Thursday, October 14, 2004

The No. 8 Wire - Issue 16

Gondwanaland Ministry of Culture
Artists' Information Bureau

An Electronic Alert for 446 of Wellington's Creative People

00 Marine Life Illustration Commissions
01 Roadworks Production at WACT
02 Body Art Rocks 2004
03 Children’s Book Lecture Tonight
04 What’s Next for Art Box
05 Now on View at Enjoy Gallery
06 Petone Poetry Workshop
07 Pacific Islands on TV1
08 Taro King Coming Soon
09 Photospace Opening
10 CrossOver Exhibition
11 City Gallery Events
12 Documentary Film Conference
13 Students, Art, and the Kiwi Flag
14 Turbine Literary Deadline
15 Happy Jazz Festival
16 Randerson’s Notes are the Key
17 Children’s Story Award
18 Govett-Brewster Gallery
19 Free Jazz in Wellington
20 Urban Art Commissions
21 Enjoy Gallery Residency
22 Irish Residency
23 Italian Cinema
24 NZ Children’s Day
25 Tartuffe in the Hutt
26 Folk Festival Up the Road
27 Roar! Gallery for the Holidays
28 Archives
29 Contact
30 Resting


Wellington City Council’s Community Arts Programme and the Wellington Regional Office of the Department of Conservation are pleased to announce a new opportunity for artists and illustrators. Following the successful introduction of the Oriental Bbay Seascape Mural project earlier this year, our partnership will be commissioning several additional plywood illustrations of local marine life and we would like to invite you to submit a quote to assist in the production of these. Information about this next phase, and how you can participate, follows. Up to four artists will be commissioned.

This phase involves painting marine animal illustrations with Resene lumbersider acrylic on sign-grade marine plywood. Each selected artist will be commissioned to paint a variety of local marine animals, following consultation with DOC. These might include lifesize marine mammals (adult orca, young orca, fur seal, dusky dolphins), slightly larger than lifesize individual fish (species to be decided), and lifesize birds (shag, fluttering shearwater, black-backed gull). Technical support will be provided by local DOC marine scientists, and it is anticipated that meetings will take place early to mid-December. Commission fee, paint, plywood, and wood cutting will be supplied.

The production phase will be between October and January, and illustrations must be completed and ready to install on or before 14 February 2005.

A project summary and site photos are now available, and you are encouraged to visit the existing wall to get a better idea of the overall mural project (situated on Oriental Parade between Freyberg Pool and the Band Rotunda) before submitting your quote.

We ask that interested artists submit a quote, based on costs to produce the following illustrations: one marine mammal, one bird, and one fish; and also advise how many of each might be produced, given the time frame. Artists should also indicate if they are interested in painting a specific species or animal group. Completed quotes, a CV and any samples of your work (to be returned) must be received by 1 November. Selected artists will be notified on or around 1 December.

For further information, or relevant forms, please contact:
Eric Holowacz,
Community Arts Co-ordinator
Wellington City Council
04-472385-58211929 or



Red Mole Enterprises Presents A Roadworks Production of

The (Un)Known Island
Tales of Trade

3rd to 10th November, 2004
8.00pm (no show Monday)
6.30pm on Friday 5th
Extra Show 6.00pm Saturday 6th
WACT Studios, level 1, 44 Cable Street
For bookings call 04 384 8499

The (Un)Known Island tells the story of an undiscovered island somewhere in the oceans of the world, an island that has yet to be colonised or exploited.

To the island come explorers, entrepreneurs, set on discovering new territories and extending the reaches of free trade. In the island they find paradise. The island, in them, finds other things.

With a script written by the Roadworks ensemble that draws on the texts of, amongst others, Alan Brunton, Cesar Vallejo, George W Bush and Eduardo Galleano, the (Un)Known Island is staged cabaret-style with live theatre, mask, shadow puppetry, dance, exaggerated props, and live music composed and performed by the ensemble.

