Friday, November 05, 2004

The No. 8 Wire - Issue 17

Gondwanaland Ministry of Culture
Artists' Information Bureau


An Electronic Alert for 461 of Wellington's Creative People

Hey, someone stole my index/table of contents…
If found, please call 385-1929…


(from today's City Council press release)
A new Wellington Arts Centre is on the way with today’s signing of an agreement on two adjacent buildings in the heart of the Creative Cuba precinct.

The lease for the old Education Board Buildings on Abel Smith Street next door to Real Groovy Records will be for six years, with rights of renewal for up to a further fifteen years after that.

Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast is thrilled that the Arts Centre is to be established in the heart of the Creative Cuba precinct.

"Wellington's talented artists and musicians have been crying out for an Arts Centre like this.   To find a building in this area is fantastic and I'm sure will be extremely welcome news to our creative Wellingtonians.  It's a very exciting project."

The arts centre will provide working studio spaces and other facilities.  The complex is set to include:

Artist studios and work spaces
Sound-proofed studios for music and performance rehearsals
Community arts programming, such as courses, resources, and meeting spaces for creative groups
Support for art collectives, collaborative efforts, and cultural development
Offices for local and national arts organisations
Working spaces for short-term art projects and seasonal organisations like the Fringe and Jazz Festivals
A public gallery for the exhibition and sale of art produced by the Centre's artists, and other emerging creative people/groups.

It will comprise 3000sq metres of space over a total of seven floors in the two buildings.  The buildings are physically linked by a first-level bridge and there are 32 carparks in the open area behind the building.  There is also adequate room for expansion, should that be necessary in the future.

"Wellington's successful artists and collectives are producing internationally recognised films, music, visual arts, literature and theatre works.  This centre will provide all who use it with some certainty, giving them a stable environment to practice and produce their work for years to come.  It will also help rejuvenate that area by bringing more people into that part of the city and help ease the pressure on the current space shortage for our creative Wellingtonians," Mayor Prendergast says.

The Arts Centre is likely to be opened early next year, following continued planning and development with Wellington’s local creative community.


To celebrate the Third anniversary of the National Tattoo Museum and 5 years of BodyFX,  We are very pleased to present a first in Wellington…


A unique and dynamic Art festival held at Wigan Street and the National Tattoo Museum…

The first National Body-painting competition, by BodyFX Wellington Ltd…

Saturday 27 November 2004 from noon on…

Here are some details…on the Body Painting Contest…

The contest is open for paintbrush and airbrush contestants. There will be a wide range of body paint products available, free to use by the contestants. Judging will be done by Oscar winner Richard Taylor from Weta Workshop Ltd. Nicole from BodyFX and others. A total of $1000 worth of prizes and trophies to be won. Entrée fee $25. Every contestant will receive a signed certificate and a CD with photos. Since there are only limited places available for contestants, selection will take place on pictures of previous work and design drawings. For artists not familiar with body painting there are pre-competition workshops available.

Here are some details…on the Tattoo-drawing Contest…
Design your own body art, on paper, using the special Bodysuit programme. Use any medium to create an original body art prototype. The designs will be exhibited in the National Tattoo Museum and are judged during the festival by well-known tattoo artists Steve Maddock and Inia Taylor.

Body Art Rocks 2004 will also include demonstrations, live music and street performances, temporary tattoos, belly dancing, percussion, face-painting and more.  If you would like to participate, in any way, please contact 0800 022555 to receive registration forms and details.

The festival is open for public Saturday 27 November from 12noonBody Art Rocks street festival is free – indoor Body-paint competition and museum admission is $5

Want to learn more? Call the Tattoo Museum for all the scoop:


The Theatre Revolution Continues. BATS Theatre is proud to present STAB 2004 : cutting edge performance experiences for those with an appetite for the new, the innovative, and the visionary. The annual STAB season, funded by Creative New Zealand, enables BATS Theatre to commission boundary-shattering performance works from some of the country's most exciting creative minds. You don't need to wait until the next International Festival of the Arts to experience world-class performance which will startle you with its cutting edge innovation.

STAB 2004 continues, with Certainty.
Certainty is a contemporary dance multi-media collaboration, directed by Kristian Larsen for THROW disposable choreography (Fringe NZ 2003 award winner). Four male dancers improvise in relation to projected visuals, lights, set, sound design and each other. Over fifteen nights, fifteen new dance works will be created. The company will have developed a highly refined rapport through weeks of rehearsal, making them adept at crafting each choreographic composition. 'Improvising choreography is like sculpting smoke' according to Kristian. 'It can be felt but not grasped. What can be expressed is how it felt when the smoke was inside your body.' This is performance improvisation as it has never before been seen in Wellington. Certainty : Tuesday 9 – Saturday 27 November, 7.30pm (no performances Sunday/Monday). All performances are at BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Terrace.

Tickets are $16 waged and $12 concession. Book at BATS on (04) 802 4175 or and contact for details.

Certainty Season: Tuesday 9 – Saturday 27 November (no show Sundays/Mondays) Time: 7.30pm Tickets: $16 full / $12 concession / $22 STAB season ticket


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. Pplease let anyone else know if they need a studio space.


I n c e n d i a r y
A Guy Fawkes Party
With DJs Machinegun, Savoury and Mystical Fingers

November 5
10pm At Happy Underground
Tory and Vivian Streets
Free Entry

You are cordially invited Incendiary: A Guy Fawkes Party to celebrate the plot to blow up the British Parliament in 1604 in a suitably anti-establishment fashion with Happy’s resident Disc Jockeys who are world renowned for their choice of fascinating music to dance, drink and socialise to.

The following is a short history of this most strange and interesting of celebrations that has been handed down from our colonial past.

In May 1604, Guy Fawkes met with Robert Catesby, Thomas Percy, John Wright and Thomas Wintour at The Duck and Drake in the fashionable Strand district of London, and agreed under oath to join in the gunpowder conspiracy. This oath was then sanctified by the performing of mass and the administering of the sacraments by a Jesuit priest.

In March 1605, the conspirators hired a cellar beneath Parliament and Fawkes began filling the room with barrels of gun powder, hidden beneath iron bars and faggots.

On the night of the 4th of November 1605, the day before Parliament was scheduled to open, Fawkes was caught in the cellar beneath the Parliament buildings with the powder. On his person were found the tools necessary to fire the powder train. He was immediately arrested and brought before the king. Over the next few days, Fawkes was tortured, until gradually he began to reveal details of the plot.

King James indicated in a letter of 6 November that “The gentler tortours are to be first used unto him, et sic per gradus ad mia tenditur [and so by degrees proceeding to the worst], and so God speed your goode worke.”


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


Filming Commences on World's Fastest Indian

Filming is underway for what promises to be another exciting NZ film, says Acting Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Judith Tizard.

Written and directed by New Zealander Roger Donaldson, The World's Fastest Indian will star Academy Award-winner, Anthony Hopkins as New Zealand motorcycle legend Burt Munro.

The film is being financed by the New Zealand Film Production Fund, the New Zealand Film Commission and Tokyo-based OLC/ Rights Entertainment.

Filming has begun at the site of Munro's record-breaking motorcycle feat in Utah, and will soon move to New Zealand to complete an 11-week shoot. Burt Munro came from Invercargill and in the 1960s set world speed records on an Indian motorbike.

