Thursday, July 07, 2005

The No.8 Wire - Issue 39

Gondwanaland Ministry of Culture
Artists' Information Bureau


An Electronic Alert for 988 of Wellington's Creative People
Tail-end Octo-numerical Interview: Tracey Polglaze
Endnote: Courses and Workshop at the New Arts Centre


I believe in advertisement and media completely. My art and my personal life are based in it. I think that the art world would probably be a tremendous reservoir for everybody involved in advertising.

- Jeff Koons

My hands were too soft...I had to find some special occupation, some kind of work that would not force me to turn away from the sky and the stars, that would allow me to discover the meaning of life.

- Marc Chagall

I've always thought that problem solving is highly overrated and that problem creation is far more interesting.

- Chuck Close

In art, one idea is as good as another. If one takes the idea of trembling, for instance, all of a sudden most art starts to tremble. Michelangelo starts to tremble. El Greco starts to tremble. All the Impressionists start to tremble.

- Willem de Kooning

There is something ridiculous and miserly in the myth we inherit from abstract art.. that painting is autonomous, pure and for itself, and therefore we habitually defined its ingredients and define its limits. But painting is "impure". It is the adjustment of impurities which forces painting's continuity. We are image makers and image ridden.

- Phillip Guston



Glover Park construction site about to become Wellington's largest outdoor art gallery. Seventeen local artists have been commissioned to create original art murals for the hoarding around the Glover Park Redevelopment site. These panels, each measuring 1.8mx4.8m, will be installed in August and will become a diverse street-side art gallery. Project architect/manager Peter Kundicky has generously partnered with Wellington Arts Centre to fund and support these mural commissions. Keep an eye on Ghuznee Street, as the new art hits the streets.



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 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



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 institutions from 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:



Please come along to our next concert on Sunday July 17th to hear the wonderful saxophonist Lars Mlekusch playing 3 new world premieres!

STROMA presents BENT: a concert of wild music for saxophone and chamber

Featuring Swiss saxophone virtuoso Lars Mlekusch. Conducted by Hamish

Three world premieres by Wellington composers Chris Watson, Michael
Norris and Dugal McKinnon promise to be a highlight. The concert ends
with the NZ premiere of the intricate and sometimes shocking
soundworlds of Hanspeter Kyburz's award-winning work Cells.

Michael Norris; Splinter Cells (world premiere)
Jacob ter Veldhuis: Grab It!
Chris Watson: New work for saxophone and chamber ensemble (world
premiere - Wellington only)
Dugal McKinnon: Untitled (Counterfeit Readymade #1) (world premiere)
Hanspeter Kyburz: Cells (NZ premiere)

Sunday July 17 @ 5pm, St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington
Tickets: $15/$20. Door sales only.

Repeated at the Christchurch Arts Festival: Friday July 22 @ 1:10pm,
Great Hall

Tickets: $20. See Applaud 2005 website for details

Stroma receives funding from Creative NZ. Lars appears courtesy Pro
Ph: (04) 463 7456


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



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!"


Exhibition at the New Arts Centre Gallery

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.
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

In the Arts Centre Gallery

Snow Cave
By Gabby O'Conner
Opening Reception on 19 July



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



New Publisher Brings the Best of Europe Back Home

Established, award-winning European authors are being translated and published in English, many for the first time, by a new New Zealand-based publisher, Gecko Press.
>From her Wellington base, Publisher Julia Marshall is bringing the best of European books to New Zealand children. She chooses books which are exceptional in story, illustration and design which she describes as "curiously good books".
These books are by authors and illustrators with a strong track record in a number of countries, and which have won international awards.
The first book to be published by Gecko Press is an Austrian book called Donkeys, translated by New Zealand author Catherine Chidgey and edited by Penelope Todd.
"Donkeys is a love story about two donkeys who fall out with each other and try to find someone better, like an ostrich (too clingy) or a hippopotamus (too squishy) - but they can't find anyone who fits as nicely as the other donkey."
"I love the way the camels in this book sleep hump to hump like pieces of jig-saw," says Marshall. "I chose it because of the illustrations, because the story is simple and warm and funny, and because the book is beautifully designed," says Marshall. "It fills all the criteria of being a curiously good book."
The Austrian Donkeys, already in its fourth reprint in Austria, won a White Raven award at Bologna International Children's Book Fair in 2003. This is awarded by the International Youth Library in Munich "to books of international interest which deserve a wider reception on account of their universal theme and/or their exceptional and often innovative artistic and literary style and design."
Donkeys also won the Most Beautiful Book Award of Austria, 2002, an Honours award in the Austrian Children's Book Prize, 2003, and won author Adelheid Dahiméne the Austrian promotion prize for children's and youth literature, 2002.
In the UK, 1 percent of books published come from outside the country. In Europe, the figure is closer to 40 percent.
"The Margaret Mahy's of Spain and Holland and France and Germany are being translated into lots of languages - but not English," says Marshall.