Directed by the critically acclaimed dramaturge, Sally Rodwell, The (Un)Known Island is a typically fascinating and challenging Roadworks Production.

Red Mole was founded in the early seventies by Alan Brunton and Sally Rodwell. After developing an impressive theatrical reputation for early productions like Ghost Rite and Goin’ to Djibouti, and after tours with Split Enz and Th’ Dudes, Red Mole moved to America and Europe from 1978 to 1988, basing themselves in New York. Upon returning to New Zealand, Red Mole took up theatre production again, reminding critics that they were and are pioneers in New Zealand theatre and performance art.

“It is this originality, this unwillingness to rely on received theatrical words or frameworks, combined with a happiness to embrace the first premises of popular theatre . . . which has resulted in the unique contribution of Red Mole Enterprises to the New Zealand theatre scene.” Terry Snow, Art New Zealand

Roadworks, the currently active Red Mole troupe, developed eight years ago from Rodwell’s productions at the Victoria University Russian Department, stagings of Bulgakov, Mayakovsky and Dostoevsky. From these beginnings came a multilingual ensemble that has expanded and strengthened the Red Mole company.

“With sinister masks and quarrelling puppets . . . and lashings of imagination . . . [Unbearable Journeys is] impeccably staged . . .” Jennifer Shennan, The Dominion Post (on the last Roadworks production, Unbearable Journeys)

Roadworks are also very sad to announce that the company is losing its rehearsal and performance premises. WACT Studios, home of the Wellington Artists Charitable Trust, and where Roadworks holds residence, is being redeveloped and must be evacuated by the collective of artists in February. The (Un)Known Island is very likely the last production to be staged in this unique collective arts space before commercial interests move in.

Red Mole would like to thank Creative New Zealand for assistance in funding this production.

For more information, photos, etc, please contact:
Noel Meek
021 156 3759


The National Tattoo Museum, in Wigan Street, is planning a big day of music, body art, demonstrations, and design competitions for Saturday, November 27. Organisers need your help to make this street festival a success. If you are a musician, artist, or friend of the Moko Museum, give them a call on 385-644 to learn how to help Body Art Rock.


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)

Martin de Jong/Maureen Crisp/ Lucy/Rhia
Lower Hutt
Ph (64) (4) 568 6202


Next up for the Art Box Project is an installation by a Dunedin artist, Rainy McMaster, starting on Illot Green on Labour weekend. The installation is titled 'Every Man a Rembrandt' and includes a pastoral scene along a paint-by-numbers theme. Look for it to appear soon.


Zina Swanson  
James Oram  
Clare Noonan
13-29 October 2004
Enjoy Public Art Gallery
Artist Talk Tonight:
Wednesday 13 October 6pm
Drawing is an exhibition of current mixed-media work by Christchurch-based artists Zina Swanson, James Oram and Clare Noonan.
Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri 12-6pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm
Level One, 174 Cuba Street, Wellington, New Zealand
+64 4 3840174
Enjoy facilitates contemporary art projects and is liberated from commercial constraints to actively promote critical dialogue.


Sat 16th Oct
Performance Poetry Workshop
Farsite Gallery
2A Petone Ave, Petone
Time schedule
- 1.45pm  Participants arrive
- 2-3pm    Warm up, relaxing, opening up, exercises
- 3pm       Outside exercise (find pictures, words)
- 3.30pm  Teabreak & throwing some ideas around
- 4-5pm    Performances
- 5-6pm    Juice/chips/ chatting/sharing/performing
Tutor Sue Beatty
Bring along $ 10-, a pen, paper, a cushion,
some poems and playfulness.
RSVP by Thurs 14th Oct to pH: 5683488


If you are a Pacific Islander either NZ born or migrated here, this documentary is for you. Children of the Migration will be shown on TV1 this Saturday, 16 October at 9pm. You'll laugh, you might cry and you'll definitely go: "Hey me too. I know exactly what there talking about." The makers say that this doco is a gift to our parents, an acknowledgment of ourselves and a celebration of Pacific Islanders in Aotearoa. Tune in and see.


