Friday, July 01, 2005

The No.8 Wire - Issue 38

Gondwanaland Ministry of Culture
Artists' Information Bureau


An Electronic Alert for 981 of Wellington's Creative People
Tail-end Octo-numerical Interview: DIY


Thank you to all the artists now housed in the new arts centre studios. Thanks to the local and national arts organisations who are moving in next week. Thanks to the producers, writers, art directors, fashion designers, film-makers, editors, instructors, musical babies, cultural entities, pinhole photographers, conceptual thinkers, communicators, students, gallery owners, tradesmen, journalists, print-makers, mural painters, and visitors who are pumping energy into the place. Thanks to the folks at Council who have carried this vision and seen it made manifest. Thanks to Wellington for giving birth to a new creative facility and what we hope will become a monument to our culture and a forge for new art.

We are grateful for your presence, partnerhsip, and contributions.


Arts Wellington offers Contract Position
Arts Wellington is seeking Registrations of Interest for a Contract Position of 6 months duration to Co-ordinate and Produce 'Taste the Arts' and the provision of some general administrative services. It is envisaged that, on average, this role will involve 30 hours of work per week. Arts Wellington is offering a Contract Fee of $20,000 plus GST for the provision of these services.
To register your interest in this Contract, or to request the complete description, please email attaching a Covering Letter and CV. Registrations of Interest close at 5pm on Wednesday 6 July. For any further information, please contact Perry Walker on 495-7826 during business hours.
A basic concept for 'Taste the Arts' follows - this will be further developed in conjunction with the Appointee.
TASTE THE ARTS - An Open Day for Wellington Regional Arts Organisations
Taste the Arts is the first of what will be a series of Audience Development exercises initiated by Arts Wellington (Wellington Regional Art & Cultural Development Trust).
To be staged on the weekend of Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 November 2005, Taste the Arts is a 'free to the public' event that provides the opportunity for Arts Wellington members to showcase their product/venue/special deals, etc with the aim of 'demystifying' the arts and ultimately, to build their audience base.
For example, Downstage Theatre might show 15 minute excerpts from their current production throughout the day, they may conduct back-stage tours, they might offer a special deal on their 'Friends' membership package on the day. A dealer gallery might have the artist they are currently profiling working on site, etc.
While each member organisation will be responsible for the flavour/staging of their own activities, Arts Wellington acting as Producer of Taste the Arts, will assist with the co-ordination of activities, stage some special events to add some pizzazz to the weekend and undertake generic marketing for Taste the Arts.




In collaboration with The Film Archive, I am curating a 50 minute programme of short films/videos to be screened on Montana Poetry Day (July 22) at The Film Archive Mediaplex. The films/videos should fall into one or more of the following categories;

- cine poem
- film/video that incorporates text on screen
- film/video that features poetry (either voiceover or onscreen text)

To have your film/video considered for 'Poetry To Go II' please email Kathy Dudding before Friday 8 July: or call 021 136 8700



Season: Season: 5th - 9th July
Time: 7pm
Tickets: $15 full / $12 concession & groups of 8+
book now!
Come on a hilarious journey with a karaoke queen, a checkout chick and an agoraphobic slattern as they question their own existence through the lenses of historical philosophers. Realities collide and theories are challenged when religion comes knocking.
Throw yourself into this colourfully camp world where everything and nothing is what it seems and music is the 'chicken soup' for the soul.
Performed by Third Year Degree students at Toi Whakaari:NZ Drama School and directed by Sue Ott Rowlands, Chair of the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Toledo, USA.
Surrealist comedy exploring life, religion and karaoke.
book now!



Written by Felix Preval and Fergus Collinson
Directed by Rachel Lenart
Sound Design by Sstimuluss

"I'm listening closely, it takes all of me, every ounce and all my focus to hear"

Theatre Militia presents 'a play on the words of Fergus Collinson' - "one of Wellington's best loved artists, the indefinable jazz painter." Bouncing With Billie, opening at BATS Theatre on July 7th is a devised work based on and created with one of this city's most unique personalities. This fragmented portrayal of memory captures moments of intimacy and beauty as a lover withers but passion blossoms. A celebration of love, life, loss and jazz brought to life on the stage through poetry, paint, music and media - "Two years, one month and three and a half days" in love.

Director Rachel Lenart and writer/performer Felix Preval were accosted by Fergus backstage at BATS last year after the company's debut production Wordvirus. Fergus presented his book, Bouncing With Billie, to the company, from which the initial concept was drawn. Since then, Fergus has become more than "the man in the front row with the bright orange hair, a torch and a copy of our script" - he has become Theatre Militia's inspiration.

Bouncing With Billie is in part a tribute to all New Zealand AIDS sufferers and their carers. It is a chance to reflect on the progress of the gay movement in this country, exposing the absurdity and irrationality of homophobia and our need to support and further this community's fight for equality. "The blatancy of prejudice against gays serves as a perfect analogy for human rights violations everywhere" - Director Rachel Lenart.

Theatre Militia return to BATS with their third work and biggest crew to date. Felix Preval (Wordvirus, Auditor!!) Sam Bunkall (Who's Afraid of the Working Class) and Peter Hills (I Once Was lost) are joined on stage by Jazz diva Katherine Tyree singing Billie Holiday with musical contribution from Sstimuluss.

Exploring sexuality and disability - Fergus has been Deaf since childhood, Theatre Militia hope to contribute something pertinent to the national debate surrounding equality. As opposition to the civil union bill demonstrates, this country is not as tolerant as some of us like to believe. However, this show takes place within the subjective confines of memory; our story celebrates the love between two men at the height of the AIDS crisis in New Zealand while the lovers stride forward none the less. Blind as love is ever.

"I'm seeing the only way to make something special of life is to grab it
while it's happening." - Fergus Collinson

9pm 7 - 16 July 2005
(no shows Sunday Monday)
Tickets $12/15
BATS ph: 802 4175



A conference to celebrate the diversity of dance in Aotearoa New Zealand

DANZ, Dance Aotearoa New Zealand, with the help of ASB Trust, is presenting the largest national dance conference in New Zealand for ten years. Tuanui Whakamaru - Dance Canopy 05 is a multi layered dance conference, based at UNITEC School of Performing and Screen Arts, Auckland, New Zealand and other Auckland venues and institutionsfrom 9 to 15 July 2005.

This exciting conference will draw together students, professional dancers, teachers, choreographers, tertiary tutors, secondary students and others associated with dance in New Zealand. It incorporates the very popular Tertiary Dance Festival, a major event on the tertiary calendar, with students attending from all twelve of New Zealand's tertiary dance courses and from Australia.

"This really is the first time that the whole dance industry can get together to share ideas and learn from each other" says conference organiser and ex-Artistic Director of Limbs Dance Company, Mary Jane O'Reilly. "It's a wonderful confirmation that dance in New Zealand is standing tall."

There is an impressive list of speakers and tutors lined up for the conference. One of the stars is Tim Couchman, Ballet master for the Royal New Zealand Ballet and previously with William Forsyth's Frankfurt Ballet. Also Michael Whaites, who has performed with international greats of dance Twyla Tharp and Pina Bausch, is coming from Sydney especially to teach contemporary dance and top international hip hop teacher Gandalf.

New Zealand's professional dance community will be very much in evidence. Black Grace and Atamira Dance Collective will be in residence, in open rehearsal, for two days of the conference and DANZ is running professional development workshops and a mentoring scheme for professional dance practitioners as part of their valuable work to upskill the dance industry. This has been made possible by funding from Creative New Zealand.

The conference will have a very special opening at Te Wananga o Aotearoa in Mangere. A Powhiri by the performing arts students of Te Wananga will be followed by workshops focusing on traditional and contemporary Maori and Pacific dance.

The Conference has been organised into themed streams including videodance or dance and technology and celebrating cultural diversity in Aotearoa. The conference also incorporates Kokirikiri, the refresher course for teachers of dance in schools, the New Zealand Association of Dance Teachers, the Tertiary Dance Educators Network of New Zealand, Arts Medicine Aotearoa New Zealand and dance workshops for secondary school students.

If you would like further information on any aspects of the conference please call Celia Jenkins, Communications & Admin Manager, DANZ 04 801 9885 or visit (a full timetable is now available)

Don't miss the biggest dance conference in New Zealand for 10 years

DANZ, PO Box 9885, Wellington. Ph: 04 801 9885. Email:



Wellington Access Radio

Studio Recording
Ever dreamed of producing your own radio show??? Well, here's your chance. Here at Access Radio we have all the facilities you need to produce, record and create your own show and even record 'live' to air!

