Friday, July 15, 2005

The no.8 Wire - Issue 40

Gondwanaland Ministry of Culture
Artists' Information Bureau


An Electronic Alert for 996 of Wellington's Creative People
Tail-end Octo-numerical Interview: Phoenix Foundation's Sam Scott
Endnote: Arts Centre People, Places, Resources


Artist Gabby O'Connor's New Installation "Snow Cave" on View at the Wellington Arts Centre Gallery from 20 July to 12 August

The new Wellington Arts Centre is proud to present the exhibition Snow Cave by Wellington based artist Gabby O'Connor. Aptly timed for the peak of winter, Snow Cave is an installation which explores these unique, man-made spaces usually built for survival in extreme environments.

Constructed out of twenty-four 2.5m square coloured and lacquered paper sheets, O'Connor's crafted snow cave acts like a life-size diorama. Viewers are encouraged to navigate around this multi-layered, translucent structure, inspecting the changing ice colour and shifts of light, while imagining from the outside the possibilities of what it would be like to take shelter inside.

Gabby O'Connor graduated in 1996 from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne and gained a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of New South Wales in 2003. Based in Wellington since 2002, O'Connor co-founded the collective CRAFTCAMP and has exhibited at Wellington's Enjoy Public Art Gallery. Earlier this year she initiated the collaborative project "Post Mark" at the Michael Hirschfeld Gallery. O'Connor recently moved into a new studio at the arts centre, where most of Snow Cave was created.

Snow Cave will be the first major installation in the new ground-floor gallery, and follows a recent exhibition of new paintings by studio artist Sarah Mortlock, and the popular "Macro Asia" exhibition by emerging photographer Aaron Beck. O'Connor's installation will also coincide with the grand opening of Wellington's new arts centre, which will be formally launched by Mayor Kerry Prendergast on 20 July.

"Since moving into her studio space, Gabby has been consumed by the notion of shelter, polar survival, and the fabrication of this metaphorical snow cave," said Wellington City Council Arts Manager Eric Holowacz. "It should prove a most remarkable inauguration for the new gallery space."

Snow Cave has been co-organised by Laura Preston. Her catalogue essay will explore the way in which the excavated space of Snow Cave is built and experienced.

Snow Cave opens with a reception on Tuesday 19 July 2005, 6pm at the Wellington Arts Centre Gallery, 61 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro.

The new centre is now home to 37 artists, performing arts organisations, dozens of community arts courses, rehearsal facilities, meeting spaces, and a growing assortment of creative opportunities.

The Snow Cave installation will be on view in the Arts Centre Gallery from Monday to Friday, 10am-6pm, and Saturday, 11am-3pm, until 12 August 2005.


To Bring your Kids to the Moving Pictures

Hi there friends,
Being the moving image aficionados that you are, I just wanted to let you know that on Sunday July 24th (not this coming Sunday, but the Sunday after), Square Eyes - New Zealand Children's Film Foundation will be formally launched at the Wellington Film Festival screening of The 5000 Fingers of Dr T, at 1.15pm at the Paramount.
Dedicated to enriching the filmic experience of children in New Zealand, Square Eyes has been established to enthusiastically promote the importance and impact of quality filmmaking, film availability and media literacy.
Conceived, written and designed by the legendary Dr Seuss in 1953, The 5000 Fingers of Dr T is a true cult classic and one of the greatest, strangest and most memorable musical films for children ever made. According to the Guardian it's "An extraordinary film... A fantastic, jokey amalgam of Flash Gordon, The Wizard of Oz and... the Cabinet of Dr Caligari."
We had a wonderful first screening at the Auckland Film Festival in the weekend, and it would be great to see you at either of the Wellington screenings (there is also a screening at 1.45 next Thursday the 21st at the Paramount) if you happen to be able to make it along. Better still, beg or borrow a child or two to attend with you. Dr T really is a perfect family film with plenty to keep adults amused too, from hilarious moments of post-War paranoia to Seuss' obsession with Freud and Jung - and all, I might add, in the beautiful Technicolour of a perfectly restored new print.
Please also consider yourselves warmly invited to the snacks, drinks and treats get-together after Sunday the 24th's Square Eyes launch screening.
Nic Marshall



Hi from James at Photospace gallery

We have a new exhibition, running until 12 August - a group show of staff and selected students' work from the Mel Phillips School of Photography - see

There are 54 works in this group show, covering the range from pm/conceptual work to photojournalistic, landscape and portrait images, so there should be something for everyone. Works are for sale, and are priced from $240.00.

Also see the PhotoSchool's website,
In association with Whitireia Polytechnic, the school offers NZQA full-time study in photography in two 6-month blocks, as well as other options. The Raumati Beach location offers a relaxed environment.

On the subject of photography education (and I hope there's no conflict here, as we're only running part-time courses), there's still a few places on the Photocourse1 two-month introductory course, running at Photospace in September/October this year. Have a look at

and please pass the link on to anyone you feel might be interested.

