Wednesday, October 06, 2004

The No. 8 Wire - Issue 15

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Innovative student photography project to exhibit new images created by students at Wellington High School

Creative educator and community arts activist Julie Esh had a unique idea for Wellington: give disposable cameras to high school boys, ask them to become researchers and visual thinkers, and then get them capturing scenes from their daily lives and the world as they see it. She called her project “Boys Life”, and solicited the help of local businesses, teachers, and Wellington City Council’s Community Arts office.

Thanks to a generous response, and a group of creative students from Wellington High School, the project took shape in September 2004. The results – dozens of photographic essays about what it’s like to be a young person in New Zealand’s capital city -- will be on view at the Wellington Main Library from October 11 to 17. The public is invited to meet the young photographers at the opening reception on Monday, 11 October at 6pm.

“I tried to encourage the boys to speak for themselves instead of being passive subjects,” said Esh, “and empower them to articulate their emotions, think about photography in a more personal light, and share their identity.”

Instead of framing the world according to adult perceptions of teenage boys and the adolescent world, Esh’s project encouraged the participants to document their own perceptions of life as young people. It also provided a forum for them to be creative, engaged, and aware of visual elements.

“While there are many photographers documenting their own interpretation of youth culture and young people, the Boys Life project allows the students to speak for themselves,” said Esh. “It asks the boys to develop their own thoughts and conclusions, and present the visual information that they feel is important.”

Eric Holowacz, Community Arts Co-ordinator for Wellington City Council immediately saw the benefits of the Boys Life project.

“Projects like Boys life and the photography process also help instil a sense of confidence in the participants,” said Holowacz. “helping them realize their creative potential, become more expressive, and think about identity, relationships, and the world around us.”

Holowacz helped Esh get the project off the ground, and notes that this project is a good indication that the creative city is constantly happening all around us.

The Boys Life project would not have been possible without the generous support of Wellington High School, Photography by Woolf, Art’s OK, Photech, Gordon Harris, Wellington Photographic Society, and the Main Library.

Student work from the Boys Life project will be displayed at the Wellington City Library from October 11-17. For more information about this project and exhibition, contact Julie Esh on 021.250.0645 or by email at



The Wellington International Jazz Festival, version 8, is about to break out all over the place, and the official programme has hit the streets. Reserve your Labour Weekend for a Massive Music Marathon, and all the other great jazz events from October 15 through 30. The programme includes free Sunday afternoon concerts (October 17 and 24) in Frank Kitts Park, free Big Band Lunch Breaks on Wednesdays (October 20 and 27) in Civic Square, and free Saturday Jazz with Zirkus Big band and The Dixie Dudes at Te Papa (October 23). Wellington: Music in Tune, a recent documentary by Paris-based film-maker Simone Audissou will screen for free at Te Papa’s Soundings Theatre on Saturday, October 23 at 2:30pm. The new Film Archive Mediaplex is also planning a series of free jazz-related films for Monday, October 25. Grab an instrument and bring the little ones to the Jazz Family jam, a fun free event for all ages, where music-makers can play along and improvise at Te Papa’s Marae (Sunday, October 24 at 1pm). And that doesn’t even touch on the main stage programming and concerts at Happy. See item 15. 14 below for details on main stage concerts.

Pick up the brochure, then pick your favourite events, and make late October the season of Jazz. Call the festival on 04-385-9602 or send email to to request a programme.



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New Zealand Premiere Continues at Bats Theatre through 16th October

“In the passion to create something out of myself, was I
too made creative only by Hitler?” – Albert Speer

Albert Speer is a finely crafted epic play that explores the relationship between personal stories and history – and is having its New Zealand premiere at Bats Theatre, now through 16 October. David Edgar, one of Britain’s leading playwrights wrote Albert Speer for the National Theatre in London – and was premiered in 2000 as an acclaimed production.

