Friday, March 03, 2006

The No.8 Wire - Issue 64

Gondwanaland Ministry of Culture
Artists' Information Bureau


An Electronic Alert for 1214 of Wellington's Creative People
ENDNOTE: Mencken says

First, a few words by KR...

We live on the edge of the world. But now what used to be the tyranny of distance has been reinvented as room to manoeuvre. Free of histories that can only repeat themselves, unfettered by mega corporations and small enough to move quickly, New Zealand-on-the-edge is perfectly placed to develop inspirational ideas that will shape this century.

As a metaphor for magic, the idea of edge captures our potential to design, innovate and market. Darwin got it when he said "nature favours the extremes". Great things have always happened at the edge and edge is a one-word equity for New Zealand. Being first in the world to get up every morning has never looked so good.

The days of consumers passively accepting whatever is put in front of them have gone. It's a transformation from "view" to "do". The new consumer wants to be attracted by involving experiences that entertain and speak to the heart. This is as true in the supermarket as it is in a high-end medical practice. No one is exempt.

Let's not end up like Peanuts' Charlie Brown who said, "When my ship comes in I'll probably be at the airport".

- from remarks by new New Zealander Kevin Roberts, chief executive worldwide of ideas company Saatchi & Saatchi, a creative organisation of 7000 people in 82 countries.

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3-5 March

The spirit of Carnival is coming to town the weekend of 3-5 March in the shape of the Axé Weekend - three days of workshops and events with visiting and local teachers, and the return of Lucious Lola, an extravaganza of Latin American flavoured bands and performance!

Hosted by local community groups Capoeira Pasifika and Wellington Batucada, free classes are being offered in Capoeira and Samba percussion as part of a weekend of workshops and events. Classes include different styles of Samba percussion, Samba dance, and Capoeira and its music.

One of the guest tutors, musician Darryn Sigley (Hairy Lollies, Fly My Pretties) has just arrived back in Wellington from an extended tour of South America, and is excited to be able to share and show off some of the skills he has gained while he was there. "The level of musicianship is so high there because of the way it's embedded in the whole culture," he says. "The Brazilians live their music."

Other tutors include Grant Cole, the person who introduced Capoeira to NZ, flying in from Auckland, and Brazilian musician Adriano Trinidade. In his solo career, Adriano has recorded two CDs and has participated in television and radio programmes in Brazil. Now based in New Zealand, he is keen to pass on his knowledge of Brazilian instruments and music.

The Saturday night party is another exciting incarnation of Lucious Lola - entitled "Lucious Lola Rides Again" - appearing at Hope Bros, Dixon St, and features show-stoppers The Sambassadors and Cuban-style music maestros Rumbata, performances by Capoeira Pasifika and Wellington Batucada, with special appearances from the teachers of the weekend workshops, and upbeat tunes from DJ Topknot. It will be the end of an era as certain members are travelling overseas, but as spokesperson Nikkie Rich says "we hope they will come back one day and we can drop the beats together again!"

Rich says "a lot of people have said to me what a shame it is that Cuba St Carnival isn't happening this year, and I think this event is what we have in its place this year, and will be a night to remember. This is going to rock the city!"

The combination of classes with Lucious Lola encourages everyone to have a go. "It's not a passive 'sit down and watch' kind of show, I'm certain you will feel compelled to get up and dance with us!", says Rich. "You will get to experience a range of workshops that are all interlinked through music and dance. Come to Luscious Lola and feel the excitement of having done a workshop or two during the day. It will be a carnival extravaganza indeed."

Beginners are being encouraged to try out all the classes. There are free beginner classes on the Saturday morning, which, if people are comfortable with, can lead into the general workshops. Rich says "the workshops are designed for people to try something new, so if a person is already involved in dance for example, you'll have a go at Samba or Capoeira music, or a musician will have a go at Capoeira or Samba dance".

See the attached flier for prices, class timetables and venues.

Eliot Pryor 021 1899226,
Nikkie Rich 027 4463571,

For more info on Capoeira Pasifika or Wellington Batucada go to:



The 2006 Pannz Market is taking place on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th of March at The Wellington Town Hall level 2 in Civic Suite 1,2 and 3.

You are welcome to attend the Pannz Market workshop on Monday at 3 30pm.
Workshop - "Market Ready?" A how to...
This workshop will focus on what it takes for artists and companies to successfully develop new markets for their work without compromising their artistic vision. It will cover aspects of market research, strategic planning, development of goals and objectives, analysis of market opportunities and the development of your approach to various markets, organisations and individuals. The Australian Performing Arts Market will be used as a case study. Participants will come away from the workshop with the tools to build their plan and promotional materials tailored to their individual situation.
Cath Cardiff has been involved in the arts in New Zealand for over 30 years. She has worked extensively in theatre, opera and film and television as both a dancer and choreographer and was Artistic Director of LIMBS Dance Co 1986-1989. Subsequent to this Cath moved into the area of project management, arts marketing and audience development both as an independent consultant and through managing projects for Douglas Wright Dance Company and others. She also produced successful seasons of the pacific plays Think of a Garden and A Frigate Bird Sings in Auckland and Wellington. From 1997 to 2000 Cath was producing and programming at The Edge in Auckland where she created the audience development programme for contemporary dance - Made To Move. Since 2000 Cath has been at Creative New Zealand, initially as dance and theatre adviser and now as Manager, Audience and Market Development. This role involves the development of audiences and markets for NZ arts nationally and internationally.
If you would like to attend please contact Angela Meyer Pannz Coordinator by Friday 3rd March. The cost for this workshop is $75.

Angela Meyer
ph 021 405 619



Project title
Investigate Art Gallery project

Strategy area
Cultural Wellbeing

The Proposal
To establish exhibition space to display works from the Wellington City Council Art collection and to develop capacity to accept quality gifts of art in the future. It is proposed that the Hancock bequest of $1.5m will assist to fund the project, either by way of capital redevelopment or through operational funding generated by interest on the capital endowment. Various gallery sites were investigated by Council officers and options were presented to Councillors in December 2005. Councillors expressed a preference for space to be provided in the City Gallery, and indicated that further work was to proceed on the proposed conversion of the city cinema. They also noted that they were interested in the development of a proposal as close to cost-neutral to Council as possible.

Option One: City Cinema Conversion (without a replacement)
The area proposed for conversion into a new gallery space in the City Gallery is currently occupied by a fully furnished and equipped cinema/lecture theatre, which seats 135 people. This option sees this newly converted space being used to display works from the Council's art collection. This converted space would enlarge and open-up the downstairs foyer of the City Gallery, and would provide opportunities for the City Gallery to increase its functions capacity which would generate extra revenue. However, the City Cinema is an essential facility for the City Gallery. If this resource was removed, an alternative facility would need to be made available. A number of alternative cinema options were subsequently investigated. No suitable alternatives have been identified at this stage.

Option Two: Programme collection display in Existing Gallery
This proposal involves renaming an exhibition space in the City Gallery, the "Hancock Gallery," as acknowledgement of the Hancock bequest. This acknowledgement would include information about the bequest, and how the collection is being developed with interest generated from investment of the capital endowment. The City Gallery would provide at least two exhibitions per year from the city's art collection (and/or possibly from other private collections) in the Hancock Gallery.

Option Three: City Cinema Relocation
This option involves converting the city cinema into a new gallery space as per Option One above, but in addition a new Cinema would be built at the City Gallery. This means that the City Gallery would retain the important cinema facility and the city would gain a new gallery space.

Strategic Fit
The establishment of space to exhibit and grow the city’s art collection will address the following priorities:

Enrich Wellington's sense of place. It will provide a focal point for the display of works from a collection of regional significance that reflects Wellington's heritage, cultural diversity and contemporary arts development.

Strengthen partnerships with arts organisations and institutions. Wellington's arts infrastructure will be enhanced, and Council's contribution to Wellington’s arts and cultural landscape strengthened. A permanent gallery space will allow the city to capitalise on opportunities that may arise from offers of significant art collections.

Provide opportunities for Council to engage more effectively with the community on the benefits and relevance of a diverse city. A growing city art collection, on display, provides opportunities to reflect on and celebrate the city’s diversity.

Enable Council to engage more effectively with grassroots arts community. New opportunities will be created for emerging artists through the display of works from the city’s collection, which focuses on emerging and mid-career artists, in the city's premier art gallery.