Missing Photospace library books

If you currently have any books from the resource library here, please return them ASAP. In particular, I'm trying to locate Light, Science & Magic (the 2nd edition of this studio lighting book), and Bill Owens' Suburbia. I would rather like to have these back, please. On This Site seems to have disappeared for good, but I'm ever hopeful.


James Gilberd
Photospace studio/gallery
1st floor, 37 Courtenay Place
Wellington, New Zealand
ph/fax: 64-4-382 9502
cell: 027 444 3899
Gallery hours: 10-4.30 Monday-Friday
11-3 Saturdays, closed public holidays



Art competition seeks new look at our urban areas

New Zealanders are invited to look at our cities and towns with fresh eyes in a special art competition celebrating the Year of the Built Environment, the Urban Affairs and Environment Minister Marian Hobbs announced today.

A total of $7000 in prize money can be won in the competition, Urban Life - A Celebration in Art. Judges include All Black and art collector Anton Oliver, celebrated architect Ian Athfield, senior architecture lecturer, art historian and curator Dr Deidre Brown, and artist, filmmaker and designer Neil Pardington.

"The competition will encourage people to find new ways of representing the positives of the urban areas around us," Marian Hobbs said. "We are asking people to depict an urban place, structure or activity - past, present or future - that captures their imagination in some way."

The competition is part of the Year of the Built Environment 2005 (YBE2005), announced by the minister in January. The Year's flagship events, including the recent Open House events in the four main centres, are designed to stimulate public interest in the significance of the built environment in New Zealanders' daily lives.

Entries close on Friday 16 September. They can be any size or genre, including drawing, painting, photography, craft or sculpture. They can also be new or existing works.

Short-listed works will be displayed in a web exhibition at from 31 October - 1 December - with the public able to vote for the People's Choice award.

Winners of the first prize ($5000), three merit awards ($500 each) and the People's Choice award ($500) will be announced at the opening of a second exhibition of the short-listed entries. This exhibition will be held at Shed 11 on the Wellington waterfront from 6 to 14 December.

Urban Life - A Celebration in Art is organised by the Ministry for the Environment, Wellington City Council, Creative New Zealand and City Gallery Wellington on behalf of the YBE2005 steering group.

Entry forms and a competition brief are available at:



Daydreamer performing arts classes give children the opportunity to work towards producing a high quality show in a class environment. Rather than focusing purely on the performance itself daydreamer classes work on lifting skills and ability to get a rounded performance that can be carried on to other productions. We also believe that pushing children too hard, with too many rehearsals a week is not beneficial. Therefore we only have one class a week (till production week) where we rehearse as well as bringing in other fun activities that enhance performance skills.

Daydreamer Performing Arts Classes is holding auditions for Cinderella, a traditional family pantomime written and directed by Marama Killen. Auditions are open to children aged between 5-15yrs. Singers, actors and dancers wanted.

Parts Available: Principal Characters, Cinderella, Step Mother, Buttons (Cinderella's friend), Fairy God Mother, Sandy (Fairy in training), Candy (Fairy in training), SEV (Super Evil Villain), Rot (SEV's evil side kick #1), N (SEV's evil side kick #2), Eggs (SEV's evil side kick #3), Prince, Band of Robbers, Tom, Dick, Harry, Al, Fred, Jack

Supporting Characters (all speaking parts): Queen, Snow White, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Courtiers, Mice, Children

Audition Time and Place:

Sunday 124th July at the Wellington Arts Centre
1-1.45pm Years 1 - 3
1.45pm-2.30om Years 4-6
2.30-3.30pm Years 7-8
3.30-4.30pm Years 9+
Individual singing auditions by appointment 4.30pm onwards

Class Times and Performance Dates:
You will be told when your classes are after the audition. All classes will be on a Sunday afternoon at the Wellington Arts Centre on Abel Smith Street.

Class Fees:
Years 1-6 $90
Years 7-8 $100
Years 9+ $110

These fees cover term three and up to the performances in term four. There are beneficiary rates and scholarships available. Please contact daydreamer to ask about their availability.

Sign up:
If you would like to sign up please register by e-mailing your name, age, past experience (if applicable) and we will get in touch with details of your audition times.

Classes available for ages 5-15years. Please call Marama on 9733 103 or 027 475 1683 or e-mail



Everything I know at the Top I learned at the Bottom
Marnie Slater (with Daniel du Bern and Jessica Reid)

Enjoy Gallery
Artist talk Wednesday July 27 6pm
Exhibition: July 14 - 29

Marnie Slater is joined by Daniel du Bern and Jessica Reid to present her debut solo project Everything I know at the Top I learned at the Bottom. Marnie Slater takes her future firmly in her own hands with this auspicious offering constructed especially for our new gallery venue.

Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Marnie Slater, Daniel du Bern and Jessica Reid warmly invite you to view the installation at 147 Cuba street.

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

Enjoy facilitates contemporary art projects and is liberated from commercial constraints to actively promote critical dialogue.