This must see play is based on Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth by Gitta Sereny, a best-selling biography that delves deeply into some of the greatest mysteries of the Nazi period. How did Speer, a highly intelligent, talented young architect become such close friends with Hitler, and how could he claim at the Nuremberg trials that he knew nothing about the massacre of the Jews? The play is both a fantastic story and a deep examination of the human psyche.

Albert Speer ricochets through fifty years of history, from the Nuremberg rallies to the Nuremberg trials, from Berlin to the Ukraine, from the bleakness of Spandau Prison to the glamour of post-war publishers’ parties.

Director David O’Donnell (nominated as best director at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards for The Sojourns of Boy (1999) and Irish Annals of Aotearoa (2001)) is staging Albert Speer in epic fashion. Paul McLaughlin (recently seen at Circa starring in Speed the Plough and Cloud Nine) plays Speer with one of the largest and most impressive ensembles to be seen in Wellington for some time, including Bill Walker as Hitler. Their dynamic presence co-ordinated with the thrilling design of Martyn Roberts will present a refreshing twist to the apocalyptic imagery of World War II and its aftermath.

Performances: through 16th October at 7.30pm, Sunday shows at 6pm, with 2pm matinee on Saturday the 9th (no shows Mondays).

BATS Theatre
1 Kent Terrace
bookings 802 4175
office 802 4176



Promenade Artists, the organisers of the Murals on Traffic Signal Boxes Scheme are seeking artists for the next ten signal boxes in Wellington's CBD. Here is a chance to make a design and get your work on the streets.

"We have the funding from a WCC Arts and Cultural Grant; we have selected the signal boxes in association with WCC Traffic Management officers; all we need now are the artists" says Kristelle Plimmer, the Creative Director of the scheme.

"Artists receive all the materials and small honorarium in addition to having their work in the public arena. It is a way of enlivening the built environment as well as creating opportunities for both artist and pedestrian."

Traffic Signal boxes are the beige structures found at every intersection controlled by traffic lights. They are so ubiquitous that most people don’t notice them most of the time. Two signal boxes, one on the corner of Victoria and Mercer Streets, and one on Willis Street facing into Mercer Street, were used for the initial designs as a trial of the scheme. These have proved popular with the public, and Promenade Artists are ready to commission more creative designs.

"We have funding for the next ten, but there are hundreds of these in the city and environs – each one of them is waiting for a local artist and a unique design."
Besides making the urban experience more interesting, another objective of the project is to commission art that reflects the area around the signal box.

This is the kind of small-scale project that has big creative returns," said Eric Holowacz, the Council's Community Arts Co-ordinator. "It shows how the simple addition of art can make us more aware of our environment, how unique designs can reflect who we are, and how a creative city develops and celebrates its sense of place."

Interested artists should contact Kristelle Plimmer on 385-0909 or by Email to for information on how to participate. Alternatively, the Wellington Arts Centre, currently located in the Oriental Bay Rotunda can provide complete details of the scheme. Contact Eric Holowacz on 385-1929 with queries.



In association with Wellington Architecture Week, Enjoy Gallery has been presenting a week-long sound installation by Bevan Smith. The closing party and performance is this Saturday October 9 at 6p.m.

For his first time foray into installation, internationally recognised musician Bevan Smith will work with recording software and the gallery space to create an interactive installation considering the particular aural qualities of architectural spaces. A computer software technique called 'convolusion', whereby a physical space can be plotted and recorded aurally, will be used to create these spaces.

Visitors will be able to speak or sing through a range of architectural spaces and elements which Bevan Smith has recorded from around Wellington. Each day the space will change from the Adam Art Gallery, the Massey Great Hall, The Enjoy Stairwell and various building materials, steel concrete and wood. There will also be an archive so visitors can compare the sound they made through that day’s space, to the other spaces throughout the week.

In conjunction with closing drinks, Smith will perform live with Dino Karlis on Saturday October 9 starting at 6 p.m. Smith and Karlis will interface directly with the architecture of the gallery, creating a live environment for considering the impact of sound on our understanding of space.

