Thursday, March 24, 2005

The No.8 Wire - Issue 29

Gondwanaland Ministry of Culture
Artists' Information Bureau


An Electronic Alert for 751 of Wellington's Creative People
Tail-end Octo-numerical Interview: ALISON JONES

Wondering and wandering


Dear Friends,

Barbarian Productions and the Hothouse Performing Arts Residency warmly invite you to a free Work-in-Progress showing next Wednesday in the heart of Martinborough.

The theatre troupe have been based in Martinborough for the past three weeks, where they are developing a new production and serving as the pilot residency for the Hothouse Project (itself a work-in-progress). If you would like a detailed summary of the Hothouse, please send a request to

The show, currently untitled, is based around a 7-strong amateur dramatics troupe who encounter various situations as they tour regional New Zealand. Still in development, the production includes a variety show extravaganza and frequent chaotic outbreaks. If you are able to join us next Wednesday at 2:30pm, please email to confirm a place. Don't miss the amateur dramatics of the Kia Ora New Zealand Players as they land in the Wairarapa!

Barbarian Productions would love your feedback on the early work to date. We also invite your participation as we establish the Hothouse Residency in Martinborough - a bold but simple idea to support and grow new stage work in New Zealand.

Work In Progress showing
Wednesday 30 March
Martinborough Old Town Hall
(Large solitary building just in back of the town square)
Please email to confirm your attendance

Many thanks,

Melanie Hamilton
Barbarian Productions
Hothouse Founder

Eric Holowacz
Wellington Arts Centre
Hothouse Founder



Wellington's new arts centre opening soon...

Artist studios are in demand at the new arts centre on Abel Smith Street, which is set to open its first phase in late April. The second application deadline for studio space is April 11, and complete material is available by contacting the below. The emphasis will be on supporting emerging and early-career artists, working in any medium or discipline, but all applications will be considered.

The facility will also offer meeting space, classroom and workshop space, offices for small or large arts organisations, two performance/rehearsal spaces, storage, and music rehearsal rooms. If you are interested in learning more about these facilities, then make contact soon.

If you have a track record of offering creative workshops or classes, from beginner to advanced specialist, the new arts centre will have an array of opportunities to connect with. We are currently accepting proposals from instructors who can lead creative workshops, term courses, and other learning based art activities. Just call as below.

If you are an artist, collective, curator, or organisation interested in proposing an exhibition for the new arts centre's gallery space, please let us know. An application framework will be developed soon, and expressions of interest can be made at any time.

There's more to come, so stay tuned.

Questions, ideas, suggestions, requests, contact

Eric Holowacz
Wellington Arts Centre



New Fish, an exhibition by a half-dozen emerging artists in Wellington, will be on view at Thistle Hall, from 27 March to 3 April. You are invited to the opening reception on Sunday, 27 March, from 6:30pm on. Participating painters and sculptors include Kalabha, Boby Koro, Leo Taupe, Shalini, Andre Brayne and Stephen Tevaga. Thistle Hall is located at 293 Cuba Street (Corner of Cuba and Arthur Streets). Call 384 3088 or email



Emerging Artist's Showcase 2005, curated by Martin Cregg and including works by Grace Carson, Andy Palmer, Alastair McAra, Jaxon Laidlaw, Sharon Jones and Shaun Lawson is currently showing at Photospace gallery, until 15 April.

All of the images were printed and mounted on Diabond by DAC Ltd.

There is a special website for this exhibition, at


James Gilberd
Photospace studio/gallery
1st floor, 37 Courtenay Place
ph/fax: 64-4-382 9502
Gallery hours: 10-4.30 Monday-Friday
11-3 Saturdays, closed public holidays



Young and Hungry: Wellington Auditions and Crew Call

If you have a passion for the theatre and you're aged between 15 - 25 - then get involved! This year's plays are:

The Many Faces of Kelly j Loko by Stephen Bain Exchange by Lauren Jackson Collective Agreement by Whiti Hereaka


These will be group style auditions. Please bring a $2 registration fee. Scripts will not be available prior to auditions, directors are Paul McLaughlin, Larry Rew and Kerryn Palmer.

When: Saturday 2nd April 9.30am / 2.00pm
Sunday 3rd April , 9.30am / 2.00pm
Where: Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, Hutchinson Rd, Newtown
Wear: Loose, comfortable clothing.
Note:Please allow three and a half hours for your audition.

Closing date for the acting auditions registrations is 5pm Wednesday March 30th!


We have a fantastic team of mentors who'll let you in on all the trade secrets... So if you're interested in Set design and construction, Costume design and construction, Sound design and operation, Lighting design and operation, Stage Management Production Management, or Marketing - Get in touch!

When: Wednesday 30th March at 6pm
Where: Young & Hungry Offices, Level 2/16 Cambridge Tce, Wgtn
Bring: A pen and paper.
Closing date for the crew registrations is 5pm, March Tuesday 29th


Fill in a registration form, telling us what you're interested in and send it to us I'll be in touch to let you know when your audition time is.
Pick up a form from BATS Theatre or get in touch & I'll send one out.
A registration form MUST be filled in to secure a place in the auditions

Angela Meyer, 385 8227, PO Box 27364 Marion Square, Pop by the Y&H office, Playmarket Offices, level 2, 16 Cambridge Tce, Wellington



The Wellington Photographic Society proudly presents a meeting with Marti Friedlander on Tuesday, April 12, at 7:30 pm at the Wellington City Gallery, Civic Square.

Everyone is welcome! Tickets cost $15 ($10 for students with ID) and can be purchased by contacting the organisers:

Liga Rodgers
Ph: (04) 478 9694
Cell: 027 421 2480

Kesh Gilmour
ph: 027 464 9533

Marti Friedlander is widely recognised as one of New Zealand's most distinguished photographers. A Jewish immigrant from Britain, she was one of the first to document the changing nature of post-war New Zealand: life in the countryside and the cities, immigrants and locals, the protest movement and the women's movement. Her best-known projects include a series of portraits of Maori women with moko and a suite of photographs celebrating New Zealand artists and writers. Many of Marti's photographs have become icons of New Zealand life because they get to the heart of what it is like to be a New Zealander: the individuality of the people, cultural diversity, creative endeavour and our special relationship with the landscape.

Marti has collaborated with authors Michael King, James McNeish and Dick Scott on a number of books, and has been the subject of a special TV documentary, 'Marti: the Passionate Eye'. In 2001 the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki mounted a major exhibition of her work, which subsequently toured New Zealand. She was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her contribution to photography in 1998.



The Voice of Youth hits Wellington this weekend, with free events in celebration of creativity, cultures and art-making. Friday night at Thistle Hall, from 6 to 10pm, anyone and everyone is invited to an open mic session for all ages. Saturday from 10am to 4pm, the informal jam continues with music, breakdancing, words, and art. Organised by the Track s Trust, their mission is to connect local artists with young people and other creative folks from around the world. It comes to a rollicking conclusion with a 9pm concert by Tommy and Rapsody at Bar Bodega on Saturday night (admission $10). Learn more by emailing or calling Jay on 021-159-1639.



It's never too early to plan your 2006 Fringe event. Check this link for details on venues in Wellington...

And stay in touch with Fringe, by adding yourself to their email news service...