Judith Tizard says the commencement of filming is yet another boost for an already buoyant New Zealand film industry.

"Film has become an increasingly important industry for New Zealand. As well as delivering important economic benefits, it provides a great forum for sharing our stories and heritage with the world."

Judith Tizard says Whale Rider and In My Father's Den are recent examples of films that have won international acclaim and which demonstrate the strength of New Zealand storytelling.

"The success of these films shows that we're finally getting over our cultural cringe and recognising we have something important and compelling to say to the world."

Judith Tizard said The World's Fastest Indian was an inspirational story of an iconic New Zealander, which promised to be compelling viewing.

The film is Roger Donaldson's first in New Zealand since embarking on a successful 20-year career in Hollywood.


Get Set Go! An essential workship  for organisers of community programmes and events. You’ll find our everything you ever needed to know about running a recreation programme or event including:

• Budgets and funding
• Promotion and publicity
• Designing programmes to suit your community
• Trouble shooting tips for events
• Effective evaluations

Tuesday 9 November 6 – 9pm
Tuesday 30 November 9 – 12noon 
Wellington City Council
Meeting Room 2
Wakefield Street

$25 per organisation (send as many people as you like). Every organisation will receive a practical planning manual.   Additional manuals can be purchased for $25 each.  Register with Esther Bukholt, Community Recreation Advisor, ph 801 4144, or fill in the form below and fax it to 801 3635.


The New Zealand Film Archive presents SoundTracks 5: A Night of Live Music and Images on Wednesday 24th November at 8pm. Shed 11 again hosts a unique fusion of cinematic imagery and musical ideas. This years musicians include country-folk group The Timeless Sounds, guitarist Brian Crook, noise merchant Birchville Cat Motel and the classic 80's computer beats of Disasteradio. They will be performing live soundtracks to films from the collection of the New Zealand Film Archive including The Gangsters Come To Christchurch, a film made by pioneer film maker Roger Mirams when he was just 13, a collection of home movies shot by Te Kuiti surgeon Dr Leo De Castro in the 30's and 40's, plus dramatic footage from the days of whaling in Cook Strait.

On November 24th the weird and wonderful sounds of Wellington’s underground will accompany some of the quirkier footage from The New Zealand Film Archive. Now in it’s fifth year and attracting huge numbers, this event asks the performers select films from the many thousands of options on archive.
This year’s fusion includes The Timeless Sounds in all their surreal glory scoring the teenage directing debut of film legend Roger Mirams, The Gangsters come to Christchurch. Those of you who fondly recall 80’s afternoons on the commodore 64 will warm to the sounds of Disasteradio’s Luke Rowell as he creates a new soundtrack for a bizarre rugby instructional film from 1930 entitled Control 0:01:01. The event will also feature a much-awaited performance from the prolific Campbell Kneale as Birchville Cat Motel and experimental hero Brian Crook. If you happen to be one of the unfortunate few who has missed past performances from such luminaries as Rosy Parlane and Cortina’s Rebekah Coogan you can stop by the Film Archive’s new Mediaplex (Corner of Taranaki and Ghuznee Streets) for SoundTracks Redux, an exhibition featuring footage from SoundTracks 1-4.

For further information contact
Mark Williams
New Zealand Film Archive
Ph 04 384 7647
E mail


Chiara Corbelletto
Archimedes’ Garden
9 November  4 December 2004

Auckland based sculptor Chiara Corbelletto is included in two exhibitions opening in Wellington next week [November 9 & 12]. In a solo show at Bartley Nees Gallery, she creates a three-dimensional installation using screens and tessellated patterned structures suspended from the ceiling. Shape, material, light and space interact to create an abstract visual garden referencing the mathematician¹s search for meaning through sequential logic.

Trained as both an artist and architect, Corbelletto came to New Zealand from Italy in 1981. Her work also features in an exhibition opening [12 November] at Te Papa Tongarewa, the National Museum of New Zealand. Qui tutto bene explores the contribution of the Italian community to New Zealand society.

Archimedes¹ Garden marks a significant progression for Corbelletto and a movement on from an interest in repeated patterns in modular work to a new concern with the transformation, actual and metaphorical, of pattern to create new forms. Amazingly all the great variety of works in the exhibition have been generated from what Corbelletto describes as "a surprisingly fertile and versatile singular shape". Compositions created by overlapping and intersecting this singular form have Corbelletto says "opened up new and exciting possibilities of layered abstraction".

As gardens provide multi-sensory experiences, and sculptures such as those by the famous American sculptor Richard Serra demand to be spatially experienced, so too Corbelletto¹s installation Archimedes¹ Garden goes beyond the visual. This is an exuberant, shimmering, semi-transparent and multilayered Œgarden¹ that offers the viewer the opportunity to walk, experience and reflect  and as in a garden, to find a sense of intimacy, harmony and beauty.

Chiara Corbelletto is an established artist with a strong record of exhibitions, sculptural installations and public commissions. Earlier this year she was a winner of the inaugural Cube Award for the creative industries with an innovative concept for integrated modular wall solutions. In 2002, she installed a large floating work in the Lampton Harbour Lagoon in Wellington, as part of the International Festival of the Arts. Since then she has completed a significant sculpture for the University of Auckland and worked on a number of other projects including a commission for the Auckland University of Technology. Chiara is currently producing a major public sculpture for the Auckland Domain, developing a wind responsive sculpture for the Wellington Sculpture Trust and working on a civic project for Waitakere City Council.


Wellington Storytellers Cafe is the home of storytelling in the capital.

We welcome all storytellers and story lovers to share a feast for the heart and soul on the first Tuesday of every month. It's a lot of fun and everyone's welcome.

Tuesday 2 November, from 7:30 - 9:00 pm

The Wellington Arts Centre (underneath Fisherman's Table restaurant on Oriental Parade).

Special Guest Tony Wyeth

"Storytelling is the essence of acting. I like to thank the gods of story before I go on stage. It helps me focus."

Musician, actor, director and facilitator Tony Wyeth is no stranger to Wellington audiences but his appearance at the Storytellers Cafe next Tuesday marks his debut as a storyteller. A graduate in Theatre and Voice from UCOL Tony also has a degree in Drama from Waikato University and is a qualified electrician. A New Zealander of Celtic descent, Tony recently returned from France where he has been busy getting married, practising his basic French on his new in-laws and preparing for his Storytellers Cafe performance, where with the assistance of his trusty guitar he will be telling a 'particularly gory Grimm's fairytale'.

As another string to his bow, Tony has also recently started his own company Outside Eye, which uses actors as mystery shoppers to help evaluate customer services for various businesses. His company also offers the Pulp Fiction Experiential Workshop which helps train staff .

Open to all story lovers. Stories will be aimed at an adult audience. As well as the guest performance there is usually an opportunity for short stories from other tellers to be shared. Please circulate this notice to anyone you think might be interested.

$5! This is the best $5 entertainment in Wellington and you get coffee, tea and munchies to boot!