Gallery Hours:
Monday through Friday: 12 – 6pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12 – 5pm

Enjoy Public Art Gallery
Level one, 174 Cuba Street
384 0174



Team Salsa Fundraiser

Evita Tango Milonga. St James

Salsadrome Showcase.

Wellington Spring Tango Ball

First taking on NZ, then the Aussies - on their own turf!

The journey begins on Saturday 9th October at the national salsa champs in Auckland. Then two weeks later we travel to Sydney, as the first NZ dance troupe ever to be invited to compete at the Sydney Latin Fiesta - also vying for a spot at the 2005 LA Salsa Congress.

To support us in our quest for world domination, some of Wellington's hottest musical & dancing talent are coming together in a spicy mix of salsa, samba, merengue, lambada, tango, cha cha, scorching hot live music, sizzling dance demonstrations, scrummy cocktails, delicious authentic tapas, and our wonderful, warm Wellington hospitality. Featuring The Batucada Ninja Squad, Conjunto Salvaje, the Sambalicious Dancers...

Please book out your calendar for Friday 1st October, at Latinos Bar - kicking off the party at 9pm.
Door sales only - $10.00.
Your support will be greatly appreciated!

2) Evita! St James Theatre's Jimmy Bar: Monday Night Milonga. (Admission Free)
"When Peron is elected president, Eva becomes the most powerful woman in South America, and either loved or loathed depending on your viewpoint. However her career was short-lived when she succumbed to cancer at the age of 33, in 1952."
The Cast were taught to Tango and came to love the music and the dance. As part of the build up the promoters and the St James with The Salsadrome and Tango Bar are holding a Monday night Milonga. (October 4th) A short intro lesson in Tango by Roberto at 7:30-7:45 and a selection of Tango music by DJs Jazzy Geoff and Roberto till 10:30pm or so.
The fabulous cast is headed by JOSIE WALKER, star of many shows in London's West End (including CATS, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and THE BEAUTIFUL GAME) who will play Eva, Canadian RICK MILLER as Che (who was last seen in Auckland in late 2003 as the brilliant MACHOMER), award-winning Kiwi GEORGE HENARE (as Peron), 18-year-old Idol finalist JESSIE CASSIN as The Mistress, and Grant Bridger as nightclub singer Magaldi.

3) Salsadrome Showcase Cuban Styles Dance Party....Friday October 8th
Bookings are steady, but there are still plenty of seats left. Two bands, Live music for nearly 3 hours, large dance space (With the tiered seating in use there is more dance floor than a normal salsadrome!) four dance performances (3-5 minutes each in length) This is going to be a great night of latin dance, sights and sounds. Plus a short demo by international Gold medallist and 5 times all China Champion, Meastra Shi Mei Lin. Salsa sounds from DJ Zebrita.
Doors open from 8PM, Show starts 8:30 sharp. Don't miss this year’s top local Latin Show.
Tickets $12 and $15..... book/reserve by email now. (You'll need to be at the venue by 8:15 to pay for and pick up e-mail booked tickets, or we have to sell them if door sales demand them.

8:30 short Tango Argentino performance
8:35 Calle Cuba and dancing.
9:30 Rueda: Salsa Magic.
9:35 Maestra Shi Mei Lin (International Gold medallist in Wushu)
9:40 Rumberas y Rumberos...with live rumba music from the Orquesta.
9:40 Orquesta Salvaje & dancing.
11:30 pm onwards DJ Zebrita.
1:00am fin.

4) Wellington Spring Tango Ball - St James theatre's Jimmy Bar.
Sunday 19th October :
For the post EVITA experience, come and show Wellington how the Tango is done at this elegant venue.
A rare opportunity to take over the St James and Tango into the night.

Tango lesson if you've seen tango and now want to try it out included 7:00pm- 7:30pm - Dance from 7:30pm-12pm . So come along, dress to impress, enjoy the St James' fantastic dance floor, great cocktails - and dance the night away...With classic tangos from DJ Frio and other guest DJs...Tango with a little swing and salsa/bossa nova breaks.