Relationship to Existing Activities
Council currently funds the city art collection and the Wellington Museums Trust who manage: 1) The Museum of City and Sea, which operates a collections policy, and is responsible for the care and management of significant images and objects relating to Wellington's social and cultural history. 2) The City Gallery Wellington which has a
non-collections policy, and presents contemporary art/culture exhibitions of local, national and international importance. Additionally, during the development of the Collections Policy (2005) Russell Hancock bequeathed approximately $1.5m to Wellington City. The purpose of the bequest was to house a collection of fine arts, and for such a collection to be accessible to all Wellingtonians. Currently interest from the bequest is used to fund the purchase of art work.

Project Outline
Wellington - branded as the arts and culture capital is the only major city in New Zealand without a major art gallery housing art works drawn from a permanent civic art collection. Historically this is because Wellington is the home to the national art collection at Te Papa. The city's collections is displayed in a range of Council owned facilities, including Committee meeting rooms, the Mayor’s Office, and the Town Hall lobby. The collection contains a mix of historical and contemporary art works of varying quality and value. Following the collection’s deaccesion, scheduled for completion by June 2006, approximately 175 art works will remain. Consequently, the number of works in the collection to exhibit in a gallery setting will be limited.

However, the newly enacted Wellington City Art Collections Policy (2005) foresees the development of a regionally significant and substantial body of art works. There is a need therefore, to develop the requisite space to display the collection in a meaningful way, for the enjoyment and benefit of residents as well as visitors to the city.

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What sort of CLOWN are you? Find out on a 2 day workshop run by Aileen Davidson. Aileen has run clown workshops for over 25 years and worked with 100s of people from all walks of life. This clown workshop is for people who want to have fun; &/or want to explore the world of the clown; &/or want to develop their own clown for performance.

Dates/times: Sat 29th April 9.30 - 4.00; Sun 30th April 10.00 - 3.30
Venue: Scout Hall cnr Hanson & Stoke Sts
Cost: unwaged $80.00; waged $12.0.00
To register call Aileen on 973 7585 - or email:
but hurry-numbers are limited!!!!



Festival takes off in culture city

Christopher Moore plunges into the cultural cauldron of Wellington's international arts festival...

Once upon a time in Wellington, the closest one got to performance art was watching the Cuba Street fountain in action. If you were truly fortunate, there was an added artistic frisson when the Wellington trans-gendered diva, Carmen, sashayed and swayed down Cuba Street, bejewelled and begowned and spectacularly cleavaged, a siliconed symphony sounding a hormonal hallelujah.
History, as one of the characters announces in Alan Bennett's play, The History Boys (of which, much more later), "is one effing thing after another". It also plays funny tricks. Carmen has become a Kiwi cultural totem figure. The bucket fountain is currently a cool, cultural civic treasure.
So what am I doing sitting in Cuba Mall on this warm, windless Wellington summer's day watching plastic buckets slosh, empty, slosh, refill? Has anything changed during the past 40 years?
A lot has changed in Wellington. I've enjoyed a splendid kerbside lunch in the shade of the trees in Wakefield Street, playing the boulevardier for an hour. There was not a crimplene walk- short or public-service cardigan in sight. The former public library is now one of New Zealand's best art galleries; there's a smart mezzanine cafe in the new library, and Civic Square could teach Christchurch much about reclaiming city spaces for people.
Wellington no longer closes at 6pm sharp and, what is important at this precise moment, is that every two years the city celebrates the best of New Zealand and international art in style.

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Project title
NZ Portrait Gallery/NZ Centre for Photography Gallery @ Shed 11 on Wellington Waterfront

Strategy area
Cultural Wellbeing

The Proposal
New Zealand Portrait Gallery Incorporated (NZPG) and the New Zealand Centre for Photography Incorporated (NZCP) have formed a joint venture to utilise Shed 11 on Wellington's waterfront as a permanent gallery and exhibition space to enable them to present their programmes. The proposal is for the funding of the proposed gallery to be a three way partnership between central government, local government and the corporate sector. It is proposed that operational costs be shared by central government and local government and that capital costs be raised from the corporate sector. Dr Roderick Deane has agreed to head up the joint committee that will raise funds for the project. Dr Deane has received an undertaking from the Prime Minister to include an application for central government funding in the current budget round.

Wellington Waterfront Limited have agreed, subject to certain conditions, to lease Shed 11 free of rental, for an initial term of three years from 1 September 2006. This contribution is valued at $100,000pa. Officers have been advised since the original publishing of this paper that the annual grant figure sought from Wellington City Council has been amended. Officers understand that the joint venture seeks an annual grant from the Wellington City Council of $75,000 in year 1 and $87,500 thereafter, as a contribution towards the net operating costs. Officers are currently working with the NZPG and NZCP to finalise these figures (Note that the financial tables have not been amended). The proposal envisages this contribution will be matched by central government via a Ministry of Culture & Heritage grant.

Strategic Fit
The proposal aligns with the Cultural Wellbeing Strategy and with the "Strengthen partnerships with arts organisations and festivals" Strategic Priority. The proposed funding supports the gallery as a visitor attraction at a relatively modest subsidy per visitor figure of $3.20 excluding the rental subsidy and $5.05 including the rental subsidy (this compares with the $8.85 subsidy per visitor for the Wellington Museums Trust and $14.26 for Wellington Zoo).

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German electro-punk puppeteer hits Wellington
She dons a sparkly pink jumpsuit, dances with a trussed-up bear and delivers her shrieky brand of bleepy, politicised electro-punk from the window of a glittering puppet show.
Räuberhöhle is Berlin's tattooed girl wonder, and she's coming to New Zealand - for one show only - here in Wellington on Wednesday 8 March.
Once upon a time a pretty messy girl sat in her chaotic robber's cave (her räuberhöhle) and decided to be a pop star. Gifted an old CASIO keyboard, a mike and an archaic computer, she started mucking around with sounds, getting gigs in Berlin clubs and bars, delighting audiences with her anarchic live antics and spontaneous and clever on-stage puppeteering.
From the squats of Oslo to the punk clubs of Warsaw, Räuberhöhle is now a bona-fide underground star in Europe, known for her creative and subversive shows and her unpredictability. Her own chick on speed, Räuberhöhle is an edgier, punkier and blunter Peaches that both slams and pays homage to the emergent tradition of Berlin poppy randomness.
Supported by boppy electro Wellingtonians Disasteradio and Goodbye Galaxy, Räuberhöhle will take to the stage at Valve on Wednesday 8 March.
Räuberhöhle is currently touring in Australia and is available for interview by phone. She will be in Wellington from Sunday 5 March and from then will be up for face-to-face chats.
Diasasteradio and Goodbye Galaxy are also available for interview.
Check out Räuberhöhle's stuff at (OK to download her music, in fact she likes it) -



City Gateway Sculpture

In June last year the Mayor Kerry Prendergast announced that the Council had allocated $500,000 for a "landmark sculpture or artwork marking the gateway into central Wellington".
The Council's objectives are clear that it wants the work to be contemporary and enduring, and to "enhance Wellington's sense of place".
The Council has signed an agreement with the Trust to manage the selection process and commission the selected work.
It is intended that the work should be installed in the general area of Kaiwharawhara, between the points (coming south into the city) where state highways one and two merge and the Aotea off-ramp where the motorway diverges.
This is the most ambitious project the Trust has undertaken. In the period since the announcement the Trust has established a special assessment panel for the project, including a mix of trustees and other prominent Wellingtonians with relevant skills. The panel is being assisted by an arts advisory group and Council staff.
After extensive consultations a brief for the project was widely publicised and expressions of interest invited. The brief identified a number of likely sites within the overall range of the project, but did not restrict proposers to these. The panel has indicated flexibility on whether the work could be a single piece or a series of pieces or other approaches. It is keen to encourage creative responses to the project.
The invitation attracted over 30 submissions from a diverse range of senior sculptors and artists, and also from collaborations of artists with landscape architects, engineers, architects and others. Ten of these, including one from overseas, have been invited to the second stage of preparing more specific design concepts.
It is intended that a final selection will be made this year and installation take place in 2006.



If the thought of New Zealand Post Writers & Readers Week is making you giddy with excitement, spare a thought for the six finalists of the $65,000 Prize in Modern Letters, who have to wait until 18 March to find out who has won.