Taro King by Vela Manusaute
Season: Wednesday 20 ­ Saturday 23 October
Time: 7.30pm, plus 2pm Saturday matinee
Tickets: $16 full / $13 concession

Writer/director Vela Manusaute became the talk of Auckland theatre when 'Taro King' premiered at the Maidment Theatre. BATS is proud to present the Wellington premiere of this distinctly South Auckland play.

Filipo (Samoan born but raised in NZ) cuts taro for a living, searching for and dreaming about the land of milk and honey that his father promised him. His friendship with Raj, Filipo's Fijian Indian workmate, comes under pressure when the coup in Fiji brings their lives to a crashing halt. Cultures clash in the back room of a supermarket in Otara, South Auckland.

'Taro King' is Pacific Island Theatre incorporating physical theatre, dance and song. The cast features Rajeev Varma (Awhi Tapu, D'Arranged Marriage), Aleini Tufuga (Simi¹s Plight, The Songmakers Chair), Ene Petaia (Dawn Raids, Two Days in Dream) and Ana Tuigamala (Good Hands, The Songmakers Chair).

”....I was deeply excited by the authenticity of the world and the voices that Vela was bringing to the stage......  [Vela’s] work is deeply felt and brilliantly satirical at the same time...... It is a creative force driving us from the margins.  Vela is one of those voices - a mouthpiece from South Auckland.”

Christian Penny, Head of Directing, Toi Whakaari , New Zealand Drama School, 2004.

BATS Theatre
1 Kent Terrace
bookings 802 4175
office 802 4176
fax 802 4010


Hi from James at Photospace gallery,
You are warmly invited to the opening of two new exhibitions at Photospace gallery:
Heinz Sobiecki: Images from the sixties, a selection by the artist of works from the early stages of his career.
Darcy Gladwin: T R A N S I T - 15 photographs, an installation of images on an urban theme by this Auckland-based artist.
The opening is from 5pm to 7pm on Friday, 15th October. Both artists will attend.
Both shows run until Monday 15 November. See for sample images and details.
Darcy, Heinz and I look forward to seeing you at the opening.
James Gilberd
Photospace studio/gallery
1st floor, 37 Courtenay Place
ph/fax: 64-4-382 9502
cell: 027 444 3899
Gallery hours: 10-4.30 Monday-Friday
11-3 Saturdays, closed public holidays


Can you help us find artists and craftspeople for CrossOver, a multicultural art exhibition?

We’re looking for Wellington artists and craftspeople of all ethnicities to take part in CrossOver – art connecting our colourful capital. This multicultural visual art exhibition organised by Wellington City Council celebrates Race Relations Day. If you know of anyone who might be interested in submitting work to this event, please contact Lucy Moore who is running the project in Community Services. We’d like to hear from artists before 15 November.

CrossOver will be held 18-28 March 2005 at the Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Wellington Waterfront. It’s open to Wellingtonians of all ethnicities. Work can be in the artists’ choice of visual medium but must focus on or inform an interpretation of the multicultural themes of CrossOver. CrossOver can be about:

- the similarities or differences between the peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand
- the skills or treasures artists bring from elsewhere or their journey here
- weaving together strands of experience or knowledge
- the impact of mixed cultural heritage on the life and work of artists.

We hope to represent the colourful range of cultural influences, media, styles and skills in the Wellington region. Works will have to be of exhibition quality and show the ethnic or cultural inspiration behind the artists’ work. Work will be collected in early February 2005 and may be for sale. It’s free to enter work.

Lucy Moore, CrossOver Project Co-ordinator, Community Services, x3963


To attend
The Sutch-Smith House
Alistair Luke
Sunday 17 October, 2pm
Local architect Alistair Luke discusses his restoration and modernisation of Plischke’s residential masterpiece, The Sutch-Smith House. Plischke was said to be obsessed with every detail of what was then his neighbour’s house and Luke explains the issues involved in ensuring that the restoration remained faithful to Plischke’s original design.
Book early to ensure your seat at this free lecture. Contact Robyn Walker, email or phone ext 3987.