Sunday 19th October only $10 Cover charge.



City Gallery Wellington, Friday 8 October at 1pm

In the final event in our Writers on Fridays series, members of the IIML's MA Scriptwriting workshop present dramatised readings from work-in-progress. In this sessions actors will perform selections from a range of new work produced this year under the guidance of workshop convenor Ken Duncum. The 2004 workshop includes writers already known for their work in a variety of fields: experienced actor/short film director Geoffrey Clendon, actor/playwrights Matthew Saville (The Boxer) and Vanessa Rhodes (Where are you My Only One?), researcher/historian Megan Ritchie, young adult novelist Mandy Hager and 'chick noir' writer Donna Wright, Listener journalist Bianca Zander, soon-to-be-Shortland-Street-writer Chris Bennett, documentary maker Marian Evans (Sister Galvan), and short film/prose writer Wiremu Grace (Turangawaewae). The line-up for each event is as follows:

8 October: Marian Evans, Wiremu Grace, Megan Ritchie, Matthew Saville, Donna Wright.

All Writers on Fridays events are hosted by the International Institute of Modern Letters. They are open to the public and free of charge, and no booking or rsvp is required. We are grateful to City Gallery Wellington for their support.



Coming to the Michael Fowler Centre for a once only New Zealand performance, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea brings 'Korean Fantasy'. In this truly unique experience, a cast of 40 will perform ten traditional dances with passion and magic rarely seen today. You will be touched by the powerful yet soothing performance. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the acclaimed ‘National Dance Company of Korea’ perform this amazing show.

09 October at 7.30 pm
Tickets available from Ticketek



If you are looking for an outlet to promote your event, workshop, happening, or art project, get a listing in the Feeling Great monthly publication and website. Deadline for the November edition of “Feeling Great” is fast approaching, and those wishing to submit information should send all details to

Caroline Mastreani
Marketing & Publications Co-ordinator
Recreation Wellington
Wellington City Council
801 3459
801 3635



Call for proposals February – December 2005
For the development of its first annual programme, Enjoy Gallery is calling for proposals for February – December 2005.
As an organisation dedicated to facilitating both emergent practice as well as being active in hosting experimental projects by more established artists, the 2005 programme will reflect these dual aims by welcoming in a new roving series of projects generated by Enjoy Gallery along side our traditional format of proposal-based programming. This annual schedule will also include a seminar week and performance week, two events highly successful in 2004.
With no title or series-style structure, proposals for the 2005 programme should address concerns of individual/or group practice in contemporary art and society.
Please note the standard exhibition period is 3 weeks, however Enjoy welcomes projects of varied duration.
Proposals are due at Enjoy by 6pm Friday October 27 2004. Please go to for information about submitting a proposal, and contact Enjoy to discuss your proposal prior to submission.

