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What is a Gnomologist?

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This year in April the TLC Educational Trust hosted a Creativity Challenge. The theme of the conference was 'Crossing Boundaries'. It attracted a wealth of national and international speakers - the movers and shakers of creativity. Each speaker generously shared their own unique insights and perspectives. 

We recorded these talks so that we could share them with our students, friends, stakeholders and anyone else interested in the subject of creativity.

Henry Sunderland's talk is the first of our recorded talks to be released. He describes himself as a 'gnomologist' and, as you will see, he certainly has a lot of fun while making a serious point!

Creativity Challenge 2015 - Henry Sunderland - A Creative Earth Journey: From garden gnomes and the South Pole from The Learning Connexion on Vimeo.

About Henry Sunderland

Henry teaches design at the Christchurch Polytechnic and Institute of Technology (CPIT). He is a creative lateral thinker and gnomologist with a predilection for the ironic and kitsch.


About Henry's Talk - 'A Creative Earth Journey: From garden gnomes and the South Pole, on art cars and road cones, to guardian G.N.O.M.Es, the North Pole and beyond…'

It is a personal story about standing outside the traditional creative box.

From standing on the South Pole with a garden gnome in 1977 and creating art cars for Christchurch, to asking people to place flowers in road cones, and much more.

About the Creativity Challenge Talks:

We will upload one Creativity Challenge video each week. 

Watch them on our Vimeo channel here.

What did you think of Henry's talk? Let us know by leaving a comment!


  • Mick
    22/12/2016 2:47am (7 years ago)

    He used to be the arts and crafts guy on What Now? in 93/94. His brother Eddie used to do it but he passed away at a young age. Eddie released two how-to books which I believe Henry illustrated.

  • Cathy de Seton
    14/10/2015 2:00pm (9 years ago)

    thanks for this talk, given me heaps to consider...