Book Prizes and Awards for Donkeys:
Winner White Raven award, Bologna 2003
Most Beautiful Book of Austria 2002
Honorary List of the Austrian Children's Book Prize 2003
Austrian promotion price for child and youth literature 2002 for Adelheid Dahiméne
Donkeys, in its fourth edition in Austria, has been translated into Czech, Danish and French.

Donkeys by Adelheid Dahimène
Illustrated by Heide Stöllinger
Translated by Catherine Chidgey
Edited by Penelope Todd

For more information please contact:

Kathryn Carmody
Book Publicist

Ph/Fax. 04 387 2833 or 027 287 7963


Wellington Photographic Society meets regularly at the New Arts Centre. To learn about their upcoming programmes, darkroom workshops, or photo-related activities, contact 476-9227.



Opening Sunday 10 July:
Small World, Big Town: Contemporary Art from Te Papa
Noel McKenna - Sheltered Life

Opening weekend event:
Noel McKenna artist talk, 2pm Sunday 10 July

Coming up: David Cross's one day only performance event, Saturday 16 July


'Small World, Big Town' gives audiences an opportunity to see an exciting and diverse range of contemporary New Zealand art. The exhibition 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. The exhibition offers audiences an affectionate look at ourselves as a big town on the periphery of an increasingly smaller world; remote, yet globally connected.

A special feature of 'Small World, Big Town' is 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.

Small World, Big Town: Contemporary Art from Te Papa
City Gallery Wellington
10 July - 30 October
Free entry


Sydney-based artist Noel McKenna's work is triggered by the everyday world around us and the poetry that can sometimes be found in ordinary situations. He says "I have a general philosophy that the things that I do just come from everyday life and you do find strange things in everyday life."

For his exhibition at City Gallery Wellington, McKenna explores various notions of home: 'home town', 'home away from home', 'homelessness', the 'homing' impulse. In addition to a number of his characteristic paintings, 'Sheltered Life' will also include several of McKenna's sculptural works - enigmatic constructions which play with scale and incorporate found objects.

Noel McKenna's art has an affinity with the written word. Text often appears in his work, and, as New Zealand writer Damien Wilkins has said: "Writers love his stuff. Is it because his paintings often have a discrete narrative force? They seem to come from a larger story that is always on the point of being told, and they have an off-hand charm that flatters ...". Appropriately 'Sheltered Life' includes a series of McKenna's ceramic vases featuring texts by New Zealand writer Jenny Bornholdt.

Noel McKenna - Sheltered Life
City Gallery Wellington
10 July - 18 September
Free entry


Join artist Noel McKenna and curator Greg O'Brien for an informal talk in the new exhibition 'Noel McKenna - Sheltered Life'. Free entry, all welcome

Noel McKenna artist talk
Sunday 10 July at 2pm
Free entry


David Cross - Bounce
A one day performance event
16 July 2005, 10am - 5pm
Free entry

Bounce is a one day performance event by David Cross, being held at City Gallery Wellington as part of his solo exhibition Closer.

For 'Bounce', Cross will install a huge red inflatable structure in City Gallery Wellington's main foyer, and invite visitors to the Gallery to climb and jump on it. Cross says of this event: 'I want people to think: "Yay, a bouncy castle in the gallery, let's go and play, let's go jump all over it!" Yet at a crucial point the audience response will change, as they fully understand what is actually taking place within the work.'

David Cross - Closer
Michael Hirschfeld Gallery at City Gallery Wellington
24 June - 31 July 2005
Free entry, open every day 10am - 5pm


Fundraiser at the New Arts Centre

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


Get your artistic head on the telly - live - and help the Wellington Cancer Society celebrate their 75th Anniversary
Body FX will be in the Wellington City Council foyer from 7 - 9am, Thursday 14 July and they need at least 6 heads to decorate. TVNZ's Good Morning Show will also be there to beam the event around New Zealand. So let's show them what the Council can do!
To get your head in the book you need to:

- get your workmates to sponsor you. The amounts can be as big or as little as you like.