This year, the biennial prize will be announced by Dr Rick Gekoski at a special function in the foyer of the Embassy Theatre after a set of readings from the six finalists: Tusiata Avia, Jo Randerson, Kate Camp, William Brandt, Carl Shuker and Louise Wareham.

Rick Gekoski is best-known in New Zealand for his recent book, "Tolkien's Gown and Other Stories of Great Authors and Rare Books". A dealer in rare books and manuscripts, he has run two private presses and served as a judge for the Man Booker Prize in 2005. He is visiting Wellington as part of Writers & Readers Week.

The winner of the prize will be decided by a panel of American judges: novelist and poet Stephen Dobyns; New Directions publishing house editor Barbara Epler; and novelist and biographer Geoffrey Wolff. The shortlist was compiled by a panel of New Zealand authors, broadcasters and journalists chaired by Professor Bill Manhire. The prize is administered by Victoria University's International Institute of Modern Letters.

The prize is considered to be the world's largest literary prize for an emerging writer. The two previous winners are novelist Catherine Chidgey and poet Glenn Colquhoun.

Readings by the shortlisted writers will take place from 5:15-6:15pm on 18 March. Book at Ticketek or door sales are also available.

The winner will be announced in the Embassy Theatre foyer at 6:30pm. Click on the link below for more information about Victoria University's International Institute of Modern Letters.

McCahon House artist residency opportunity

The McCahon House Trust is calling for applications to the inaugural McCahon House artist's residency programme. Applications close 13 April.

Initial residencies will be offered to painters who are New Zealanders or New Zealand residents who have already received critical acclaim for their work and who are committed to a career as a professional artist.

Artists will receive accommodation in a fully furnished architecturally designed and purpose built two bedroom house adjacent to the restored McCahon cottage in French Bay, Titirangi along with exclusive use of the adjoining studio. Lopdell House Gallery will provide administrative support throughout the term of the residency. There will be opportunity to hold open days or give talks at the gallery and to have an exhibition or visual presentation at the conclusion of the residency. A stipend will be paid to the artist.

The closing date for applications is 5pm, Thursday 13 April 2006. For information and guidelines contact Penny Dever (Email: Tel: 09-817 9202). The application form and guidelines can also be downloaded from the residency section of the McCahon House Trust website (



What's on at Wellington's legendary and happiest jazz, new music, and improvisational sound venue...

Friday 3rd's All Together Now multimedia show featuring:
-Music: Anbaric Mas, Soulnine with D-Rail and Maya, DJ Roshi
-(Live) Art:City King, Trust ME, Component, Enforce. One, Flox, Mephisto Jones, Sole 72
8pm $10 doorsales - $15 with magazine

Saturday 4th
Farmerpimp(AK) EP Launch with Module and DJ Lotion - 10pm ($15)

Coming up...
UK avant folk ledgend Mike Cooper, Sabot and Ditzy Squall, Misha Marks, Spartacus R, Jens Lekman and Ned Collette.

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


Heavenly Burlesque will continue their rockin' show tonight and Sat. Don't miss it - book early! You'll regret missing out on this exciting and vibrant cabaret.

On Saturday rockin' band 'Patricia' will play after Heavenly Burlesque at the Paramount, 11pm. Starring stunning talent Ciara Mullholland.



Cultural Wellbeing
The Council's four draft priorities for cultural wellbeing for the 3-year period 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2009 are:

The Council will take a more pro-active role in protecting local sense of place

The Council will strengthen its partnerships with arts organisations,
festival groups and institutions

The Council will engage more effectively with the community on the benefits and relevance of a diverse city

The Council will engage more effectively with grassroots community and youth-oriented arts and cultural activities (including music made by youth)



What's the capital of Kazakhstan ?
Noisy Shadows
By Branwen Millar

"Amazing! Vibrant, original, and theatrically inventive. This is the voice of a new generation of playwrights."
- Santa Barbara News-Press, California.

Today's youth are famously apathetic, but can the horrors of world events burst their bubble? Noisy Shadows is a play of lost naivety in the midst of media saturation.

Jen's life is ruled by her social inadequacies and obsessive watching of CNN. Carlie thinks the news is disgusting but her own life parallels it in a disquieting way. Robbie is everyone's friendboy but no ones boyfriend. Curtis is desperately reliable. When CNN selectively intrudes on each of their lives, how can anyone know anyone's truth?

An entertaining evening of sex, CNN, apathy, peanuts and lies! Buy now and receive a bonus discussion of world politics and an extensive geography lesson at no extra cost.

Noisy Shadows, is Wellingtonian Branwen Millar's first play. Like most first plays, it's a play about students, set in a flat - but something more is bubbling under that clichéd surface. Written whilst she was on an exchange at the University of California, Santa Barbara Noisy Shadows was performed to a sell out season, before winning the Dorothy E Corwin Award for Best New Play. Branwen is now studying for her MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) at VUW International Institute of Modern Letters.

' There is a nimbleness to the dialogue, a texture and dimensionality to the characters, a dexterity with metaphor, an awareness of subtext - with a great intelligence underlying the whole endeavour.'

What: Noisy Shadows by Branwen Millar
When: 21-26 March 2006, 8pm ,
Where: BATS Theatre
1 Kent Terrace
Cost: $16/$12
Phone: (04) 802 4175 to book



The Royal New Zealand Ballet's 2006 season opened in Auckland on Wednesday with a full-length ballet, The Wedding , to a score by Gareth Farr .

Witi Ihimaera , who is currently well known as the author of the novel Whale Rider, has written the scenario, described as 'a heartwarming tale of hot heads and cold feet' which moves from rugby clubroom to inner-city nightclub, hotel lobby to church. Other members of the creative team are Mark Baldwin (choreographer), Tracy Grant (designer), and John Rayment (lighting designer).

The two-act work, which runs for 90 minutes, follows the story of Angie and Brad who, with their movie-star good looks and impending nuptials, are the toast of Auckland society. The big day draws closer and Angie begins to doubt her fiancé is the marrying kind. When Charles shambles his way back into her life, she finds herself caught in a hopeless love triangle. As her suitors square off, Angie is forced to choose between her head and her heart.

This is the second major theatrical production in as many years to be scored by Gareth Farr, who in 2005 composed the soundtrack to the stage show Maui . It is however his third ballet score: the RNZB's Smashing Sweet Vixen and Douglas Wrights's Buried Venus were early career landmarks. While he has not previously worked with Witi Ihimaera, the latter has a long history of musical collaboration with leading New Zealand composers, notably Ross Harris (on librettos to the operas Waituhi and Tanz der Schwäne) and John Rimmer (on the libretto to Galileo).

The Wedding tours New Zealand: Auckland (1-5 March 2006), Christchurch (9-12 March), Dunedin (17-18 March), Wellington (22-26 March), Palmerston North (30 March - 1 April) and Napier (6-8 April).





Rhythm is Best Considered Fractally...
Chris Cudby
Opening Tuesday February 14 6pm
Wednesday February 15 - Friday March 10

Over the next four weeks Chris Cudby will be a daily resident at Enjoy, producing weekly printed booklets with accompanying audio CDs documenting his artistic activities. These publications will be available for purchase in editions of twenty at the beginning of each week and will include drawings, photos, music, interviews, collaborations and sound. Each edition will be colour coded and sold at the beginning of the week:

Yellow week one (opening night)
Green week two
Blue week three
Magenta week four
Red week four (end of week)

Within this format Chris will develop a slow-motion mix of audio and visual narratives that mix, bounce, and collapse into one other, while remaining easily digestible as bite-sized chunks. Perhaps feeding a collector mentality, the collection of all five editions provides individuals with an intimate overview of the entire project.

Rhythm is Best Considered Fractally engages with ideas of multi-tasking, space/time manipulation and interstitial states. Rhythm is Best Considered Fractally looks at the remote-viewing and re-organisation of various time based activities with the use of colour as a (non-exclusive) ordering principle.

Chris Cudby graduated from Elam, Auckland University in 2003, where he studied in the Intermedia department. For the last two years he has performed extensively throughout New Zealand as half of the musical/sound performance duo of 'Golden Axe'. Chris has shown his work in various galleries and was involved with establishing artist-run space Special gallery, Auckland, where he has both exhibited and curated.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Chris Cudby is postponing his Artist talk til Thursday March 9. We invite you to attend this talk where Chris will discuss his current exhibition 'Rhythm is best considered fractally...' held at Enjoy gallery, starting at 6pm.