New Zealand String Quartet (NZ)

The New Zealand String Quartet kick-start Chamber Music New Zealand¹s 2005 Celebrity Season with George Crumb¹s piece, Black Angels. The work includes shouting, whispering, gongs, maracas, and crystal glasses with the quartet amplified to produce a highly surrealistic effect.

Wellington - Thursday 31 March, Wellington Town Hall, 8pm
More information on the tour:

Gretchen Dunsmore & Lynda Cochrane (NZ)

Living on opposite sides of the world hasn¹t stopped musicians
Gretchen Dunsmore and Lynda Cochrane from making music together. With clarinettist Gretchen based in New Zealand and pianist Lynda in Glasgow, the duo don¹t get together as often as they¹d like but in March and April they will reunite to make music again, performing for CMNZ¹s Associate Societies.

Upper Hutt - Friday 1 April, Genesis Theatre, 8pm.
Presented by the Upper Hutt Music Society
More information on the tour:

Piers Lane (Australia/UK)

Brilliant pianist Piers Lane performs in recital for Chamber Music New Zealand in April and May. This long awaited return visit will Piers¹s third tour for CMNZ, for whom he first toured in 1997. Expect to be entertained!

Wellington - Tuesday 3 May, Wellington Town Hall, 8pm
More information on the tour:

Felix the Quartet (NZ)

Wellington based ensemble Felix the Quartet bring their stylish string playing to CMNZ¹s Associate Societies this year.

Lower Hutt - Monday 2 May, Little Theatre, 8pm.
Presented by Chamber Music Hutt Valley
More information on the tour:

Shanghai Quartet (US)

The Shanghai Quartet return to New Zealand to perform as part of the Celebrity Season. Described by international media as musicians who give "the kind of performance composers dream of", they present an OEeast meets west¹ fusion of Chinese and Western works.

Wellington - Saturday 18 June, Wellington Town Hall, 8pm
More information on the tour:

Rachel Service, Communications Co-ordinator
Chamber Music New Zealand
ph +64 4 384 6133
fax +64 4 384 3773
Level 3, 60 Ghuznee Street





The central Wellington home of the composer dubbed the grandfather of New Zealand music, the late Douglas Lilburn, is to be sold as a new trust tries to retain it in public ownership.

The Lilburn Residence Trust wants the 1950s weatherboard house kept, either for visiting composers or as a home for the Creative New Zealand Victoria University composer in residence.

But with the house likely to be put on the market in the next few days by the separate Lilburn Trust, it will be difficult for the new group to secure sufficient money in time to buy the property.

The Thorndon house is surrounded by bush, and has a rateable value of $360,000, with a land value of $330,000. It has a heritage order on it, preventing development of the site.

Wanganui-born Lilburn, rated New Zealand's greatest composer, lived there for more than 40 years before he died, aged 85, in 2001.

Lilburn Trust member and executor of Mr Lilburn's will, Margaret Calder, said Lilburn had asked that all his assets be realised and the money held in the trust he set up in 1984 for the ongoing fostering of New Zealand music. "It's the instruction in the will," she said.

Lilburn Residence Trustee Scilla Askew said Lilburn had tried before he died to find a way to have his home kept as a residence, without success. She said it could complement residences for writers and visual artists which were also in Thorndon.

"There are no residences for composers in New Zealand at all."

Visit this website to learn how you can help...



The eye of Ans Westra
by Bianca Zander, from The Listener

It took a Dutch woman to see our strangeness and photograph it, so that we might one day see it, too.

For once, it is sunnier in Wellington than it has any right to be, but after a cheery, "Halloo!" at the gate, Ans Westra ushers her visitor around the back of the house and down into the sudden gloom of her subterranean flat. She owns the whole house, but, in the first of a succession of eccentricities, chooses to live underneath it, in a series of rooms with as much natural light as a cave. "My last house was very light. The paintings faded. But that was a different life," she offers, as an intriguing explanation.

Read the rest here,



Your money-giving city council will offer a free seminar in April to guide you through its grant application process. This is an opportunity to find out more about the Council's various arts and culture grants, what the grant criteria mean for you and how to formally apply. Seminars are usually held one month before grant applications close. The next round closes on April 29. The seminar is free, but you need to book by calling the Grants Co-ordinator on (04) 801 3595.

Grants Covered in this Seminar: Arts and Cultural Grants, Community Festivals Grants, Creative Communities NZ Local Funding Scheme, Maori Arts Grants

Seminar Topics: grant criteria as they relate to your project, the right scheme for your project, projects unlikely to receive funding, how to apply, how to present a good budget with your application

Sign up now for the next free seminar

11 April 2005
Wellington City Council Committee Room 2
101 Wakefield Street



Author stands by call for CDs to be destroyed...pop diagnosis is vanity, with slight case of persecution complex...

Dunedin author Lynley Hood is standing by her call for thousands of CD Roms containing incorrect biographical information about her to be destroyed, but rejects claims she threatened legal action.
Dr Hood last week wrote to government agency Creative New Zealand asking for the 2000 CDs about New Zealnd writers, which wrongly stated her doctorate from the University of Otago was honorary rather than an examined degree, to be destroyed and new versions made and redistributed.
As a result Creative NZ destroyed hundreds of CD-Roms and asked writers who had received them to destroy their copies.
But Hood's request has come under fire from fellow authors who in a Sunday newspaper were quoted as calling the author of A City Possessed - a story about the Christchurch civic creche case - paranoid and vain.
However, yesterday, Hood said the incorrect information could seriously damage her reputation if people believed her doctorate was awarded and not earned.
The CDs will be used to promote New Zealand literature internationally, specifically at the London Book Fair this month.
"Those CDs are going to be around for a long time and not only does the mistake take away my qualification, it's made it into a liability.
"If you've got an honorary doctorate and use the title, you're a joke. I can't afford for that to happen," she said.
In the letter written to Creative New Zealand, Dr Hood said she believed the mistake was deliberate as she had pointed out - in writing and on two occasions - the doctorate was examined, not honorary.
"Indeed, I am bound to conclude the error was deliberate, and that it was made by someone who clearly understands the difference between an earned degree and an honorary degree, and who must therefore be fully aware that misrepresenting an earned doctorate as an honorary doctorate to an international audience will seriously damage the honour and reputation of the degree holder.
"As you are well aware, anyone with an honorary doctorate who uses the title Dr, and who fails to add (Hon) to the letters after his or her name, is deservedly regarded as a pretentious ignoramus.
"Consequently, by portraying my degree as an honorary one in a government-sponsored publication, CreativeNZ has not only failed to acknowledge my proper scholarly status, it has turned legitimate use of my hard-earned doctorate into an object of contempt," the letter said.
She was unperturbed by the public backlash of her literary colleagues.
"Well, the people the paper spoke to were children's authors and poets."
Children's author Kate de Goldi said the debacle was "crucifyingly embarrassing" for New Zealand literature.
"I can't believe that someone would...require that the mistake be amended at considerable cost simply for their own vanity," she said.
Poet Jenny Bornholdt, who is among the 44 writers on the CD, said other writers she had spoken to were outraged. "They think it's ridiculous," she said. "It's overkill."
Wellington novelist Lloyd Jones said Hood's belief the error was deliberate was "probably paranoia working overtime".
While Creative New Zealand initially suggested inserting a correction card in every CD case, Hood said she told them it would be "just as easy" to reburn and distribute the discs.
She was baffled as to where the references to threatening legal action came from.
"That is totally incorrect. I have never made any threats. Legal action has never been discussed."
Hood's letter concludes by saying a copy of it will be forwarded to her lawyer.
A Creative NZ spokeswoman told the Sunday Star-Times about 200 recipients of the CD here and overseas had been sent letters to destroy their copies, which would be replaced.
A further 600 copies which had not been distributed would be destroyed, and amended copies produced.
At last week's London Book Fair, where Antipodean writing was the central focus, about 1200 of the CDs were issued with an "erratum slip" of paper correcting Hood's profile.
Hood said she hoped Creative NZ would reissue the 1200 CDs distributed in London, which included Spanish and French translations, as erratum slips were "not good enough".