- email to register

You can bring in your own design, or choose one of the many from the BodyFX catalogue.
If you don't want to shave your head, but you'd still like to help then you can:
- sponsor your baldhead workmates
- come down and cheer on the baldheads in the foyer on the day (especially around 8am).
If you want more information, or want to see the sort of designs that are available, go "Baldheads Project" on the BodyFX website



Dear Friends,

A couple of weeks have passed since we were in touch. We have been working hard to contact people who may be interested in supporting our campaign and making applications to various funding organisations.

We have been very pleased with the generous donations we have received from many of you and also the interesting messages and suggestions you have sent. We are now more optimistic that we will meet our target, thanks in part to a very generous donation of $100,000 from the Prior family. This together with other individual donations and a grant from Lotteries Environment and Heritage Committee of $150,000, we now have two-thirds of the purchase price. However we still need to raise $150,000 - so any further donations are extremely welcome. We are also grateful to Chapman Tripp who have offered to do the conveyance relating to the house sale for no charge.

Recent media coverage includes interviews on Upbeat (Concert FM), What's Going on (National Radio), a follow-up on Frontseat (TV1) and a small article in the Dominion Post. We are expecting further coverage in Music Matters, National Business Review, The Wellingtonian and Opera News. There is a letter from the Trust in the latest Listener and we have also published a flyer about the campaign to buy the house, so please contact us if you would like to receive one or send one to someone else.

If you wish to make a donation then this can be done in the following

Cheque: Lilburn Residence Trust (address: c/- PO Box 10042, Wellington) Bank Transfer to: National Bank Account: 060507 0073276 00 (Please also email your name and address so we can send a receipt) Visa/ Mastercard: via the website
or by phoning Scilla Askew at work on (04) 801 8602 or at home on (04) 381 2401 (These transactions are going through the credit card facility at SOUNZ, the Centre for NZ Music which has offered to carry out some administration tasks for the Lilburn Residence Trust and will be transferred to the Lilburn Residence Trust account. If you go to our website to pay by credit card it links through to the secure order form on the SOUNZ website. Write "donation to Lilburn Residence Trust" on the order form.)

All donations over $5 are tax deductible and any gift of $1,000 or more will go on a plaque in the house and you will receive a copy of the CD "The Piano Music of Douglas Lilburn" played by Margaret Nielsen, with the compliments of Ode Records.

If you have any queries or ideas then please contact us by return email. If you would like to be removed from this list then please let us know.

Warm regards,
Les Holborow and Scilla Askew
Lilburn Residence Trust



Acoustic Routes and Wellington Folk Music Club meet regularly at the New Arts Centre. To learn about upcoming events or activities, call 478-4160.



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.



Video/films for Poetry to Go II

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: 5th - 9th July at 7pm
Tickets: $15 full / $12 concession & groups of 8+

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.
To book, send an email to


National Dance Advocate Based at the New Arts Centre

Everything you ever wanted to know, learn about, or get involved in...regarding the New Zealand dance world...



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Wellington Access Radio Invited You...

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: Live and in Your Ear
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


Monday Feldenkrais Sessions at the New Arts Centre

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



Ethnic Artists needed urgently!

Hi there,

My name is Will Watterson, and I work for the Wellington Boys' & Girls' Institute (BGI).

These coming school holidays (July 11th to 22nd) I am coordinating 'Youth Club', a holiday programme for young people from Refugee backgrounds. The youth will be divided into three age groups: primary school age, 12+ girls, and 12+ boys. 'Youth Club' runs from 1-5pm, and involves sports, creative arts and lifeskills lessons.

We are looking for Artists who are interested in running workshops on the programme. You would only need to be available on one of these days - 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th of July - and we would prefer that you are able to come up with art/craft activities for the three different age groups.

BGI are able to pay Artists for their time - approx. $20/$25 an hour (but this is negotiable).

If anyone is interested, please contact Will Watterson asap using the details below:
(04) 385 9549
(021) 403 971



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


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.

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



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.

Wellington Arts Centre is helping co-ordinate three workshops, a gallery/studio crawl, and closing reception for the upcoming South Project gathering in New Zealand. Please see the below information, and contact if you are interested in being involved.