If you are a musician, poet, singer song-writer...or you are interested in affordable recording studio time, or perhaps have an idea for a show you'd love to record ...get in touch with Wellington Access Radio for affordable prices at competitive rates. Have your say and get a group together to produce your own show. We offer a variety of rates to hire the studios for programming or pre-recording with group/membership rates and individual rates available.

Please call us PH: 3857210 or email

The Capital Arts Show ...Kickin' it LIVE!!!
To liven up your Saturday...listen to The Capital Arts Show, live every Saturday 1pm for info on shows and events, news, interviews, reviews, giveaways, and updates on what's happening around Wellington. So tune into '783AM Wellington Access Radio' because this is where its at!



The Green Room Comedy Night Returns to Kitty O'Shea's in Courtenay Place after two glorious sellout shows...

Six fresh new comedians along with Billy T Award nominee James Nokise and Scotland's Steven Davidson ('excellent' - Edinburgh Evening News) provide a night of guaranteed laughter and disaster all neatly wrapped in a six dollar package. Doors open 7pm, show starts 8pm on Sunday July 10th.

Anyone who would like to try comedy and appear in future shows can e-mail

Barry Davidson



Artists and creators of all types can rejuvenate after draining/inspiring weekends with a strategically timed Monday midday Feldenkrais class at the new Arts Centre, starting 4 July.

Doing Feldenkrais sessions regularly can help improve posture, iron out muscular kinks, help heal injuries, revitalize energy levels, increase power and strength and even improve mental focus.

If it all sounds too good to be true come along and find out how.

Cost is $10. Time is 12-1. More info from Rupert Watson on 801 6610. Or



Playing Favourites
Curated by Melanie Hogg and Jessica Reid
Featuring work by:
Liz Allan, Gary Bridle, Ros Cameron, Bekah Carran, Fiona Connor, Jade Farley & Gwen Norcliffe, William Hsu, Douglas Kelaher, Jason Lindsay, Leah Mulgrew, Kim Paton & Louise Tulett, Sriwhana Spong

Opening Celebration Monday July 4, 6pm with performance by The Gladeyes
Running July 4 - 9

On July fourth 1776 independence was declared from Britain and the United States of America was born. Two hundred and twenty four years later, Enjoy gallery, also independent and liberated from commercial restraints, opened its doors to the public for the first time. Now five years on, it's time to mark this momentous occasion and celebrate the longstanding dedication of the gallery's contributors and followers.

For Enjoy's fifth birthday we present a shuffling show spanning a diverse selection of our favourite artists handpicked from the length of New Zealand. Playing Favourites is a show in flux. Every day for five days a different invited artist or curator has been given free reign to re-hang, re-shuffle, revolve or remove work from the selection. Tracing these picks and partialities, Playing Favourites follows a dedication to notions of experimentation and transparency; laying bare the mechanics of curatorial practice and allowing personalities and preferences to playfully come to the fore.

Birthday party/opening celebration performances and music will be provided by Auckland's The Gladeyes, Louise Tulett & Kim Paton.

Tuesday July 5- curated by Melanie Hogg
Wednesday July 6- curated by Jessica Reid
Thursday July 7- curated by Tao Wells
Friday July 8- curated by Emily Cormack
Saturday July 9- curated by Jason Lindsay (via Internet)

Other birthday week events include:

July 5
Art for under 5's
11am to 5pm
The show will be designed for the under-5 age group and all youngsters are invited to come along, see a fun, playful show, listen to some excellent storytelling and make some art too.
Storytelling at 2, 3 and 4pm

July 6
GST seminar workshop presented by Bruce Petersen starting 12 noon. For anyone interested in the benefits of registering for GST, how to file returns and other tax nightmares.

July 9
Birthday week curators' talk 11am
Stick around for a BYO lunchtime gallery picnic and then at 2pm Enjoy presents Talk Time
starring David Cross, Clem Devine, Stuart Shepherd and more.....
If you have an opinion, a gripe or an interesting point of view you'd like to share in ten minutes or less, please contact the gallery to be added to our Talk Time panel.

Brought to you with support from Davies Hire and Macs beer for our opening celebration

Enjoy Public Art Gallery
Level one, 147 Cuba Street

P: 04 384 0174



WHAT: Martin Doyle- "The Swivelling Eyeball; Images of Wellington"
Sue Dorrington- "The Long White Shadow of Cheng Ho"
Pablos Art Studios Artists- Stock Show


WHEN: Exhibition Preview-Thursday 7th July
Duration of the exhibition: 7th-17th July

Martin Doyle
Martin Doyle was born in Wellington and is a self-taught artist. He has drawn cartoons as a hobby and passion, and also on contract, for the last twenty years. His work, in this exhibition, is predominantly acrylic on hardboard. Martin states "If people want exact likenesses they should look at photos; if they want comfortable social images made for mass consumption they should just stick to T.V." Martin is willing to provide a personal interview or provide a written statement for those interested in doing a review of this exhibition.

Sue Dorrington
Sue Dorrington's exhibition "The Long White Shadow of Cheng Ho' is a series of Asian influenced paintings exploring the tension of increasing Asian impact on New Zealand culture. Using Chinese symbolism and artistic protocols, these pieces look at various aspects of how we embrace the Chinese culture. Sue Dorrington worked on a Chinese puppet theatre documenting the life of the great early Chinese explorer Cheng Ho. This project sparked her interest in the protocols of Chinese art and its refined understanding of brushstroke.

For further information contact:

Sheridan Rose
ROAR! gallery
22 Vivian Street
04 385 7602


Join us on a swashbuckling piratical adventure!

This holidays Downstage wants to take you and your kids hostage on a pirate adventure. ARR! ARR!

Meet Smudgy Samantha a messy, cheerful girl pirate and the fierce and swashbuckling Captain Mean Jean The Pirate Queen by Michelanne Forster. Sailing on their pirate ship The Jolly Radish they roam the seas, hunting for buried treasure. All goes well until two schoolteachers wash up on board ...

Learn all about sailing on a pirate ship! ARR!
Follow the treasure map to the buried treasure! ARR!
Sing along to jaunty sea shanties! ARR!
Marvel at a talking parrot! ARR!
Help solve a magic riddle! ARR!
Teach Mean Jean that pirates DO share! ARR!

You will be entranced as we regale you with the tale of Mean Jean The Pirate Queen. How do you know if someone is a pirate? They just ARR!

Keep a ship-shape eye out for the fantastic Mean Jean colouring competition in the Presto Pages of The Dominion Post on Tuesday July 5th. ARR!

In collaboration with Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School and Unitec School of Performing Arts, Mean Jean The Pirate Queen will be directed by Murray Lynch.

"It's a long time since Downstage presented a work specifically for children. This is a kiwi favourite. Mean Jean is enormous fun and I am thrilled to be working with a cast of Toi Whakaari and Unitec students who are about to graduate." Captain Murray "BlackBeard" Lynch

The Jolly Radish Crew are Captain Mean Jean (Dan Caddy), First Mate Smudgy Samantha (Sara Standring) and splendid shipwrecked school teachers Edwina Whisby (Beatrice Papazoglou) and Eunice Lemon (Elizabeth Tierney).

Performance Information:
9 - 16 July 2005, Monday to Saturday 11am and 1pm
All tickets $10 Recommended age 4 - 8 years
Bookings on 801 6946 or
Special Offer:
Buy a ticket to Mean Jean The Pirate Queen and get 20% off a ticket to Boxes; a funny family show using lots of boxes, tricks and humour on at Capital E (9 - 24 July) - phone bookings: 04 913 3720

For further information contact Able Seaman Sarah Griffiths on 802 6395 or or Master and Commander Jane Chewings on 802 6392 or



Call for expressions of interest:
Wellington Gathering 19 to 21 October 2005
Between sky and earth: Ways of making a place in placeless world
South 2: The Journey

In July 2004 representatives of over fourteen different countries gathered together in Melbourne to discuss how they might work together, this gathering was the focal point of South 1. Despite great differences of language, colour, culture, economics and history, one element brought everyone together - the condition of living in the south. What is normally a condition of isolation, has now become an opportunity for collaboration.
The second phase of the South Project is feeding off the creative energy sparked at the forum and is developing ways to enable, stimulate, challenge and celebrate south-south dialogue, and creative exchange.

The South Project Gatherings, which will see the project expand its visual presence from Melbourne to Wellington (2005), Santiago (2006) and Johannesburg (2007), are designed to facilitate open and critical cultural dialogue as well as to confront and question pertinent issues facing the peoples of the south as they arise in a local context. The South Project is a constantly evolving entity which thrives off the creative energies of those artists and cultural workers involved. In not being prescriptive the South Project has the potential to create a space in which artists are free to develop new visions of the south, and ultimately effect a shift which will reposition the countries of the south as vital cultural and artistic capitals.