For more information, phone (04) 387 8284 or send an email

Te Whaea Theatre
17 – 27 November

The New Zealand School of Dance presents world premieres by Sue Healey (New Zealand) and David Massingham (UK)
Plus the New Zealand premiere of works by Val Caniparoli (USA), Jeffrey Tan (Singapore), Garry Stewart (Australia) and Natalie Weir (Australia)

 And celebrates the anniversaries of two master choreographers – George Balanchine (USA) and August Bournonville (Denmark)

Love, laughter, triumph and tragedy highlight the New Zealand School of Dance Graduation Season 2004.
Within a programme of unparalleled range and diversity will be breathtaking creations from New Zealand choreographer Sue Healey and Britain’s David Massingham. 

Season highlights include -
·      Street Songs, by San Francisco Ballet choreographer Val Caniparoli, was originally created for America’s Pacific Northwest Ballet in 1980 and is set to a charming score by Carl Orff.   Hailed as a choreographer of uncommon ability, Caniparoli’s choreography features in the repertory of many of the world’s leading ballet companies.  

·       From the Resident Choreographer of Singapore Dance Theatre, Jeffrey Tan, comes a sculptural duet of mesmerising beauty,Façade.  Performed to Samuel Barber’s haunting Adagio for Strings, the dancers seem to float, suspended by air, as we share a journey of mystery, urgency and discovery.

·       Danced with a pulsating force that will energise any audience isCurrently Under Investigation from Australian Dance Theatre Artistic Director, Garry Stewart.  Hailed as a ‘hot ticket’ on the international stage, Stewart is a choreographer whose workis immediately recognisable for its extreme physical presence – his style embraces martial arts, hip hop, gymnastics and dance.

·       Natalie Weir’s gripping and powerful solo,Nessun Dorma, is the second of her works to enter the School’s repertoire following the enormously popular Jabula in 2002.  Danced to the famous tenor aria by Giacomo Puccini, this work for a male dancer originates from Weir’s full-length ballet Turandot, which received its world premiere by the Hong Kong Ballet in 2003.

·       George Balanchine, whose centenary is celebrated this year, is represented by ‘The Man I Love – Pas de Deux’ fromWho Cares? staged by Victoria Simon. This Balanchine-meets-Broadway lyrical favourite gives us sensual Gershwin on pointe.

·      In 2005 the dance world will honour the great Danish choreographer August Bournonville in his 200th anniversary year. The School pays homage to him with the captivatingPas de Deux and Grand Divertissement from Act II of the full-length ballet,La Sylphide.  A jewel in the crown of Romantic ballets, La Sylphide is the tale of a young Scottish farmer who deserts his future bride to follow a beautiful, elusive sprite into the forest.  Danced to a tuneful score by Norwegian, Herman Løvenskiold, La Sylphide contains some of Bournonville’s most impressive and enjoyable choreography.

The New Zealand School of Dance Graduation Season 2004 is generously sponsored by the Embassy of the United States of America, Asia 2000 Foundation, Smokefree Arts, Qantas Airways Limited and Village Apartments. 

New Zealand School of Dance Graduation Season 2004
Te Whaea Theatre, 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown
Wednesday 17 November – Saturday 27 November (No show Mon 22 Nov)
Times: All evening shows at 7.30pm. 2.00pm matinee only on 21 November
Tickets: $15 waged / $12 unwaged
Bookings: 04 389 9056 (automated line)


In Between – a collaboration by Charlotte Huddleston and Richard Lewer opened at Enjoy Public Art Gallery on Tuesday November 2.

In Between draws on social history, anthropology, narrative, personal belief systems and media representations of strange phenomena to create a project marking the intersection of the everyday and the supernatural. In Between explores the rich territory of the unexpected, recognising our fascination with the unexplained and the supernatural. The exhibition presents personal beliefs and experiences with ghosts through narrative, animation and materials gathered though research, asking you to draw your own conclusions.

The supernatural is often employed as a metaphoric device in movies, plays and books. It exists as a part of most cultures and there are many stories and histories surrounding unexplained phenomena. Cultural representations of such phenomena often depict ghosts as evil and we are taught to be afraid of things we can't explain.

In Between is using the stories and incidents as a starting point to enter into discussion with people, those with stories and those viewing the exhibition, recognising the connotations of ghosts and employing them as a rich symbol in addition to taking these experiences at face value as out of the ordinary occurrences in the context of the everyday.

For Lewer and Huddleston the supernatural and ghosts in particular create an awareness of the spaces that exist between things, of the margins and the rich potential for the unexpected that exists in these undefined spaces. It is these areas of unmarked territory that offer rich sources for subjective interpretation.

WithIn Between Lewer and Huddleston collaborate on a project that is for both of them a continuation of their investigation into personal beliefs, social space and the area that can be found between.

Enjoy Public Art Gallery
Level one, 174 Cuba Street


This is a call to action to the arts community world wide.
EVENT: Raising The Doll Army - World Peace is Imminent

TO DO: Create a hand made doll in any size and material allowable by
international mail regulations. Attach a tag to doll that says "World
Peace is Imminent. The Doll Army Supports your work for World Peace."
Ship as is or in a clear plastic bag and label with the address below
and ship to included address by Oct 23, 2004 SEND DOLL TO:
Kofi Annan, Secretary-General, United Nations
Office of the Spokesman for the Secretary-General
United Nations, S-378
New York, NY 10017

This is a Project of the Doll Army


This event, the first of many, is to raise awareness to our
expectations in the art world that world peace and plenty for all should
be a top global priority. We are conducting a demonstration by proxy
through our dolls being sent in our stead representing our desire for a world at peace and all that this implies and our support to those who are working toward it.

For this first project we are calling on all artists to raise the
first non-governmental transnational army for global peace: an army of
dolls who will be sent to hot spots world wide with the message: "World
Peace is Imminent." It is important to remember that this is not a
protest. It is a positive demonstration of good will from the creative community to the rest the world. Those who create the world are the first to rule it. Let us, The Arts Community worldwide create a world where peace and plenty is the first rule.


Rainy McMaster: "Every Man a Rembrandt"
Illott Green
October 25th – November 6th 2004

Rainy McMaster collides private worlds and public space with her Art Box
installation, “Every Man a Rembrandt”, a scenic museum-style diorama.
The work translates a personal conversation about paint-by-numbers kits
into a text-based installation work, where, as McMaster says, “elements
of the personal are moulded into a narrative for public consumption”.

“Every Man a Rembrandt” expands the conversation by alluding to the art discourse that is generated at the interstice of perceived divisions

between artists and non-artists, hobby art and the difficulty of art. As
a public artwork, “Every Man a Rembrandt” reiterates the potential for
the site of an artwork to become a social space for dialogue and exchange.

“Every Man a Rembrandt” is a borrowed slogan, being the promise printed on the box tops of the first paint-by-numbers kits sold in the USA in 1951.

Rainy McMaster is a Dunedin-based text installation artist and
photographer. In the last couple of years McMaster has shown at the Blue
Oyster gallery, Introspect contemporary art space and has worked
collaboratively with another Dunedin artist, Kathryn Mitchell, on
numerous public art projects including poster works and the recent
"Gesamkunstwerk" for the Dunedin Fringe festival.

Images will be updated

For further information please contact: Katharine Allard, The Art Box
Project Trust…


You asked for it so here it is!!! Back by popular demand the sell out success ‘The Return of the Drag Kings’ graces the Big Kumara stage for TWO NIGHTS ONLY on November 25 and 26.

