Gavin Chilcott was born in Auckland in 1950 and attended Auckland Technical Institute in 1967 followed by three years at Elam, School of Fine Arts, Auckland, from 1968-1970. His first exhibition was at the Barry Lett Gallery in 1976 and since then he has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand and Internationally. He has been a recipient of numerous QEII grants and is represented in all major New Zealand Collections. His works on paper bags span the bridge between art and object, addressing the ethos of the preciousness of art. They are designed to be hung on pins, unframed, and are available as single works or suites of 5 bags that are up to 3 metres in length.