Between sky and earth - Wellington Gathering
Ways of making a place in placeless world
19 to 21 October 2005
This forum explores the creation of local identity in an increasingly global society. It includes creative responses to the histories of colonisation, Internet, Free Trade Agreements, migration, tourism, Hollywood and global spectacle. Thematic frame - papers are being considered in the following areas:

Making a place
This session includes discussion of different traditions by which groups in the south mark their relationship to place. These include rituals, ornament, music, narratives and art. Reference is made to the adaptation of those traditions to changed circumstances, particularly displacement through urban drift.

A place in heaven
As well as locating ourselves on land and sea, there are also markers in the sky that are shared with others across the great distances of space and time. Certain constellations, such as the Southern Cross, have been recruited as national symbols. Can artists uncover alternative meanings for them? What stories of the stars have emerged from the south? How does the Matiriki compare to stories about the Pleiades told in Aboriginal and San cultures?

The weft
Rather than discrete places, this session looks at the development of identity based on horizontal connections. This includes collectives that work with a group methodology that connects through a shared creative process.

Regaining ground
In the post-colonial era, global capital is one of the perceived forces of alienation from place. There is concern for the large scale purchase of land in Patagonia among other exotic regions of the south. What role can artists play in the raising consciousness about persistence of local identity? Is there a new role of archaeologists in finding opportunities for living communities in the cultures of the past that they have uncovered? How are artists from the islands endangered by global warming responding to the threat?

* In this context, we also welcome topics that may resonate with these themes.
* To complement the forum, we will also run workshops such as weaving and would welcome other workshop suggestions.
Submissions will close on Friday 10 June 2005 at 5pm (EST)

For further details you may contact Magdalena Moreno, South Project Manager on +61 3 9650 7775 or . We highly recommend that you visit our web-site for further information on other events of the South Project as well as our core aims and objectives, referred to in the South Project Overview that may be down loaded.

The South Project @ Craft Victoria
31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Victoria 3000, Australia
tel. +61 3 9650 7775
fax +61 3 9650 5688



The Orpheus Choir of Wellington seeks to appoint a new Administrator.To provide administrative support to the Orpheus Choir President/chairperson of the Choir Committee or their nominee
* Communication - liaison between Musical Director, Choir Committee and members, point of contact for phone and email enquiries about the Choir, maintenance of data bases, handling correspondence; media liaison; follow-up action from committee meetings
* Secretarial - clerical assistance and correspondence relating to Choir activities, grant applications, preparing reports for committee meetings, drafting minutes from meetings
* Financial - routine banking, accounts payable and receivable, maintaining cashbook , PAYE and GST returns, liaison with Treasurer over annual accounts, monthly financial report
* Rehearsal and membership - arranging rehearsal venues, liaison with membership secretary on data base, maintaining membership packs
* Concert Planning - assist Artistic Manager in venue hire, booking and communication with performers, arranging programme production, arranging technical support for concerts as required, liaison for front of house support, assisting with promotion and advertising
* Fundraising - grants applications, reports to and liaison with sponsors and partners

For further information about the Orpheus Choir of Wellington, please visit:
For questions relating to this position contact:
Cath Edmondson
Phone: (04) 972 7158

Letters of application and curriculum vitae should be emailed to the above address, or posted to:

Orpheus Choir of Wellington
P O Box 1306



Dessaix to launch Writers on Monday series

Internationally acclaimed Australian author Robert Dessaix will kick off this year's free Writers on Monday series, organised by the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML), home of Victoria University's renowned creative writing programme.

Mr Dessaix, who is a celebrated writer, critic, translator and broadcaster, will give a one-hour talk focussing on his latest book, Twilight of Love (Pan Macmillan) at 1pm on Monday 11 July at City Gallery Wellington. This free event is supported by Chen Palmer & Partners and bookings are recommended.

The Writers on Monday series offers the public a chance to hear from a notable list of literary figures-from New Zealand and further afield-and the chance to do some literary talent-spotting. It includes readings and discussions with poets, novelists, and scriptwriters. As well as readings from published works, there will be exciting glimpses of work in the pipeline, both from established writers and from the new crop of talent emerging from the IIML in 2005.

This year, the entire series will be presented downtown at City Gallery Wellington, making it readily accessible to a wide audience.

Following the Robert Dessaix event, the focus of the series will shift to poetry, with five events presented in conjunction with the National Library Gallery's Main Trunk Lines poetry exhibition (22 July-30 October). Poets featured range from newly-published poet Emily Dobson to the current Te Mata Estate Poet Laureate Jenny Bornholdt.

In late August, the series will shift to the fictional and autobiographical worlds of Deutz Medal finalist Fiona Farrell, before turning to the latest crop of writers to emerge from the Institute. The Next Page and Short/Sharp/Script events have always been among the liveliest and most enjoyable in the series: the audience may not have heard of these writers yet, but they will certainly hear more of them in future.

Writers on Mondays concludes on 26 September with a conversation about one of the major vehicles for new writing in New Zealand over the last 17 years, the literary journal Sport.

2005 Writers on Mondays programme
All sessions are open to the public and free of charge. Advance bookings will be taken for the Robert Dessaix event. Presented in partnership with City Gallery Wellington, and supported by Chen Palmer & Partners and the National Library of New Zealand.

For further information contact the IIML, tel (04) 463 6854, or visit
Venue: City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square, Wellington
Time: 1-2pm

11 July: Twilight of Love: Robert Dessaix
Robert Dessaix's literary career began in 1980 with an examination of religious faith in the works of Turgenev. Dessaix returns to Turgenev in his new book, Twilight of Love, a typically stylish blend of memoir, literary biography and travel writing that sets off in search of the Russian writer and winds up contemplating the death of romantic love. Chair: Elizabeth Alley. Robert Dessaix appears with support from Chen Palmer & Partners. Advance booking recommended - contact Robyn Walker, email or phone 801 3987.

18 July: Two New Zealand Poets: Emily Dobson & Anna Jackson
Adam Prize winner Emily Dobson grew up surrounded by bees in rural Hawkes Bay. She unveils her first collection, a box of bees, before flying off to the famed Iowa Writer's Workshop. Anna Jackson's third book, Catullus for Children, was a collection of poems, not a children's book. She teaches at Victoria University, and has recently published a volume of 'collaborative poetry' with Dunedin writer Jenny Powell-Chalmers. Chair: Damien Wilkins

25 July: NZ Poetry Abroad: Jan Lauwereyns & Gregory O'Brien
In June, poetry packed a suitcase and went on its OE. An anthology of New Zealand poetry in Russian was launched in Moscow, and Gregory O'Brien and four other poets took their work to festivals in Antwerp and Rotterdam, where audiences could read them in translations by Wellington-based poet and neurobiologist Jan Lauwereyns. This month VUP releases The Colour Of Distance: New Zealand Writers in France, French Writers in New Zealand and a new poetry collection by O'Brien. The poets read their work and discuss the experience of translating and exporting our poetry. Chair: Chris Price

1 August: The Writer in the House: Stephanie de Montalk
Stephanie de Montalk is the 2005 Victoria University/Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence, and author of three collections of poetry and the biography/memoir, Unquiet World, which tells the story of her famously eccentric cousin, Count Geoffrey Potocki de Montalk. She reads from her new collection Cover Stories and discusses her current project, a poetic narrative comprising two factually based stories, one set in the Crimea in 1750, the other in Southern Russia. Chair: Chris Price

8 August: Two American Poets: Nick Twemlow & Robyn Schiff
Fulbright Fellow Nick Twemlow is a poet and literary magazine editor spending the year in New Zealand researching his great aunt, the children's novelist Joyce West, and writing poems exploring his Kiwi family's history. Robyn Schiff's first collection of poems, Worth, appeared on Fence magazine's list of Most Notable Books of 2002, and has been described as 'dangerously urbane,' and 'hyper-articulate'. The poets are both graduates of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and are also partners. They will read their work and talk about the American poetry scene. Chair: Bill Manhire

15 August: Lunch with the Laureate: Jenny Bornholdt
2005 Te Mata Estate Poet Laureate Jenny Bornholdt is the owner of a poetic voice that mesmerises and enchants, both on the page and on stage. It's a voice which British critic Michael Hulse dubs 'a straight one, sophisticated but natural, streetwise at times but never sly,' and it has made her one of New Zealand's most widely appreciated poets. Chair: Damien Wilkins