Chris Cudby graduated from Elam, Auckland University in 2003, where he studied in the Intermedia department. For the last two years he has performed extensively throughout New Zealand as half of the musical/sound performance duo of 'Golden Axe'. Chris has shown his work in various galleries and was involved with establishing artist-run space Special gallery, Auckland, where he has both exhibited and curated.

Entry is free and all are welcome.

For those of you in the Auckland area, Enjoy is taking a little slice of the gallery up to SPECIAL with 'Buy Enjoy'. The show opens Thursday March 9 and runs til March 31.

Enjoy Public Art Gallery
Level 1, 147 Cuba Street

04 384 0174


27 February- 5 March 2006

19 FEBRUARY - 11 JUNE 2006

Patricia Piccinini is one of Australia's leading contemporary artists, internationally renowned for her provocative yet deeply considered practice. City Gallery Wellington is excited to be mounting Piccinini's first solo exhibition in New Zealand. Piccinini's work examines relationships between humans, animals and machines, between the natural and the artificial and the cross-over between these catergories. This exhibition at City Gallery Wellington is a challenging, often dead-pan, look at the tangle of questions that surround genetics and biodiversity, and the interface between science and fantasy. Encompassing sculpture, photographs and video, the show includes Piccinini's major new body of work Nature's Little Helpers 2005; the video work When my baby (when my baby); two sculptures (Cyclepups 2005 and Truck Babies 1999) which playfully propose a stage of infancy for machines; plus a hybrid tyre/creature Radial, 2005 and major work The Young Family 2002-2003, which was part of Piccinini's presentation at the Venice Biennale in 2003.

19 February - 5 June 2006

Michael Smither is one of New Zealand's most renowned and respected artists. His painting is often deeply personal and autobiographical, delving into the domestic landscapes and outside environments of his daily life. 'Michael Smither - The Wonder Years' - the first major exhibition of his work since 1984 - focuses on the incredibly productive period between 1962 - 1979, when the artist was living in his home town of New Plymouth. The exhibition includes Smither's well-known landscape paintings and works inspired by his domestic life and family, as well as key paintings exploring political and religious subjects. The works, with their jewel-like colours and smooth glassy surfaces, are a visual feast. They are also conceptually challenging, engaging the viewer with questions about environmentalism, ecology, faith and family relationships.

3 February - 12 March 2006

'Designs on Antarctica' is an exhibition of recent work by Wellington ceramic artist Raewyn Atkinson. For this exhibition, Atkinson has created a selection of ceramic objects, cast into the shapes of old cans and featuring scenes of Antarctic history and scenery. These artworks are made in response to Atkinson's trip to Antarctica in 2000 as part of the Artists in Antarctica residency programme.

First exhibited at Objectspace, Auckland in September 2005, 'Raewyn Atkinson-Designs on Antarctica' is shown at the Michael Hirschfeld Gallery as part of the 2006 New Zealand International Arts Festival.


Lunchtimes during the 2006 New Zealand International Arts Festival, 12.30-1pm

Free 30 minute lunchtime exhibition tours to tickle your tastebuds, every weekday during the Festival (Mon 27 Feb - Fri 17 March). Enjoy the insights of City Gallery Wellington curators and educators as they offer you their unique takes on 'Patricia Piccinini-In Another Life' and 'Michael Smither-The Wonder Years'. Tours alternate daily, so pick a date, grab a mate and come down to the Gallery for a midday art feast.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 12.30-1pm: 'Patricia Piccinini-In Another Life'

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12.30-1pm: 'Michael Smither-The Wonder Years'

A full programme listing the guest tour guides is available at

Wednesday 1 March, 1pm
Chris Kraus, Wellington raised, Los Angeles based author of I Love Dick (1998), Aliens & Anorexia (2000), Video Green: Los Angeles Art and the Triumph of Nothingness (2004) and Torpor (2006), focuses her attention on video art in a talk entitled 'Indelible Video'. In 2003 Kraus was cited by the Village Voice Literary Supplement as one of the most important new writers to emerge in the past decade. In 1990, she founded the Native Agents new fiction series for Semiotexte, the visionary independent press founded by Sylvere Lotringer at Columbia University in 1972. Kraus writes about art and culture for many international publications including Index, Artext and Art in America. She was nominated for the 2005 Frank Mather Prize in Art Criticism and is presently the Writer in Residence at Colombia College of Art in Chicago.

Friday 3 March, 10-4.30 pm
A day of Dutch literature at City Gallery, with poets and scholars including Jan Lauwereyns, Bill Manhire, Greg O'Brien and Lydia Wevers.
Translating and discussing works by Guido Gezelle, Kees Ouwens, COBRA, Tonnus Oosterhoff and many others.
Tickets $20/10. More information: 463 5042

Tuesday 7 March, 10:30am
Mums & Dads-keen for a healthy dose of art-intellectual entertainment? Bring the baby in the buggy and join us for a family-friendly tour of the current exhibitions Michael Smither-The Wonder Years and Patricia Piccinini-In Another Life. The free tour is followed by coffee and chat.

City Gallery Wellington
Civic Square
PO Box 2199
New Zealand



From Lower Hutt to New York, Wellington born artist Jonathon Crayford has been performing music his whole life. But it won’t be until March 2006 when he visits some of New Zealand’s smaller centres for the first time that he’ll be able to say he’s performed all over the world.

In his late 20’s, Jonathon went to New York for musical inspiration. He recalls, "New York was a diet of a lot of crazy stuff, ranging from crazy things to a lot of very intellectual musical content, from the very expensive to everything in between. I really liked being in an environment that offered a vitality to the expression of one’s conditions; artistically that had a fundamental appeal that was almost needed by people to lead their daily lives."

He says the experience solidified his desire to become a musician. "It was crowded, noisy, and there’s lots of help if needed and you end up getting very focussed", says Jonathon. "I learnt that wherever it is that you live, you’ve got to make sure that you absorb as much as you can from outside influences."

Jonathon will bring his unique style of music to Kerikeri, Gore and Blenheim in March. He will perform a range of original works and improvisations together with works by J S Bach and Mompou. He says improvisation has a special quality of it’s own, and gives him artistic freedom without musical boundaries. "I play music that is composed in real time. With composing, you can stop. When you’re performing and improvising, you can’t stop. There’s an audience right in front of you! Meeting different people and feeding off a different ambience and making contact with people directly is all part of the live experience."

He says the trick is to improvise with what feels right at the time of performing and that creating music live in the form of improvisation is a celebration of life itself. "You want to get outside yourself so you’re not away, you’re in front of some nice imagery. I try to create a significant, thorough, provoking composition that has something OEreal’ about it. I play things that are based on everything I’ve come across I don’t limit to one particular style. I embellish from every experience I’ve ever had."

"To create and celebrate beauty in all of its facets, even it’s ugliness, can be beautiful. It’s not how well it’s done but what it’s doing. If something has integrity it doesn’t matter what shape it is", he says. "I’m very attracted to that OEspecial thing’ that happens when you discover a new OEthing’. I’m celebrating being alive when I’m performing."

He is looking forward to performing in some of New Zealand's smaller towns. "New Zealand is a great place to be from its still got a freshness and on the other hand can be parochial at times."



A quiet day in Newtown is not to be had on Sunday 5 March 2006.

The Newtown Festival fair day will see a vibrant commercial area turned into a lively, chaotic, place of entertainment, business and community get together.

There will be on Riddiford Street over 190 market stalls, three music stages, street theatre/buskers, DJ Stage, two childrens' amusement areas, food stalls as well as main street businesses. The market stalls cover all types of merchandise from books to clothing to ornamental art to food.

The day starts with a powhiri at 10 am and this sets the theme of a day of community involvement that will be on show on the three stages, the DJ stage, and the street theatre areas.

