SEA STAR STUDIO is a Fine Art Pop-Up Gallery, Sports and Holistic Therapy Studio and Shop, located at 12 Ferry Street, Seatoun, Wellington, run by mother and daughter team: Stephanie Sinclaire Lightsmith and Katherine Wyeth.
If you’re in Wellington please come and stop by! We are open by appointment but we are never far away so last minute drop-ins welcome.
Stephanie and Katherine come from a lineage of female artists stretching back generations and continuing in Katherine’s daughter, Arielle. Stephanie’s background is originally in painting and curating for international art exhibitions in London. Stephanie was Associate Director of The King’s Head Theatre in London with her husband, Founder and Artistic Director Dan Crawford until his death in 2006 and then for a further 7 years before passing the baton in 2014. From the mid nineties she has also been writing, directing and producing for film & theatre. Completed film work includes her feature film “Silence Becomes You”, which Stephanie wrote, directed and produced, and her documentary “A Maverick in London” (link below).
Katherine was raised at the King’s Head Theatre and her childhood was spent on the London stage as a lead in plays in musicals. She subsequently trained as a sports and holistic therapist while completing her Honours degree in Animal Science. Since moving to New Zealand in 2010 with her kiwi husband Fraser, she has continued to develop her therapy practice while co-running Sea Star Studio and directing, writing and producing film. Her love and respect for animals and the natural world, her experiences of animism and concerns with social justice inform her creative work.
Stephanie’s work has been exhibited internationally and won multiple awards including the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Award for ‘contribution to the arts and the pursuit of excellence’ presented by Her Majesty and Lord Attenborough at the Royal Academy in 2002. She has written and taught extensively on the importance of creativity and developed a system of healing through art that was trialled in England and America.
Click on the link for Stephanie’s documentary of the iconic Kings Head Theatre, a hot-bed of creativity supporting the early careers of Hugh Grant, Clive Owen, Alan Rickman, Joanna Lumley and others, which was founded by Stephanie’s late husband Dan Crawford in 1970 and has since been a leading light in London theatre: A MAVERICK IN LONDON (one hour–shown on Sky Arts and Channel Four)
A MAVERICK IN LONDON
LOCATION: 12 Ferry Street, SEATOUN 6022, WELLINGTON, N.Z.