Dear friends,

The Tudor Consort's next 2005 season performance is on Sunday 24 July at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul. We look forward to you joining us for:

G P da Palestrina 1525?-1594: Canticum Canticorum Salomonis
The Song of Songs of Solomon
Premier New Zealand performance

Te Deum Laudamus: settings by Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Tallis,
Orlandi de Lassus and Tomas Luis de Victoria

Herbert Howells 1892-1983: Te Deum "for the Church of St Mary Redcliffe Bristol" - Premier New Zealand performance

7pm, Sunday 24 July
Wellington Cathedral of St Paul - Molesworth Street - Wellington
$25 / $15 / door sales only

>From the sensual to the divine: Palestrina's seductive motet sequence on the quasi-erotic texts of the Song of Songs, plus five contrasting settings of the ancient Catholic hymn Te Deum Laudamus from the 16th to the 20th centuries. This concert, sung in the intimate space of the Quire and Chancel of Wellington Cathedral, includes the New Zealand premiere performance of Herbert Howells' epic Te Deum setting written for the Choir and Organ of St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. We look forward to seeing you there.

With very best regards,

Alastair Carey
The Tudor Consort

Details on upcoming concerts, performance archives and reviews, past pre-concert talks, and free MP3s: all ready for download at The Tudor Consort's website.



Peace in Space
An installation by Janine Randerson
Dates July 15 - August 13 2005

The New Zealand Film Archive is pleased to present an installation from Auckland-based Digi Artist Janine Randerson. Four round screens hover above the viewer in the installation Peace in Space. The curved planes allow projected light to refract over their surface. The projected images on the screens suggest technologically assisted vision of terrestrial and astral landscapes. Slow moving forms expand and contract. Peace in Space offers an alternative spatial schema to the flattened cartographic image. The circular screens are Randerson's idea of the galactic equator; the imaginary circle on the sky formed by extending the plane that passes through the centre of the Galaxy. The forms are abstract and brightly coloured, suggesting worlds the human eye could not see without advances in the technologies of vision: satellite images of weather patterns, the surface of planets or matter viewed under a microscope.

The structural development of the piece is determined by audio artist Jason Johnston's sound track, which references a symphony composed by the Russian Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915). Scriabin sought to express his synaesthetic condition in his 1910 symphony Prometheus, The Poem of Fire. The performance of Prometheus required not only an orchestra but a clavier a lumieres, which controlled the play of coloured light in the form of beams, clouds, and other shapes, flooding the concert hall. The white light emanating form the colour organ was said to be so strong it was "painful to the eyes."1 The different colour casts and level of activity of the screens relate to different sections of Scriabin's symphony. Not all the screens are active at once, rest periods balance image activity. The viewer may activate elements of the installation themselves.

Science fiction cinema has interrogated space as an unconquered territory for human colonization. For a long time in reality space has been a militarised place. The Outer Space Treaty (1967) bans weapons of mass destruction from space but does not prohibit other weapons. Space is a fragile environment that is becoming full of human debris. This installation is a personal imagining of how the minutiae of miocenes are connected to the vastness of solar systems.

Randerson has collaborated with Oakley Buchmann and Claudia Nelles from the Human Interface Technology Laboratory (HITLab) at Canterbury University for the realisation of this installation. This project was made with the support of Creative New Zealand

Peace in Space: July 15 - August 13 2005
Film Archive Mediaplex
(corner Taranaki & Ghuznee Streets, Wellington)



The New Zealand Poetry Society is taking poetry to the streets with Pavement Poetry and Poetry Postcards as part of Montana Poetry Day celebrations ñ Friday, July 22nd. Thousands of Wellington pedestrians will be entertained as colour and literature pop up all around the central city in the middle of the grey winter.

The New Zealand Poetry Society will curate a journey of twelve poems that will be chalked on the pavement in Wellington's CBD. Keep an eye out for hardy poets braving the cold to hand out free Poetry Postcards on the street from 12 to 2pm.

The New Zealand Poetry Society intends to curate a range of poems and poetic fragments that best represents the diversity of Wellington City, whether past or present. The selection may render what is familiar and ordinary, unfamiliar or extraordinary. The poems will be moved to a new context, and pedestrians may be led to view aspects of the city afresh.

Also as part of Montana Poetry Day celebrations and the Museum of Wellington City and Sea's Telling Tales programme - join the New Zealand Poetry Society on Thursday 21 July, 7.30pm at the Museum of Wellington City and Sea, Queens Wharf. James Brown and Geoff Cochrane will read Wellington poems and talk about being writers strongly influenced by living in Wellington.

The New Zealand Poetry Society would like to thank Creative Communities - Wellington City, Montana Poetry Day and the Museum of Wellington City and Sea for their generous support with these events.



Plimmer Bequest ideas sought: If you have ideas on how to beautify Wellington city beaches, bays or reserves now is the time to share them.

The City Council will soon be considering new project ideas for the future use of the Plimmer Bequest which was last used to fund the award-winning Oriental Bay Beach development. Before that happens, it wants to hear from groups or individuals who may have ideas about how to make one of the city's great outdoor spots even better.

City Council's Open Space Planning Team Leader, Joanna Gillanders, says the Council wants to ensure everybody has an opportunity to make suggestions.

