Wednesday, June 30, 2004

The No. 8 Wire - Issue 7

A fresh edition of the No. 8 Wire…
News about opportunities, projects, events, and ideas for the creative people of Wellington...

Arts on the Air

Did you know Wellington Access Radio has a weekly one hour Arts programme focussing particularly on Wellington artists? If you have an exhibition. performance, movie, special project etc. you'd like Wellington to know about I'd love to do an interview with you. How about trying your hand at doing an interview for the programme? I'd love to "show you the ropes"! If you prefer not to be interviewed we'll include your publicity in the "What's on " Arts calendar at the end of the show.
Tune to 783 AM every Thursday afternoon between 2.00pm and 3.00pm for "Accessing the Arts", Wellington's very own Arts programme.
Looking forward to hearing from you
Veronica Allum.

Contact me, Veronica Allum, at Wellington Access Radio, 783 AM at or telephone me on 04 385 7210


Writers Forum

Standing Ovation presents, as part of the WORDFESTIVAL, a forum for writers, poets, wordsmiths, scriptwriters and illustrators at Thistle Hall, 10 am to 3.30pm on Wednesday 14 July

Come and hear how ----

writing gets published
you get to write for the stage
you get to write for cool mags like ‘Staple’
you get to write for radio
to write for school publications on shore and off shore
PLUS lots of industry information, tips, myths debunked
all this information from
the people in the industry
and from published writers

this is a FREE forum and light lunch, tea and coffee will be served

Phone Monique on 494 0266 to reserve your place

The Forum is made possible by the Ministry of Social Development

The WORDFESTIVAL 13 to 17 July Thistle Hall, Upper Cuba St.
workshops, performances, exhibition, poetry nights, political rants, wordmarket


Orquesta Salvaje at Latinos this Saturday

The band has expanded back to 12 with new vocalist Carlos who played in bands around Acapulco, Mexico. The band are sounding pretty hot and again have some new salsa to surprise you with. It's also 'bien viaje' to a few friends as they head off to Cuba for a month. So come on down to Wellington's only Latin nightclub and check out the luscious latin sounds of Orquesta Salvaje, onstage, live at Latinos!

About Orquesta Salvaje:
A band of Wellington based musicians, Orquesta Salvaje formed in 2001 and play authentic salsa and son in the style of classic salsa bands of the seventies. from the funky Nu Yorican sounds of Ray Barreto, Eddie Palmieri and Mongo Santamaria, the non stop salsa beats of Columbia and the likes of Isidro Infante and Fruko and the classic Cuban sounds of Celia Cruz, they play it. Made up of Jazz School graduates, current Massey Conservatory students and other latin music aficionados the 12 member band matches the classic salsa orquestra line up with congas, bongo, timbale, 4 vocalists/percussionists, a 4 piece brass section, piano and bass. A CD to be out soon ...we hope.....

Orquesta Salvaje at Latinos, corner of Vivian and Tory St, Saturday 3rd July. Latin DJs from 9pm, Orquesta from 10pm till late. Price only $10.
Support local Wellington music/Imparte Salsa! from the Salsadrome and Orquesta Salvaje

New Kiwi film School Seeks Hollywood talent

Some of Hollywood's brightest young people, hand-picked by director Peter Jackson, are expected to be among the first student intake at Massey University's new School of Film. The university has just received $750,000 from Wellington City Council to help with start-up costs. The school, due to open next year, aims to become one of the top film schools in the Southern Hemisphere. Massey deputy vice-chancellor Ken Heskin said it would be an "elite" institution catering for students who wanted to make their mark internationally.

"Among them will be students from Hollywood who would otherwise go to film schools there. We see it as really important that we attract talented students from other countries as well as local ones."

He had spent hours talking with people in the film industry to develop a programme that focused on remedying current weaknesses, such as scriptwriting and entrepreneurial and management skills. Classes would complement those delivered by other national and local providers.

Though both Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh had promised to help with its development – "and make it the best film school in the world" – and Jackson had made a personal promise to help in the selection process, the council was also seen as a strategic partner, Mr Heskin said.

"It fits well with the city's creative vision. And we only need to get one or two more Peter Jacksons to get the money back in spades," Mr Heskin said.

However, city councillor John Morrison said funding the project would not be in the best interests of ratepayers.

"Sure it's sexy and romantic, but what about a school for bricklayers or plumbers?

"I am sure if we told ratepayers we were putting money into a bricklaying school they would wonder what on earth we were on about."
The university is to receive $150,000 a year for the next five years. It is expected the school will take 20 students in certificate, diploma and post-graduate studies, with the first enrolments next year.


Artist Colonies, Retreats, and Residential Communities for Creative People


Artpolotik II

The Word Collective cordially invites you to ARTPOLITIK II an open forum arts debate to be held as part of the 2004 Word Festival. Thursday 15 July 2004 7pm. Join us on this evening of open communication about the health of the artist in New Zealand/Aotearoa. It is a panel based discussion with a roaming mic, hosted by Gemma Gracewood.

An Invitation to Artpolitik II
Word Festival 2004
Thursday 15 July 7pm
Thistle Hall, Cuba Street
2 hours approx
An open Forum art debate


An health check of the Artist.
A response to CNZ’s report A Portrait of the Artist
After 5 years of substantial arts funding and support we ask where is the artist at now? What is the future of the artist in Aotearoa? Have we become too complacent with the rise of extravagant funding or are we still struggling? Is the funding even extravagant? Is there even a ‘we’? Are some of us struggling and some of us sweet?

Who is the artist?
Visual artist, performance artist, craft artist, dance artist, graffiti artist, sound artist, circus artist, musicians, furniture makers, graphic designers. Who knows? Maybe it’s you?