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?

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


Arm Yourself with Workshops at the New Arts Centre

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



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


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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



You are very warmly invited to the opening of an exhibition of works by Robert Rapson on Friday 8 July, 5.30pm at Vincents Gallery - level 4, 84 Willis Street.

Vincents Art Workshop
level 4, 84 Willis Street, Wellington
(04) 499 1030


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.



Casual Life Drawing Sessions are held at the Wellington Arts Centre every Monday morning. The cost is $7 per session, and includes a morning tea break. Bring your own drawing materials and join in from 10am to noon. Contact 382-9802 for more information.



Instructor Kimbra Taylor will offer a 2-day weekend workshop at the Wellington Arts Centre, focusing on the popular Right Brain Drawing technique. The next sessions are 9 and 10 July, and the cost is $180. Contact Kimbra on 902-1656 or



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."



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Wellington Arts Centre has rehearsal space now available for theatrical troupes, musicians, small dance groups, and other creative disciplines. Rooms begin at $5/hour, and enquiries can be made by stopping by 61 Abel Smith Street, calling 385-1929, or emailing



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



Tripping down the line by train from Auckland comes
ready to entertain us in front of a huge fire at Kelly's Place on Monday 11 July.

An accomplished poet and musician, his seventh book of poetry was published this year: Speaking to the Islands of the Ancestors: Four long poems and commentaries (Brick Row Publishing, Auckland and California, 2005).

Music - Nature - History
Come and hear how Denys Trussell treats his various passions in his poems.
Open mike as usual and entry is free.

Where and when:
Monday 11 July, 7.30pm
Poetry Café Porirua
Kelly's Place - a cosy open fire and Guiness on tap!
10 Cobham Court (underneath the canopies) Porirua

Why not come early to eat (for treats from the wide-ranging menu, see below)?
Look forward to seeing you there,




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



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



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



Including floorplans, web links, history, and technical information for those wanting to produce or present a live event...

Wellington venues and theatres are listed and detailed here



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



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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The Octo-numerical Query.
A batch of questions is presented.
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.

NEW ZEALAND: The Cobb, Ngatimoti, Nelson
AUSTRALIA: Fremantle WA, Groote Eylandt NT, Townsville QLD
AUSTRIA: Kirchberg - Tirol

What are the earliest stories you remember hearing?

Tommy and Janet
Black Beauty

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

Dad's favourite C & W records
including good ol' Jonny Cash and Leonard Cohen

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

Albert Einstein
Ralph Waldo Emmerson
Da Vinci

What is your dream of happiness?

To be inspired every day, and to create art/music that inspires and makes other people happy

Who are your favourite or most admired figures from history?

Helen Keller
The Dalai Lama

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

Schindler's List
Whale Rider
The Piano

What was your first real job? second? third?

First real job? Do you mean paid job? That would have to be Bank Officer at BNZ (5 years). Then Nurse (various places from '94 to '04) but also many other jobs while travelling - anything from truck driver and decky on fishing boats and yachts to mural artist, photographer, travel consultant, English teacher - a life changing few years!

If you had to eat the same meal every day, what would it be?
Indian curry - as hot as you can get! - especially Palak Paneer

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

April Fools Day - Bryce Courtenay
Synchrodestiny - Depak Chopra
The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson
McCarthy's Bar - Peter MacCarthy

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

Living in Jakarta for too long in the overcrowded, polluted, make-a-young-kiwi-sick, noisy environment. Became a little depressing and overwhelming.

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

Brazilian Dance - lunchtime performance at NMIT, Nelson

In one sentence, can you define art?

Art is expression.

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

To follow your heart, and allow yourself time to simply be.

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

On another quiet tropical or sub-tropical isolated island somewhere.

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

Sky dive, and record my own songs on CD

Briefly describe a project you are planning for the future.

I'm creating an exhibition of artworks that appeal especially to the visually impaired. Well - for everyone really, but it will be held during "Blind Week" - 26th to 30th October, Hotel Rutherford, Nelson. It was inspired by finding a deliciously tactile oyster shell on the beach, and also living with my visually impaired step-father. All artworks are inspired by nature, being a huge appreciator of our gorgeous NZ environment. My aim is to increase people's awareness of ways to appreciate art and our environment, to give the visually impaired a chance to enjoy an exhibition (cause usually they are "do not touch"- type artworks), and to increase the community's awareness of the needs and issues faced by the visually impaired, and to raise money for the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind.