"We really want groups and others who care about the environment to put their thinking caps on," she says. "It's quite likely some people have fantastic ideas for beautifying the city that we haven't thought of."

Just over $1 million will be available in the 2006/07 financial year, with an additional $300,000 annually after 2006/07. The Plimmer Bequest could be used to fund one major project over the next five years, or several.

Projects funded by the Plimmer Bequest must: involve beautifying the bays, beaches or reserves around Wellington by planting trees and shrubs and other works be one-off projects (not ongoing operational or infrastructural work) be located on publicly accessible land (ie not facilities or areas people have to pay to get into) benefit the people of Wellington be large and something the Council might not otherwise be able to fund.

City Councillors will choose which projects to fund but Wellingtonians will have an opportunity to comment on whatever is decided during next year's Annual Plan process.


Ingenious explorations in Pinhole Photography: Artists from Wanganui, Auckland, and Wellington utilise Milo Tins, and even Suitcases to bring Urban Architecture and the Organic to life.
Opening 18th July at 6pm, aro 91 Gallery, Wellington. Until 31st July.



onedotzero, the visionary UK digital moving image company, is coming to Wellington next week, with support from the British Council, New Zealand Film Archive and the 34th Telecom Wellington Film Festival.

Established in 1997, onedotzero brings together the world's best talent in filmmaking, music video, motion graphics, computer gaming and club visuals and fuses them together.

Fresh from the ninth onedotzero festival in the UK, Festival Director Shane Walter and project manager/programmer Claire Cook will arrive in Wellington on July 23rd to showcase brand new works from the collective, and lead a digital media symposium.

The programme includes

wavelength 05 featuring the work of established, critically acclaimed music video and commercials directors alongside the work of up and coming new talent. This screening has an international focus of edgy experimentation and includes Directors cuts and unreleased promos.

j-star 05 is an annual round up of the best of moving image from Japan. It is an inspirational selection of live action, graphic driven music video, animation and motion-graphics from the world innovators in this field.

The all day symposium, to be held on Monday 25th at the New Zealand Film Archive is designed to allow New Zealand artists to gain new insights into the technologies being used around the world, explore their own creative process and practice alongside onedotzero, and continue to build the national network of contributors to this exciting creative industry.

"the most groundbreaking festival of the early 21st century" - The Guardian

"pushing beyond boundaries of celluloid, narrative and genre" - Empire

"as contemporary as it gets" - Blueprint

"onedotzero is a platform for digital heroes of the Avant Garde" - Der Tagesspiegel

"the future's back. onedotzero, remains the premier destination for seekers of the cutting edge...death to analogue!" - Guardian Guide



The roasts are a roastin', the toast is a toastin', the pumperknickel picker is a winklepicker nicker...and here for your perusal are a selection of the events taking place this week at WHERE ARE THE PENS?

Fri 15 10pm
Southern Italian traditional music

Old West meets New Wellington

Pop stripped back to basics

Sat 16 10pm
Reggae and dub night with fine selections from Art, Misteek, Spin Zero and Top Knot

Sun 17 8.30pm

" Born in the southern US town of Memphis, Tennessee, on the day that
President Ronald Reagan was shot in an assassination attempt, Micah
(pronounced my-kah) Paul Hinson was raised in a Christian household. As a teenager, Hinson and his family moved to Abilene, Texas, where he became a member of the local music scene. It is here, where Micah first met his then muse - a Vogue cover model and widow of a notable local rock star.

Introduced to her, and in turn Valium and other narcotics, it was not long
before Micah's muse turned into the 'Black Widow' as he now refers to her,
and he hit a horrible twist of events. In the Spring of 2000, he was caught
forging prescriptions and was sent to county jail - "I ended up losing my
car, my home, all my money, my instruments and recording equipment, and basically my entire family".

At the age of 19, Micah found himself homeless and penniless, wandering from pillar to post, sleeping on friends' floors. He was eventually forced to
declare himself bankrupt and moved into a motel and acquired a mundane telemarketing job. During this period, Micah still managed to write around 30 songs on borrowed instruments and equipment.

In the winter of 2003, with help from his old friends from Texas, The
Earlies, Micah revisited these songs from his 'lost' period to record his
debut album, 'Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress'. As producers of the record (under their 'Names On Records' guise), The Earlies' trademark of lush strings, beautiful keyboards and eerie backdrops harmonised perfectly with Micah's honest and exposed style.

'Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress' was released in September 2004 on Sketchbook to a wealth of critical acclaim, with the NME describing it as 'an astonishing debut album of country noir'. Following three sold out tours of the UK in the autumn/winter of 2004 with The Earlies, Iron and Wine and a full band headline tour, the year ended with the 'Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress' album being voted into numerous end of year best of polls including Uncut, Time Out, Independent - it even reached number 5 in Rough Trade Shop's 100 best albums of 2004 poll!"

And next week....saveloys for dinner!

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



With pride and joy I invite you to have a look at the renewed Get Down

We would love to hear your thoughts!