Capital Harmony Chorus "Newsletter"
Dear Friend of Chorus

A belated welcome to 2005 chorus activities - with contest and a show looming, the year has flown by already. We've possibly added to chorus numbers with the birth of Iona to Margaret McLachlan and husband Nick. Margaret was doing her choreo up until the last fortnight before the birth!

The first date of note is Monday 4th April at 8:30pm. Instead of a formal dress rehearsal, we are holding a friends and family night (with a supper of course) at our normal venue at Churton Park School, free and gratis, with supper of course. We'd love to see you there, particularly as some of our newer members haven't been in front of an audience very often.

We are singing in the national competitions on Saturday16th April, at Wellington Town Hall. We are the first competing chorus so we should be singing shortly after 1pm. Tickets for each contest (Chorus and quartet on Friday 15th) are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students from Ticketek (for other ticket options ,

Our BIG DEAL for the year is the Niji concert "from Paua to Kimono" on Saturday 14th May at St Andrews on The Terrace in Wellington. Tickets are $10 and will be available as door sales or from chorus members as of next week (email us, write to us or phone Jo Rusk on 477 9639). As well as the Niji Women's Choir from Tokyo we have the wonderful Vox Serbicus choir, demonstrations of Maori martial art for women, Indian dancing, a champion piper and other guests - as well as ourselves! I've enclosed a flyer for you as well.

If you'd be willing to act as a gofer or door keeper or backstage person in return for a couple of free tickets (and a supper invite) please let me know via the chorus email address.

We think the college barbershop competitions are on the following Saturday 21st May so keep an eye on the papers for venue and times.

The date for our next quiz night will be either Saturday 11th or 19th of June at the Greenacres School venue. These are always great fun and last year we sold out before the day.

We will also be part of the Old St Paul's lunchtime concert series, probably Tuesday 12th or 19th July.

The local open barbershop quartet competitions are Saturday 30th July this year so keep an eye out for the publicity. Phoenix quartet will be there with a comedy routine and some other chorus members are thinking of entering as well.

The chorus have the opportunity to attend a national education symposium in August (in Auckland) so we are fundraising towards off-setting some of the accommodation and transport costs. There is also a quartet workshop planned November, to be held in Wellington (yay)

We haven't decided yet on whether or not to do another fashion show later in the year (with a slightly longer presentation of clothing this time) so keep an eye on the website. It is likely that we will do another cabaret style show next year (if we have the energy after this year that is...) so we'll keep you posted. At this stage I haven't persuaded the chorus to accept my Beach Boys theme or my cowboy theme, dang it.

We have the chance to enter contest by video in the future, so we may also choose to hold a "mini show" in March next year and submit the video rather than travelling all the way to Christchurch in 2007.

We are always keen to perform so if you know an organisation that would appreciate a presentation please let us know. We can sometimes do a lunchtime performance and can also arrange catering to make it a more formal occasion. We recently replaced another choir at short notice (two weeks) for a women's conference and had a great time - we had some trouble getting the audience back to their seats after they had sung Mickey Mouse with us, which was a novel experience. Any novel fundraising ideas are also welcome.

As always, please let us know if you want to come off the mailing list or are changing your address - either by email or snail mail as below. Also, if you would be happy to get the newsletter by email instead of post, please email us with your preferred email address.

Those contact details again -
Snail mail : Capital Harmony Chorus PO Box 12-449 Thorndon.



Jan van Eyck Academie
Post-academic Institute for Research and Production
Fine Art, Design, Theory

Call for applications
Deadline: 15 April 2005

The Jan van Eyck Academie is an institute for research and production in the fields of Fine Art, Design and Theory, based in Maastricht, in the south of the Netherlands. The academy invites artists, designers and theoreticians to submit research or production proposals. In order to realise these projects, the academy offers the necessary made-to-measure artistic, technical and auxiliary preconditions and develops contacts with external partners.

Research, production, presentation, discussion
The Jan van Eyck Academie offers space and time to let go of predetermined processes and to explore new inroads which may lead to unexpected results: unconventional productions, such as temporary projects in the public arena, fictional designs or speculative thought experiments. This experimental attitude towards research and production implies that the academy is not led by predetermined leitmotivs. The subject matters of the various research projects of its international artists, designers and theoreticians are heterogeneous (see examples below).

These miscellaneous projects form the basis for several events which are organized each week: presentations, discussions, lectures, seminars, screenings, exhibitions,... External interested parties are welcome to attend these activities. The result is a dynamic and critical exchange between the different agents from within and outside of the Jan van Eyck.

Artists, designers and theoreticians who submitted a project proposal and were subsequently selected become researchers at the Jan van Eyck. In order to realise their projects researchers have their own studios, receive a grant and can make use of the facilities: the library, the documentation centre, various workshops (wood and other materials; graphic techniques; photography; digital text and image processing and editing; time-based media) and the production bureau (assistance with print work, editing and all other productions). They can also appeal to the institute for pr assistance relating to their projects or for the distribution of their productions.

Artists, designers and theoreticians who wish to apply for a one or two year research period, starting in January 2006, can send in their research proposal before 15 April 2005. See for application details For practical questions concerning the application procedure, please contact: Leon Westenberg (

Current research projects and productions (selection)

Collective projects (Research proposals can also be submitted within the framework of the following projects).
- 'Circle for Lacanian Ideology Critique' - Research platform that does not consider Lacanian theory as a dogmatic closed system, but as an open set of tools helping to form a critical look on current (post-)modern culture. More info:
- 'Film and bio-politic' - The impact of the avant-garde notion of life on 20th century art and film is being researched along the lines of bio-political categories. Does film participate in the 'paradigm of production of life'? And is film, then, reproductive, even simulative, or rather productive? More info:
- 'The tomorrow book. Navigating to, within and beyond the book' - The future of the book will be researched from a multi-disciplinary standpoint: editing, typography, book design, publishing and distribution. More info:
- 'UbiScribe' - The research project and on-line publication platform investigates authoring and publishing in the age of personalization. Its aim is to build a research catalogue and body of publications. More info:

Fine art
- Stefanie Seibold (DE) - By exploring the means and possibilities of performance, alternative spaces are created which allow for a narration of different (sexual and gender) identities.
- Inga Zimprich (DK) - Think tank. Research into the parallels between open-source programming and social and artistic collaborative practices.

- Tina Clausmeyer (DE) - Mapping conspiratorial spaces. A network analysis of surveillance patterns and visualization of Stasi's secret meeting places from 1980-89 in the former GDR.
- Vinca Kruk (NL) - Developing a historical approach to identity design by, among other things, designing a visual identity for companies or organizations which no longer exist.