The presenters on the northern stage are well known professional musicians and bands with strong Newtown connections. The Newtown School Stage features up and coming singer/songwriters and the Community stage features local community groups. The DJ Stage of course features DJ's

Newtown New World Community Stage
(Located outside New World)
10:00 am Powhiri - 10:20 am Official opening 10:30 am Wgtn Chinese Language School 10.45 am Flamenco - Toni Carson 11.00 am Tai Chi demonstration 11.15 am Mika - Flamenco Guitar 11.45 am Country Line Dancing 12:15 pm Wellington South Salvation Army 1:00 pm Community Choir with Julian Raphael 1:45 pm Tap Arts Project 2:15 pm Virtue & Side Step'd Urban Hip hop 2:30 pm Sylvia Zonoobi & Friends 4:00 pm Finish

Stage II (located corner Riddiford St and Rintoul St)
11:00am - Charlie Ash 12:15pm - Little Bushman 1:30pm - Pearl 3:00pm - Koko 4:00 pm finish

Stage III (located in Newtown School)
Bill Hickman Robine John McLeary Russell Self Dave Keegan Warren Love Scott McAuley John Mills 6.00pm - Finish

DJ Stage (Located in Green Street)
"ART OFFICIAL (a.k.a. DJ ART or Anand Naran) is your > DJ and coordinator for this stage showcasing a variety of Wellington DJs, many from Newtown itself.

10:00 am DJ ART - "ART OFFICIAL (a.k.a. DJ ART or Anand Naran) has worked professionally as a DJ contributing to various projects supporting Wellington's growing music scene. From DJing, to coordinating gigs and events, broadcasting on radio, and making music, he has pursued many musical paths and brings to the Newtown Festival a range of tunes covering Jazz, Funk, Hiphop and Reggae, blending in local tunes from some of Aotearoa's best.

11am: DJ Dozen (African Beats), will bring a selection of African beats and music to the DJ stage. He has been involved with the Wellingtons African community dance parties which have been held at venues such as Happy and Bar Bodega's Room 101

12pm: DJ Nastyk (Asian Underground), brings to the Newtown Festival fair day eastern flavours and musical rhythms from Asia and beyond. Nastyk played a big part in setting up an Asian music scene here in Wellington and has performed extensively with his unique sound as a specialist DJ in wellington and NZ.

1pm: Danny Lemon (Reggae)is one of Australasia's premier reggae selectors. He has been an important figure in New Zealands Reggae scene and his collection of reggae and roots music is unmatched.

2pm: DJ Kerb (Soul/R&B), One of Wellingtons best Hiphop DJs, Kerb will showcase technical skills and mix up a range of soul, funk, and R&B music which plays an important part in Newtown's youth culture.

3pm: DJ Don Luchito (Hiphop), has played an important role in the Wellington music scene. His selection of Hiphop music and his skills on the turntables have made him one of Wellingtons busiest DJs.

4pm: Yardwise (Dancehall) Showcasing Dancehall music from Jamaica and beyond, the Yardwise crew have been running reggae/dancehall sessions in Wellington for 2 years and have recently performed at 2 of the country's premier reggae festivals, Kaikoura Roots and Raglan Soundsplash.



New Light Through Old Windows
by Lucy Green

Lucy presents new ceramic works, illuminated from the interior to evoke a sense of who might live inside. Using organic forms to depict simple dwellings, these miniature domiciles evoke a sense of comfort, while simultaneously resembling deserted or perhaps bombed homes.

"I hope people will engage with the work; imagine who might live here, what happened here, what kind of lives would they have?" says Lucy.

Opening: Thursday 9th March 5.00-7.30pm.
ROAR! gallery
1st Floor, 55 Abel Smith Street (above Real Groovy Records) (04) 385-7602

Exhibition duration: 9th - 19th March



Contemporary New Zealand Photographers is a new exhibition and accompanying book celebrating 20 of this country's greatest photographers. The artists range from senior practitioners including Marti Friedlander, Anne Noble, Laurence Aberhart and Peter Peryer, mid-career photographers such as Gavin Hipkins and Fiona Pardington, through to young and emerging artists such as Ben Cauchi, Yvonne Todd and Edith Amituanai.
Today art photography in New Zealand is widely taught, collected, exhibited and discussed. At its cutting edge, this art form makes a strong contribution to New Zealand's active engagement with the international art world. Interest in photography has grown rapidly over the past decade in New Zealand, with many more collectors and practitioners entering the market. This exhibition, and accompanying book, offers New Zealanders and the rest of the world a glimpse of this controversial and ever-changing art form.

11am Thursday 2 March
Derek Henderson and Neil Pardington talk about their photographic careers and the stories behind the work they currently have on display at PATAKA. Derek Henderson's exhibition The Terrible Boredom of Paradise illustrates a 13,000km road trip across New Zealand with his partner in the summer of 2003/04. Neil Pardington's work has been included in the exhibition Contemporary New Zealand Photographers. Neil will also talk about his current body of work 'The Clinic/Te Whare o Rangiora', in which he tackles the subject of New Zealand's hospitals as a place of life and death.

1pm Saturday 4 March
Derek Henderson discusses The Terrible Bordeom of Paradise, an exhibition of photographs taken around New Zealand over a period of four and half months. From a dirt road on the west coast of the South Island to a state house in Kaitaia, Derek's images capture the unique isolation of this country's hinterland. "...places that you don't read about or see so much about. Those rural areas where there is a small pocket of urban." - Derek Henderson.



The short film "Help Yourself", written and directed by Leonie Reynolds and produced by Benedict Reid, has been selected for screening in the 2006 Cyprus International Film Festival. This follows 2005 screenings including those at the Naoussa International Film Festival (Greece), the ESEM International Film Festival (Armenia), the Anonimul International Independent Film Festival (Romania), and the Wairoa Maori Film Festival.

"Help Yourself" stars Scott Wills, Michelle Langstone and Jeremy Randerson.

For further information or stills please contact:
Benedict Reid
Wintergarden Productions
PO Box 9319
Marion Square
Wellington 6030
Tel: (04) 385 1046



Magdalena Aotearoa Video Evening: 7pm, Monday March 6

Come and join us at the Wellington Arts Centre for screenings of "Crazy Voyage" - the documentary of our 1999 Festival, made by Sally Rodwell and Alan Brunton - and "Transit IV: Roots in Transit" - the documentary of the 2001 Transit Festival at Odin Teatret, Denmark, made by Georgina Hart.

As well as the screenings, there will be information about Magdalena Aotearoa and the Magdalena Project, copies of The Open Page and the Projects Handbook for sale, light refreshments, and lots of interesting theatre women for you to meet.

7pm, Monday 6 March
Back Room, Wellington Arts Centre (entry by rear carpark) Entry is free and all are welcome

Magdalena Aotearoa Trust
PO Box 27 300
Aotearoa New Zealand



In 2004, in response to the recommendations made in "An Object Future", Creative New Zealand's strategy for prioritising its investment in the professional contemporary craft/object sector (2003 - 2005), Creative New Zealand established this Craft/Object Art Fellowship. The Fellowship has been established initially as an annual award for its first three years (2004 - 2006) and after this it will be offered biennially. As such, Creative New Zealand is now calling for applications from mid-career and senior practitioners (makers, curators and/or writers) for the third fellowship, in 2006.

Please note: In recognition of the fact that contemporary craft practice is also described by the term object art, a dual title for this artform sector is used by Creative New Zealand. The genres it refers to are those generally described as applied arts and includes, but is not confined to: pottery/ceramics, jewellery, cast or blown glass, weaving/textiles, furniture design.

Value of the Fellowship

A total of NZ$65,000 is available. This amount is to be used by the Fellowship recipient over a 12-month period. Payment will be made in two equal instalments of $32,500. The first instalment will be paid at the commencement of the Fellowship with the next instalment paid upon receipt of a progress report by the recipient midway through the Fellowship year.


Applicants for the fellowship will be able to demonstrate
* An established and strong national reputation in the Craft/Object Art sector
* Critical acclaim for the work they have produced to date
* They have completed, in their career thus far, a body of work of acknowledged artistic excellence

Applicants must be:
* A New Zealand citizen or resident

Applicants cannot be:
* Employees of Creative New Zealand
* Members of the Creative New Zealand Council, Arts Board, Te Waka Toi Maori Arts Board or the Pacific Arts Committee

Educational projects

Projects that are part of an educational programme, or project work that would count towards the attainment of an educational qualification will not be eligible for consideration.
Selection process

Creative New Zealand invites external assessors to assist with the decision-making process, which will take place in May/June 2006. Applicants will be notified of the decision shortly thereafter.

Announcement of the Fellowship

The successful applicant will be notified by telephone and by letter.