Kind regards,

Sacha Hoogerwerf
Get Down Cultural Exchange NZ/NL/Oz
73 Rototai Road
Takaka, Golden Bay
New Zealand
ph: +643 5256060
mb: +6421 0444294



New Zealand Diversity Forum: August 23 2005: Te Papa

A national diversity forum will be held at Te Papa in Wellington on Tuesday 23 August 2005.

The event will take place on the anniversary of the community leaders' forum held at Parliament last year following the desecration of Jewish cemeteries and an attack on a group of refugee youth in Wellington. That forum adopted the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme, a ten-step programme to strengthen cultural diversity in New Zealand. Details of the programme are at .

The forum will include keynote speakers, panel discussions and workshops on topics including diversity in the media, interfaith dialogue and cooperation, education for diversity, public policy, youth and diversity, national languages policy, migrant settlement and cultural diversity in the arts.

Those invited to the August forum will include leaders from local and central government, Maori, Pasifika and ethnic groups, religious leaders, the media, and representatives of business and unions, education and culture and heritage organisations.

The forum will be hosted by Te Papa, the Race Relations Commissioner, and other sponsors yet to be confirmed. Those interested in attending the forum or receiving further information please email .



The Acoustic Routes concert for July witll be a double bill - celtic influenced Bob McNeill and Kenny Ritch are Ben the Hoose, and our concert pairs them (but not on stage together) with country / bluesman Bob Cooper Grundy. This will be at The Back Room (the new performance space), Wellingotn Arts Centre, 61 Abel Smith St at 8pm on 24 July. Admission $10 ($7 for Acoustic Routes members)

Because there are 5 Sundays in July, we will have a Fifth Sunday Blackboard Concert - also in The Back Room, Wellington Arts Centre. Come early if you would plike to put your name down to perform. This will be Sunday 31 July, at 8pm

For details on Wellington's folk music scene, send an email to



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 ensemble

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
463 7456



[ DELETED - SCENES ] Stencil Exhibition by Kiran x.
ROAR! Gallery: 22 Vivian St
21st July to 8th August 2005.

Preview night: 21st July 5pm.

You have been invited to the preview night of [DELETED - SCENES]. New stencil works by Kiran_x. Deleted Scenes explores cult imagery taken out of their contextual restraints to illustrate a new skill and style.

Kiran Gandhi is a visual arts lecturer at the Wellington Institute of Technology. He teaches and practices in the mediums of experimental drawing, photography and digital media. Kiran is also a tutor at Pablos Art Studios where he continuously facilitates creative art projects.

Artist Statement:
I started stenciling about a year and a half ago after becoming obsessed and inspired by the local stencil scene. From a young age I have always been fascinated about the culture of urban art themes, ever since my dads shop got graffiti attacked! It's exciting when you can instantly decipher humor, style and politics from bombing, graffiti and stenciling and how the perception of a space or environment is transformed by it.

The process of Stenciling has allowed me to integrate the more gestural medium of spray paint with the precision of digital image manipulation. At times ideologies are almost peripheral to the enjoyment that comes out creating something 'cool'. Deleted Scenes illustrates cult imagery that you are most likely familiar with, but I have detached them from their specific restraints. Who are they? why did I choose them? are questions ill leave you to answer.



Kia ora BATSters,

The Clan of the Puppet Ninja have infiltrated BATS yet again! bringing a puppet fable 'Bird Mouse Sausage' to the stage from tonight until Saturday. More show details below.

And after a standing ovation on opening night, Theatre Militia's moving tale of love, life, loss and jazz also continues until Saturday. More show details below.

To make sure you don't miss out - book by email: or phone: (04) 802 4175. Please include your name, the show name/s and the date/s of the performance you would like to attend, and the number of tickets.

BATS has a part time position going for a Front of House Assistant Manager. Full on, sole charge, customer service, 2 evenings per week plus alternate Saturday evenings. Enquire at BATS for a full position description. CVs by next 5pm Tuesday 19 July (email or post).


Next week at BATS: Matt Saville's 'Kikia Te Poa' explores rugby and identity in the Boer War. And 'VauDevil Cabaret' presents impure late night fun.
More info next week or check out

Now on:

'Bird Mouse Sausage'
Season: Tuesday 12 Saturday 16 July at 7pm
Tickets: $15 full / $12 concession and groups of 8+

Regard Citizen, ANCIENT yet politically topical fable of BIRD MOUSE SAUSAGE! based on venerable and seditious tale purloin’d from BROTHERS GRIMM.

We Ninja offer unique ONCE-IN-LUCKY-LIFETIME opportunity to enjoy with Puppet and Mask. Heed this Beckoning, Citizen; WE DEMAND THUS.

'Bouncing with Billie'
Season: Thursday 7 Saturday 16 July (no show Sunday/Monday) at 9pm
Tickets: $15 full / $12 concession

Theatre Militia (OEWord Virus’ at BATS in 2004) present a new devised work based on the life of Wellington artist/poet Fergus Collinson. A fragmented portrait of one of the city’s most unique personalities, combining poetry and sign language, media and monologue in its exploration of disability, sexuality and the role of the artist in New Zealand.