Welcome back Wellingtons favourite 'sons' from the mists of Miramar, the valley of the Hutt and the Melbourne Midsumma festival.With their clever comedic cabaret style of gender-bending the 'bois' & "grrls’ will have you laughing, leaping and loving every minute of their pizazz, punch and piss-takes.

Get your 70's flares on, adjust your 80's mullets and get a little bit country and a little bit rock'n'roll. There’s clever bits, rude bits, sexy bits, silly bits, funny bits, live bits, thoughtful bits and of course bits of bits.

Come along and have a ball (or two!).
Warning: some content designed to offend!
Comedy, music and dance for anyone who is a man or a woman or thinking of becoming one.
The Big Kumara, Dixon Street, Wellington 25 (Thurs) & 26 (Fri) November @ 8pm
DOOR SALES ONLY: (On the night from 6:30pm) $20 / $15 (concession with ID)
SEE YOU THERE! with love, hair and affection
The Drag Kings


Converge & Collect, a new and growing group of local creative people has set out on a mission to find cheap, good working spaces for Wellington artists, musicians, dancers, and Independent Creative Types

They are calling for your help, interest and support to bring in to reality a centre where all disciplines can unite, discuss, inform and make new

creative work today.

Engage and give voice. Unify and strengthen existing portals and
people. Build upon combined resources and talents. more info or contact Rob on 021 475 182
And get involved with Converge & Collect now!


In association with The Biz Centre in Wellington we are offering four FREE sessions of a three-hour workshop Get Bizzy and Make Some Noise! It combines a variety of content from our acclaimed ARMS workshops on marketing and promotion.

These fully subsidised (ie. FREE) interactive workshops are a great starting point or refresher course for anyone currently working in the creative sector or about to pursue an artistic career.

In a fast-paced, humorous and interactive 180 minutes, participants will find out how to boost their profitability and  promote themselves  and their work in the local, national and international market.

The ARMS workshops are for designed for visual artists, performers, musicians, writers, designers and other individuals wanting to boost their income and develop long-term sustainable careers in the creative industries. The interactive workshops use participant experiences, case studies and audience participation, with a focus on FUN!

Here's what some satisfied participants have said about our workshops:

"I've been waiting for this kind of workshop for three years," - Palmerston North silversmith

"You MUST attend this workshop!" -  experienced Wellington writer

"Opened my mind to many great ideas and common sense concepts. Great speakers - my eyes never glazed over once!" - New Plymouth artist and gallery worker

"I learnt more from this workshop than a whole year at 'tec.". -  visual artist, Wellington

In association with The Biz Centre, Michael Lockhart and Mark Cubey of ARMS Ltd will be running four sessions of Get Bizzy and Make Some Noise!  (venue to be confirmed)

Session 1: Tuesday 16 November, 2-5pm
Session 2: Tuesday 16 November, 6-9pm
Session 3: Thursday 18 November, 2-5pm
Session 4: Thursday 18 November, 6-9pm

Because of the intensive nature of these sessions and limited venue space, participant numbers are limited. Please register now if you want to attend. Follow-up one-hour Capability Assessment sessions will also be offered, for those participants wanting to determine eligibility for further subsidised training through The Biz Centre.

Register now by return email ( or ring 021 2200 400.

Mark Cubey / Michael Lockhart
PO Box 9699, Wellington, Aotearoa (NZ)


Probably the best-looking poetry book ever published in New Zealand, Hinemoana Baker's “matuhi | needle” was launched last weekend, along with her CD “Puawai.” Matuhi is jointly published by Victoria University Press and Perceval Press, the California publishing company directed by Pilar Perez and Viggo Mortensen. (who read with Hinemoana in Wellington last year, and was taken by her poetry.) The beautifully designed hardback features stunning art work by Ngai Tahu artist Jenny Rendall. Learn more about Wellington’s latest lines of verse at


The Randell Cottage Writers Trust is calling for applications from New Zealand writers for the 2005 residency, which runs from early April 2005 to mid September 2005. The successful applicant will receive a monthly stipend for the six months of the residency, and reside in the historic Randell Cottage located in Wellington's central city suburb of Thorndon. Application forms and guidelines can be obtained by emailing or by writing to The Secretary, P O Box 11-032, Wellington. Applications close on Friday 19 November 2004. Additional information about the Trust and residency can be viewed on the New Zealand Book Council web


Grooves of Glory,  a new collection by Alan Brunton will be released with the new Red Mole theatre production, The (Un)Known Island

3rd to 10th November, 2004
WACT Studios, level 1, 44 Cable Street
Book Available after all performances

Red Mole / Roadworks are proud to announce that the opening of the new Roadworks production, The (Un)Known Island, will coincide with the release of Bumper Books’ new book, Grooves of Glory.

A posthumous collection of Red Mole founder Alan Brunton’s performance texts, Grooves of Glory, will be available for sale at all performances.

Grooves of Glory
3 Performance Texts by Alan Brunton with an introduction by Sally Rodwell

Bumper Books is proud to present another title in its New Zealand Playscripts series by poet-performer Alan Brunton: three texts devised for performance with musicians, singers and members of the acclaimed Red Mole experimental theatre troupe. Sally Rodwell introduces the scripts and their stories, taking us from Finnisterre in the summer of 1987 to Alan Brunton’s last performance at the Porsgrunn International Theatre Festival in Norway, June 2002.

COMPOSTELA—A WALK takes its inspiration from a journey made by Red Mole along the old pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela in north-western Spain. The road became famous in the ninth century with the miraculous discovery in Santiago of the bones of St James the Apostle. It begins with the image of a solitary iron cross in the hills of southern France and travels to the Gate of Glory of the Cathedral in Santiago. The end-piece takes us to the edge of the ocean, the site of ancient rites directed at the disappearing sun. By a strange coincidence, that August day in 1987, there were only three vehicles there—and each belonged to a travelling theatre troupe. 

GROOVES OF GLORY is a big topic in a small space, an intimate opera, words with noise. Alan Brunton and Sally Rodwell, joined by free jazz star Jeff Henderson, perform twelve scenes of the imagination. A group of travellers stranded on the island of Dreamville pass time by inventing fantastical tales about their travels. They escape pessimism by recalling moments when they felt most alive, like love’s first contact, the instant attraction when eyes met and the world lasted for a second, or an eternity. The past is like love, it expands and contracts. It reminds us that the heart is the world’s time keeper.

ZARATHUSTRA SAID is an investigation into the possibilities of theatre, an attempt to move a few more steps towards uninhibited expression. Scenes flash between the hot light of midday to the intense starry skies of desert nights. A palm-tree is a beautiful woman standing on one leg. This is philosophy as performed in a travelling gospel show, a cry for illumination from a planet that is ‘dark and unnoticed,’ a trance event. Nietzsche foresaw a time when we will live a new life beyond the pains we live through today. The last person to live as we do now will be the Terminal Human. But the last is also the first—it’s a game of tag: You are the Terminal Human now! The circle is never broken.

$30 + postage
Also Available  from:
Bumper Books, PO Box 7356, Wellington South


Red Mole Enterprises Presents a Roadworks Production

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
Bookings on either 021 153 1721

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.

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.