Platforms for the debate:

- employment
- funding and sponsorship
- infrastructure (venues/council support)
- audience response (tyranny of distance/population size)
- marketing vs reality (innovation and “creative capital”)

Invited guests from political organisations and arts and cultural institutions will share their thoughts and ideals on this topic. These institutions include: political parties, theatres, galleries, Playmarket, CNZ, WCC, training institutes, PACE and Arts Access Aotearoa, artists and patrons.

Members of the public and the arts community are invited to forward questions and instigate debate. It will be tactfully and skillfully facilitated by Gemma Gracewood. Followed by live music and informal sharing. Please RSVP by Friday 9 July to this email or telephone Craig on 389 8177


Here Comes Fringe

Fringe NZ have announced the dates for their annual open access 2005 Festival in Wellington. The Festival will run from Friday 11 February through Saturday 5 March (make sure you keep your diaries free for the big opening party on the Friday night!). Anyone interested in participating in the 2005 Festival can register their interest now by emailing Registration will be available on the FringeNZ web site soon.


Artsplash 2004: Wellington’s Young People’s Arts Festival

August 2-13
Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington Convention Centre, Shed 11, Westpac St. James Theatre, Te Papa, Capital E

Each year thousands of student performers and young artists, from all over the Wellington Region, descend on the Michael Fowler Centre for two weeks of high-intensity creative experiences. They come together to perform professionally produced concerts and stage events for a total audience of 25,000 admiring parents, neighbours, and community members. It’s one of Wellington’s great celebrations of talent, youth, and the artistic process!

Artsplash is Wellington’s Young People’s Arts Festival, an annual creative explosion under the Michael Fowler Centre roof—that has become one of Australasia’s largest showcases for young musicians, dancers, dramatic and visual artists. The 2004 programme has grown beyond the Michael Fowler Centre to include a visual art exhibition at Shed 11 in Queen’s Wharf, and a week of drama programming at Te Papa, Capital E, Wellington Convention Centre, and the Westpac St James Theatre. Art, expression, creativity, and unlimited talent: they are the essence of Wellington’s Artsplash Festival!

The comprehensive programme is about celebrating the talented primary and intermediate level students in the lower North Island. But it’s also about recognising their teachers and the extremely dedicated co-ordinators who help light the creative spark in our youth, and then encourage that fire to keep burning. Together, they create, rehearse, plan, and collaborate to put Artsplash on the stage and in our city. The result is New Zealand’s largest annual festival for the young and talented, and a jewel in the crown of Wellington’s cultural calendar.

The 17th annual celebration takes place from August 2 to 13, and most of the performances are open to all audiences. You don’t have to be a parent, friend, or neighbour to join us for this unique opportunity. Mark your calendar, and set aside some time to experience how today’s students express themselves and their culture through the arts. Be in the audience at the Michael Fowler Centre, Shed 11, or St James Theatre and see how young people make a splash with music, choir, kapa haka, dance, theatre, and the visual arts!


TAKE : 001

A programme of one take videos at Enjoy
Presented by Louise Tulett
Saturday July 3
12 – 5 Full programme of videos will screen all day
Featuring: Nick Archer, Chris Ashforth, Fiona Bartlett, Kaleb Bennett, Caroline Bindon , Gary Bridle, Barry Bryant, Andy Chappell, Deon Cotgrove, Douglas Crane, Ed Davis, Michelle de Silva, Daniel du Bern, Arama Eruera, James Findlater, Regan Gentry, Sandy Gibbs, Darcy Gladwin, Terrence Handscomb, Mark Harvey, Colin Hodson, Amy Howden-Chapman, Alison Jones, Rose Kirkup, Campbell Kneale, Ruth Korver, Maddie Leach, Min lee, Janet Lilo, Emil McAvoy, Lissa Mitchell, Amanda Newall, Kim Paton, Stuart Shepherd, Bevan Smith, Aloius Woodhouse

6 p.m. Performance & Closing Party
Kahu and Lachii
A film by Ed Davis with live soundtrack by Kahu
“I want to make a show of screenings about the decision to press record and the decision to stop.” – curator, Louise Tulett

This is the third and final instalment of the TAKE: 001 screening programme, a programme of one take videos presented in association with the LENGTH series. Coinciding with the last weekend of LENGTH, the entire selection of video’s will screen in the gallery from 12 – 5. Present in the space will be another series long project, Katja Fabig & James Keene’s installation Floored. The meeting of these two projects for the last day of LENGTH is a triumphant finale to a series dedicated to the investigation of time in relation to art practice and its presentation.
To see the schedule go to
With a hard copy programme available from the gallery.

At 6 p.m. Kahu, Tristan Dingemans of HDU, will perform a live sound track to the Film Lachii by Ed Davis. The presentation of this collaborative work between filmmaker and musician is a grand culmination to the TAKE:001 project. Kahu, known for his immersive performance will play for the length of Davis’ video, shot with an equal consideration for continuous experience.

Enjoy Public Art Gallery
Level 1, 174 Cuba Street
Ph 04 384 0174

Coming in the Next Edition of the No. 8 Wire:

Allan Prangnell, Senior Policy Advisor at Wellington City Council, offers an update on the new Arts Centre

The much promised invitation to participate in the Art-o-mat Project

Details on Artefacts: Wellington Artist Profile Project

Summary of projects recently awarded funding through the Council's Creative Communities, and details on how you can apply for the September grant round

Tips on using the free Google News Alert

Drive by Art update: about to hit the street!


Comments, questions, corrections, requests, news, favourite recipes…
Please send to

Eric Vaughn Holowacz
Community Arts Co-ordinator
Wellington City Council / Wellington Arts Centre
P. O. Box 2199
Wellington, New Zealand
04-385-1929 / 027-416-2190