BATS Theatre
1 Kent Terrace
Wellington, Aotearoa
office 802 4176
fax 802 4010



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.'

Until 31 July 2005

A highlight of this exhibition will be David's one day performance THIS SATURDAY. Don't miss it!

David Cross - Bounce: a one day performance event
Saturday 16 July 2005, 10am-5pm

Artist's talk: David Cross in conversation with Aaron Kreisler
Thursday 21 July 2005, 5:30pm

Find out more:


'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. '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.

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

City Gallery Wellington is managed by the Wellington Museums Trust with major funding support from the Wellington City Council

City Gallery Wellington
PO Box 2199
New Zealand

Tel. 64 4 801 3959
Fax. 64 4 801 3096



The countdown to next year's New Zealand International Arts Festival has begun, with three big acts confirmed.

Opera buffs are in for a treat when baritone Sir Donald McIntyre stars in the five-hour Wagner opera Parsifal - a partnership between the festival and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
With rumours rife in the opera world for a while, artistic director Carla van Zon said she was finally able to confirm them.
"I've had Wagner fans writing to me to ask if the rumours were true. I think people will be coming from near and far to see it. It's a huge undertaking, but it will be wonderful."
Another highlight will be a six-night season of Alan Bennett's Olivier Award-winning play The History Boys, starring Richard Griffiths, known for his roles in the Harry Potter movies and the television series Pie in the Sky.
The play has been a runaway success in London and tickets are expected to sell quickly when they go on sale in November.
High-flying trapeze aerialists Les Arts Sauts will make a return appearance after sellout shows in 2000. Their new show, Ola Kala, will be staged in a nine-storey-high dome in the new Waitangi Park.
"The show takes your breath away," Ms van Zon said. "It's very risky, and sometimes you see the performers falling into the safety nets, but it's just amazing to watch."
The 2006 festival will be Ms van Zon's last as artistic director. The full programme of more than 100 events will be launched in November and fans can expect another opera, popular music, dance, theatre and a strong writers and readers festival programme, she said.



The drama's been behind the scenes at a struggling theatre firm, writes Bryce Hallett in the 11 July Sydney Morning Herald...

I wanna be a producer, wear a tux on opening nights! I wanna be a producer And see my name in lights!
So sings the needy accountant turned starry-eyed Leo Bloom in Mel Brooks's musical comedy and love letter to Broadway featuring high kicks and hoodwinks.
Whatever the fancifulness of The Producers, it's a fact that behind today's commercial theatre productions are the corporate players and investors, the men in suits keen to call at least some of the shots and share the spoils. Most prefer anonymity but some revel in the limelight, enjoy pressing the flesh at opening nights and exhibiting all the eagle-eyed attentiveness and charms of impresarios of old.
Enter Kerry Jewel, a producer who cheerfully calls himself a businessman and showman. As friends and colleagues testify, he's got the gift of the gab and gives the impression that there is a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow. Jewel is a fast-talking, flamboyant figure who has re-emerged on the entertainment scene as a major shareholder and director of the embattled International Concert Attractions (ICA) - Australia's only publicly listed theatre and concert production house. ICA has an impressive pedigree and portfolio.

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2004 Montana Poetry winner Anne Kennedy will replace Anna Jackson in next week's Writers on Mondays event, Two New Zealand Poets, at City Gallery, beginning the run-up to Montana Poetry Day. Ms. Kennedy is on a brief visit to Wellington, and will read with 2004 Adam Prize winner Emily Dobson this Monday, 18 July, 1 pm at City Gallery Wellington. Anne Kennedy currently lives in Honolulu, where she is taking up a teaching fellowship in Creative Writing.

Anne Kennedy has published a novella and two novels as well as short fiction. She has won the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award and the ICI Award and was a Literary Fellow at the University of Auckland. She also works as a screenwriter, and her film scripts include Crush (1992) and Monkey's Mask (2001), based on Dorothy Porter's verse novel, and a finalist for Best Adapted Screenplay in the Australian FCCA Film Awards 2002 and the Australian Film Institute Awards. Anne is still perhaps best-known to many in New Zealand for her television adaptation of her own short story 'Jewel's Darl', directed by Peter Wells and starring (the now Member of Parliament) Georgina Beyer.

Her first collection of poetry, the unusual and engaging book-length sequence Sing-Song, appeared in 2003 from Auckland University Press. It painted a moving portrait of a modern nuclear family under pressure, and took both her writing and New Zealand poetry in a surprising new direction. It was a deserving winner of the 2004 Montana New Zealand Book Award for Poetry.

Anne Kennedy's new volume The time of the giants is another book-length sequence that reads like a novel. Wonderfully inventive, moving and amusing, it focuses on a family of giants and in particular the daughter's efforts to conceal from her lover just how tall she really is. Typically for Kennedy, this fabulous tale also includes a gentle satire on contemporary manners.

This is a terrific opportunity to catch an outstanding New Zealand writer on a rare visit to Wellington. In addition, co-reader Emily Dobson will launch her brand new collection a box of bees (Victoria University Press) on the same day. The event kicks off a week of poetic activities that will culminate in the announcement of this year's Montana Poetry Award winner on Poetry Day, 22 July.