But first, go to

Friday 15 October, 8-11pm
Stroll through Ernst Plischke: Architect, Ronnie van Hout: I’ve Abandoned Me and the new Wellington artists’ show Milky Way Bar late this Friday evening and soak in the sublime electronic sounds of local musicians, Module.


2004 Documentary Conference
Exploring & Celebrating Documentary in Aotearoa
22-24th October, Wellington

Several high profile Australian producers and filmmakers will be the guests at the 5th biannual Documentary Conference which runs this Labour weekend at Massey University and the New Zealand Film Archive in Wellington. They include award winning indigenous documentary maker, Julie Nimmo, whose 2002 half hour documentary on inner-city street kids won the coveted Walkley Award;  David Jowsey, senior commissioning editor at the ABC; and Michael McMahon whose 2004 Documentary Wildness received the audience award for Best Documentary at the Sydney International Film Festival, amongst other prizes. They will participate in a special “Across the Ditch” session on Sunday 24th October and are interested in talking with New Zealand producers and directors about joint projects.

The primary focus of the two-day event is the NZ documentary in all its forms: from broadcast to activist; art world to community; moving image to still photography. Selected filmmakers will present works-in-progress, or newly finished documentaries, and a number of analyses by those writing on the documentary will be interwoven into the two days. A special “South Island showcase” will be held on Saturday afternoon and evening.

Expanding Documentary has been organized by Massey University and the Film Archive in association with University of Auckland and the Screen Directors Guild of NZ, with financial support from the Faculty of Arts research fund (University of Auckland), the Australian High Commission and Massey University.

Dates/Locations: Opening ceremony and welcome drinks
Fri 22nd Oct, 6 pm 2004
The Film Archive (Corner of Ghuznee and Taranaki Streets)
Documentary presentations, panels and seminars
 23nd October – 24th October 2004
Massey University
Museum Building, Buckle Street

Registration fee: $75 waged & $40 unwaged/student for 2 days,
$35 waged $20 unwaged/student for 1 day.
(To be paid at registration on morning of conference).
Fee includes morning/afternoon tea and lunch, conference, and
evening screenings at The Film Archive.

For further information please contact: Kathryn Dudding, Massey University. Email or phone: (04) 801 2794 ext 6635


Students to strut creative stuff on flag debate
Taking a creative approach to how New Zealand portrays itself could win a young college student a lifetime experience - a day at Weta Workshop - in a competition to design a new New Zealand flag.
As debate heats up around the country about how our national identity is portrayed, the competition offers year nine and ten secondary school students the opportunity to have their say.
An ideal Term 4 activity designed to supplement the curriculum for years 9 & 10, the competition has two strands: a design competition for a new New Zealand flag and an essay competition in which students are asked to write about "Why New Zealand Should Change its Flag".
The national winner of each competition will spend an all-expenses paid day at Weta Workshop in Wellington. Regional finalists will have their designs made into flags.
"New Zealand, Aotearoa, is a land of inspiration, innovation and original thought," says Weta CEO Richard Taylor. "Our culture is special, our people unique. Let's celebrate our land, our people, with a national flag that respects and appreciates the wonderful country that we have become."
Entry forms and flyers have been distributed to Social Studies, English and Art department heads at secondary schools nationwide or are available from Students have six weeks to come up with engaging designs and incisive arguments - the Competition closes on 12 November. Winners will be announced week beginning 22 November 2004.
The school with the most students participating in either the Design-A-Flag competition and/or the essay competition will win a visit from one of the NZ Trust celebrity endorser list - to find out more visit


A final reminder that the deadline for submissions to the International Institute of Modern Letters' annual online journal Turbine falls next week, on 21 October. Turbine publishes short fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. The 2004 issue will feature a major interview with this year's Writer in Residence, James Brown. The IILM is based at Victoria University’s Creative Writing programme. To view submission guidelines and previous issues, visit


Culoo cullay, oh frabjous day! The Wellington International Jazz Festival 8 opens at Happy on Friday night with performances by Actis Dato Quartet, Green Herring and the Chandeliers as well as more music upstairs at Latinos Tapas Bar. See below for full details of the festival which runs from October 15th to 30th.