Making an application

Applicants must provide:
* A full CV
* Evidence to demonstrate you meet each of the criteria
* Commentary about the reasons for applying for the Fellowship and what the anticipated benefits to your practice would be of having the Fellowship

If there is a particular project that you want to undertake during the course of the Fellowship year, this should also be outlined in your application. However, emphasis will be placed on the track record of the applicant and the quality of the work they have produced to date.

Please supply 2 copies of your application and any support material pertaining to the application.

Support Material

Support material can include a range of information such as images of your work, publications and/or exhibition catalogues that include your work, other critical writing about your work (e.g. reviews and journal articles) and letters of support.

Please do not send originals. Images can be sent in a range of formats, for example slides, photographs, laser copies, CDs/DVDs (please note that assessors generally prefer hard-copy print images included as part of the application because they provide an instant visual prompt).

Closing date for applications

The closing date for applications is 5.00pm Friday 28 April, 2006.

Where to send your application

Please send your application by post or courier to the Wellington office of Creative New Zealand by 5.00pm on the closing date, addressed to:

Craft/Object Art Fellowship 2006
Creative New Zealand
P O Box 3806
Old Public Trust Building
131-135 Lambton Quay
Attn: Elizabeth Caldwell

Ineligible applications

Please note that incomplete, late, faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

Further information and queries

Please direct any enquiries to:
Elizabeth Caldwell
Arts Adviser, Visual Art & Craft/Object Art
Creative New Zealand
Phone +64 4 4980 737



Never Swim Alone
by Daniel MacIvor
Directed by Ryan Hartigan

A Theatre Pataphysical Production
in association with da da kamera (Toronto)

Bill and Frank, childhood friends who have grown into briefcase-wielding suits, duel in thirteen rounds of macho posturing. The two are refereed by a mysterious young woman, who holds the key to a dark secret in their past. A multiple award winning, hilarious and scathing dissection of masculinity that asks 'how much of our humanity did we lose when we bought this image of the modern superman?'

'a triumph...a startlingly new piece of theatre...dynamically theatrical' - Village Voice

'da da kamera are at the forefront of Canada's theatre scene te - London Times

"This being a work by Ryan Hartigan's amazing Theatre Pataphysical company, you must expect a few surreal twists. You can also rely on him to create visually compelling work that is close to choreographic." - Capital Times

When & Where: Sun 5th March, 10am to 1pm, Capital E, Civic Square

Details: This production has been programmed at BATS Theatre fo r an April season. It marks the beginning of an artistic relationship between the internationally acclaimed Canadian theatre company da da kamera, and the Wellington based Theatre Pataphysical.

Three actors are sought (two male, one female) age range flexible from early twenties to early thirties dependent upon ensemble casting. This is a script that is well known for being demanding and compelling. It will allow willing performers to develop strong character roles.

Any further queries please contact: Ryan Hartigan 021 181 0486



'Papervision' is an exhibition of paperweaving - a world premiere of this art form! It is on display upstairs in the Paramount theatre foyer and cafe from March 10th to April 21st, at the normal opening hours of the theatre.

The art is created by weaving painted paper. I work to two themes; one is designing complex overlays of two or three patterns so that there is more than one way of seeing each piece and the other is representing landscapes or objects in geometric patterns.

Sheelagh Leary,



"Fringe Theatre at its Best"!
"Mesmerising ... I loved it." Dom Post
Final performance tonight!

Book online or over the phone now
or rock up the hill for this exquisite image-theatre delicacy that promises to be the Magnum Opus of akeake's repertoire thus far...
The critics are raving! Don't miss The Operation of the Sun...!

Ake Ake Theatre Company Presents:
The Operation of the Sun in the Garden
at the End of the World. Part I: The Victorians.

A theatre journey of shadows and dance that follows the occult descent of a Victorian magicianS

Created and Performed by Ake Ake Theatre Company and Friends.
24 Feb - 3 March, 2006
Studio 77, Victoria University



Spaces left in Mesiner Acting Workshop @ The Film School
It takes three things to become a good actor...
* good technique
* accurate self-knowledge
* and courage
The first I can pass on, the second I can be of guidance but the last is totally up to the you.
New Weekend workshop Sat/Sun 4th & 5th March. 10am-5pm both days @ The Film School. Level 1, 4-8 Oxord Terrace, Newtown. Cost: $150 (incl. gst)
Sandford Meisner's Acting Technique taught at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York, promotes individuallity and confidence while giving students practical and effective tools to build character and performance. This weekend workshop will focus on the improvisational and instinctive exercises from the technique in the search for emotional truth and realistic behaviour. It is not only popular with those wanting to pursue acting seriously but also people interested in exploring their creativity and genuine, unpretentious and pragmatic self-development.
Warning: The tecnique and this course are challenging and fun. Only call if you have courage and a sense of humour. You'll have fun but it will be tough! Contact Barbara Woods at or phone (027) 548 7053



Hello and welcome to March!
After the unpredictable madness of the Fringe (which has been enourmously fun and successful), it is a relief to be able to look forward to a month of outstanding films. March kicks off with the last of our Italian Film Festival returns, The Consequences of Love, opening on March 6th. That same week Look Both Ways, one of the most inventive Australian films I've seen in recent years, comes to the screen. After a late date change, David Cronenberg's A History of Violence will open on March 16th. Apologies to those who were looking forward to it and expected it in February; I did too and it was quite a surprise to find it had been moved back a month. William Hurt has been nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in this film, so we shall see how things fall come March 6th. Inside Deep Throat is a fascinating documentary about the making of the most notorious porn flick ever made. Another outstanding Australian film will be coming to our screens on March 23rd. Three Dollars is the latest film from Robert Connolly (The Bank) and stars David Wenham. Korean cinema does not often make the big screen outside of festivals, but the work of Kim Ki-Duk (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring) transcends cultural boundaries. We are very proud to be able to bring his latest, 3-Iron, to the cinema. Largely without dialogue, 3-Iron is a passionate and lyrical love story that cannot help but touch anyone with a heart.
On Sunday and Monday nights from March 12th, The Paramount will rock with the long awaited film version of hit Broadway musical Rent. Featuring almost all the original Broadway cast, Rent will have the audience singing along and dancing in the aisles. Some screenings will feature pre-show live entertainment, so keep an eye on the papers or our website for details.
To celebrate the release of Rent I have two prizes, and two runner up prizes to give away. Just answer the simple question below, and the first four correct answers will win. Please include your postal address with your answer or we cannot send you your prize.
QUESTION: Which opera is Rent based on?
PAPER VISION is the title of Sheelagh Leary's exhibition starting at the Paramount March 10th.
Most of her pieces are woven paper which she paints or dyes herself.
She says 'I like the texture of weaving and it's a challenging way of creating pictures. I work to two themes. One is designing complex overlays of two or three patterns. There's more than one way of seeing each piece, some new aspect to catch the eye each time you look at it.
My second theme is representing 'landscape' (sea, forest) or objects (trees, flowers, people) in geometric patterns. It's at least as much of a challenge as a diabolical sudoku because, as well as figuring out the design in warp and weft, paper is fragile and stretches. My patience has been stretched too, and my, am I good with a pair of scissors now!'

I hope to see you at The Paramount!


Outward Sound

2006 MMF Seminar Series

The MMF is pleased to announce the first seminar series for 2006 will be with Gary Fortune from the Outward Sound initiative.

Outward Sound has been set up to provide assistance for market development initiatives and to encourage the entry of New Zealand music and musicians into global markets. New Zealand music industry practitioners (artists, managers etc) and firms (record companies, associated businesses) can apply for assistance through the international music market development grants program.

Gary will be going through the details of what the Outward Sound project is and how to apply for this funding.

Outward Sound is implemented and managed by the New Zealand Music Industry Commission (NZMIC). The programme is inclusive of music from all genres, styles and niches and applicants may target relevant markets around the world. Bands, composers, songwriters, producers, companies and solo artists are able to benefit. Applicants at different stages of international market development can access the programme. The foundations of the programme are research, collaboration, network development and information sharing.


1 March 2006
Dux de Lux

7 March 2006
Positively Wellington Business Boardroom Level 9, Baldwins Centre, 342 Lambton Quay Use afterhours entrance off Plimmers Steps next to Kipp Cafe 6.30-7.30pm Outward Sound information session 7.30-8.30pm Refreshments provided by Positively Wellington Business Free entry

8 March 2006
New Zealand Music Industry Commission
7 Great North Road, Ponsonby

For more information please contact:
Neil Patton, 027 220 2337,



Jo Randerson's SKAZZLE DAZZLE is a 55minute highly original, non-stop variety-style theatre-comedy show featuring stand-up, song, dance, puppetry and wig-work.