Writers on Mondays events are presented by the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) in partnership with City Gallery Wellington. Poetry events are supported by the National Library of New Zealand. Admission is free, and no booking is required.

For further information contact the IIML, tel (04) 463 6854, or see our website:



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.

If you are a Wellington artist interested in being considered for future mural commissions and public art projects, please send a letter, CV, and samples to Wellington Arts Cetnre, 61 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro, Wellington. We will keep your materials on file in our artists registry.



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



Are biennials too big, baggy, sluggish, and bureaucratic? Reflect the state of art?
Jerry Saltz writes in The Village Voice July 5 edition

Two years ago the art world had a hate-fest over "Dreams and Conflicts," the Venice Biennale curated by Francesco Bonami. Universally lambasted as "an incoherent mess," "a disaster" and the "worst biennale ever," Bonami took one of the most coveted jewels in the curating crown, a top spot in the corporation, and risked it all. He gave up power and granted the art world the choice it said it wanted.
Dispensing with the so-called "dictatorship of the curator," Bonami enlisted 11 artists and curators who curated 10 exhibitions and included over 375 artists. He transformed himself into a kind of beast with a hundred eyes, creating a sort of monstrosity, or gigantic Balzacian city of an exhibition with warring philosophies, methodologies, and aesthetics. It was a reflection of art as it was. Some shows were bad, others god awful. A few were outstanding. I know Bonami which may cloud my judgment. Still, I loved the majestic failures and serendipitous successes of his biennale, the frenzy and confusion of it all. I thought he had changed the paradigm. Then I remembered, everything changes except the avant guard. The show was scorned from every quarter.
The art world had a collective dream that chaos be banished from biennials. This year's Biennale is that dream come true with a vengeance.

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



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.


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



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Wellington Access Radio Invites 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!



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



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 (at Craft Victoria, Melbourne) on +61 3 9650 7775 or . We highly recommend that you visit the web-site below for further information on other events of the South Project as well as our core aims and objectives, referred to in the South Project

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



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



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.

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 20 July.

To learn more about "Little Big Voice" contact organiser Sharon Thorburn at or by phoning 04 9340585.



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.

I have has allways been a seafearing stranger, land locked in wellington waiting for my ship to sail. Born and bred...mostly in love with south coast and Newtown/ Island bay styles. But the beatnic in me has always lived in Te Aro. A place that makes me sick in my stomach as the history gets torn down to make way for Cars. Ugly yucky cars.

What are the earliest stories you remember hearing?

My Dad telling me tales of Sydney and Rion. Characters i think he made up under the influence of the Goon Show.

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

The Beatles were sort of in charge in our household. But my brothers made sure Public Enemy, The Pixies and the Velvet Underground put pop music in some sort of perspective.

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

Ryzard Kapuskinski (Polish journalist and enlightened man as far as I'm concerned), Jim Jarmusch (always makes the bizarre seem banal and sun= bsequently slows down the world, and why not?), and Lou Reed (for always sounding cool).

What is your dream of happiness?

Happiness is way to big an issue for me to coment on. We live in the age of depression and angst. But I feel Ok. Gardening is good.

Who are your favourite or most admired figures from history?

Mum, and I can't think of anyone else.

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

The Royal Tenenbaums, Delicatesin, Rear Window

What was your first real job? second? third?

Waiter-Advertising Creative- Musician

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

A great Felafel roll with babaganoush, tahini, salad and chilli. nd if I could have a bottle of that expensive german mineral water with it i'd be rockin.

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

All The Pretty Horses by Cormac Mcarthy. The Education Of Little Tree by Forest Carter. Cats Craddle by Kurt Vonnegut Jnr....all by male americans?!

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

The first Phoenix EP seems a bit cruddy now. But we were young. My songwriting was crap. But I'm also glad we made something. All bad experiences help in long run, maybe.

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

Conrad(from The Phoenix Foundation) had his birthday party in Island Bay last night and his mum played some great songs on a Ukalele. It was very special.

In one sentence, can you define art?


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

Buy a tuning peddle. It saves heaps of embarrassment at gigs.

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

New York or Lebanon

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

Write a book.

Briefly describe a project you are planning for the future.

A solo album. Which i start on tomorrow. I hope. Maybe next week. We'll see. Its gonna have lots of piano.

What one question would you add to this Query?

Where is the love?

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What and who are inside the new Arts Centre?