Happy is the central venue for the Jazz Festival this year and we’re proud to host the majority of the festival’s acts. Keep an eye on this email each week for details of coming jazz fest events.

Jazz Festival programmes are available at Happy and all over the city, including at your local library or information centre.

Happy has two radio shows on the air now, first is Fragments on FIRM FM 107 FM Fridays, 11am to1pm and the second is The Zero Hour on Radioactive 89FM Sundays from Midnight onwards. Listen out for the music of selected jazz festivals acts.

Friday October 15th
Wellington International Jazz Festival 8
Opening Night featuring the Actis Dato Quartet, Green Herring and the Chandeliers Celebrate the opening of this year’s Jazz festival with a great night of international and local acts featured on two stages in the one building. A great way to catch some leading international performers alongside a selection of Wellingtons finest talents, the single ticket gains access to both venues for over 6 hours of music.

Carlo Actis Dato is one of the leading saxophonists in Europe. Born in Turin in 1952, Carlo was a co-founder of the group Art Studio in 1974, an influential avant-garde ensemble that changed the direction of jazz in Italy.

The multi-reed player, was a member of the Italian Instabile Orchestra (a group formed in the 80s by fifteen of the most interesting Italian improvisers) and has recorded, toured and preformed extensively with his own groups and with such luminaries as David Murray, Barre Phillips, Louis Moholo, Cecil Taylor, Enrico Rava, Georgio Gaslini, Lester Bowie and Joe McPhee.

His current quartet embodies the best of the new school of Italian jazz. The group merges jazz with Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern ethnic music, afro-funk rhythms, Caribbean, Oriental, Eastern European sounds, and old Italian folk songs to create material that possesses a high level of sophistication, improvisation, and more than a touch of humour. The quartet’s stage show is an unpredictable, explosive and sometimes crazy blend of music and theatre that audiences find irresistible.
Founded in 1984, the quartet has been heard on numerous radio broadcasts in Italy, Sweden, Finland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, and Belgium. An annual poll of jazz critics sponsored by Musica Jazz has ranked the group among the top groups in Italy. The Actis Dato Quartet has toured through Europe, Japan and Africa on the festival circuit.

The American jazz-magazine Down Beat named Carlo Actis Dato amongst the best baritone-sax players worldwide in 2001 and 2002.

A crazy explosive mixture of music and theatre to open the 2004 festival with a bang. Carlo Actis Dato – saxophones, bass clarinet
Piero Ponzo – saxophones, clarinet
Federico Marchesano (double-bass)
Mattia Barbieri (drums)

Saturday October 16th
Wellington International Jazz Festival 8
Featuring Amy X Neuburg and the Jonathan Crayford Trio
Amy X Neuburg is a singer unlike any heard at this Festival before. Amy X is a whirlwind of energy, drama and humour. Her avant-cabaret songs for voice and live electronics are diversely influenced and sung in various styles from rock to bel canto to “world” using her nearly four-octave vocal range. In performance Amy accompanies herself with real-time looping and electronic drums, using the drum kit to trigger sounds, control looping functions and change mixer settings.

Born on Chelthaman, England she moved to the United States where she studied linguistics and trained as a classical vocalist at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and received honours. She went on to study electronic music at the Mills College Centre for Contemporary Music.

Amy X Neuburg makes her home in Oakland, California. Until early 2001 Amy's solo performance took second place to her collaborative projects, she is perhaps best known for her work with the electronic cabaret-art-rock ensemble Amy X Neuburg & Men, with whom she sang, drummed, recorded and toured for almost 10 years (since 1993) in this time they have become an institution in the San Francisco area. Before that she was a core member of the experimental music-theatre ensemble MAP.