Summer residency, January 1- February 14 2005
The Summer Residency exists to provide artists with the opportunity to work on a specific project within the Enjoy gallery space. It is a valuable opportunity for artists to conceive, develop and realise a project that is site responsive in both its physical location and temporality.
As put, a residency is a time of stay, and accordingly this year Enjoy asks for proposals considering the social and political relations of such a working space. For the 2005 Residency we seek to initiate a programme that takes these initial relationships as its core subject matter. Arguably, a current hope for Contemporary Art is it’s offering of a potential space for new social inventions, responding to the tenant that social processes offer some of the most fluid and interesting readings of our contemporary environment. When combined with a fine art process, a generative, dynamic structure for investigation is able to evolve.
We invite artists to propose projects that engage with Enjoy as a gallery space and a contemporary art organization. Enjoy becomes a physical and organizational space in which the resident employs a process. The desire being to examine, inform and explore community, social, architectural and political relationships. Proposals for imaginative community relations involving participatory, collaborative structures are encouraged.
The Residency is just over six weeks in total. Studio open days are an integral part of the Residency and the artist is required to be present in the gallery for a minimum of three half days per week which are open to the public. The participating artist/s is required to produce some form of exhibition/event as a result of the time spent working in the gallery and to give a floor talk during the residency. Exhibition time is flexible, however, and Enjoy is open to negotiation regarding the division of the Residency into studio and exhibition time.
Proposals for the Summer Residency will be selected for their relevance to the programme concept and should closely regard the mission statement of Enjoy. Proposals should contain enough information to communicate the idea or concept.
Information should include:
-A written explanation of the project, its themes, rationale and how it relates to the theme and addresses the politics of space, particularly the Enjoy environment.
- Documentation of practice, past work is acceptable
Enjoy recognises that the Summer Residency is a project that will develop within the gallery and therefore at the proposal stage may be a somewhat unresolved project. However, if you have ideas for use of the space, it will be useful to include an indication of these on a floor plan.
Please note that Enjoy prioritises art as experience, the use of explanatory text is discouraged unless it is inherent to the concept. See the website for a floorplan. Proposals due no later than 6pm on 27 October 2004
If you have any further questions please contact:
Jessica Reid at
Enjoy Public Art Gallery
Level one, 174 Cuba Street
384 0174



End the week with a Double CD Release party: Francesca Mountfort / John White…
Get to Happy this Friday, Oct 8, by 8pm…
Francesca Mountfort's "Nervous Doll Dancing" is a magically dark account of soundtracks and scapes of cello-induced samples and performances. As a live version, Francesca enrolls the assistance of chiming clocks and music boxes.
John White's album "Mogwash" is the second solo departure from Dunedin Pop'n'roll band Mestar. It was recorded in Berlin last year with technical and musical help from fellow members of Cloudboy. In a similar vein to first album "Balloon Adventure", twee guitar songs of repetition and side-stepping are the main agenda, this time introducing Mogwash as the star of the show.
Mestar's Stef Animal will be playing songs off an upcoming album and
Rascolnikovs/Users Justin Bar a.k.a Jelly, will be joining all three for a sonic jam to end the evening.
$8 Entry, $15 with 1 cd, $20 with 2 cds

Corner Vivian and Tory Streets
384 1965





Jazz it up at the Montana Wellington International Jazz Festival
The programme has been launched and the count down has begun. Opening on 15 October, the annual two-week jazz festival is now into it’s eight year. The festival brings international acts to the capital and draws from a buzzing musical hive of local talent.

The Festival’s main programme features a schedule of over 40 events ranging in style from the ever charming jazz standards to avant cabaret, from free jazz to funky dance grooves.

This year’s international acts include:
• Miles Davis’ ex saxophonist Dave Liebman who blows into town for a one-off concert, performing with the Guilfoyle-Nielsen Trio from Dublin
• Amy X Neuburg from the USA, who has been compared, by the New York Press, to (Meredith) Monk and Björk
• JJ Milteau, winner of numerous French Grammys will perform his legendary blues, R’n’B and soul harmonica with his quintet
• Italian, Carlos Actis Dato, one of Europe’s leading saxophonists, will perform with his quartet.

And from out own shores the festival presents; Wellington’s jazz diva, Deva Mahal; New Zealand’s leading jazz pianist Jonathon Crayford; the father daughter combo of Jim & Rosie Langabeer, Anthony Donaldson and the Flower Orphans anticipated concert and the stunning voice of Leila Adu.

See jazz in an intimate club environment of Happy where you can get close to the music, go to one of the bigger jazz concerts at the Ilott Theatre, watch jazzy films, attend one of the free waterfront concerts, join the family jazz jam at Te Papa or simple soak up jazz day or night in any one of the cafes, bars or restaurants participating in the Radio Active Labour Weekend Music Marathon.

From opening to closing night there’s something very jazzy for everyone. Be part of it.

Pick up a programme from all the usual outlets or go to

Tickets range from $10-$40 and can be purchased from Ticketek.





