.
The highest quality in light technology is used to create these spectacular works but more importantly than the advancements of technology is the effect that light, colour and space have on us all. The magical relationship of light and colour will send you into a mediative state and instantly you will feel how these elegant artworks shape your mood, your feelings and your home.
As the colour morphs, so will the mood of your home “Light, colour, tone, saturation, warmth all have a direct effect on our mood; changing our emotions as much as our environment” – Max Patté
Director Pauline Bianchi has curated a cutting-edge exhibition space that feels very unique. Lightworx Gallery showcases New Zealand’s award-winning modern artist's visions and ideas with artworks that are interactive and uplifting.
Meet the Team
“Colour your Life, Love your Art”
Having started out as a freelance Art Consultant, I’m passionate about building relationships with my collectors, sourcing works specifically for them, & keeping them informed on the rare availability of Artworks. My other passion is handpicking every single artwork that hangs on our walls and keeping my eyes peeled for future talent. Over the last 15 years, I’ve seen the value of some of our Artists work, double and triple in price. This provides future on-selling opportunities, with the added investment of the daily enjoyment of having it on your wall. Buying an artwork that you love is the start of a life long relationship, that continues to grow and nurture. I believe that Art does change your life, and makes your house a home. There is so much to be said about loving what you are surrounded by. I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing our gallery give opportunity & accessibility to our visitors & Clients within New Zealand & abroad, to see the best that New Zealand Art has to offer.
‘ Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time ‘ –Thomas Merton
I’m Frances Piacun and I am originally from the Far North of New Zealand. I have been involved in Art and Design from a very young age and in the past 10 years have had Galleries in the Far North and Bay of Islands. I relocated to the amazing location of Queenstown at the beginning of 2014 as an Art Consultant for Artbay Gallery where I am able to share my love of all things beautiful with the wide variety of international cultures represented here. I believe a home is incomplete without the stamp of the owner's handprint, with their Art Choices imprinting the final touches in their home.
Senior Art Consultant - BFA Fine Art
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso
From as long as I remember I have been in love with all things beautiful, luxurious and unique. This visual passion has led me into the luxury world of design, fashion and fine art. I have worked as an Art Consultant both here in New Zealand and Internationally for the past 10 years. Finding works for clients and organizations that align with their values and vision is an absolute pleasure. I am lucky to say that I love what I do, hanging new works for clients and seeing the WOW factor come to life in their own homes, never gets old. Buying art is an escape from the real world. You are buying hours of errors, frustration, joy and beauty.
"It has been said that art is a tryst; for the joy of it, maker and beholder meet" - Kojiro Tomita
Returning home to Queenstown after living in Melbourne, I am blessed to be surrounded by the rich natural beauty of this region. The creativity of the artists represented at Artbay Gallery continue to inspire me daily. Art speaks to each of us differently, often reminding us of special people in our lives, a time, place or sense of occasion. Not only does art enhance our personal spaces, it reflects our individuality. Having a special piece to admire in our daily lives nourishes our soul.
"Creativity takes courage" Henri Matisse
Hailing from Whanganui I have had the most extraordinary life travelling the world and living in far off places. I returned to Queenstown in November 2019. Analytical meets creative; I've had a varied career path that spans from insurance to the arts, to interior design. From my own creative experience, I am aware that for an artist to create and then present their work to the world takes incredible courage. I'm constantly amazed at the talents and achievements of each and every one of the artists we represent. It is my belief that 'your' art collection should mirror your soul; that each piece speaks of a place, a moment in time, a connection.
Gallery Administrator - BA Communication Design
"Art is in the eye of the beholder, and everyone will have their own interpretation." - E. A. Bucchianeri
I have always had a passion for all things creative. With this, I chose to complete my Bachelors of Communication Design in Dunedin and am now harmonising those skills with my love for art here at Artbay Gallery. My role sits where art and design intersect; a role where I help our clients visualise artwork in their homes no matter where they are in the world.