- Stéphanie Benzaquen (FR): Documenting, visualizing and contextualizing mass murders by investigating its representations in culture, realms of memory, news media, academic essays and official actions.
- Gideon Boie & Matthias Pauwels (BE) - The open city, or the urban logic of post-capitalism. The contradictions of the ideological construct of the 'open city' are revealed by analysing several concrete 'third-way' solutions for the outcasts of the European metropolis.
- Jonathan Dronsfield (GB) - How, if at all, has contemporary art taken an 'ethical turn'? What is at stake when contemporary artists, theoreticians and curators appeal to the ethical as a justification or rationale or premise or aim of their work?

Jan van Eyck Academie
Academieplein 1
6211 KM Maastricht
The Netherlands
t +31 (0)43 350 37 37
f +31 (0)43 350 37 99


Drive by Art Hits the Street with Colourful Connections from around the World

Over two dozen new works of art, each painted on a large vinyl street banner, have been created by members of Wellington's ethnic and international communities. These banners, commissioned in partnership with local multi-cultural group, Colourful Connections, have now been installed in the CBD. Residents and visitors, on foot or in vehicles, can now experience this art gallery on the street -- from Cable Street, Jervoise Quay, and Customhouse Quay. A second series of 25 banners, designed by local schools to celebrate world cultures, was more recently installed along Oriental Parade.

"These bold and eye-catching banners reveal Wellington's creative diversity, and represent the multitude of international identities of our city," said Community Arts Assistant, Seamus Arnel. "We hope that thousands of residents, commuters, and pedestrians will get a better look at the ethnic nationalities represented in our cosmopolitan city."

The Colourful Connections banners will go up on along the streets of the Wellington waterfront in support of 2005 Race Relations Day, and in conjunction with the CrossOver exhibition opening on 21 March at the Academy of Fine Arts. Drive by Art is a Wellington City Council public art initiative developed by Recreation Wellington, with generous support from local businesses, Resene and Flagmakers. To date, over 100 local artists and schools have participated, each creating a new work of art for our city streets. Drive by Art was honoured with the NZ Creative Places Award in 2004.

"The original works of art keep getting better and better, and the streets of Wellington keep getting more colourful and interesting," said Community Arts Co-ordinator Eric Holowacz, who developed Drive by Art as a way to bring new creative elements to the City's built environment. "The next time you visit Wellington's Waterfront, look up. A vibrant, cultural, exciting city will reveal itself with Drive by Art."

Drive by Art Colourful Connections: now on the streets of Wellington, through August 2005. Special thanks to our Drive by Art sponsors: Resene and Flagmakers, two Wellington-based companies who care about the creative community. For more information about Drive by Art, please contact Seamus Arnel, Community Arts Projects Assistant, 04 385 1929, or


Coming soon, to The Learning Connexion ... the end of term student art exhibition...

Yes, it's true - we're nearing the end of our first term of 2005. The students have all been working hard and we're seeing some absolutely amazing results. This upcoming exhibition is shaping up to be mind-boggling, and I for one am really looking forward to the final show!

Not to mention that it's going to make our school look gorgeous for the graduation ceremony for our 2004 graduates, which will be in the evening on Friday 1 April.

We'd love to see you at our opening night, Thursday 31 March 2005 (doors open at 7.30pm and final entry is at 9.30pm); or you can come and visit on Friday 1, Saturday 2, or Sunday 3 April, between 10am and 4pm.

We're at 31 Avon Street, Island Bay, Wellington.

See you then!

Debbie McGuire
The Learning Connexion
PO Box 9811, 31 Avon St, Island Bay, Wellington
DDI: (04) 383-4325



Well - Contrary to popular belief, we have not disappeared off the face of the earth at all, but have been hard at work, preparing yet another year of amazing kiwi music for you to enjoy. So, keep your eyes and ears peeled for these two beauties, arriving at a CD store near you.
The Green Room 004: HOPE
Instore NZ wide on April 19
The latest and final instalment in a series of compilations that have encouraged environmental education, & positive change. In HOPE, the creative lens has been focused on the consumption of fossil fuels, and tracks will be included from such artists as Fat Freddy's Drop, Kora, Recloose, Solaa & more.

Skallander - The Camels
Instore NZ wide on May 2005
Is it blues? Glitch? Rock? Whatever it is - believe me - the upcoming release from Wellington based duo, Skallander, is unlike anything you have ever heard before. With its dark ambience, and hints of glitch, this album is going to turn heads. Of course we'll keep you posted with more information as the release date draws nearer.

We are also working on the bomb first album from Module; Sam Scott from The Phoenix Foundations solo album; Age Pryor's third album. Fly My Pretties number 2 and LOOP Select 007. Phew...
We'll write again soon and keep you up to date with what's going on in our loopy little world.
In the meantime, keep well.
LOOP Recordings Aot(ear)oa <%20>


About a Girl
Three Artists - One Model
new photographic and mixed-media works
by Maire Smith, Grant Buist, and Rachel Woolford

About a Girl, a unique exhibition comprising portraits of one model by three artists, is on view through the end of March at Wellington's Mezzo-space in the main library. Each artist took a very different approach to the presentation of the figure and female portraiture.

Maire Smith works in oil and other media on canvas - including an unusual combination of body paint, photography (with Kirsty O'Dowd), and oil painting. The pictures express her reactions to the model's personality.

Grant Buist, a well-known illustrator and Wellington-based cartoonist, here works with digitally enhanced photography. His images of the model are elegant, deceptively simple, and reminiscent of the work of Aubrey Beardsley.

Rachel Woolford re-directs techniques she's developed for still-life and nature photography, and here explores human form and character. Her pictures are sensitive explorations of the model's interaction with her environment.

The exhibition as a whole provides a fascinating illustration of how different artists can react to one source of inspiration, and how the artists' perceptions of the model change over time. The work in About a Girl has been created throughout 2004 and early 2005, and can also be viewed at the following website

The Mezzo-space is a recent partnership between Wellingotn City Council's property office and its Community Arts Programme. It provides an on-going temporary exhibition space for emerging and lesser-known artists seeking to show new work, build audience, and advance their professional development in Wellington. Since opening in November 2004, the space has shown nine exhibitions, featuring works by over 60 local artists.

"The Mezzo-space project developed out of a growing need to encourage artistic contributions and cultivate creative efforts in the Capital City," said Arts Advisor, Eric Holowacz. "This simple idea does that wonderfully."

Upcoming exhibtions at Mezzo-space include "Into the Fire" a photo-ducumentary on the training of New Zealand fire-fighters, in early April; followed by Comics World, a survey of underground and popular comics illustration by artists aged 17 to 70; and then May exhibitions by Grant Tilley and Shane Hammond.

For information about Mezzo-space, contact Eric Holowacz at Wellington Arts Centre: 385-1929 or



Dance Your Socks Off Wants You...

Wellington's Award winning festival of dance: 1-21 September 2005.


1. Celebrating the diversity of dance
2. Increasing participation in dance
3. Increasing dance spectatorship and appreciation

What we provide

The Dance Your Socks Off! festival provides free promotional support for your dance organisation. We produce 20,000 Dance Your Socks Off! brochures, a web site and co-ordinated promotional campaign. Various performance opportunities will be available as part of the Dance Your Socks Off! festival.