Sketching the Sanctuary


Entries open for Vodafone Digital Art Awards
New Zealand’s first national digital art awards, the Vodafone Digital Art Awards, is offering more than $40,000 in prizes and invites artists to unleash their creativity by submitting work in four digital categories: Still Image, Moving Image, Net Art and PXT/Video PXT.

Leading New Zealand contemporary art professionals Tobias Berger, Steve Russell and Susan Ballard will be judging entrants on their creative and technical ability as well as their interpretation of the theme, interface/interspace.

The overall winner will receive $15,000, the Popular Choice Award winner $10,000 and each of the four category winners will receive $4000 each.

The ten finalists in each category will be exhibited in Auckland in early 2005 before the winners are announced in May 2005. The closing date for entries is 5pm Friday 10 December 2004. Please click on the link above for full entry details.


On Wednesday 10th November 2004, the Arts Foundation of New Zealand will announce the five recipients of the 2004 Laureate Awards during a special ceremony at the Westpac St James Theatre in Wellington.
In conjunction with Arts Foundation Principal Sponsor Forsyth Barr and 2004 Laureate Awards supporting Sponsor Westpac, this is the fifth annual Laureate Awards and the first to be held in the Capital.

At $1/4 Million - $50,000 per artist - this prestigious Award is the largest cash arts prize pool in New Zealand and the only private award to consider all art forms.


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


Island Bay Arts and Crafts Society Incorporated
Exhibition of Sale of Work

Sat 13 November 10am to 5pm
Sun 14 November 12 noon to 5pm

Presbyterian Church Hall
88 The Parade
Island Bay

Free Entry
Morning and Afternoon Teas

Your help in making this Arts and Crafts event widely known will be much appreciated

For information:
Caryl-Louise Robinson
President Island Bay Arts and Crafts Society


FarSite  - Living - Gallery Presents

"LOVE THAT" Exhibition
Works inspired by music, lyrics, poetry
12th  to 23rd November
Hours 10am - 2pm

Open Night 11th November 7p.m
Poetry & Lyrics Performed

Printed Text Say's So Much…even more placed alongside Visual Arts or as illustrated Text.
See what they are talking about…
FarSite Gallery
2A Petone Ave

Further details
Hutt Valley Community Arts
Margriet van Liempt, Gallery Co-ordinator


Te Papa's November Exhibitions And Events Update

Two vibrant and engaging exhibitions open at Te Papa this month so come along and join in the celebrations! The opening weekend of Qui Tutto Bene The Italians in New Zealand will be a festival of song, dance, poetry, and film. This exhibition captures the history of Italians in New Zealand and recognises their stylish contribution to this country's way of life. It is a collaboration between Te Papa and the New Zealand Italian community, whose members have contributed a rich collection of stories, photographs, and objects. Later in the month, Out on the Street: New Zealand in the 1970s Tutü te püehu looks at the decade of Women's Liberation, the 'Mäori renaissance', changing attitudes to the environment, eye-popping fashions, and challenges to the 'establishment'. A floortalk by Te Papa curators will give a specialist viewpoint and, on a lighter note, there's '70s Dance Fever' - a dance performance of favourite hits from the likes of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. For families (of all ages), the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is back again with a marvelous day of classic performances, including Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf - narrated by Kevin Keys - and Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty Suite. There'll also be a chance to try out the bass drum! Do you have a treasure in the wardrobe - then bring it along! Te Papa's dress and textile specialist will identify grandma's dress or mum's favourite tea cosy on 'Bring a Textile Treasure Day'! All this and more so read on..............

Saturday 6
1pm-2pm: Anita's Dance Academy presents The Nutcracker. See young dancers from Anita's Dance Academy perform this Christmas classic. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

Sunday 7
1pm-2pm: Toss Woollaston: family and friends floortalk. Take an in-depth look at the work of one of New Zealand's most celebrated artists in Toss Woollaston: Family and friends with the exhibition's curator Jill Trevelyan. Jill will also talk about editing the book Toss Woollaston: A Life in Letters. Meet by the floortalk poster at the entrance to the exhibition, Level 4. Free entry.

Wednesday 10
12 noon-12.30pm: Melville Intermediate School Cultural Performing Arts. See these students perform kapa haka and items from their Cook Island repertoire. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

Saturday 13
Qui tutto bene Opening weekend - M.C. Mr Lorenzo Buhne. 1pm-1.30pm: Il Coro Italiano - The Italian Choir. Hear well-known songs from Naples and other parts of Italy. This choir was formed 20 years ago and still has half its original members. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry.

1.30pm-2pm: Piero Damosso. Hear this Italian-born vocalist sing familiar love songs in Italian and English. Piero has been lead singer in Italian bands and now works as a solo artist. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry.

2.30pm-4.10pm: Fuori dal Mondo (Not of this World) film screening. Enjoy this award-winning film in the finest tradition of heart-warming Italian cinema. Presented courtesy of NZ Italian Film Festival. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Free entry.

Sunday 14
Qui tutto bene Opening weekend - M.C. Mr Lorenzo Buhne. 1pm-1.45pm: Neapolitan play and poetry reading. Hear Antonio Cacace and Eloisa Ascoli present poems from Naples and excerpts of plays by Neapolitan playwright Eduardo de Filippo. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

2pm-3pm: Club Garibaldi Tarantella Dancers and the Mediterranean Trio. See these two colourful troupes perform an exciting repertoire of Italian folk dance, accompanied by Neapolitan and other Italian songs and melodies. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry.

2pm-3pm: 'Bring a Textile Treasure Day.' Hey kids! Bring along a small textile treasure - gran's teacosy, mum's special dress, great grandad's cap - for identification by our dress and textile specialist, Angela Lassig. Also, see some of Te Papa's weird and wonderful fashion items and guess what they are. Sorry, Te Papa doesn't do valuations on objects. Inspiration Station, Level 4. Free entry.

Friday 19
12.30pm-12.45pm: Te Purapura o Tangaroa. See students from a cluster of kohanga reo from Te Wainuiarua, Whanganui, perform traditional Mäori kapa haka. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

Saturday 20
1pm-2pm: Carousel. Hear this innovative quartet from Wellington play original music with echoes of classical, jazz, newgrass, Celtic, tango, and gypsy. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

Sunday 21
12 noon-12.30pm & 1.30pm-2pm. Out on the Street: 70s Dance Fever. This high-energy dance show features favourite hits from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Billy Idol, Tom Jones, HotLegs and The Bee Gees - performed by students of the Wellington Performing Arts Centre. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry.

12 noon-12.45pm & 2pm-2.45pm: Qui Tutto Bene bilingual exhibition floortalk. Presented in English and Italian, History Curator Lynette Townsend and Conservator Carolina Izzo will speak about themes and objects of the exhibition Qui Tutto Bene -The Italians in New Zealand. Community Gallery, Level 4, meet at the Qui Tutto Bene exhibition entrance. Free entry.

Monday 22
6.30pm-8.30pm: Farr: Blitz. See iconic New Zealand composer and percussionist Gareth Farr with Strike and NZ Army Band as they perform Blitz, a showcase of Farr's most explosive and dramatic works. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Admission charges apply. Book through Ticketek (04) 384 3840.

Saturday 27
11am-11.30am: Peter and the Wolf. This Russian classic is ideally suited to introducing children to the orchestra. With conductor Hamish McKeich and narrator Kevin Keys, this performance is designed particularly for children aged 6-10 years. The Marae, Level 4.