22 August: Book Book: Fiona Farrell
Fiona Farrell's novel, The Hopeful Traveller, was runner-up for the 2002 Montana Deutz Medal, and her autobiographical fiction ,Book Book (a 2005 Deutz Medal finalist), is a vivid and poignant portrait of an Oamaru childhood and life in the wider world. In 2006 she will spend six months in southern Ireland as one of the inaugural recipients of the Rathcoola Residency and work on a novel provisionally titled Mr Allbone's Ferrets. Chair: Chris Price

29 August: The Next Page (1)
A season of new work by writers from Victoria University's Master of Arts in Creative Writing begins with readings from fiction and poetry in progress over two sessions. This week Airini Beautrais, Kerry Hines, Amy Howden-Chapman, Stefanie Lash, Vana Manasiadis, Mary McCallum, Susannah Poole, Anna Sanderson, Jennifer Smith and Ben Sparks present their work. Chair: Damien Wilkins

5 September: The Next Page (2)
A season of emerging talent continues with another ten poets and fiction writers: Michele Amas, Angela Andrews, Susan Blyth, Mary Anne Bourke, Sian Daly, Sara Finlay, Natasha Leitch, Alice Miller, Chris Tse and Penny Walker. Chair: Bill Manhire

12 September: Short/Sharp/Script (1)
Five go mad at City Gallery in a fast, furious, and entertaining selection of scenes from scripts-in-progress by writers completing the IIML's Master of Arts in Scriptwriting, taught by Ken Duncum. This week works by Lucy O'Brien, Brian Hotter, Peter Griffin, Gavin McGibbon and Shahir Daud are brought to life by professional actors. Chair: Ken Duncum

19 September: Short/Sharp/Script (2)
The second round of Short/Sharp/Script sees another five scripts given a workout by the actors. Scenes by Donna Banicevich Gera, Desiree Gezentsvey, Lynda Chanwai-Earle, Jessica Fletcher and Leonie Reynolds are in the spotlight. Chair: Ken Duncum

26 September: Talking Sport
When the first issue of the literary journal Sport appeared back in 1988, there was some puzzlement about the name, but none about the quality: Listener reviewer Michael Gifkins at once declared, 'it is likely that excellence has announced a time and place'. Sport became the forum for a bright new generation of New Zealand writers, many of whom are now well-established names. Publisher Fergus Barrowman talks with Damien Wilkins, editor of a forthcoming anthology culled from Sport's pages, about the magazine's history, and where it might be heading.

For further information please contact Communications Adviser Kate Fox, Victoria University of Wellington Public Affairs by email or phone 04 463 5105 or 029 463 5105


What's on, now and in future, at Happy

Fri 1 July 10pm

Sat 2 July 10pm

and coming up

Thurs 7th July

Incredible lineup of noise, improv and dimension shifting

Fri 8 JULY
LEILA ADU 'CHERRY PIE' album release
with support from

Wellington release after national tour...featuring David Long, Jeff Henderson, Tom Callwood and Rick Cranson

Sat 9 july

and more to come including Bomb the Space!

corner Vivian and Tory Streets
PO Box 9069
New Zealand
+64 4 384 1965
+21 269 9832



Lilburn's house could become first composer residence
Douglas Lilburn's former home in Thorndon, Wellington is on the verge of becoming New Zealand's first residence for composers.

The Lilburn Residence Trust (, formed to buy the house from the Executors of the distinguished composer's estate need to raise about $275,000 before the end of July in order to complete the purchase.

"We have had a long and nervous wait for our offer to be accepted", commented the Chair of the Trust and former Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University, Professor Les Holborow. "However, it is an exciting project and we have remained optimistic that we will succeed. The opportunity to create New Zealand's first residence for composers and honour the remarkable and distinguished contribution of our most important composer is a great incentive."

With the help of a grant of $150,000 from Lotteries Environment and Heritage Committee, the task of raising the purchase price has been greatly reduced. The remaining $275,000 will need to be raised through individual donations and contributions from other.trusts or foundations.

"We are sure that there are many music-lovers who would wish to help us. Anyone who donates $1,000 or more will have their name listed on a plaque at the house and, with the compliments of Ode Records, will receive a CD of Douglas Lilburn's piano music played by one of his closest friends and colleagues, Margaret Nielsen," he added.

Proceeds from the sale of the house will go to the Lilburn Trust, which was set up by the composer in 1984 to preserve and promote New Zealand music. The fact that, in this way, the sale of the house will also contribute to NZ musical life well into the future means that contributions to the Lilburn Residence Trust will do more than just buy the property, but will help to develop and document our musical heritage.

Once the purchase is completed, Gillian Whitehead, the NZ School of Music-Creative NZ Composer in Residence for 2005-2006, will move into the house in mid August. It is planned that the house, situated on a quiet section in central Thorndon, will provide accommodation every year for the composer holding this recently established residency.

The property is an ideal first Residence for a NZ composer with its close proximity to the Randell Writer's Cottage and the Rita Angus Cottage, which hosts a visual arts residency. The house itself is quite modest but is an early example of modernist architecture and sits on a large bush-clad section. It has attracted the support of the Historic Places Trust which has placed a covenant on the title ensuring that the integrity of the house and garden are preserved. Douglas Lilburn lived in the house from 1959 until his death in 2001 and loved the relative quiet and convenience the property provided.

James Gardner, the inaugural NZSM-CNZ Composer in Residence has said, "How wonderful it would be if the Composer in residence really did have a Residence!" His wishes may be about to come true!

FOR FURTHER INFO please contact:
or phone Scilla Askew (04) 801 8602 (w) or 021 120 4572
See also


Pounawea Pink,
an exhibition by Fergus Collinson.
30 June - 16 July.
The Pit bar at BATS, 1 Kent Terrace, Wellington

Fergus describes the exhibit as "a light hearted jazzy take on startling my Mum's South Otago community when McGregor bought nail polish" , Pounawea Pink nail polish. The exhibition runs in tangent with Bouncing With Billie, new work from Theatre Militia based on and created with Fergus Collinson featuring paint, poetry and live jazz (see press release attached). We'll be celebrating covering the walls of The Pit with Fergus' vibrant work from 5pm Thursday 30 June. Be great to see you there.

For further info please contact:
hannah clarke
ph: 021 0451459
+64 (0)4 4759903


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Salary Grants for Community Groups

Applications forms are now available for Wellington City Council's Salary Grants Scheme for this year. Organisations working in the area of community development in the Wellington City rate-paying area may be eligible to apply for salary subsidies.

Information and application forms can be downloaded at Potential applicants can also call Grants Team Leader Deborah Hope on 801-3127 for more details.

A free seminar will be held on Tuesday 28th June from 1pm to 3pm giving advice on eligibility and how to apply. A place in the seminar can be booked online or by calling Barbara Franklin on 801-3595.

Grant applications close at 5pm on 29th July 2005.



Topical lagoon
By Peter Aspden
Published in the June 17 2005 edition of the Financial Times

There are moments in the history of art when we can feel the cultural balance of power shift irrevocably from one country or continent to another.

It happened straight after the second world war, when abstract expressionism signalled to the world that the US was ready to consign tired, battle-scarred Europe to posterity. And it is, so the received wisdom has it, about to happen all over again; for there is a country that can - and does - boast 3,000 years of culture, dizzying rates of economic growth and a long-suppressed determination to engage the outside world in its inexorable rise as a global power. Little wonder that all eyes were on China at the opening of Venice’s Biennale of contemporary art, which opened to the public on Sunday.

It is the first time in the exhibition’s history that the Chinese have been granted their own pavilion at the Biennale. It is not as if they were dragged in by an art world anxious to see what it had to offer. Indeed, Davide Croff, the new Biennale president, says that the delegation that visited him from Beijing last year was insistent in its wish that China become involved in the world’s most important contemporary art gathering, sooner rather than later. It seems China was finally ready to enter the fold of culture’s most contentious arena; to join in with the tampon chandeliers, the screaming performance artists, the blood-curdling video pieces and the trompe l’oeil sculptures that every other summer turn Venice into a surreal backdrop for contemporary art’s frisky excesses.

In a bid, perhaps, to cover all its options, China has entered five works for this, the 51st edition of the Venice Biennale. One of them, “Farmer Du Wenda’s Flying Saucer” by Peng Yu and Sun Yuan, is something of a gift for those seeking an easy metaphor: the spacecraft in question is revved up in a garden inside the city’s old Arsenale by its inventor, a farmer from Anhui province, to try and achieve take-off.

Amid much clatter and noise, the tension becomes palpable: will he, and China, succeed? On its inaugural “flight”, one of the propeller blades suddenly sank, forcing the farmer-pilot to abandon his efforts. In truth, it never looked like he was going to achieve his aim. But this is precisely the point the artists are making, describing their work as a “dramatic experiment that parallels the unknowns in China’s open future”.