For more information and registration forms please contact:

Andy Nelson
Dance Your Socks Off! Festival Director
Recreation Wellington
Wellington City Council
P.O. Box 2199
Ph 04 801 3604


Leading UK Hip Hop dance Director and DJ on workshop tour of New Zealand - Sun 27 March - Wed 6 April 2005

The British Council and DANZ (Dance Aotearoa New Zealand) have great pleasure in announcing a workshop tour by leading British Street/Hip Hop/contemporary dance artist and Dance Company Director Robert Hylton and composer, turntablist and performer DJ Biznizz.

Robert Hylton, schooled in the UK underground Jazz dance scene, Hip Hop culture and Body Popping, is Artistic Director of dance company Urban Classicism ( ) and is sought after internationally as a dance teacher and performer. DJ Biznizz has been a leading figure in the UK Hip Hop scene since the early 1980's and has performed with De La Soul, N.W.A, Public Enemy, House of Pain, Roy Ayres and The Jungle Brothers to name a few.

Robert Hylton and DJ Biznizz will begin their tour of New Zealand with a residency at Te Wananga o Aotearoa Maori Performing Arts School in Rotorua from 30 March to 2 April 2005. They will present a lecture/demonstration on Friday 1 April at Taiwere campus, Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Rotorua. Their Rotorua visit will also include two secondary school workshops.

Following this Robert and DJ Biznizz will hold workshops at Whitireia Polytechnic in Porirua, and Rongotai College, Wellington on Monday 4 April. Robert will also conduct a video conference training workshop for schools across the country.

Besides working with students, Robert and DJ Biznizz will meet key performers from the Aotearoa Hip Hop scene.

The Executive Director of DANZ, Tania Kopytko says "DANZ is very excited about this opportunity, made possible through the British Council - it will allow young people, who see hip hop culture as so essentially part of their artistic expression, to learn from prominent international performers. It will be a two way exchange as undoubtedly the experience in Rotorua and Wellington will be exciting and challenging for Robert and DJ Biznizz also. This is the wonder and importance of international exchanges."

Robert Hylton was a nominee for the prestigious Jerwood Choreography Award in the UK in 2001. He won the 2002 Capture Award for dance on film, earning the highly coveted position of Associate Artist at London's famed The Place theatre. His left of centre approach to hip hop and theatre has carved an original style that is ground breaking, accessible and dynamic.

DJ Biznizz was original DJ for legendary UK Rap group The London Posse and 1999 winner of the DMC UK Team Championships. He has had residencies on UK's Radio 1 and at London club FABRIC and has worked on numerous film and theatre projects. (further info also on

Access to workshops is limited, if you are interested in coming along to any of the workshops please contact Felicity Connell at the British Council.

For further information contact:

Tania Kopytko
Executive Director
phone (04) 801 9885

Felicity Connell
British Council
Phone (04) 924 2898
mobile 021 535 268
Connecting aspirational young people with contemporary UK



Snippets from the recent Council paper...

Background Details

Council currently spends between $7 million and $12 million per annum supporting arts and cultural activities in Wellington. The majority (75%) of this funding is allocated to the Wellington Museums Trust, Te Papa and Wellington Convention Centre. Other key spending includes Arts and Culture community grants, the New Zealand International Arts Festival and the Wellington Arts Centre.

These institutions provide important infrastructure for arts and culture in Wellington but there is a need to ensure that current and future arts policy and activities consider the needs of all members of the local arts community and potential connections between arts initiatives across the city, to provide the greatest benefits and opportunities for Wellington.

The development and display of a civic art collection needs to sit within the wider context of the development, promotion and retention of Wellington's arts and cultural sector - as a primary source of the city's creativity and innovation. Artists and arts professionals (producers, curators, conservators, writers, lecturers, arts administrators) working and living in Wellington need to be supported and celebrated by the city...

...Council Agree to invest the Hancock Bequest (approximately
$1,478,000) and use a proportion of the interest generated to:

a) Purchase new works each year from emerging and mid-career artists that live in, or have a significant connection to Wellington City, to be included in the civic art collection displayed in publicly accessible spaces in Council buildings and facilities.

b) Develop a bi-annual exhibition of works acquired for the civic art collection from the Hancock Bequest to be installed at the Wellington Arts Centre Gallery.

Agree to retain the capital amount of the Hancock Bequest for future
potential cultural amenity development in Wellington City (referred to in
recommendation 7).

Agree to display the civic art collection in publicly accessible locations in
Council buildings and facilities such as libraries and recreation and service centres in central city and suburban Wellington.

Agree to maintain a non-collection policy at City Gallery Wellington but allow officers to explore the potential to develop the gallery in the future to allow Wellington to respond proactively to any significant art collections offered to the city.

Read the whole policy paper report here



Awards in Oral History

Oral history is growing in popularity as a way to record our stories and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage has funding available to assist history projects using oral resources.

The Ministry has around $75,000 to award to projects that improve our understanding of New Zealand and what has made us the country we are today.

Awards are not just for individuals, they can go to groups, communities or institutions involved in recording and preserving the stories of people and events using oral history methods.

Go to for more information on applying for funding, along with a list of previous award recipients.

Applications close 30 April 2005.



City Gallery Wellington
24 March - 26 June 2005

In 1971, English critic Robert Melville started a review of a Bridget Riley exhibition with the words: 'No painter, dead or alive, has ever made us more aware of our eyes than Bridget Riley.'

City Gallery Wellington is very proud to present the major exhibition 'Bridget Riley: Paintings and Preparatory Work 1961-2004', the first collection of Riley's work to be shown in New Zealand.

Bridget Riley is Britain's leading abstract painter. Her visually-charged black and white paintings played a large part in shaping abstract painting in the 1960s, and over the four decades of her career she has consistently produced work which has entranced viewers and kept her at the forefront of contemporary painting. The City Gallery Wellington exhibition includes 35 paintings and nearly 70 preparatory works which track the development in Riley's painting over the past 40 years.

Using a simple vocabulary of colours and abstract shapes, Riley produces paintings that shimmer and dance, generating sensations of light, movement and space, and creating emotional and physical experiences for viewers. Bridget Riley was been personally involved in the selection of works for this exhibition, and many of her pivotal works are included in the show.

For more information, visit

$7 Admission
$5 Concession (City Gallery Wellington Friends membership card, Senior Citizen card, Student ID, Community Services Card)
$20 Family Concession (2 Adults and 3 Children)
$14 Multi Visit Ticket (3 visits)

Children under 5 years are free. Booked education groups from primary and secondary schools are also free.

Exhibition organised and toured by the British Council in partnership with the artist Bridget Riley, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and City Gallery Wellington


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Wellington Arts Centre is in search of ten artists who can propose a mural design for the hoarding that will surround the Glover Park construction site. The commission for successful designs will be $1,000, and plywood and paints will be provided. Participating artists should be able to produce their murals off-site or in their own studios, but some workshop accommodation may be available at the new arts centre building in Abel Smith Street. There is no theme -- designs should reflect the work, ideas, styles, and aesthetics of the artist. Below are the basics for interested artists:

PROJECT: Glover Park Redevelopment Murals

DATES: Panels should be completed and ready-to-install by mid-June, and are expected to be in place for 6-9 months.

SIZE: Each mural surface is 4.8m x 1.8m (2 plywood panels); there will be ten or more surrounding the construction site.