11.30am-12.15pm: NZSO percussion section. Hear percussion pieces on a range of instruments. At the end, there'll be an opportunity for children to try the bass drum. Wellington Foyer, Level 2.

12.30pm-1pm: Peter and the Wolf. This Russian classic is ideally suited to introducing children to the orchestra. With conductor Hamish McKeich and narrator Kevin Keys, this performance is particularly designed for children aged 6-10 years. The Marae, Level 4.

1.15pm-2pm: NZSO percussion section. Hear percussion pieces on a range of instruments. At the end, there'll be an opportunity for children to try the bass drum. Wellington Foyer, Level 2.

3pm-4pm: The NZSO Family Concert. Hear best-loved works from famous composers including Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty, Mendelssohn's Wedding March, and waltzes and polkas by Johann Strauss - with conductor Hamish McKeich. Wellington Foyer, Level 2.

Sunday 28
1pm-2pm: Out on the Street - curators' floortalk. Join our curators as they each speak to their speciality within this exciting new exhibition: Robyn Anderson, Exhibition Curator; Athol McCredie, Acting Senior Curator Art and Visual Culture; Angela Lassig, Senior Curator History; Dougal Austin, Curator Mätauranga Mäori. Meet by the floortalk poster at the entrance to the exhibition, Level 5. Free entry.

2pm-2.45pm: Discovery Hour: Tïvaevae. Hey kids! Did you know that in the Cook Islands a tïvaevae is much more than just a quilt? Learn more from Te Papa's Collection Manager Pacific, Grace Hutton, then make a cool cardboard tïvaevae. PlaNet Pasifika, Level 4. Free entry.

Qui Tutto Bene: The Italians in New Zealand Te Papa and the Italian community combine to present a fresh and fascinating look at what it means to be Italian in New Zealand. Qui Tutto Bene is an exploration of the colourful history and wonderfully diverse influence of this small vibrant community. Opens 13 November. Level 4. Free entry.

Out on the Street: New Zealand in the 1970s Tutu te puehu Come and remember the protests, the personalities, the long hair, and eye-popping fashions of a decade when alternative voices rose to challenge the establishment. Opens 20 November. Level 5. Free entry.

Also at Te Papa
Toi Te Papa Art of the Nation: 1940-today
Showcasing over 100 of the nation's most significant artworks and taonga from Te Papa's collections. The first part of a major project, this exhibition includes works by Colin McCahon, Ralph Hotere, and Rita Angus. Level 5. Free entry.

Shawls: the elegant drape
Showcasing the rich textures and exquisite patterns of a selection of shawls from Te Papa's extensive collection. Until September 2005. Free entry.

Toss Woollaston: family and friends
Looks at New Zealand painter Toss Woollaston's early years and his key relationships during that time. Free entry.
Te Awa Tupua: The Whanganui Iwi Exhibition
In partnership with Te Papa, Whanganui iwi present stories and taonga from their unique Whanganui river culture, from Te Kähui Maunga (the mountain clan) to Tangaroa (the sea). The exhibition's central theme is contained in the whakatauakï (proverb), 'E rere kau mai te awa nui mai Te Kähui Maunga ki Tangaroa, ko au te awa ko te awa ko au.' (The great river flows from the mountain clan to Tangaroa, I am the river; the river is me.) Until May 2006. Free entry.

Wild Design: A fresh look at nature
Enjoy a visual feast of photographs, objects, and artworks that bring you up close to design in the natural world. Until late 2005. Free entry.

Ngä Toko Rima | Contemporary clayworks
Out of the creation stories of fire, water, and earth, five leading Mäori artists create powerful new works in clay. Until April 2005. Free entry.


Kia Ora and Happy Spring to you.
We, the LOOP cats, have taken a moment to wipe our sweaty brows and breath deep, coz we have been very busy since our last news letter.

Firstly, long awaited FLY MY PRETTIES, the live album Lee Prebble recorded at Bats, featuring Barnaby Weir and the all star Welli massive is out in shops now. It is receiving great reviews, so check it out. Lucky, the first single on the album has been released to radio and is currently doing the vid rounds. It will be on HUM this weekend.

Further ado...if you would like to see a doco, lovingly put together by the Nektar crew, on the whole live album process, from Barnabys brain to BATS, check out C4.The next screening is Sunday, November 7 at 7pm.

LOOP would like to take a moment to thank Tara who has slaved over her screen for yonks to get the doco to its fine caliber...cheers!

Finally we are going to kick up our hoofs on Saturday the 6th of November for the FLY MY PRETTIES album release party at Indigo. Carey Young, set designer extra-ordinare has said she wants to make the boys look super sexy this time round, so even if you caught a BATS show you should come along. Tickets are $20 from Chelsea Records (Corner Cuba and Dixon) and The CD Store Lambton Quay. If ya miss out on a pre-sale there will be 50 door sales only and well sting ya for an extra five bucks.

TOMMY have tried and traveled the whole country, but if you live in Nelson you have not missed out, for they arrive on your golden shores tonight. Catch our beloved lads TONIGHT FRIDAY THE 29th at The Phat Club with support from wicked Draw. If you live in Marahau (or want to catch TOMMY twice) get yo self to the The Park Cafe on SATURDAY THE 30th

If you haven't heard the name Rhian Sheehan for a while GET READY. Rhian has been a busy beaver roundin up remixes from all over the globe and his will be the next fantastic album we drop.

Finally we are listening to the moans and complaints and MODULE (our multi-taskin musician) is upgrading our website. (And the LOOP staff go wild...screams, whistles, hats in the air, etc)

See ya in the drink



Opening Notes:  Music for Wellington’s Next Generation

This bold arts initiative, currently being developed by Wellington City Council’s Community Arts office, involves providing a specially-produced compilation CD of Wellington-based music free to every new baby born at Wellington Hospital. The musical tracks will be intentionally diverse, ranging from chamber quartet to Maori choir to solo jazz saxophone to ethnic ensembles to alternative rock and roll. Twenty songs have been compiled for the initial music CD, which could launch as early as next year.

Some contributors have furnished ready-made recordings, while other songs have been recorded and engineered for this special compilation. Material has been drawn from an eclectic group of Wellington’s musicians, ensembles, and instrumentalists—and all local musicians have encouraged to participate. If you have music, please consider sharing a song for a future Opening Notes compilation.

Researching and planning the Opening Notes Project has involved SOUNZ the Centre for New Zealand Music, Wellington-based record labels, the Wellington International Jazz Festival, University programmes, and several local musicologists. Significant in-kind support has come from partnerships with local recording engineer Robbie Duncan and his Braeburn Studio, and local graphic design agency Frontloader. Initial response to this idea by members of the local music community has been positive and enthusiastic. We thank everyone who has helped move this idea along.

Once introduced, the CD will serve as a unique celebration of the talent and diversity in Wellington’s cultural community, and will be a special creative welcome to our newest, smallest residents. The Opening Notes Project will be updated each year to feature a new musical compilation. As an annual effort, the project will become a running archive of the musical activity in our communities and will be able to represent a wider array of cultures, styles, and traditions.

From the onset, the project’s key objectives have been four-fold: to foster a wider appreciation of Wellington’s local music scene; to support and provide new exposure for local musicians; to re-affirm Wellington's identity as a creative, musical city; and to foster a sense of community and tradition among parents and families.