And Jack


The Laudanum Kiss

JBS Productions and The Weathergirls present an evening of film and theatre at Victoria Unviersity’s studio 77…

Thurs 7th October - Sat 9th October at 7pm
Studio 77,
77 Fairlie Tce
Bookings: 463-5359
Koha Entry

The Laudanum Kiss
Created and performed by Mia Arts, Sophie Dingemans, Fflur Morgan and Judith Parker

On Monday the 12th of August 1895 at 8:02am a 50 year old Scottish immigrant became the first and only woman in New Zealand to be executed. Her charge was infancticide, her sentence death by hanging. Her name is Minnie Dean.

“ You children better behave or I’ll send you to Minnie Dean!”

“Minnie Dean ‘ll get you.”

“She used to stick knitting needles in their heads and hatpins in their eyes!.”

You know how she got caught, there was blood dripping out of her hatbox.”

Minnie Dean’s business of adopting and finding homes for illegitimate and unwanted children threatened the Victorian ideal of motherhood as every woman’s true calling. This, combined with her globally publicized trial turned Minnie Dean into a scapegoat for all the fornication and illegitimacy occurring in the Victorian colonial society of her time. Informed by both the factual realities of Minnie Dean’s life and the aspects of folk lore which now surround her The Laudanum Kiss examines how the distorting mirror of public exposure transformed Minnie Dean from a poor Southland baby farmer to a figure of national folk lore.

And Jack
A film by Jonny Thompson, Brannavan Gnanalingam, Steve Wakeem.

Perception is everywhere. How we interact with the people we share our lives with is in accordance with who we perceive those people to be. But what if you knew another side of someone, a side known only to someone else? Who then would you perceive that person to be, and indeed, could you then say that you know that person at all? And Jack is a film that explores the concept of perception through interweaving stories all containing a central character, Jack. Often funny and engagingly awkward, the stories unfold to reveal how Jack is perceived through the eyes of those who share different parts of his life.

You don’t know Jack, do you?



Enhance your Presence and Lift Up Your Voice

Local theatre anc choral practitioner, Bert van Dijk is offering a 1-day workshop in Presence and 2-day workshop in Voice and Song later this month…

Tired of your attachment to the misery of the past?
Sick of being worried about the future?
Why not rediscover this amazing thing called Presence?
Based upon the best of Eastern and Western theatre expertise I have developed a sparkling new program that will give you an immediate and sensual access to the wondrous world of this moment.

Dates: Oct 22
Venue: Thistle Hall, corner of Cuba St & Arthur St
Times: 10.00 – 16.00
Cost: $45.00


Afraid to let out the full power and scope of your Voice?
In need of a more economic way of breathing?
Wanting to shape your sounds better?
Eager to improvise?
Interested in new and creative ideas for composition?
This workshop is for you!

Spread the word amongst your network of friends and colleagues.

Dates: Oct 30 & 31
Venue: Te Whaea, 11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown
Times: 10.00 – 16.00
Cost: $150.00 / $100.00

Learn more by contacting Bert van Dijk on 233-2090 or



In February 2004 the first Muestra de Cine de Nueva Zelandia (NZ Film Exposition) was held in Cuba showcasing 35 years of New Zealand film for audiences in Havana. Beginning this week Wellington’s Paramount Theatre returns the favour with Si! Cuba!, a survey of 35 years of Cuban cinema. Ten feature films, and several shorts, have managed to get here despite the best efforts of the United States sanctions and Hurricane Charley, and the Paramount is proud to be showing them over the two weeks commencing Thursday October 7.

The programmes are available across town, and online:

Tickets are on sale now for all screenings.



An attractive new residency has been established by the Richard and Sophie Nicoll Trust, based in London, for the benefit of Australian and New Zealand writers and artists.

The Rathcoola residency is available to writers and artists resident in Australia or New Zealand who would like to pursue their work in Ireland. Each year one writer and one artist who have successfully applied for the residency will, for six months (beginning either in January or July), live in the residency apartment at Rathcoola, in Donoughmore which is approximately seventeen miles north west of Cork city. As well as accommodation (including en suite bathroom) and studio space, successful applicants will be offered a stipend which will be the equivalent of $A20000, a return economy airfare to Cork, and use of a car.