COMMISSION: $1,000 per artist payable upon completed mural installation and invoice

MATERIALS: Paints and plywood will be provided

INSTALLATION SITE: Glover Park, Wellington (between Ghuznee and Garrett Streets)

THEME: There is no project theme; artists are free to propose any design; finished murals should be suitable for public display and in keeping with the design proposal.

APPLICATION PROCESS: To submit a proposal, artists should provide a letter expressing interest in the Glover Park Mural Project, their CV or complete contact details, a design sketch or mock-up of their intended mural (A3 or larger), and any notes or description they would like to include about the design. Photos, slides, and samples of other artistic work are also encouraged as support material.

All proposals will be reviewed and responded to between April and June 2005. Primary consideration will be given to artists living and working in the Te Aro neighbourhood, Cuba Street area, and within proximity to the Glover Park site.

CONTACT: For additional details, please contact Eric Holowacz, Wellington Arts Centre on 385-1929 or



Sandra Schmidt
Artist Talk Thursday 31st March 6pm
23 March - 8 April

Sandra Schmidt continues to work with her signature plastic bead constructions in her solo exhibition, Soliloquy, at Enjoy. These meticulously constructed sculptures are produced by melting thousands of tiny plastic beads together to form pictorial objects. For Soliloquy, Schmidt will exhibit one large installation work; a model replica the suburb where she grew up in Zwickau, East Germany, constructed from memory. Schmidt describes the city as 'approximately the same size as Hamilton, incredibly boring and unspectacular'.
The work harks back to another time; the austerely uniform and industrial architecture of the Communist era. Mysteriously, all the buildings in Soliloquy are burning, perhaps as a symbolic exorcism of the past, freeing the suburb from its mundane existence.
Soliloquy highlights the difference between the typically New Zealand childhood location; the suburbs, filled with free-standing houses and quarter-acre properties and the more urban setting of Schmidt's childhood. The banality of the buildings shows the irony of how the inner-city apartment in New Zealand is considered part of a luxury lifestyle. These sculptures mix a naïve craft aesthetic with a dark, unnerving content.

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

The Enjoy on-line discussion forum is up and running again.
Go to to have your say.



Call for applications for Arcus artist-in-residence programme 2005 in Japan: Deadline 9 April 2005
The ARCUS Project runs an artist-in-residence program for young visual artists in the Ibaraki prefecture, Japan. Currently we are accepting applications for the artist-in-residence program in the second half of 2005. Please visit our website to read the application guidelines carefully:

For further information email Yoko Nameki or Keiko Suzuki:



Kia ora koutou, Talofa lava, Hi everyone
Creative New Zealand is once again offering a residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York, USA in 2006. The residency is for a period of approximately four months (February-May) and is open to all New Zealand visual artists currently working or exhibiting in New Zealand.


The Creative New Zealand Visual Arts Residency in New York was established in 2000 by the Arts Board to provide a unique opportunity for a New Zealand visual artist, and was repeated again in 2002 and 2004. It is a biennial residency and applications are now being sought for the next residency, which will run for approximately four months from February to May 2006.


While it is hoped that the selected artist will have the opportunity to work on an approved project while in New York, the relatively short duration of the residency (four months) means that this will be quite challenging. As such, one of the primary aims will be for the artist to take advantage of the location and establish as many useful contacts as possible. In addition, transporting the artist to a different environment is expected to have many other benefits. These include:

* Impact of a new physical environment upon the artist's work
* Cross fertilisation of ideas from mixing with residents of other cultures
* Increased awareness in New York of New Zealand artists and New Zealand visual arts
* Other Professional Development opportunities eg, invitations to exhibit elsewhere
* Contribution to the development of New Zealand visual arts

International Studio & Curatorial Program

The ISCP's purpose is to establish an international community of exemplary visual artists and curators to make their work visible in the New York art community. Governments, corporations, foundations, galleries and individuals sponsor the participating artists for periods from one month to two years. There are 22 studios plus five curators' offices at their venue in the 'Hell's Kitchen' area and it supports activities that give the participating artists access to New York's resources and opportunities.

During the four-month residency at ISCP, each artist will be provided with: 24-hour access to a private studio, visits to the studio by at least six guest critics, one field trip outside of New York City and participation in one open-studio exhibition. The guest critic programme is proving to be very successful in introducing the artists work to the New York and international art communities. Approximately twice a month, a prominent curator, writer, gallery owner or artists meet privately with each artist for a 30-minute studio visit.

The open studio exhibitions are held twice a year and attract 400 to 500 visitors each time. These events are very effective in increasing the artists' visibility. The open studio scheduled during the New Zealand residency takes place early in May.

To date, the programme has attracted international visitors from more than 45 countries - curators, gallery owners, journalists, writers, artists and personnel from foundations, residency programmes and government cultural agencies - all of whom are made available to the artists.

For more information about this organisation and its programmes, please refer to their website at

The closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday 24 June 2005.
Please note that this date differs from that listed in the 2004-2005 Funding Guide, but is the same date cited in the 2005-2006 Funding Guide.
Please find the guidelines attached, and circulate these to any colleagues or associates that you think may be interested in this opportunity. If you have any queries, don't hesitate to contact
Elizabeth Caldwell, Visual Arts Adviser
498 0737
or Danielle Tolson
473 0184



Go here for a good list of performance and rehearsal venues in New Zealand's towns and cities (Thanks DANZ!)...



Interesting itinerary of things to see, hear, do in Porirua...

2pm Sunday 3 April
Floortalk: COLLECTING PHOTOGRAPHY by PAUL McNAMARA An illustrated presentation and discussion on collecting original photography within a contemporary context, whilst addressing some of the history of collecting. Paul McNamara's gallery in Wanganui opened in January 2002 and is specializing in photographically-based art. McNAMARA GALLERY Photography -

2pm Sunday 10 April
Floortalk: PACIFIC ISLAND PHOTOGRAPHY by TONY WHINCUP In an illustrated talk Tony will discuss the importance and significance of photographically documenting the cultural artifacts of Kiribati. Using his exhibition work of eight large black and white images as examples he will describe the development of this ongoing project, his choice of large format equipment and black and white film and the problems of location photography in Kiribati. Tony Whincup is a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Professional Photographers and the Director of photography at Massey University.

2pm Sunday 17 April
Floortalk: THE POWER OF JEWELLERY by RHYS RICHARDS Freelance researcher and historian Rhys Richards will talk about the role, manufacture and symbolism of traditional jewellery in Melanesia. Richards has an extensive collection of Solomon Island jewellery and decorative arts to complement the POWER OF JEWELLERY exhibition which is now on at PATAKA. He has a wide knowledge of Polynesia and Melanesia, Rhys was New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands from 1996 to 1999. IMAGE: Police Chief (detail) , courtesy of Auckland Museum.

2pm Sunday 8 May
Floortalk - TRANSIT OF VENUS by Jo Torr
Contemporary artist Jo Torr talks about her exhibition Transit of Venus.
Jo's stunning traditionally inpsired gowns are infused with Pacific imagery, colour and decoration. Her work combines fabric and dress design to explore cultural exchange between Polynesian and non-Polynesian peoples. IMAGE: Te Arii Vahine - The Noble Woman by Jo Torr. Photography by Michael Hall and modelled by Kerry Marshall.

For details, contact
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porirua city
237 1546
237 1511





Message from our friends at the Sacatar Foundation Artists Colony

Greetings from Bahia!