Wellington Hospital handles an estimated 4,500 births each year, and serves communities and parents from all regions of the lower North Island. A partnership has been established with the senior management of Capital Coast District Health Board, and its Child Health Service, to facilitate the distribution of the Opening Notes CD’s. Additional plans are being developed to cover home and non-hospital births in the region. There are no commercial aspects to this project, and no income through sales or trade. The songs are a gift from our community to its next generation. (Artists retain all rights, ownership, publishing and every other use of their music: the Opening Notes project only requests permission to use recorded songs for a one-time, non-commercial purpose of providing a no-cost music compilation to all new-born babies in Wellington).

Production costs have been estimated at $27,000 per year based on an average production of 5,000 CD’s and lesser expenses relating to the recording and compiling the musical tracks, the payment of a small honorarium to participating artists, and the design and production of packaging.

The Opening Notes Project has already connected with many music, health, and community organisations (including Wellington Hospital Maternity Services, Neonate Unit Charitable Trust, SOUNZ: the Centre for New Zealand Music, Parents Centre New Zealand, and the Composers Association of New Zealand). We welcome additional partnership ideas from organisations and institutions who work to promote music appreciation, cultural traditions, health and social services, maternity, childcare and parenting.

This is a community-wide initiative, involving the participation and contribution of hundreds of artists, organisations, and people who love music and want to celebrate its place in our culture.

If you can help, or just want to learn more, email Eric Holowacz, Community Arts Co-ordinator


Until it is leased out commercially, the Wellington City Council is making the former BAM Bookstore, Main Library Mezzanine, available to local artists for exhibition of their work. The following exhibitions are upcoming in the former BAM space, next to Clark’s Cafe…

The Passionate Palette - Landscapes of the Body and Mind
Paintings by Anne Hutton and Giles Whitaker".
17-30 November

Andrei Overweel
2-10 December

Those interested should contact Eric Holowacz (385-1929 to set an appointment for review of their proposal.


Sam Broad
Score Extra Life!
11-22 November
New Paintings at ROAR! Gallery
22 Vivian Street
Opening Reception
11 November 5:30-7:00pm


To whom it may concern,

 On behalf of the current operating team of Taipei Artist Village (TAV), Taipei Culture Foundation, I am writing to request your kindly assistance to advertise 2005 TAV Artist-in-Residence Program.

TAV was established in October 2001. One of our main missions is to act as a catalyst, providing artists from around the world with channels for art exchanges in Taiwan, whilst also creating a forum for international cultural exchange for local artists. In addition to its plan for artist exchanges with major cities across the world, the TAV also welcomes resident artists recommended by cities and counties in Taiwan. At the same time, the TAV also regularly organizes public program, providing citizens with ways to experience the arts as an integral part of their lives.

TAV is one example of the Taipei city government reusing abandoned space. It has been utilizing a four-story building, located at no.7, Beiping East Road, and formerly housed the offices of the Department of Rapid Transit Systems. The building itself was built over 40 years ago. After planning by the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Taipei (CABOT) and sponsorship from the Quanta Education Foundation, what was an old and run-down building has been transformed into Taiwan’s first international artist village.

The primary function of an art village is to enable artists to concentrate on their work for a period of time, by providing them with a suitable environment, along with a certain amount of assistance. In the same time, it also provides the opportunity for interaction and consultation among artists and public. TAV aims to be a field of cultural interaction and lithe diplomacy by art medias. By this way, it also helps to build international image of Taipei city and provide a high-qualified environments for citizen TAV provides a space where local and world-wide artists can interact and share dialogue in all arts disciplines, including; visual arts, creative writing, music, film, photography, performing and interdisciplinary arts. During the residency period, artists from different countries and regions can share their particular cultures and experiences with other artists and the public. Also, increasing the diversity of arts for community and nourish Taipei city.

For further information, please check our Thank you for your assistance.

Cindy Wu
Taipei Artist Village 
Program Officer of Visual Arts
Cindy Wu
Tel: +886-2-33937377 #101
Fax: +886-2-33937389


More adventures in stereo, and live music, from Happy…

Saturday November 6th
Blossoms Spring Party
with The Elephant Men, FOOD, No San Pedro and the Flower Orphans
Spring springs out at Happy on saturday the 6th on November with blossoming bands the Elephant Men, the Flower Orphans, FOOD, and No San Pedro. The Elephant Men have been unleashing their mix of skronkin' stomp and blues blatting boister on audiences around Wellington for the last year or so, opening for Trinity Roots at the town hall on august the 14th and closing the the Wellington International Jazz Festival on the 30th of October. Described by Stephen Clover in a Secret City review as " the best live act in Wellington at the moment", the only thing these guys have to fear is fear itself and mice. The Flower Orphans' seductive and mysterious perfume-for-the-ears has been wafting around Wellington for almost a year now. They've built a loyal following with their regular thursday night gig at Tupelo and intermittent shows at Happy. Their heavy ambience wowed music lovers and lovers in general at the Wellington international Jazz festival on friday 22nd and saturday 23rd of October with "Spectre of the Brocken Pt 1". FOOD are a delicious new flavour of music that will make you fat if you hear too much. This is their 3rd gig ever, so catch them while they're fresh. No San Pedro have been gigging hard for over a year and a half performing their heavy psyco-delic-ious trance rock around Wellington and the surrounding regions to a growing number of loyal fans.

Tuesday November 9th
The Dodecahedrons with Lucky Foodbar
Aotearoa’s finest new music ensemble with the finest solo guitar improviser around.

Wednesday November 10th
The Metabolists
Jeff Henderson, Ricki Gooch, David Long
The Return

Coming up at Happy:
Inna Yardwise Sessions (Nov 12th); The National Human Beat Box Champs, Wellington Heat (Nov 19th); Marineville Album Launch (finally, Nov 13th); Scribes of Ra (Nov 20th); The John White Big Band Project (Dec 1st); Limited Express from Japan (30th Nov); Odessa (Dec 4th); Tessa Rain (Dec 8th); Gerard Masters (14th-15th Dec) . . .

Vivian and Tory Streets


You've seen her at Poetry Cafe before. You've heard her on radio. You've even seen her on stage with Viggo Mortensen.

But did you know that she has just published her first collection of poetry?

Here's your chance to attend a unique occasion:
The LAUNCH of the book AND the album of poet/musician/broadcaster

'matuhi/needle' (VUW Press, Wellington/Perceval Press, Santa Monica)
‘puawai’ (the first full-length album of her own music, Jayrem Records)

Expect a marvellous mix of words and music at Poetry Café's festive end-of-year special.

Where and when:
Monday 8 November, 7.30pm
Poetry Café Porirua
The Dizzy Fish Café and Bar
1 Serlby Place, Porirua

As you enter The Dizzy Fish Café and Bar, you'll be amazed
at the transformation of Selby's. The pool tables have moved
upstairs and Poetry Café has moved into the sparkling new
smoke-free area downstairs.   Come and see it for yourself!  

Entry is FREE. Try winning a bar tab or prize in
our popular Open Mic session this month.


Applications to the inaugural curatorial internship, a partnership between The Blumhardt Foundation, Creative New Zealand and The Dowse, close on 20 November 2004.