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Pushing boundaries at Venice Biennale
By Roderick Conway Morris
International Herald Tribune 14 June edition

VENICE At the German pavilion, hired extras shut the door behind visitors as they enter and caper around singing "This is so contemporary!" while others close in to engage us in one-to-one discussions on such issues as "the market economy." In a specially constructed, windowless pavilion standing on the docks of the Arsenale, we find ourselves on a dance floor with ghostly projected images twirling and pirouetting around us.

The Austrian pavilion has been transformed into a kind of artificial mountain with a complex web of wooden beams and staircases within. In the Egyptian pavilion a full-size wooden boat, supported high above a patch of sand, provides the ideal backdrop to an as-yet-unwritten production titled "The Ship of the Desert." Music, bird song, dog barks and a host of other sounds emit from hidden speakers as we move from space to space. There are screens endlessly repeating DVDs and videos at every turn.

Since its inception in 1895, Venice's Biennale has expanded beyond the visual arts into other areas, with separate annual and biennial festivals, exhibitions and programs to celebrate film, architecture, music, theater and dance. But meanwhile, at the visual arts event, the distinctions between the disciplines have progressively been broken down.

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Artist Stirs Controversy at Venice Biennale
14 June, Deutsche Welle

Authorities at the ongoing Venice Biennale, the world's most prestigious, have banned a sculpture by a German artist from being displayed on St Mark's Square because it might have offended Muslim visitors.

Gregor Schneider's creative labor of love for the 51st Venice Biennale, which opened its hallowed doors on Sunday, never saw the light of day in the beautiful lagoon city.

Authorities this week decided to censor the German artist's work after concerns that it could prove inflammatory for Muslims visiting the art festival.

Schneider's contribution involved a huge 15-meter-high metal cube covered by a black fabric, based on the proportions of the sacred Ka'ba in Mecca -- Islam's sacrosanct site of pilgrimage. The sculpture was initially meant to be installed in Venice's central St Mark's Square.

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Word on the Canal
How buzz builds at the Venice biennial.
By Marc Spiegler

Late last week, battalions from the international art world descended upon Venice for the city's biennial, arguably the world's most important art exposition. Over the course of several days, critics, curators, and collectors tromped around the ancient city, braving its mazelike streets and befuddling vaporetto water-ferry system, taking in as much art as possible.
What's at stake for the artists showing here is immense: If their work manages to stand out, they instantly become players on the global stage.
(After scoring a hit in 2001 with a dark, computer-rendered video, for instance, Swedish artist Magnus Wallin had offers for 15 shows the following fall.) But the way buzz builds in Venice can be peculiar. Art-world types may pride themselves on their ability to ignore hype and render individual judgments, but during the biennial, Venice functions as a giant echo chamber.

People compare the arts biennial to the Cannes Film Festival: At both events, causing the right kind of stir can launch your career. But at Cannes, films screen on a preset schedule, which means that most critics present assess each film at the same time, and their assessments roll forth in a steady, sequential rhythm. In Venice, each person sees the art in a different order. And few people see everything because the biennial is split into two main section: the massive Arsenale building and the Castello gardens, in which most major countries own permanent pavilion buildings. In addition, there are spaces scattered haphazardly across the rest of the city's three main islands, which makes for endless rounds of find-the-palazzo orienteering. At Cannes, the reviewers watch the films in the dark, silently, so when the lights go up, their responses tend to have concretized. But biennial-goers commonly travel in loose packs, so even first impressions can be influenced by the commentary of one's companions.

Passing one another on bridges and chatting at champagne receptions, people engage in endless iterations of the same conversation. The first question is, "What do you think?"meaning "of the whole biennial," compared with previous biennials. In the beginning, responses are fragmented, filled with caveats about not having seen everything. Within 24 hours, long before everyone has seen much of anything, a consensus forms, giving people a sense of how high the bar has been set (and preconceptions about the quality of the work they've yet to see). This year, the bar was low. The two Spanish curators, María de Corral and Rosa Martínez, were appointed lamentably late in the game after infighting at the Biennale's organization. The curators played it safe, selecting works they had previously exhibited and artists with a record of producing decent pieces. There were few outright mistakes, but also hardly any discoveries or surprises.

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Wellington: 8 July, in store @ Real Groovy 5pm & Happy 8pm

OK, to describe the striking and spellbinding music of Leila Adu you first need to use a vast range of singers, Joni Mitchell, Nico, Stereolab and PJ Harvey - to name a few, then there's the varied genre descriptions of jazz, soul, gamelan, Latino, funk, gothic and bossa nova.

But however you chose to describe Leila Adu's "delightfully dissonant droning harmonies" (Sunday Star Times), it doesn't matter as Leila herself says "Convenient tags give people preconceived ideas that aren't always correct." Her sultry voice and captivating music are unique and very much her own.

In June, Leila Adu's second album, Cherry Pie, will be released and she will be performing a highly anticipated tour across NZ. Cherry Pie was produced by David Long who also features on the album. Long was lead guitarist for The Mutton Birds and produced Fur Patrol's debut album Pet, for which he won Producer of the Year Award 2001. The album also features drummer Ricky Gooch (Trinity Roots,) bass player Thomas Callwood and Jeffrey Henderson (Syzygy, Urban Taniwha.)

Leila Adu

London-born, New Zealand-raised and of Ghanaian heritage, Leila's broad scope of influences is more than merely geographic. Leila studied post-graduate music composition at Victoria University and has composed a short film soundtrack to Forty Degrees Something as well as electronic, instrumental and orchestral pieces. Along with her post-graduate studies, Leila recorded her debut album, Dig A Hole in 2003.

Her music has seen her touring in NZ, London, Moscow, Canberra and Melbourne. In Melbourne, Shane Moritz of Beat Magazine said, "Dig A Hole, her self-released debut, is a strange fusion of edgy soul and stuttering beats, complimented by moody strings and an incomparable intensity that smoulders under smoky, stage lights."

Leila has collaborated with a diverse range of musicians including hip-hop, rock, punk and electronic music and has been part of the Wellington improvising scene performing at Bomb The Space and the Wellington International Jazz Festival.

Responses to Leila Adu's previous album Dig A Hole

Rip It Up, Zoe Winkler, Feb/March issue, 2004
"Few debut artists are as daring as Leila Adu"

The Sunday Star Times, Grant Smithies, 18th May 2003
"Dissonant delight . . . Full of striking imagery and delightfully dissonant droning harmonies, the nearest reference point lies somewhere between sad-eyed Brazilian crooner Astrud Gilberto and London-based avant-pop darlings Stereolab."

The Dominion Post, John Kennedy, 1st May 2003
"Her voice is as distinctive as any you'll hear on these shores - dark, sonorous, uninflected and unflinching."

Beat Magazine (Melbourne) Shane Moritz
"She has a hypnotic voice, moderately spiced, sprinkled in firewater. Some call it sultry, and it is, but it's also heavy and soothing and gets under your skin in the most welcoming way."

Live, Lucy Parr
"Leila Adu and her back-up musicians are definitely talented so look out for an opportunity to see this group live; it's guaranteed to be a spirited performance."



Badjelly the Witch
By Spike Milligan
Adapted By Alana O'Sullivan

Venue: Gryphon Theatre, 22 Ghuznee St
Dates: July 12 - 23, 2005
Time: Monday to Saturday, 11.00am & 1.00pm
Tickets: (04) 934 4068
Prices: $10 or Group 10+ $8

Following on from Kapitall Kids Theatres 2004 sell-out production of the Spike Milligan classic Badjelly The Witch, and in response to the overwhelming demand received from children and parents alike, KKT are excited to present Badjelly for the 2005 July School Holidays.

Join the brother and sister team of Tim and Rose as they venture out in search of their beloved cow Lucy. Along the way they meet some of storytimes most eccentric characters, and of course they battle the evil Witch Badjelly to mend her cow-stealing ways.

Pip O'Connell (Badjelly), Brianne Kerr (Rose), Dan Ashworth (Dulboot) and Michael Fowler (Dinglemouse) reprise their roles and are joined this year by Jason Johnson (Tim), Brent McGuinness (Binklebonk) and Amanda Early (Lucy). Talented young musician Alex Lee rounds off the group to bring his excellent keyboard skills to provide the live music.

Filled with music, song, dance and fun, this is a production you and your family will not want to miss out on. So book early and be in for a winter theatrical treat like no other!

"Stinky poo to all of you! Knickers, knickers, knickers!"



A series of free Organ Recitals in the Wellington Town Hall:

Experience the magnificent sound of the City organ in a series of 5 FREE
Organ Recitals performed by the City Organist, Douglas Mews

3 July
Wellington Town Hall

The mighty organ, noble and strong, portrays heroic scenes, as in David slaying Goliath, heroic feelings, in Franck's Pièce Heroïque, or heroic memories, in Alain's Deuils (Mourning).