The first residency will commence on 1 July 2005, while Cork is the European Capital of Culture, and will last six months. The second will begin in early January 2006. The closing date for applications for both residential periods is 30th November 2004.

Rathcoola is a large refurbished country house built for the Right Honourable Horatio Townsend in 1752, and named after the river that flows through the property. It was later owned by a Reverend Cotter who was noted for giving food to local peasants during the famine if they would agree to become Protestants. By 1900 the property was owned by the Catholic Church and eventually fell into private hands. It is set in substantial grounds and has a walled garden with 150 year old apple trees. There are pubs and villages nearby.

For further information about the terms and conditions of the residency and how to apply, go here



The Rodríguez-Amat Art Foundation is a non profit-making institution that invites artists from all over the world to spend time at its residential centre for contemporary art in Spain. If you are looking for an opportunity in Catalonia, and want a temporary home and studio space, look into this opportunity. The centre also houses an art gallery, auditorium, and hosts regular meetings for creative people. Check it out at
or write to

17466 Les Olives (Garrigoles) El Baix Empordà. Catalonia, Spain.



The Wellington Children's Book Association in association with Random House and the International Institute of Modern Letters is pleased to announce an evening with Anne Fine. Anne Fine has just finished her term as Children's Laureate of Great Britain. A multi award winner of very good Children's and Adult books. This is a must attend for everyone interested in Children's literature. Anne will be in conversation with Kate de Goldi.

When:Wednesday 13th October 7pm
Where: Lecture Theatre One. Rutherford House. Bunny St. Wellington Tickets $8 Adults $5 WCBA members and children, available from The Children's Bookshop Kilbirnie phone 387 3905 (or at the door)



The Extraordinary Dowse Foundation Art Auction
Friday, 8 October at 6:30pm
The Dowse, Laings Rd, Lower Hutt

Please join us to celebrate the launch of The Extraordinary Dowse Foundation Auction, showcasing over 190 works by leading NZ artists including painting, sculpture, glassware, jewellery, ceramics, furniture and even top fashion for sale.

All works on display have been provided by artists who knew and worked with former director of The Dowse, Galvan Macnamara (previously James Mack). Funds raised will go toward a memorial to Macnamara as part of the Athfield Architects-designed redevelopment of The Dowse next year. For further information, check

Silent Auction : One third of the items may be bid through a silent auction, which runs from Saturday 9th October to 2pm on Saturday 30th October.

Live Auction : The live auction takes place at The Dowse at 4pm on Saturday 30th October.

Want details? Contact



Mesiner Acting Class at Film School in Newtown...

There are still places available in the new part-time 6 month Meisner Acting course starting Monday 11th October AT The Film School in Newtown. It is challenging and fun program for both professional actors and those wanting to explore their creativity in an instinctive and pragmatic environment. Contact Barbara Woods on or (027) 548 7053 for more information.



International Exhibition Attendants Needed for New Zealand Pavilion—Venice Biennale 2005

Creative New Zealand wishes to appoint four New Zealand curators to work as part of the team in the New Zealand exhibition pavilion at Venice.

The Venue Attendant role will involve acting as an ambassador for New Zealand in the Pavilion during the Biennale, and a variety of other responsibilities including: general exhibition management, public programming and interpretation, care and maintenance of the exhibition and visitor and security monitoring. The successful attendants will need to be confident, personable, conscientious, diligent, and reliable. They must also be able to work in a foreign environment such as Venice without being distracted by the ambience, energy and the general ‘tourist’ atmosphere.

The attendant positions are for a period of approximately seven weeks each, between June and November 2005 (official dates are yet to be announced). Creative New Zealand will provide return economy air travel, accommodation and a per diem for the period of the contract. Attendants will be required to source other forms of support for their trip, which could be provided in various forms by their employer.