As an established artist in the art-rock and new music scenes she works for voice and electronics, composing for dance and visual media, and singing in contemporary music-theatre. Amy has also established herself as a composer for modern dance (most notably AXIS Dance Company) as well as for film, video, installations, theatre, and web media. Composition highlights include several full-evening scores for AXIS, and music for Mondomedia's Piki & Poko in Starland animated web series.

“Neuburg wields a phenomenal voice in which one gleans hints of the dominant art singers of our day: (Meredith) Mon, Björk, Kate Bush’s passion, Laurie Anderson’s intimate brilliance … with a vocal potency that recalls Diamanda Galas. She’s a singer as poised as she is powerful, a composer whose songs veer from canonical precision to offhanded clout.” Alan Lockwood, New York Press, March 2000

Sunday October 17th
Wellington International Jazz Festival 8
Featuring the Grant Winterburn Experience
Grant Winterburn is known throughout the country for his incredible fingers of funky fury. A regular performer in Wellington in the 1990’s when he would often leave his hardy organ splattered with blood after a particularly mind bending solo. He then gained popular acclaim with pop band EyeTV. Grant released his solo CD “Burnin’ “ last year and makes a welcome return to Wellington for this years festival.


Jo Randerson’s collection of short stories, The Keys to Hell, will hit the streets next week, and there’s a wee celebration at 6pm on Tuesday, October 19 at St. Mark’s Church , Basin Reserve. Refreshments will be served, but you must (should) come dressed as a famous philosopher, or in a theme involving heavenly things, hell, or religion. Alternately, guests are encouraged to come dressed as some sort of key. If you happen to have a three-headed dog, bring him too. Oh, and carry some cash to exchange for a copy of The Keys to Hell, which also features fine illustrations by Taika Waititi. The book will be out everywhere, soon, on Victoria University Press.


The Wellington Children's Book Association is also offering a short story award aimed at adults and children from the Wellington region who write children's fiction. The Jack Lasenby Award has two categories, the first for year 7 and 8 students (500 words), and the second for adult writers (1000 words). The stories must be aimed at the 8-12 age group, and the deadline is 1 November. For further information and an entry form contact the Wellington Children's Book Association, PO Box 1242, Wellington.



Dear everyone
Just a quick email to forward on my new details and to let you all know of the upcoming shows all opening Labour weekend. It would be great to se some out of town visitors over the long weekend and the shows are definitely well worth a visit.
All the best

Opening Labour weekend Saturday 23 October
Slowness curated by Mercedes Vicente. Slowness charts the way time has changed under the force of industrialisation and advancing technology. The artists in Slowness produce works that slow time down, set the viewer a durational challenge, or simply reveal the pernicious effects of acceleration. 23 October – 12 December

View Taranaki Matt Henry, Tao Wells, Mary Zurakowski. Three Taranaki artists. 23 October -  28 November

Last lights  Laurence Aberhart. A selection of Laurence Aberhart’s long exposure horizon line photographs. 23 October – 5 December

The Consolation of Philosophy  Piko Nei Te Matenga Michael Parekowhai.
23 October – 5 December

Charlotte Huddleston
Assistant Curator
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
Private Bag 2025
New Plymouth
New Zealand
DDI: +64 6 759 0852
Fax: +64 6 758 0390


The Wellington International Jazz Festival, version 8, opens on Friday, and there are free events happening all over. Pick up a brochure then reserve your Labour Weekend for a Massive Music Marathon, and 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.

Make late October the season of Jazz. Wellington returns to the tonic on October 30, when the jazz festival ends the 8th incarnation with a finale. Call the festival on 04-385-9602 or send email to to request a programme.

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.


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



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 9th Italian Film Festival opens soon, 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


ROAR! Gallery are setting up a Christmas cash and carry exhibition and inviting artists to submit 6-8 works each. Deadline is 11 November, so get some things together now. For more info, contact Melissa Young 04 385 7602 or email:


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