More to come, put them into your diary now!




By David Lewis
Directed by Rodney Bane

Strange images on the fax?
A dead Okapi in Copenhagen zoo??
Abused blackberries from the freezer???
And Ratty from The Wind in the Willows????
And who the @*&# is Zoe?????
Does she really have wings??????

For the answers see "Misconceptions" - David Lewis' virtuoso comedy, by turns hilarious and heartbreaking, straight-talking and surreal.

Matthew and Linda are the perfect professional couple: successful, prosperous and happy with their lives together. Now the biological clock is ticking away, and after years of failure, they decide to enlist the help of Matthews' friend Barry.

All together the three persevere with their do-it-yourself fertility clinic, and though the results are still negative, they remain hopeful, until one night events take a totally unexpected turn.

A play about the games we play and why we play them. It explores the topical issues of fertility, our biological place in the world, the way we live our lives today and reveals a very novel use for frozen summer fruits!

Contains some strong language.

Starring: Katrina Baylis, Simon Boyes, Darren Stubbersfield and Anna O'Brien.

13-23 July @ 8pm, (4pm 17 July, 6:30pm 19 and 20 July)
Gryphon Theatre, 22 Ghuznee Street.
Bookings: 04 934 4068



Michael Hirschfeld Gallery
Until 31 July
Open everyday, 10am - 5pm

Wellington artist David Cross's solo show at the Michael Hirschfeld Gallery brings together a video projection, photographs and a 7-hour long performance which collectively explore ideas about beauty (especially male beauty) and the grotesque, horror and humour, intimacy and endurance.

Cross's practice is based in performance art, and he takes as his own body as a starting point in much of his work. As Cross says: 'I want to use my body and its difference to tease out broader issues: about aesthetics, about beauty, about the function of the grotesque in our culture.'

Don't miss:
A one day performance event
16 July 2005, 10am - 5pm
Free entry



Chris Norman & David Greenberg with support from Paddy Burgin & Tom Callwood.

St John's in the City cnr Willis/Dixon Street Wednesday 6 July, 7.30 p.m.
Two of North America's leading traditional musicians in a rare New Zealand concert appearance. Chris Norman and David Greenberg have independently set the gold standard bringing to life the traditional music of Atlantic Canada, Scotland and Ireland with a keen eye to the music's roots in 17th & 18th century Europe.

$20.00 waged, $15.00 For tickets ph Kristine Twigley at 383 5747 or email



Turbine calls for submissions

The International Institute of Modern Letters is calling for submissions of original poetry, short fiction and creative non-fiction to be considered for the 2006 edition of the online literary journal, Turbine.

The submission deadline is October 20, 2005. Submission guidelines and past issues are available online at



Local photographer Aaron Beck has installed a new photographic exhibition, Macro Asia, now on view in the arts centre gallery. The show comprises twenty of the artist's exquisite images.
"They are all what I call alternate scenes and portraits," said Beck, who shot the pictures while travelling in Southeast Asia and China in 2004. Beck's photographs have been printed to 12 x 18 inch size and block mounted on solid panels. "These are intimate studies of insects, people, and places in Asia, and are my attempt to capture something special about their character and personality."
One of Beck's latest projects was shooting all the macro-photography motion picture work for the new Shihad music video, "All the Young Fascists," currently airing in New Zealand and Australia.
"I also produced animated effects for that using a scanning electron miscroscope from Victoria University, and worked closely with the main producer, Mark Albiston and Sticky Pictures," he said. The result is a most unusual video in a sea of more mundane and banal music video offerings.
It was a visit to the Sticky Pictures office, now located on the top floor of the Wellington Arts Centre, that solidified the idea for Beck's first solo gallery exhibition.
"I got my first camera in early 2004, and have been building up a body of work and experimenting in extreme close-up photography ever since," said Beck. "When I saw the new arts centre and gallery space, I thought it would be an ideal setting for this collection of my recent work."
Beck, already an established illustrator and graphic artist, sees unlimited potential in his new craft. To establish the right technique, the artist modifies his photographic hardware, adapts lenses, and engineers new lighting effects.
"He's what you might call super-creative," said Wellington City Council community arts co-ordinator Eric Holowacz, "always in search of new approaches, interesting subjects, and innovative ways to express the world. Aaron represents the next generation of Wellington artists who will shape and advance New Zealand culture."
One of the primary objectives of the new arts centre is to support young and emerging artists in Wellington. The facility's 28 studios are already populated by creative people and contemporary artists, and many of the workshops and meeting rooms have been booked out by creative organisations.
Besides being young, creative, and ambitious, Beck is also a humanitarian at heart. Proceeds from the gallery sales will go to support disaster relief and charities working in Southeast Asia.
"I left Thailand four days before the tsunami, and it would mean a lot to me to give something back to all of those inspiring people and places," said Beck, "especially after such a massive tragedy."
Other local businesses who have supported Beck, his exhibition, and relief mission are Wellington Photographic Supplies, The Package, Printlink, Imagelab, Big Image Print, RadioActive, and Wellington City Council.
The public is invited to view MacroAsia by Aaron Beck, now through July 16. Twelve of his pictures were sold on opening night, which also featured local hip-hop visionary Imon Star. The new Wellington Arts Centre gallery is located at 61 Abel Smith Street. For details email


Arm Yourself!

July will see the continuation of the ARMS series of motivating, networking and knowledge-sharing sessions in the ground floor Gallery of the Wellington Arts Centre, Abel Smith Street.

After intensive touring round the country, Mark Cubey and Michael Lockhart of creative enterprise proponents Arms Ltd return to Wellington for regular presentations of provocative weaponry designed to bring creative individuals together and help make the creative capital more than just a buzz phrase.

As well as bringing like-minded players together for mutually beneficial opportunities, talking marketing and money and provoking discussion and laugher, this debut session will look at the government's Digital Strategy (, and what Wellington's creative communities could be doing to make it work for them.

Anyone involved with the making, marketing, promotion or coordination of visual arts, music, literature, photography, design, performance is invited to attend. Admission by koha.

For more info get in touch with ammunition vendor:

Mark Cubey / /
Creative Motivator
ARMS Ltd /
"Helping artists help themselves."
PO Box 9699, Wellington, Aotearoa
phone 021 2200 400



A Promenade of Artists

Promenade Artists organized the first two Murals on Traffic Signal Boxes in late 2003. Now, at last, we have Stage Two of the scheme up and running with ten new traffic box murals from Lambton Quay to Newtown. Our ultimate goal is to decorate all the beige Traffic Signal Boxes with works of art and thus, to transform this dullest of items in the built environment into a source of wonder and visual inspiration.

The artists brief is to provide a mural that reflects the environment around the signal box assigned to them. Thus, the art attached to the Traffic Signal Box by Midland Park, reflects the pre-history of the area prior to reclamation with fish and human bones. The artist, Catherine English, says that the project helps her to maintain her energy and enthusiasm for her work by providing a public canvas. She also enjoys the comments people make about her previous work, on the corner of Victoria and Mercer Street, which chronicles the wind-tossed problems with parking and returning books to the library. Catherine has been drawing and painting since she could hold a pencil. She has recently given birth to Paloma, her fifth child. Her work is colourful, vibrant and locates the personal within the wider community.

Justin Duffin, whose work is on the Traffic Signal Box at the intersection of John St and Adelaide Road, says that his painting points towards Newtown and the zoo, with the monkeys expressing his love of animals. Justin is a professional animator and is using the traffic signal box to showcase his skills. Prospective employers please note that he hopes to obtain more work through his participation in the scheme. Justin's work is quirky, cartoon-like and has a surreal quality that immediately engages the viewer.

The Tree of Life, by Sam Broad, is on the Traffic Signal Box outside Planet Bar in Courtenay Place. Sam's work refers to the life of the area and his personal remembrances of its recent past as a hub of social activity prior to the current incarnation. The pinball machine, pulp sci-fi, Victorian insanity, pop and folk art are all themes that occur in his bold, striking and colourful work. Sam has an artist's garret in the attic of Inverlochy Art School where he produces automata (interactive kinetic sculptures) paintings and prints in his inimitable and unique style.

Other artists involved in the project are Jonny de Painter who comments on the consumer society in I cure the wounds of advertising, outside Kirkcaldies. Daniel Mills explores the legend of St George and the dragon on Boulcott St, Davey McGhie celebrates the colourful culture of Cuba St at the north end of the mall while Grant Buist reflects on coffee and the bucket fountain in Jitterati. Lyn Clark's work on Volunteers Corner depicts The Kete of Knowledge. In Newtown Aaron Frater echoes the busy intersections of the street and Liana Leiataua symbolically connects the traffic island on Riddiford and Constable St to her mural on the Newtown Library building. The artists have been selected to reflect the diversity of people who work in the arts in Wellington.