Applications for these positions will close on Friday 29 October at 5pm and should be made by letter addressing the selection criteria. The letter should be accompanied by a full curriculum vitae as well as a letter of support (employees of art galleries or museums should provide a letter of support from their Manager).

Applications should be sent to:
Terry Urbahn
Project Manager, Venice Biennale 2005
c/- Creative New Zealand
P. O. Box 3806

If you would like to receive a Job Description and further information about these opportunities please contact:

Terry Urbahn
Project Manager, Venice Biennale 2005



Michael Monaghan Young Musicians Foundation Annual Young Artists Concert on 10 October 2004 at 3pm

The Michael Monaghan Young Musicians Foundation presents its Annual Young Artists Concert. Outstanding emerging instrumentalists are selected from competitive auditions to perform with musicians from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, who donate their time and talents for this special event. The concert will feature popular concertos by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Ravel, Sarasate and Wieniawsky. The featured solo instruments this year are violin, flute and piano.

Tickets available only at the door.
St Andrew's On The Terrace
$15.00/$10.00/$25.00 Family

The Michael Monaghan Young Musicians Foundation acknowledges generous financial support from Wellington Creative Communities Local Funding Scheme and Wellington City Council Community Arts Office.
04 476 9794



Italian Film Festival Returns!

This is the Festival's 9th year and is screening more films this year than any other. There will also be the inaugural Italian film lecture evenings in Auckland and Wellington. Dr. Bernadette Luciano, Head of Italian Studies, Auckland University, and writer of numerous books and papers on Italian film, presents the series over three evenings.
This year, besides having Italian classics back in the festival, there is the latest work of Silvio Soldini, director of the year 2000 NZ box-office success 'Bread and Tulips'. His new film 'Agata and the Storm' also heralds the return of the star of 'Bread and Tulips' Licia Maglietta, 'Don't move', the directorial debut for Sergio Castellito, is fresh from screening in competition in Cannes, starring Penelope Cruz, who has been compared to Charlize Theron (Monster) for the transformation she undergoes and the traumas she endured during the making of this film.
The 2004 Festival also brings the return of directors Pupi Avati (Christmas Present) with 'The heart elsewhere', Gabriele Muccino (Last Kiss) with 'Remember me' and Ferzan Ozpetek (Ignorant Fairies) with 'Facing windows'. All major successes, both in Italy and the rest of Europe.
Beginning in Auckland on October 6 at the Rialto Cinemas, the Festival will also be travelling to Wellington (20 Oct - 3 Nov), Christchurch (27 Oct - 10 Nov), Dunedin (10 - 17 Nov), Nelson (17 - 24 Nov), Napier (24 Nov - 1 Dec) and Hamilton (1 - 8 Dec).





Hutt Repertory Theatre will produce the Richard Wilbur translation of Moliere’s Tartuffe, from 27 October to 6 November. Venessa Park directs, and tickets and information are available now:




Real People will gather for real music over Labour Weekend, when the Wellington Folk Festival comes to the Brookfield Outdoor Education Centre in Wainuiomata. Relax and enjoy Akasa, Hardrive, Marg Layton, Phil Garland, The Chaps, Gumbo Tango, and heaps of other traditional and folk-inspired music-makers. To learn more, call Sue Ikin on 478-4160 or and check out the festival website at



Opportunity from local artist Dhyana Beaumont:

I am subletting 2 studio spaces 181 Tasman Street. The rent is $75 plus GST for a full space and one for $60.

The previous use of this space has been a computer orientated design studio with occasional “show nights”. So there is good potential for presenting your work there. I can be contacted at work: 380 1484, the studio: 973 1210, or just email me

Or contact Katie on 021 357 071 for the 75$ space please let anyone else know if they need a studio space. Thanks,




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Eric Vaughn Holowacz
Community Arts Co-ordinator
Wellington City Council / Wellington Arts Centre
P. O. Box 2199
Wellington, New Zealand