The Fundacao Sacatar reminds you that applications for 2005-2006 must be postmarked by April 11, 2005. The Fundacao Sacatar, based in Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil, provides selected artists airfare, studio space, room and board for periods of 6-12 weeks. For more information, please visit

...where you can download the application form, and learn more.
...or contact eric at the Wellington Arts Centre for a copy of the brochure.



"Wellington's superb chamber choir" - The Dominion Post

Wellington's international award-winning chamber choir The Tudor Consort presents its first 2005 season performance on Good Friday 25 March with a programme of beautiful sacred music for the church season of Lent. The penitential themes of Lent, and the week leading up to Good Friday in particular, has inspired some of sacred music's finest composition. The choir presents a selection of the most moving music for Lent by the finest composers of the Renaissance, plus new repertoire for Holy Week by 20th century composers as diverse as Englishman Edward Bairstow, European Arvo Pärt and New Zealander David Farquhar. As the sun sets and the light fades, the German chorales from J S Bach's St Matthew Passion return between each polyphonic piece as a litany on the themes of loss, poignancy and redemption.

"A world-class choir ... beautifully blended ... heavenly singing" - The Dominion Post

Choral Music for Holy Week

Arvo Part 1935-: The Woman with the Alabaster Box
Orlandi de Lassus 1532-1594: Stabat Mater Dolorosa
Tomas Luis de Victoria 1548?-1611: Lamentatione Jeremiae Prophetae

9pm, Good Friday 25 March
Wellington Cathedral of St Paul - Molesworth Street - Wellington
$25 / $15

Visit for complete programme details.



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Call for applications to artist residencies in Chine and India...

New Zealand writers, visual artists and craft/object artists are invited to apply for artist residencies in New Delhi and Beijing, offered by Creative New Zealand in partnership with the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

The three-month residencies are available at the Sanskriti Foundation of India's Kendra campus on the outskirts of New Delhi and at Redgate Gallery in Beijing, China. The Arts Board of Creative New Zealand will cover the cost of accommodation and facilities, and provide artist stipends of $10,000 each while they are in residence. The Asia New Zealand Foundation will meet the cost of return airfares.

Both residencies are aimed at established artists who wish to pursue projects related to the location or the facilities of the host organisation. Priority will also be given to applicants who show an appreciation of the environment and culture of the residency's country.

This is the second year that Creative New Zealand has offered the residencies. For Dunedin artist Simon Kaan, the recipient of last year's Red Gate Gallery residency, the highlight was working alongside other artists and sharing ideas.

"It was just great to get feedback on my work in a more international context and to show the work in China," he said. "In many ways, I think it has made me mature as an artist."

Former Dunedin textile artist Kelly Thompson was the recipient of the residency at the Sanskriti Foundation of India.

Beijing's Red Gate Gallery ( has exhibited contemporary Chinese artists for 12 years. Its well-established residency programme offers studios and accommodation, and it also has access to the facilities of the Beijing Arts Academy. The residencies are available to a limited number of international writers, visual artists and craft/object artists.

The Sanskriti residency programme is offered by the Sanskriti Foundation of India ( to writers, visual artists and craft/object artists from India and throughout the world. The accommodation and facilities for this residency are based at the Sanskriti Foundation's Kendra campus on the outskirts of New Delhi.

The deadline for applications for both residencies is 5pm, Friday 20 May 2005. Artists will be expected to take up the residency in Beijing between October and December 2005, and the residency in Delhi between September 2004 and April 2005.

For application forms and guidelines please contact an Assistant Arts Adviser on 498 0702 or or click on the link below.



Get a closer look at the direction of public art in Wellington. A related paper will be discussed and presented at the March 3 Strategy & Policy Committee meeting of WCC. Excerpts are below. See the complete report at

Purpose of Report
This paper presents final recommendations for the implementation of the Public Art Policy (2003) as requested by the Economy and Arts Committee in April 2004.
Executive Summary
In April 2004 the Economy and Arts Committee agreed to include $400,000 in the LTTCP from 2005/06 to allow for a more consistent approach to the creation, maintenance and promotion of Wellington's public art1.
The level of funding for the package was developed by analysing previous and existing funding levels for public art. The fund consolidated ad hoc funding currently sourced through one-off projects, individual sculpture proposals funded through operational and capital funding, and through new initiatives in the Annual Plan process.
Key proposals include:

-- a reduction in the proposed annual Public Art Fund from $400,000 to $300,000 from 2005/06
-- the establishment of a Public Art Panel to implement the policy, manage the Public Art Fund and provide a framework from which Council can seek private sector and central government support for Wellington public art projects
-- an annual grant from the Public Art Fund to the Wellington Sculpture Trust to contribute to the cost of commissioning permanent sculptures
-- the development of an annual Public Art Programme that will be presented to Strategy and Policy Committee each year.
It is recommended that the Committee:

1. Receive the information.
2. Note that a $400,000 Public Art Fund was included in the LTCCP from 2005/06 through the 2004/05 Annual Plan, with officers to undertake further policy work on a framework for implementing the fund.
3. Agree that, on the basis of the implementation framework outlined in this paper, the Public Art Fund will now be $300,000 from 2005/06.
4. Agree that the resulting $100,000 savings from 2005/06 onwards will be reflected through the 2005/06 draft Annual Plan process.
5. Agree to establish a Public Art Panel as the key mechanism to implement the Public Art Policy, including integrating art in to Council capital work projects, providing a grant to Wellington Sculpture Trust, the development of temporary public art and an annual Public Art Programme.
6. Agree to the Public Art Panel targeting central government departments and appropriate private developers to facilitate the integration of public art in key non-Council capital work projects in Wellington.
7. Note that information on Wellington's Annual Public Art Programme will be presented to the Strategy and Policy Committee each year.



All original, all New Zealand made, all under one roof .....

Calling all painters, sculptors, ceramic makers, glass workers, multi-media artists and any other people involved in creative pursuits, nationwide.

The Second New Zealand Affordable Art Show is coming soon. Registrations have just opened for any artist wanting to exhibit and sell their work in the mid-July show.

All artists are welcome to register regardless of whether they've exhibited before or not. Here's the catch - all work has to be priced below $5000.

You have to register by May 1 2005.

To do so go to and download a registration form or email / phone (04) 472 7652.


