Debbie was born in Tasmania and has aboriginal ancestry. She moved permanently to New Zealand in her twenties and has been sculpturing since 1999. She works full- time as a sculptor and tutor from her studio/gallery in York Street, Timaru.  Predominantly exhibiting in the South Canterbury region, but also in Italy in 2004 where she did a resident sculpture course working in marble and alabaster. Debbie’s unique sculptures grace homes locally and internationally; and she has done numerous commissions .


Artist Statement

From the moment I first picked up a hammer and chisel sculpting has been my passion and obsession. Sculptures and rocks are always twisting and turning in my mind, inspired not only by the way they look but also the way they feel.  The stone sometimes has a mind of its own, other times the sculptures I create are a reflection of my life, a way of expressing myself and sometimes a bit of both.  Having worked in many different mediums over the years, Bluestone (Basalt) has me in ‘its grip’ at the moment.  The natural beauty that emulates from the stone just amazes me.. It is a natural resource that is quarried in Timaru, is a part of the local shoreline and hills.


Debbie Templeton-Page : Things of note over the years:


  • Selected for inclusion in the ‘Cleveland Living Arts’, in Dunedin.
  • Merit Award from South Canterbury Arts Society, Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru.

      2003     St Mary’s Church, sculpture ‘Peace’ [Lime Stone].

  • Exhibited at the Centro d’arte Verrocchio, Italy.

2004     Guest artist  at the Aigantighe for the South Canterbury  Arts Society              

                   exhibiition, Westpac Art Awards.

  • Merit Award from South Canterbury Arts Society, Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru.

2005     First Prize in the Waimate Art Society Exhibition, Waimate.

  • Timaru District Council for the entrance of the new office building, sculpture     ‘Destiny ‘[Bluestone].
  • Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru purchased for the gallery collection the sculpture    ‘Love’, [Alabaster].
  • Waimataitai school’s Jubilee- sculpture ‘Gali’ [Bluestone], unveiled by                                      
          Prime  Minister ‘Helen Clark’.                
  • St Josephs , Jubilee- sculpture ,Temuka. ‘Gods Hands’ [Limestone] 

2008     ‘BRONZE’ 3.20m high bluestone sculpture commissioned by Raymond ,Sullivan , 

              McGlashan and gifted to Timaru as part of the firms 125th anniversary. Placed at    
              the top of the main street of Timaru town,over looking Caroline Bay.

     2009     ‘ZOLIEKAH’2m high bluestone sculpture, commissioned for the town of Oxford,

                    Placed on the main street.

     2009      ‘MORGAN’ Commissioned by Gareth Morgan for Holme Station Homestead.

     2009       Solo Exhibition

       2009       ‘WHIPSPERS OF ANGELS’ for St Marys Church ,Timaru
       2009       Guest artist, Trust Aoraki Art Awards, Aigantighe Art Gallery.
       2010      Guest artist, A.S.A. 46th Exhibition@Ashburton Public Art Gallery.
       2010      ‘ATHENA’, bluestone sculpture commission for North Haven child care centre and  
                     placed in their grounds at Arthur St, Timaru.
       2011      Sculpture award S.C Art Exhibition at the Aigantighe Art Gallery
       2011      Lake Tekapo bought 2 ½ meter Bluestone Sculpture to be placed between the Lake
                     and the Shops (still to be placed)
       2012      Award at Ashburton Arts Exhibition in the Main Council Art Gallery
       2012      Award at the Aigantighe Art Gallery S.C Art Award.
       2012      T.D.C has put 2 large Basalt sculptures of mine at Caroline Bay
       2012      Public Sculpture for ANZCO Foods Ashburton.
       2012      Large Basalt Sculpture commission to U.S.A (3/4 ton)
       2012      2nd Solo Exhibition.
       2013      Bluestone Lady Sculpture presented to Lady Mateparae for Government
                     House by Major Janie Annear.
       2013      Joint Exhibition “Nature’s Trails” with Galina Kim at Bryce Gallery, Christchurch