The intern will work with Dowse staff, researching and developing the opening exhibition for the Blumhardt Gallery in The “New” Dowse, which is due to open in mid 2006.

The position has been developed to nurture curatorial interest and expertise in the areas of decorative arts and design and will be based at The Dowse in Lower Hutt. The intern will work closely with Dowse curatorial staff and The Blumhardt Foundation. Some training will be provided.

The contract will commence in January 2005. More information and a position description are available from The Blumhardt Foundation. Please contact Morice Crandall (Tel: 021 363 553 Email: Or you can click on the link for a position description.

Applications, including CVs and the contact details of two referees, should be sent to The Coordinator, The Blumhardt Foundation, PO Box 11 497, Wellington. Or emailed to


Applications to the Smash Palace Fund, a partnership between Creative New Zealand and the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology (MoRST), close on 18 February 2005.

The $600,000 Smash Palace Fund, to be distributed over three years, is a sequel to last year’s successful pilot of the Smash Palace Collaboration Fund, which provided opportunities for New Zealand artists and scientists to collaborate on projects that involve the two disciplines.

Funding for the extension to the Collaboration Fund was provided through the Growth and Innovation Framework component of the Government’s Budget, announced in May this year. Creative New Zealand will manage the fund on behalf of MoRST.

For application details contact John McDavitt

This time next week it will be opening night of the 2004 Wellington French Film Festival!  Each year this event has been held, it has grown in popularity and we are sure that this year will be no exception.  We have secured seven outstanding French films that have never been seen in New Zealand before. 

Following is a synopsis on each of the films in this year's programme:


17 portraits of a young woman trying to rebuild her life….In the depths of Brittany, a young woman suddenly becomes a widow. Stunned, the lonely beauty rebuilds her life, step by step, and becomes reconciled with her ghosts. Along her highly contrasted route, dotted with hardships and encounters, wanderings and shifts of mood, she makes a handful of very difficult decisions: temporarily giving up her son, moving toToulouse, etc.

The title is strange and the film strong. It moves subtly from tragedy to quiet hope. At its center, Beatrice Dalle, a living poem, devours the screen. Noticed atCannes, the first film by novelist Christopher Honore offers a powerful atmosphere, superb images, a dynamic soundtrack. Above all, he gave the gorgeous lead to the troubling Beatrice Dalle, luminous and greatly inspired, after the very intense Trouble Every Day by Claire Denis.

--Alexis Campion, Le Journal du Dimanche – July 2002

Screening times: Friday 12 November @ 8:30pm / Monday 15 November @ 3:30pm


A Piece of Sky tells of the resistance of women prisoners and women workers in a factory. In prison, Joanna obstinately questions the authority that confines her. Bound to a production line, Claudine is caught up by a past that links her to Joanna.  Joanna’s lawyer asks her to testify to explain what pushed her friend to use violence but doing so would mean denouncing the union which seems to protect her. Comings and goings between the prison and the factory, between intimacy and politics. Joanna yields, breaks down and then finds the strength to declare once and for all the right to dignity for herself and the women surrounding her.  Claudine rebels. She agrees to testify, leads the factory struggle and joins in Joanna’s radicalism. She refuses the compromise offered by the union structure and agrees to bear her own exclusion. The two women reveal themselves in the valour of their refusals and give their friendship a chance for possible rebirth.

United by a mutual past as unionists, Claudine and Joanna have no longer met since Joanna was imprisoned. Her former comrade’s testimony might be the last chance to save her. In her first film, Benedicte Lienard avoids the pitfalls of a social film, yet convincingly faces the condition of women in prison and in factories. With a scenario that cleverly plays on the unsaid, the portraits of women have a rare accuracy.

--X.L., Le Nouvel Observateur – October 2002

Screening times: Tuesday 16 November @ 8:30pm


Fascinating drama about Claire and Philippe, two people suffering from memory loss. They meet in hospital and gradually a deep bond forms between them. However, as Philippe begins to regain his memory, Claire remembers less and less.

A film about memory? The subject is disconcerting, both so very special and so open. Director, Zabou Breitman has embraced it seriously while giving preference above all to emotion. For her, memory seems to be a passion that she shares with us through simple characters, like those she has often portrayed under the simple name of Zabou. Claire appears to be a young woman with a problem-free existence, yet she has lost the thread of her own life. One stormy day, a bolt of lightening wiped out her memory. Still a bit “feverish”, she enters a centre for all kinds of forgetful people, a huge house where they move around by following coloured lines, so as not to lose the thread. A beautiful idea clearly taken from a documentary. A positivist like the therapist she plays, the director stresses the fantasy found in behaviour and language, the often burlesque derailments of memory. The story centers on a strong, contrasted character, Philippe, a young man completely “anesthetized” by a car accident. Claire brings him out of his torpor. The more Philippe regains his memory, the more it hurts him, while Claire loses her memory and becomes insensitive. Zabou adroitly uses these slipped gears that short-circuit sentimentality and refine it by stating that we do not love with words nor with sentiment but with memory. We’ll remember that.

--Frederic Strauss, Telerama, January 2002

Screening times: Thursday 11 November @ 1:30pm / Wednesday 17 November @ 6:30pm


Seasiderecounts life in a little town in the Baie de Somme with its vast stretches of beach, brightly painted houses and casino. The film weaves complex connections between the characters we meet and tells the tale of an unusual faraway seaside town.

A small seaside village stretches along a vast pebble beach. In the winter, it looks like a moonscape. In the summer, a crowd of vacationers and habitués gathers on the beach, bordered by little colourful huts, giving it a festive air. At one end of the beach is a pebble treatment factory where Marie works. Her boyfriend Paul is a grocer in the winter and lifeguard in the summer. Pre-occupied by his mother Rose, who wastes her retirement pension on slot machines, Paul does not understand Marie’s dreamy temperament and stifles her with his clumsy love. Slowly, Marie starts to feel an indescribable uneasiness. The vacationers she meets during the season remind her of youthful dreams from elsewhere. Albert, a young manager at the factory, has just been firedand with his beautiful sports car, he looks like Prince Charming.....

Screening times: Friday 12 November @ 11:30am / Monday 15 November @ 6:30pm


Thriller about an ambitious young technician who is invited to spend the weekend at the home of a successful television

producer whom he idolizes. At 50, Jean-Louis Broustal is a TV producer with everything. A career marked by success, a divine wife and money as if the skies had opened up. Besides, her latest program, “Envoy les mouchoirs” (Send in the Handkerchiefs), with the famous MC, Philippe Letzger, has broken all the audience rating records. Bastien, who warms up the audience for this dubious programme, knows he is worth more than this. If he lets himself be humiliated by Letzger within “Broustal Productions”, it is simply to have the chance of being close to Jean-Louis Broustal….his idol. So when his boss suggests a working weekend in the country to go over the fine points on “Le Preuve en images” (Proof by Pictures), a new concept Bastien has created, it is a dream come true for Bastien. Hoping for a promotion, he eagerly accepts the invitation and travels to a remote country house where he is welcomed by the producer’s charming young wife. However, during the course of the weekend, he discovers that there is more to the couple than meets theeye….

Screening times: Sunday 14 November @ 6:00pm / Wednesday 17 November @ 1:30pm

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