The show premiered at the 2005 ODDFELLOWS NZ International Comedy Festival, with a sold-out season at Wellington's BATS Theatre and a tour to Auckland's Silo Theatre.

Jo Randerson's Skazzle-Dazzle will have a repeat Wellington season in Wellington, 7 to 11 March 2006 at BATS, and then tour to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival mid-April.

Jo Randerson's Skazzle-Dazzle is suitable for misfits and rejects as well as confident, balanced individuals.

"She strips humour down to its bare bones; so bare it simply shouldn't be funny any moreSYet despite being completely devoid of romance, her humour is foolproof. She's shrewd wit on a stick, drollness on P."
The Package, Wellington, 2005



New Zealand's newest dance group, In Flight Productions, is to perform their innovative new works at Fringe '06. Their show, 'Voices in the Void,' is a collection of contemporary dance vignettes - New Creations that will excite and inspire the audience! 'Voices in the Void' will run over two nights at the Wellington Performing Arts Centre, 4th and 5th of March 2006, 7pm.

In Flight Productions was set up by ten graduates of the 2005 Unitec Contemporary Dance programme. It is a forum for emerging choreographers to come together, to support each others' dance and choreography and create stirring new performances. One of their main desires is to expose dance to a wider audience; "As a dancer, I love sharing my enjoyment with the audience, and delivering something they can chew on," says dancer/choreographer Georgie Goater.

The company present dance pieces that possess a strong creative vision, resulting in performances which are provocative and energetic.

'Voices in the Void' is a raw look at the world through the eyes of young women in Aotearoa. Through a series of vignettes the choreographers explore issues such as the world energy crisis, ME (chronic fatigue), women's portrayal in the media and sexuality. "I choreograph because I love the process of looking at the details of creating something. Finding surprise moments, and evolving my own Interpretations of what I experience," says dancer/choreographer Emily Rose.



New art represents new premises

Wellington's newest art gallery Iwi Art celebrates its move to new premises this week-end with an exhibition called "Huanuku"(transitions and movement).
The gallery is interpreting iwi art in its broadest context for the exhibition.
"We'll be featuring new paintings by Kylie Tiuka," gallery owner Huhana Rokx said today.
"But in keeping with our theme of transitions and movement, we'll have performance from Hinewirangi Kohu-Morgan, and new writing from Anton Blank. Along with the work already on display in the gallery, we'll cover the full gambit of Maori art; from traditional through to post-modern."

Iwi Art Gallery
19 Tory St, Wellington.



Norsewear Art - The New Zealand Contemporary Art Award.
The Norsewear Art Award, now in its 20th year begins its build up with the receiving of art works at the Hawke's Bay Exhibition Centre, Hastings, from 6 March 2006.
It is expected that around 400 artworks will be received, in both the 2D and 3D categories of the award. The award is volunteer run, with a team of over 30 involved from unpacking artworks through to catalogue production and event management.
Total prize money is now $50,000, with the winner in each of the two categories winning $20,000 and a further two merit prizes of $5,000 to be awarded at the judges discretion. No other award for contemporary art in New Zealand awards this much in terms of prize money for multimedia art making.
The judging takes place on 9th and 10th March with the judging panel comprised of Tim Walker of the Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt as panel Chair, Martin Browne of Martin Browne Fine Arts, Sydney, Moyra Elliot, artist, writer and curator of Auckland, Sophie McIntyre of Adam Art Gallery, Wellington.
Opening weekend events and the announcement of winners begins on 31st March with the announcement of finalists at the Sponsors' Evening at the newly refurbished Hawke's Bay Opera House, Hastings. The following night is the public opening and award presentation to be held at the Hawke's Bay Exhibition Centre. On Sunday 2nd April the Salon des Refuses, opens at Wine Country Gallery in Havelock North, making it a weekend art lovers will not forget.
"On the tail end of the fantastic weather being experienced in the Bay, visitors are advised to making bookings now to be involved in this truly unique event and 20th year celebrations," says Brenda Haldane, arts co-ordinator for the award.



So, how was Japan? An exhibition of paintings and suchlike by Mollypop as part of the Fringe at the Ballroom Café (9 Riddiford Street, Newtown) from the 1st of March (Opening hours: 7:30am-6:00pm Mon & Wed, 7:30am-7:30pm Thurs & Fri, 8:30am-5:00pm Sat & Sun).

Upon return from my most recent bout of extended overseas escapism, the title of my exhibition, So, how was Japan, was a question I dreaded and therefore largely managed to avoid answering.
How is one to sum up [in polite conversation] two years of over-stimulation, a myriad of people and the trials and richness of life in general in a country where time seems to speed up?
If you're anything like me, you'll give everyone minimal answers, wait for a year and then let it all hang out in the form of visual art for the Fringe festival.
From gratuitous appropriation of the gloriously cryptic written language (I wouldn't be the first), to the pains of a cross-cultural relationship, to simple realistic depictions of the only sushi I could eat (bejitarian desu)- I share all this plus a couple of t-shirts with the viewer, along with the opportunity to ask me questions directly over the web.
For fear of being mistaken for an art-wank I seldom freely offer information with regard to the emotional depths and artistic processes of my work, but in the name of the Fringe, if someone wants to know something, all they have to do is ask. To the right people- I'll always have a lot to say.



Check out this series of FREE public seminars happening at The National Bank Festival Club (starting 1st March) during the International Festival of the Arts. It's a great opportunity to listen to and see the international and local artists on offer at the Festival.

Art and Belief Lunchtime Seminars
Venue: The National Bank Festival Club
When: 1.15pm
Duration: Approx 50 minutes

New Zealand Theatre - Wed 8 Mar
Dave Armstrong - King & Country
Nick Blake - Dr Buller's Birds
Duncan Sarkies - Instructions for Modern Living
Chair: Murray Lynch

Indigenous Voices - Thu 9 Mar
David Page - Page 8
Hinemoana Baker - Tuwhare
Jim Moriaty - Battalion
Charles Koroneho - Aarero Stone
Chair: Hone Kouka

Epic Dramas - Wed 15 Mar
Mike Mizrahi & Marie Adams - The Holy Sinner
Menno Plukker & Tony Guilfoyle - The Dragon's Trilogy
Chair: John Downie

On The Decks - Thu 16 Mar
DJ Spooky
Mike Hodgson - Pitch Black
Chair: Marcia Lyons



Martinifest leaves art museum shaken and stirred
Booking procedures reviewed after wild rental event; 2 artworks being examined

Feb. 27, 2006, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The glistening white Santiago Calatrava addition has made the Milwaukee Art Museum one of the city's classiest social addresses. But a recent martini fete held there turned into an overcrowded, drunken affair. Some unruly guests accosted artworks, which have been taken off display for a checkup.

People threw up, passed out, were injured, got into altercations and climbed onto sculptures at Martinifest, a semi- formal event organized by Clear Channel Radio and held at the museum Feb. 11, according to several people who attended or worked at the event.

"Hindsight is 20-20 . . . it was probably too cheap," Kerry Wolfe, a local programming director for Clear Channel, said of the event's premise - unlimited martinis for $30.

"In our five years of experience, we have never had any problems with rental events," David Gordon, the museum's director, said in a brief written statement responding to questions about the event. "It was not an appropriate event to be held in the museum, and we have reviewed our procedures for bookings."

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28 February 2006, Detroit Free Press

You might think that a museum wouldn't have to tell visitors not to stick chewing gum on the art. But you would be wrong -- as the Detroit Institute of Arts just found out.

At the DIA on Friday, a mischievous 12-year-old boy visiting the museum with a school group took a piece of barely chewed Wrigley's Extra Polar Ice out of his mouth and stuck it on Helen Frankenthaler's 1963 abstract painting "The Bay," damaging one of the most important modern paintings in the museum's collection and a landmark picture in the artist's output.