What one question would you add to this Query?

If you knew you were going to die in 24 hours, what would you do before you died?


passions: music, playing guitar and song-writing, photography, painting - or any kind of visual creative arts, riding horses, mountain biking, scuba diving, travelling, squash, tramping, fishing, anything to do with boating or being in the outdoors. Currently studying Bachelor of Visual Arts at NMIT, Nelson.



Upcoming Community Arts Courses, Classes, Meetings, Happenings, and Workshops at the New Arts Centre. Contact the instructor or number listed for information about materials, enrolment, and other details...

Stephanie Woodman Term 3 classes 0274-352073
tues 26 july 10-11.30am $130 ptl $117
This course explores the many techniques and ideas that are combined to create visual abstract art. We'll look at techniiquess and processes involved. A great course to get you into 'the thinking process ' of creating art that is unique.
tues 26 july 6-7.30pm or thurs 28 july 10-11.30am $130 ptl $117
* You'll need two canvas's, tutor will give information.
This course will start the in's and out's of how to paint using acrylics on canvas. Learn about
the creative processes, visual research, layering, composition, technique and colour uses. Fun course producing finished works!
tues 26 july 7.45-9.15pm $130 ptl $117 * REQUIRE WATERCOLOUR PAD 150GSM
Popular & established step by step course is designed to teach you basic to advanced techniques, layering, washes, colour theory, painting styles & mixed media. Very informative and hands-on course to give you know how. Designed for the beginner.
wed 27 july 10-11.30am or thurs 28 july 6-7.30pm $130 ptl $117 * REQUIRE BLANK SKETCH PAD
A course that has a reputation for getting results! Drawing is the foundation for all art forms as it trains you to see.This popular & comprehensive course builds confidence & skills an know how to get you drawing. For the complete beginner wishing to explore their artistic side!
wed 27 july 6-7.30pm $130 ptl $117
This introductory stimulating course will get yous started using acrylics! Learn all about painting styles, techniques, layering , blending & colour! This fun course show you the many possibilities and gives you the motivation.
wed 27 july 7.45-9.15pm or frid 29 july 10-11.30am $130 ptl $117
Designed for all those people who have done art courses or who have worked on their own. This course is for those who have ideas but lack space, time and sometimes motivation! A chance to bring along concepts or have projects set, to work at your own pace in a supportive & creative environment. Experienced tutor will be on hand to assist with ideas, motivation, suggestions and techniques.
* Materials will be requied, tutor will advise.
thurs 28 july 1-2.30pm $130 ptl $117
Extend your sketching abilities and work with varying mediums. Different kinds of techniques, rendering and projects will be tackled to explore the wonders of drawing further. We will cover portraits, ink & wash and fine motor development.
thurs 28 july 7.45-9.15pm $130 ptl $117
Learn two skills at once, informative, non-threatening skill based course designed to give you knowledge and confidence. Excellent course for beginners.
frid 29 july 1-2.30pm $130 ptl $117
Here's a course if you love to draw and paint wish to extend your skills using colour and mixed media. You will need some basic skills to fully enjoy this class. Concepts in applications, colour, layering, creative processes, blending and tone will be covered in this hands on, fun filled course designed to get you going!
Garth Satterwaites Term 3 Course Ph 2324444
STARTS: Mon 6-7.30pm 8wks $140 PTL $115
Improve your life drawing skills with an experienced tutor whose portraits & figure drawings are renowned. You will be encouraged to draw the human form as you see it in natural, accurate & uncomplicated way using traditional & modern techniques with various drawing materials. For both experienced & inexperienced figure artists!
STARTS: Mon 10-12pm $7 per session
Contact Heaher Stewart 3829802
The Arts Centre's Life Drawing group meets every Monday morning from 10-12pm & new people are always welcome. All levels of artists are welcome, participants should bring own materials & paper. Coffee & light morning tea provded.
Term 3 Course with kimbra Taylor Ph. 04-9021656
STARTS: Thurs 28 July 10-12.30pm 10wks $100
This is a course for people who would like to be able to draw but believe theycan't and will probably never be able to learn. It is also for anyone who wouldlike to improve their drawing skills. You will learn the fundamentals of drawing by accessing the right hemisphere of your brain which is ideally equipped for the purpose. In doing so you will stimulate your creative impulse.