Supported by the Wellington City Council, Resene Paints, Ulrich Aluminium and Wellington Glass, this project would be impossible without the contributions of Eric Holowacz and Seamus Arnel ( WCC Community Arts officers), Tim Kirby (Traffic Signals Manager for the WCC) and the generosity of the artists.

To learn more about this urban art project, contact:
Kristelle Plimmer
105 Wallace Street
Ph: 385-0909 Mob: 027 418 3344



Our most precious treasures are miniatures - little boxes of precious dust - hidden and squeezed into and out of sight - brought out to air occasionally.

" Alice and wonderland world - with dancers squirming inside...tender and lyrical, like swans arching and folding" - The Listener, June 2004

"Performers perch on plinths and pose on pedestals as living breathing objects. They are boxed into tiny spaces like insects in a specimen case or stacked onto shelves like clothing waiting for summer to return. They then move through space, in and out of one another's arms, imprinting the air with a fleeting presence." - City Mix, 2004

"Dance is so untouchable...You can't script it like theatre and you can't film if. The only way you can experience it is to go to a live show." NZ Herald, 2004

Outlaw Creative is proud to announce the national tour of MINIATURES. Seven of New Zealand's most talented young dancers take this surreal and beautiful dance show to a wider NZ audience following the outstanding success of the 2004 premiere. Featuring Malia Johnston, Sarah Sproull, Jacob Sullivan, Julia Milsom, Paul Young, Maria Dubrowska and Liana Yew.

Wellington - Te Whaea July 6-9th
Bookings: Ticketek



The Vaudevil Cabaret is impure late night fun, an entertaining smorgasbord that transforms every minute. An unexpected cascade of stimulation - from the glitz and insight of drag queen biblical sex education to the subversive decadence of belly-dancing clowns.
The Vaudevil Cabaret mixes gender-fuck with gorgeousness, stand up with stalkers, trapeze with tap dance. There are no renditions of "Memory" in this shimmering twisted world - unless the singer is consumed by rabid cats.
Brought to you by circus folk, drag stars, singers, actors, clowns, designers, artists, frocks and dancers of every persuasion the Vaudevils guarantee to put a little deviltry into your weekend.
Bats Theatre, 1 Kent Terrace
10.30pm Friday 22 and Saturday 23 July
$15/$10 book on 801-4175



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Wellington venues and theatres are listed and detailed here



To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Cancer Society, Wellington Division, local creative business BodyFX is creating a book with 75 baldheads painted in different designs. But they need you! All profits of the painting and the sales of the published book will go to the Cancer Society Wellington.
So...If you are bald already or want to shave your head for it ...
This is the great opportunity to do something special!

How to get your head in the book...

Get sponsors (to cover donation, see below)
Come to the Shave-n-Paint day at Wellington Arts Centre

Saturday 16 July from noon to 2pm

Bring a lot of supporters
Fill in a registration form
Choose a design from the book or bring your own
Have your head (shaved and) painted on the spot
Have your photo taken

Sponsorship/Participant Donations:
Bring your own design or Logo: sponsorship $50
Choose one of our designs: sponsorship between $10 and $50

To learn more, contact:
Organised by BodyFX Wellington Ltd.
phone 0800 022555



Have a Go! Open Mike! Every Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 pm at Bluenote (ph 801-5007), cnr Cuba & Vivian Sts, Wellington All Welcome! Free Admisson! Contact Steve Booth 477-0156 or



It has been said that diamonds are a girl's best friend, but at the heart of David Mamet's play Boston Marriage lies the acquisition and ownership of a large and expensive emerald necklace.

Anna and Claire are two bantering, scheming ladies of fashion who have long lived on the fringes of upper-class society. Anna has recently had the good fortune of becoming the mistress of a wealthy man. With him come an extraordinary emerald necklace and a generous allowance, guaranteeing her future comfort. Claire wishes to enlist Anna's help for an assignation with a new flame. However their plotting to arrange Claire's tryst embroils them neck deep in trouble when the young object of her affections sparks off a crisis of hilarious proportions.

"Mamet's characters are at each others throats with a wit akin to characters out of Wilde and a vengeance not unlike those from Pinter." The Boston Globe

David Mamet, one of America's most revered and provocative dramatists, continues exploring new territory with this wickedly funny comedy of errors set in a Victorian drawing room. Better known for gangster films such as The Untouchables and The Spanish Prisoner, and stage plays Oleanna and Glengarry Glen Ross. Mamet first dabbled in this drawing room mode with the screenplay of Terrence Rattigan's play The Winslow Boy, which found much acclaim worldwide.

Director Jude Gibson is delighting in Mamet's crosspollination of his signature "dazzling dialogue" with the more restrained Victorian comedy of manners. She says, "The wit and charm of the language, partnered with such delightful characters, is delicious. Typically at the core of Mamet's work is an unanswerable question. In this instance the question is 'What is Love'?"

She is working with actresses Heather Bolton, Tandi Wright and Dena Kennedy, and designers Tolis Papazoglou (Maui), John Senczuk (Wednesday to Come) and Paul O'Brien (Romeo & Juliet), to evoke the style, elegance, glamour and intrigue inherent in this wickedly entertaining play.

Actor-director Jude Gibson began her theatre life in Auckland where she first worked for Theatre Corporate, Mercury Theatre, Tantrum Theatre and the Auckland Theatre Company. Jude ventured to Wellington to work for the first time in 1989 where she appeared in a Downstage production of Private Lives. Moving to Wellington in 1999, Jude has worked consistently at Circa Theatre, where she has performed in numerous productions, most recently Milo's Wake. Jude has also performed at Downstage, more frequently in the last 4 years, on productions that have included The Vagina Monologues, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet and Up For Grabs. She directed Fiona Samuel's The Wedding Party in 2001. Jude took up the prestigious Shakespeare Globe International Artistic Fellowship in 2002, spending a month's intensive study at the Globe Theatre in London.

Australia-based Heather Bolton flies over the ditch especially to play Anna. Originally from NZ, Heather has developed a high profile overseas, working most notably with the Melbourne Theatre & Bell Shakespeare companies during her 10+ years in Oz. Probably best known as the lead in Gaylene Preston's feature film Mr Wrong, she was last at Downstage in Good Works in 1995.

Heather is joined by Tandi Wright as Claire, & Dena Kennedy as Catherine the Scottish maid. Tandi, a well-known face on NZ television, has had core-cast roles on Shortland St, Willy Nilly & Street Legal. She was last onstage in Wellington in Rutherford at Circa in 2000. Dena's most recent stagework is Dave Armstrong's new touring play King & Country which premiered in Wanaka last month. Dena has been seen on TV series' Insiders Guide to Happiness & Facelift. She's was onstage in Cloud 9 at Circa and in Bare at Centrepoint Theatre in Palmerston North last year. Both Tandi & Dena have appeared recently on Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby for TV1.

Boston Marriage by David Mamet
3 - 23 July
Mon & Tue 6.30pm, Wed - Sat 8.00pm
Matinee: Saturday 23 July 4.00pm, Preshow Talk: Monday 4 July 5.45pm
Special Gala Opening: Sunday 3 July 6.00pm
(No Show Tuesday 5 July)



The Lion in Winter
Written by James Goldman and directed by Iona Anderson

"What shall we hang, the holly or each other?"

Long before the term "dysfunctional" was commonly applied to families, James Goldman gave the world a glimpse of this age-old phenomenon by creating for the stage the members of England's original Plantagenet family: King Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their sons. Although best known for this play, The Lion in Winter, and the screenplay for the resultant movie, Goldman was a prolific writer who based many of his novels, plays, and screenplays on history, a subject he dearly loved.

The Lion in Winter starts when Henry II of England releases Eleanor of Aquitaine, his wife of some 30 years, from house arrest to join him and their three remaining sons at Chinon castle for Christmas - not for a loving family reunion but to choose his heir. Eleanor prefers Richard (who becomes Richard the Lionheart); Henry prefers John, the youngest; while no-one apparently cares one jot for Geoffrey, the middle son and most cunning of them all.

Confusing matters is the presence of Alais, Henry's adored mistress, and her brother Philip, King of France, who is demanding her marriage to Richard or the return of the valuable land which is her dowry. The play takes place over two days as all six, with Alais as the pawn, engage in a chess battle of wit and machination to establish supremacy.