World Cinema Showcase: 17 March 2005 - 31 March 2005
"Every July the Wellington Film Festival downloads a wealth of international cinema onto local screens. The Festival is presented by a charitable trust saddled with the terrible task of broadening the options of New Zealand's filmgoers and filmmakers and the distributors and exhibitors who come between. For the last six years the Film Festival Trust has collaborated with the Paramount Cinema to supplement the massive July event with the World Cinema Showcase, a modestly scaled, similarly motivated celebration of the medium, coming your way every autumn.
This year's opener, the New Zealand premiere of Pedro Almodóvar's Bad Education is a noirish celebration of movie mania in its own right. What we'll also be celebrating is the completion of the first stage of an extensive refurbishment programme at the Paramount. It's the oldest house of pleasure in Wellington, a cinema since 1917, and still a vital bastion of independence and diversity in an industry dominated by corporates and popcorn. It's the cinema that welcomed the Wellington Film Festival in 1972 when the other operators thought the Film Society were a bunch of over-educated losers who should stay that way. In 2005 it remains the only commercial cinema in our fabulously movie-savvy cultural capital equipped to the standards required before the world's major film collections will provide their valuable prints of the classics.
So, all power to the Paramount, where the walls are saturated with a century of cinema and projectionist Jim Ahern spins the CDs to match. The scene of many an opening night binge, of unforgettable live performances, filmmaker tantrums, nerve-wracking first dates, innumerable earthquakes, at least one funeral and possibly even a standing ovation, it's an institution that's coloured the lives of generations of Wellingtonians. The more often you wriggle in those old seats now, the shorter will be their red vinyl days. Replacing them is the next step to the future. Get behind!
We're pleased the Showcase has been chosen as the local premiere venue too for Hotel Rwanda, big scale, Oscar-nominated filmmaking with a remarkable commitment to setting the record straight on an appalling episode in recent world history. Otherwise our premiere line-up is a distinctively European affair (bar Johnnie To's Breaking News) with Exiles, the new film by Tony Gatlif providing an obvious highlight, alongside films from France, Germany, Italy and Greece.
At the Festival we insist that every film we show is a local premiere. Designated retrospectives are the only exceptions to our undertaking to provide our audiences in July with the first opportunity to see our selection of the year's leading films in Wellington. In March we're less uptight about coming first, particularly where it concerns films that have played our own or other festivals without scoring the subsequent release we hoped they'd find. From last year's Wellington Film Festival you have a second chance to check out Head-On, which has, since July, taken the European Film Award for best film of 2004; Sylvia Chang's shrewd and funny drama of sex in the city of Taipei, 20: 30: 40, the rocking Festival Express; and local favourite, the Figwit documentary. The vast and powerful The Brotherhood of War made its New Zealand debut at a Korean Film Festival late last year.
Michael Moore's failure to change the minds of Middle America has stilled the racket about a new era of personality-based documentary. This may be the one positive thing to be said about the US election result as far as other documentary filmmakers are concerned. We have impressive evidence that the era of the present-but-self-effacing documentarian continues: films that take us into Afghanistan, North Korea, the debate about assisted suicide and, ironically, the case against George W Bush. Then there are documentary film essays which foreground the filmmaker's sensibility in a quest for some wider meaning: Wenders' Blues movie, Bruce Weber's glamour-struck A Letter to True and Wellington filmmaker Jennifer Bush-Daumec's Land of Our Fathers, our one shining World Premiere.
And where would the Showcase be without a handsome assortment of classics in brand new prints? Can a season featuring The General, La Strada and rare screenings of four Studio Ghibli features be anything other than a very good thing? If you don't have an answer, it's definitely time you got down to the Paramount."

Bill Gosden
New Zealand Film Festival Trust




Poetry Competition call for entries

Entries to the 2005 New Zealand Poetry Society's International Poetry Competition close on 30 May. There are four sections: Open (judged by John Horrocks), Open Junior (judged by Pat White), Haiku (judged by Bernie Gadd) and Haiku Junior (judged by Jeannette Stace). Junior sections are open only to entrants who are 17 or younger on 30 May 2005.

Entry fees remain the same as last year due to the financial support of the competition's sponsors. The society is grateful to the Asia New Zealand Foundation for its continuing support of the Junior Haiku section and to new Open section sponsor The Learning Connexion.

Winners, placegetters, commended entries and editor's choice of entries will be included in an anthology scheduled for publication in late 2005.

Click on the link below for more information and entry forms. You can also email, or write to Laurice Gilbert, Competition Secretary, NZPS, PO Box 5283, Lambton Quay, Wellington.



International programme offers range of fellowships
The UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists programme, established in 1994, will offer 62 arts fellowships with 50 partner institutions in 30 countries - from Australia, Brazil and China to Spain, Thailand and the United States.

The programme aims to open up new career prospects for artists and provide them with the opportunity for further training in specialised institutions. The fellowships are co-financed by the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture and an international network of partner institutions specialising in the training of artists.

There are fellowships available in visual arts, music, dance, writing, theatre and media arts. Click on the link below for more information.



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The Octo-numerical Query. Huh?
We pose a batch of questions.
A creative person answers.

What cities/towns have you lived in (or spent more than a few months in), beginning with your place of birth.
Blenheim, Nelson, Christchurch, Wellington
What are the earliest stories you remember hearing?
The Story of Maui
What music was present and still memorable from your youth/adolescence?
Blue Monday by New Order, heard first on a late night radio in my fifth form year 1985.
For you as a creative person, who are three influential artists or thinkers?
Louise Bourgeois, Simone de Beavoir, Georgia O'Keffe
What is your dream of happiness?

Who are your favourite or most admired figures from history?
Peggy Guggenheim, Andy Warhol, Camille Claudel
Name three films that you consider profound, moving, or extraordinary.
Wings of Desire, Lost in Translation, Sleeping Dogs
What was your first real job? second? third?
I started with New Zealand Rail on the 13th of March 1989 as a Train Conductor and later became the only woman Freight Train Examiner in the Wellington Goods Yard and left TranzRail January 2001. During that time with Rail I pursued my artistic practise and continue to do so as a postie.
If you had to eat the same meal every day, what would it be?
Laotian Country Chicken Stew, a one dish Laos meal where the chicken is boiled in a pot with vegetables and also forms a stock. That way one has a dish of chicken/veggies and a tasty broth.
Name a few books that you couldn't put down, would read again, haunt you still.
J.R.R. Tolkien's - Fellowship of the Ring, The Return of the King, The Two Towers.
What have you done, seen, experienced, or produced that was a disappointment to you?
The Wellington City Gallery has hosted many dynamic and exciting exhibitions, but the promotion and marketing of the 1999 Keith Haring Retrospective exhibition was disrespectful and terrible in comparison to the treatment of an earlier exhibition by another equally as renowned New York artist, Robert Mapplethorpe in 1995. Interviewers would barrage people at the Wellington Railway Station and thrust an artwork at their faces and ask their opinion on Keith Harring's work for television adds alongside tasteless billboards.
In one sentence, can you define art?
Art to the artist is a compulsion and habit akin to drug addiction but mostly has an end product.
What word of advice would you offer an aspiring artist in your field?
Go to a 'recognised' art school; Ilam, Elam, AUT, Unitech, Otago and Wanganui Art schools and try to get picked up by a dealer or get into as many shows as you can, ride the wave of emerging artists from art schools and get a masters if you can still hack the academic environment. Otherwise being an 'untrained or outsider' artist is a much longer and harder route to transverse the arts pyramid of exhibitions, recognition, dealers and awards. I myself am a Ilam art school dropout.
Where would you like to live, but have yet to?
If I ever tire of Wellington it would be San Francisco that I first visited in 1993.
What would you like to do, but have yet to?
Get funding from Creative NZ for my own photography work and exhibition.
Briefly describe a project you are planning for the future.
I'm currently working on a joint photography project that references an old television show.
What one question would you add to this Query?
How do you get anything finished when you have kids?


In 2005, the year of the Rooster finds me busy with my dirty secret painting (I call it dirty because its big and unfashionable in today's painting market) and working on a video piece. I keep up with contemporary art developments, critiques and visit exhibitions in Auckland, New Plymouth and from time to time write art reviews for the Capital Times in Wellington. My other interests are gardening and wearing bright clothes.


"People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering." - St. Augustine