Diane Radfords Courses Ph 3852929 or 021-2379661
You will learn techniques from a qualified & experienced practitioner who draws upon the methods of internationally renowned voice & performance artists & teachers, as well as the Method Pilates in a supportive & fun environment.
STARTS: WED 6-7.30PM 4 May-1 June 5WKS $100 / ptl $80
For presenters/performers or anyone who wants to understand how the voice works, what to do, what not to do and how to the voice for greater resonance, projection, expression & clearer speech to improve communication. Course notes provided.
STARTS: WED 6-7.30PM 8 June-6 July 5WKS $100 / ptl $80
Your vocal development is continued & vocal expression is studied & explored using a variety of text-prose, verse, dramatic or a speech. Course notes provided &/or solo performance/s for friends &
family at the end of term.
STARTS: Wed 7.30-9PM 4 May-6 July 10WKS $200 / ptl $180
This course is for those of you who want to try out your newly acquired voice skills or your creativity in a performance context. Have fun devising with a group & learn skills from the performing arts, & strategies to aid your performance. A structured group devised piece will be performed to family & friends at the end of term which will be videoed.
Paula Masons Courses Ph. 9390159
STARTS: Frid 3.30-4.45pm 29July 9 wks $100 / $90 ptl $13 casual
The children are able to create from & explore both the realms of imginery & the real world. Within set projects they develop painting, drawing, collage & mixed media skills.
STARTS: Fridays 5-6.45pm 29July 9 wks $135 / $122 ptl $17 casual
Artworks provides a uniqe opportunity for students to develop painting, drawing, collage & mixed media skills whilst working on set briefs & independent projects.
Stephanie Woodmans CoursePh. 3889479 / 0274-352073
STARTS: Tues 26 July 1-1.45pm or Wed 27 July 1-1.45pm
Art classes designed to enhance skills in art, explore mediums & leave room for personal expression! Limited numbers & experienced tutor.
Sharon Thornburn Course ph. 9340585
Starts: Thurs 3.45-4.45pm $15 per session
Children will compose, script, edit, rehearse, record & star in their own musical production. Working with an award winning composer & fully registered teacher with international primary & secondary experience at management level. Discounted fees for multiple family enrolments are available.
Starts: Thurs 4.45-5.45pm $10/PTL $8
An opportuntity for young people to develop their voices & indentities through singing inspiorational repertoires where excellence in performance is promoted through an innoivative, exciting & inclusive programme. All students invloved will be eligible to audition for the touring choir. Discounts fees for multiple family enrolments available.
Ph. Sarah Conroy 9762754
STARTS: Thurs 10-45-11.15am 9wks $58.50/$53ptl
Have a fun & close time with your baby, enjoying songs, music, games & finger play.
STARTS: Thurs 10-10.30am 9wks $49.50/$43.50ptl
A fun music & movement dsigned to develop musical skills, self esteem & confidence in your pre-schooler.
Course with kimbra Taylor ph. 04-9021656
Sat/Sun 9/10 July 10-4pm $180
Learn the fundamentals of drawing on the first day with techniques that access the right hemisphere of your brain. Apply your learnings to life drawing with a model on the second day. You will be given techniques that enable you to draw expressively, creatively & with focus in a relaxed, non judgemental environment. Stimulate the creative impulse!
Courses with Stephanie Woodman ph. 04-3889479 / 0274-352073
Saturday 30 July 10-4pm $90 ptl $81
This introductory stimulating course will get yous started using acrylics! Learn all about painting styles, techniques, layering , blending & colour! This fun course show you the many possibilities and gives you the motivation.
Saturday 13 August 10-4pm $90 ptl $81
Popular & established step by step course is designed to teach you basic to advanced techniques, layering, washes, colour theory, painting styles & mixed media. Very informative and hands-on course to give you know how. Designed for the beginner.
Saturday 10 September 10-4pm $90 ptl $81
This course will work on foundation skills to building a portrait, some previous drawing experience required. We will cover deatils of each feature, tonal aspects, varying materials, styles and techniques.
Saturday 24 September 10-4pm $90 ptl $81
A course that has a reputation for getting results! Drawing is the foundation for all art forms as it trains you to see.This popular & comprehensive course builds confidence & skills an know how to get you drawing. For the complete beginner wishing to explore their artistic side!