The Lion in Winter is the winner of many major theatre awards and, as one reviewer comments, "it's written with a delicious, mordant wit', full of humour that bristles and burns".

29 June - 9 July (curtain at 8pm; 3rd July at 4pm and 5th & 6th July at 6.30pm)

Tickets: $18/15
Bookings: Ph. (04) 3850 532



Main Trunk Lines - an exhibition celebrating New Zealand poetry
22 July to 30 October 2005 at the National Library Gallery

A major exhibition of New Zealand poetry from the past 150 years opens at the National Library Gallery on 22 July.

Drawing extensively on the book and manuscript collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Main Trunk Lines: New Zealand poetry samples some of the country's best-known poems alongside the more peripheral, experimental and surprising

Exhibits range from Eileen Duggan's teapot to a cartoon about James K Baxter by Chris Knox. Also included are book-designs, voice recordings, Anna Livesey's series of commissioned poems on a set of beer coasters, and two poems written by James K Baxter on the wallpaper of Michael Illingworth's house.

>From the widely accepted to the radical - Thomas Bracken's 'God Defend New Zealand' to Cilla McQueen's 'Dogwobble' - Main Trunk Lines offers visitors a bearing on the broad imaginative map of New Zealand poetry.

Collaborations between visual artists and poets have long been a feature of New Zealand cultural life. Photographs by Alan Knowles, Robert Cross and others will provide a composite group-portrait of the poets behind the lines. Works by Waiheke-based Denis O'Connor incorporate poems by Allen Curnow, Janet Frame and others. Further artists in the exhibition include Ralph Hotere, Colin McCahon, John Reynolds, Saskia Leek, John Pule, Fiona Pardington, Virginia King, John Baxter, Toss Woollaston and Michael Illingworth. The short poem-films of Richard von Sturmer are also included.

The 'main trunk lines' in the title are the lines of poetry that run through the books and art works in the exhibition - the lines that have shaped and influenced the imaginative life of New Zealand. Featuring the most significant poems and publications of the past 150 years, the exhibition looks at poetry today, how it got here and where it's going in the future.

A well-stocked reading room will be a feature of the exhibition, allowing visitors to sit back and savour a huge range of current poetry titles. A diverse programme of related events will also be offered during the course of the exhibition.

Main Trunk Lines is curated by Jenny Bornholdt (current Te Mata Estate Poet Laureate) and Gregory O'Brien.

For further information and high-resolution images, please contact:
Susan Bartel, Public Relations Manager, National Library Gallery
Phone: 04 474 3119 or 027 223 5159



Young Voices Fill the New Wellington Arts Centre: Local music educator Sharon Thorburn invites Wellington's young creative people to participate in a major new musical initiative

The sound of young voices expressing themselves in harmony is now ringing through the halls of Wellington's new arts centre. Student singers from years 3 to 8 are invited to become part of "Little Big Voice," a growing choral effort to nurture the music skills of local young people. Weekly choir rehearsals are now underway, and the growing ensemble welcomes new voices from all parts of the Capital City. The innovative programme, developed by Thorburn, provides an inclusive approach to music performance and a repertoire of New Zealand and international songs.

A second initiative, "Lights, Camera, Action!" is being developed by Thorburn to foster composition, scripting, rehearsal, and stage talents in local young people. Her multi-disciplinary workshops are designed to build performance confidence, identity and creativity through music, drama and dance. Both opportunities are based at the new Wellington Arts Centre in Abel Smith Street.

Sharon Thorburn is an award winning composer and music educator with international primary and secondary school experience. Her Wellington-based choirs and a cappella groups have won national competitions at secondary school level and represented New Zealand internationally at primary and intermediate level. She has a passion for promoting the original voice of our young people, who discover their identity and creative potential through music.

Thorburn is one of many creative people hiring the spaces at the new facility at 61 Abel Smith Street. The Wellington Arts Centre offers meeting rooms, art workshops, an exhibition gallery, and project administration room for use by people and organisations involved in local creative developments. The new centre opened its doors in April, and a grand opening is set for late July.

To learn more about "Little Big Voice" or "Lights, Camera, Action!" contact organiser Sharon Thorburn at or by phoning 04 9340585.



City Gallery Wellington
Presented by Simpson Grierson
10 July - 30 October 2005

City Gallery Wellington is proud to announce 'Small World, Big Town: Contemporary Art from Te Papa', an exhibition in partnership with the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

This partnership will give audiences an opportunity to see an exciting and diverse range of contemporary New Zealand art. 'Small World, Big Town' has been jointly curated City Gallery Wellington and Te Papa, and includes work by 28 New Zealand artists, drawn from the Te Papa visual art collections.

'Small World, Big Town' takes as its theme a shift in artists' thinking in recent decades, from concerns about national identity and nationhood to the ideas and impacts of globalisation, a would-be regionalism and the importance of individual experience.

The works selected for 'Small World, Big Town' focus both on the local and the immediate, as well as our growing sense of belonging to a global community. Now, as the world appears to shrink in scale, artists get their bearings from all over the globe. 'Small World, Big Town' offers audiences an affectionate look at ourselves as a big town on the periphery of an increasingly smaller world; remote, yet globally connected.

The works included in the exhibition range from iconic pieces by well-known artists, such as Peter Robinson's 'My marae, my Methven', the centre piece of the 1995 international touring exhibition 'Cultural Safety', to recent acquisitions by emerging artists such as Peter Stichbury and Mladen Bizumic.

'Small World, Big Town' will present an exciting array of artworks, from Ani O'Neill's six-metre long weaving made of florist's ribbon and thread, to moving image work by Yuk King Tan, paintings by Michael Harrison and Bill Hammond, photographs by Fiona Pardington and Yvonne Todd, sculpture by Michael Parekowhai and Richard Reddaway and page works by cartoonist Dylan Horrocks.

A significant element of 'Small World, Big Town' will be the first New Zealand showing of Michael Stevenson's 'This is the Trekka', made possible by its recent acquisition for Te Papa's collections. 'This is the Trekka' was New Zealand's presentation at the 50th Venice Biennale of International Art 2003.

City Gallery Wellington director Paula Savage says: "We are thrilled to have worked with Te Papa on this exhibition. I know the curators at City Gallery Wellington have really enjoyed working with a collection of such high calibre, and we are very much looking forward to presenting the results of our combined work to the public. We are sure that visitors will find 'Small World, Big Town' a fresh and engaging look at the fantastic work produced by New Zealand artists over the past 20 years."

Seddon Bennington, Chief Executive, Te Papa, says: "Te Papa is extremely pleased to be working with City Gallery Wellington to develop an exhibition of works from our collections for the people of Wellington and visitors to the region. 'Small World, Big Town' complements the many works on display at Te Papa, and builds on our long term strategy to increase access to the treasures in our collections through our loans programme with New Zealand's public galleries and museums."

The artists featured in 'Small World, Big Town' are:

Mladen Bizumic; Derrick Cherrie; Margaret Dawson; Bill Hammond; Michael Harrison; Gavin Hipkins; Saskia Leek; Lauren Lysaght; Andrew McLeod; Anne Noble; Ani O'Neill; Fiona Pardington; Michael Parekowhai; John Pule; Richard Reddaway; Peter Robinson; Ava Seymour; Marie Shannon; Michael Shepherd; Michael Stevenson; Peter Stichbury; Yuk King Tan; Yvonne Todd; Ronnie van Hout; John Walsh; Ruth Watson; Boyd Webb; Brendan Wilkinson.


Wellington Storytellers' Cafe at the New Arts Centre

The Storytellers' Café is the home of storytelling in the Capital. >From 7:30 - 9 pm on the first Tuesday of every month except January, the café is open to everyone. Come along to the next session at the new arts centre, 61-63 Abel Smith Street. All you need to do is bring your ears! Each month a different teller takes the stage, and there is always room for offerings from the audience. Cost is $5, tea, coffee and nibbles are provided.

Contact: 021-687-627



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What cities/towns have you lived in (or spent more than a few months in), beginning with your place of birth.

What are the earliest stories you remember hearing?

What music was present and still memorable from your youth/adolescence?

For you as a creative person, who are three influential artists or thinkers?

What is your dream of happiness?

Who are your favourite or most admired figures from history?

Name three films that you consider profound, moving, or extraordinary.

What was your first real job? second? third?

If you had to eat the same meal every day, what would it be?

Name a few books that you couldn't put down, would read again, haunt you still.

What have you done, seen, experienced, or produced that was a disappointment to you?

What was the most recent live performance you attended, and where was it presented?

In one sentence, can you define art?

What word of advice would you offer an aspiring artist in your field?

Where would you like to live, but have yet to?

What would you like to do, but have yet to?

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