61 Abel Smith Street: East Building

Street Level
Music Rehearsal Rooms

Ground Floor
Reception Desk/Nerve Centre
Arts Office
Art Gallery
Art Workshops 1 & 2
Community/Meeting Room
Project Room

First Floor

Studio 1
Amanda Johnson
Pencil sketches, oil paintings on canvas

Studio 2
Michael Hawkins
Painter, printmaker and installation artist

Jasmine McCracken
Mixed-media and Tapa Cloth

Studio 3
Rochelle Stewart-Allen

Lynsie Austin
Painting, Mixed-media, Sculpture

Sarah Bulleid
Painting and Mixed-media

Studio 4
Stephen Tevaga
Painting and Mixed-media

Studio 5
Bruce Mahalski
Screen-printing, illustration, and conceptual art

Studio 6
Isabel Chapman
Painting and Mixed media

Studio 7
Kirsty Squire

Studio 8
Isobel Young

Eva Masters

Studio 9
Naomi Clements

Studio 10
Alastair McAra

Studio 11
Gina Jones
Light and Mixed-media

Studio 12
Lynn Baird

Studio 13
Pauline Mann
Fused glass and Mixed-media

Photographic Darkroom

Second Floor

Studio 14
Rehearsal Workshop

Studio 15
Linda Gilbert
Painting and sculpture

Studio 16
Dee Guja
Painting, photography, drawing/illustration

Sharyn Young
Painting, Recycled objets, Mixed-media

Studio 17
Ruth Korver
Installations, Moving Image, Multi-media

Antje Kulpe
Installation, Moving Image, Multi-media

Studio 18
Fiona Gillmore

Studio 19
Tim Larkin
Furniture Design, Model-making, and Drawing

Lizzie Vullings
Painting and Mixed-media

Studio 20
Lynley McDonald
Design/Illustration, Paint, and Digital Media

Andrew Shaw
Painting and Digital Media

Studio 21
Aaron Frater
Sculpture, jewellery, painting

Studio 22
Julian Knap
Oil Painting

Studio 23
Gabby O'Conner
Installation and Conceptual Art

Studio 24
Jay Bendikson
Qualified Printmaker

Hannah Bremner
Visual Artist

Studio 25
William Hedley

Studio 26
Exalt Eye - Andrew Ginther
Photographic Design

Studio 27
Vincent Duncan

Studio 28
Hamish Palmer
Painting, Photography, Illustration, and Graphic Design

Third Floor

Sticky Pictures
Award winning New Zealand television and film production company, established by Mark Albiston. Produce the Living Room series for TV3, documentaries and music videos, and ads for corporate clients.

Fashion HQ
Wellington's fashion industry incubator launched in 2003, as part of the Creative HQ. It's programme currently nurtures six emerging Wellington designers into viable commercial business, and supports a retail store in Left Bank off Cuba Mall.

Phelan Productions

POP Films

Zander Productions

69 Abel Smith Street: West Building

Ground Floor

DANZ Office
Dance Aotearoa New Zealand is the national arts, education and service agency for dance in New Zealand. It aims to develop industry sustainability through promoting participation, improving access, providing professional development and advocating for the long term growth and health of New Zealand dance.

Fringe Festival

Back Room Rehearsal Space

First Floor

Barbarian Productions
This pioneering theatre company was founded in 2001 by NZ writer and performer Jo Randerson. The Barbarian mission is to cultivate new stage work for New Zealand, originating in the Kiwi experience, and to use that product to conquer the world with bold, fearless, uncompromising theatre.

Taki Rua Productions
Established in 1983 as the 'New Depot' theatre, Taki Rua has grown its mission to foster New Zealand theatre, the Kiwi identity, theatre education, and innovative creative partnership between Maori, Pacific cultures, and Pakeha. The name Taki Rua comes from a weaving pattern that literally means "to go in twos." Sarah Griffiths is Tumaki - executive Director, and Amanda Hereaka serves as Kaihautu Auaha - Artistic Director.

ARMS ltd
Michael Lockhart and Mark Cubey formed ARMS Ltd with the goal of helping artists help themselves. From their Wellington base they travel New Zealand, running a series of workshops for visual artists, performers, musicians, writers and other creative people. The workshops demystify business enterprise and marketing, inspiring participants to realise their value by thinking, working smart, and using sound business practices. Their mission is to show creative people how to free their minds and take control of their lives without compromising their creativity or selling their souls.

NZ Centre for Photography

The New Zealand Centre for Photography was established in 1985. Its mission is simply to promote New Zealand Photography. It undertakes touring photographic exhibitions, bringing speakers to New Zealand, arranging workshops and publishing a quarterly called the NZ Journal of Photography .

NZ Globe Shakespeare
This organisation exists to promote, encourage and facilitate the performance, appreciation and study of the works of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The centre is part of an international network of such centres associated with the International Shakespeare Globe centre on the South Bank of the Thames, London, founded in 1991.

Empress Stiltdance
Sensual, feminine and futuristic, Empress Stilt Dance offers a stunning range of mobile walkabouts, club acts, street theatre, and short shows for a variety of occasions. Since 1997 Empress has been based in the Netherlands, but has recently returned home to New Zealand. It is under the direction of Emily Buttle.

WACT Rehearsal Room
Wellington Artists Charitable Trust, or WACT, was formed to foster the development of freelance artistic talent that makes Wellington the creative capital. WACT is a charitable organisation-always open to new funding and contributed resources-that provides production and infrastructure support through its purpose built rehearsal room at the arts centre.

Second Floor (non Arts Centre)

Nannies College