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Flight of the Imagination II
A show of extra-ordinary photos by James Pyle

New Light through old windows
New ceramic works by Lucy Green

For more information or photos please contact Sian Torrington at;
ROAR! gallery, 1st Floor, 55 Abel Smith Street, 3857602 or 021 1080540,

Opening 9th March at 5pm, running till 19th March
Gallery hours; Weds 11-5pm, Thurs 11-6pm,
Fri 11-5pm, Sat 11-5pm, Sun 12-4pm

"New Light Through Old Windows" is an exhibition of Lucy's latest work. Each
piece comes with a tea light candle, illuminating the interior to evoke a sense of who might live inside.

"I hope people will engage with the work; imagine who might live here, what
happened here, what kind of lives would they have?"

She works across a variety of media, but Lucy's passion is ceramics. "I love its
organic nature and the life-long learning that goes with," she says. From painting and found object art, she took up ceramics two years ago. She was part of the land art exhibition "Outside In", which won a prize in the visual arts category at the 2004 Fringe Festival.

"I prefer to work in three dimensions," she says. "In these works I'm exploring
strength and fragility. They look fragile, but are actually quite strong."

James works with photography to create work which, through its use of inventive technique as well as large scale forms an almost walk in world of the imaginary. By using time lapse and positioning, he creates a strange parallel world of magic and intrigue without the use of Photoshop! The setting of his photographs is dark and shadowy, providing a visual treat for anyone who loved the aesthetic of David Lynch classics like 'Twin Peaks'.

Included is a mural that took over sixty nights to achieve through blood sweat and tears. In this work a character representative of ourselves is challenged in the hope of realizing his potential. He is faced with the tragic prospect of either failing and being confined to this world, blind to his own capacity, or succeeding in recognizing his gift and expanding in his creativity.

The supporting photographs explore the relationship between the imagination and the arts. They also examine the correlation between the imagination and the artist himself, James Pyle.

"James has a refreshing passion and dedication to the themes and ideas he presents, and a true desire to communicate them to his audience - the show certainly spoke to me." -Renee Gerlich, Salient '05.



The Drunk Monologues
Written & Performed By Diane Spodarek
Directed By Karen Ludwig (New York)
BATS Theatre
14-18 March 2006 at 6:30pm
Bookings 04 802 4175

"Tautly written and dryly humorous, depicts a life lived to the full on the edge . . . performed with a winning openness and honesty" - Dominion Post

"Spodarek is a born performer" - Capital Times

Take a ride with Dangerous Diane as she gets a second chance from God to relive her wild & boozy Rock 'n' Roll life... without alcohol! Written & performed by international New York artist, writer, and actor Diane Spodarek.

Spodarek's one woman show chronicles a life spent drunk with music, fast cars, transsexual guitar players and run ins with Patti Smith, Iggy Pop and lots of booze. The Drunk Monologues are drinking stories told from birth to death evoking a raw account of an accelerated life. Spodarek reveals an amazing story of life about addiction without judgment reliving her dreams of growing up in Motown and wanting to be black, to punk rock and single parenthood in New York.

Now in New Zealand don't miss this hilarious and thought provoking show as Spodarek entertains the audience recreating the people in her life with stories abut gender, identity, sex, love, motherhood, music, and . . . even alcohol.

Diane Spodarek was part of the Detroit, (U.S.A), punk scene in the 80's, which was part of a global movement of women in punk like Debbie Harry, Patti Smith, Exene, and Chrissie Hynde.



STAB originated in 1995 from BATS' desire to initiate a commission that allowed theatre artists to experiment in a supportive environment. The STAB commission is an essential part of the BATS annual programme and can be accessed by all performance media; dance, theatre, opera, music, film, magic and interactive media. STAB has grown over the years to have a solid framework and process. The total commissioning amount for 2006 is $60,000.

The aim of STAB is:

To secure and provide a significant level of funding (the commission) to support the creation of cutting edge, revolutionary performance work.

To commission new New Zealand performance work.

To support this work from inception through a production process to presentation.

To present at least two productions in the STAB season annually.

To promote BATS as the most exciting, cutting edge theatre in New Zealand with its finger on the pulse.

To support a national community of innovative artists who strive to push boundaries in their performance work.
STAGE 1: Expressions of Interest
Friday 17 March: One-page form completed and returned to BATS.

STAGE 2: Short List Selection
Monday 20 - Thursday 23 March: BATS holds informal interviews with all those who have submitted expressions of interest.

Wednesday 29 March: Final selection of a small number of groups to further develop their concept.
Monday 1 - Wednesday 3 May : These groups present their concept and a detailed proposal containing budgets, personnel and marketing plans as well as creative content.
STAGE 3: Commissioning

Monday 8 May: Two or more groups are commissioned to produce their STAB project.
STAGE 4: Presentation

16 October - 26 November 2006: STAB shows presented/staged
STAGE 5: Reporting

December 2006: Project reports and budgets to be submitted to Creative New Zealand detailing project strengths and challenges.

1 Kent Tce
Aotearoa-New Zealand
bookings 04 802 4175
office 04 802 4176
fax 04 802 4010



The first $3,000 Young Park Scholarship has gone to 2005 MA student Anna Sanderson for her book of essays, BrainPark. Anna's folio supervisor was poet and essayist Chris Price. Her external examiner was the writer Ian Wedde, who described Anna's book as "a really terrific piece of writing" - "inventive, charming and intellectually playful - an intriguing structure, an engrossing read, a critically astute piece of writing and a mature accomplishment." The scholarship has been inaugurated by Lynda Park in honour of her father-in-law, Ambassador Young Park, who opened the first Korean embassy in New Zealand in 1972.



Poets from New Zealand and the Netherlands get together on Friday 3 March in a day of readings and discussion at City Gallery, Wellington. There's a fee of $20 (includes refreshments) for the day's activities, or $10 for students/unwaged. The event has been organised by poet and neuroscientist, Jan Lauwereyns. Contemporary Dutch poet Marc Kregting will be contributing, as will New Zealand writers Anna Jackson (see item 8), Bill Manhire, and Gregory O'Brien. For more details, check out this story at LeafSalon:



The online dictionary entitled Arcodata Latinoamérica has added a significant new chapter about Mexican artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The address of the website is

This resource is the result of many months of extensive research by Mexican academics and this is the first time that all the works produced by artists from Diego Rivera onwards have been brought together within one reference tool. This dictionary allows researchers, students and the general public to view the biography, individual and joint exhibitions, distinguishing characteristics and pictures of every one of the 682 Mexican artists recognised by this database.



Hey Everyone-
Join the world of doodles!
I'm collecting doodles from around the world and putting them on this blog site.

If you have any doodles from super detailed to super simple - please e-mail me a photo.

Any kind of doodle will do - squiggles, loose figures, faces, absent-minded writing, political doodles, doodles of flowers... what ever you consider a doodle.
I'd like to collect these as an ongoing project.
They can be your doodles, someone else's doodles, found doodles (etc).

Please include the city and country they originated in and any other information you would like.

- if you have a website or a blog that you would like toadvertise with your doodle or a comment to put with your doodle -please include it.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

All the best!



Playmarket is now accepting applications for the Aotearoa Playwrights Conference. It will be held Saturday June 17 until Saturday June 24. As in 2004 it will be residential and held as part of the FUEL Festival of New Zealand Theatre in Hamilton.
Deadline for applications is Friday April 28th.

Places are strictly limited. Our aim is to appeal to as many playwrights writing for the professional stage as possible, whatever stage their work is at, and to include a wide range of development options.

We are seeking applications from New Zealand playwrights who have previously been professionally produced with a project they wish to work on. This may be a few scenes, a play at first or close to final draft, or even a project at the conceptual stage (i.e. an idea) where the writer would like to explore how their writing develops off the page in collaboration with other practitioners.

In this regard we are planning to offer at least the following resources - but your needs may provide a range of others:
* One on one sessions with leading dramaturgs and other practitioners
* Playreadings of your work, and work sessions on your play in facilitated group sessions.
* On-the-workshop-floor exploration and presentation (if desired) sessions allowing you to get excerpts from your work or ideas up on their feet in collaboration with other practitioners.
We will also be providing again keynote speakers (to be announced), playreadings, FUEL Festival performances and, most importantly, lots of social and theatrical opportunities for interaction.

The cost of the conference is $370 (variable if other services are provided as described above) and includes eight nights motel accommodation, eight breakfasts and lunches, a conference dinner and many parties, some official some not.

Therefore we are also interested in expressions of interest from playwrights with professional experience as directors, designers and actors who might be interested in combining attendance with working at the conference.

We encourage you to see the conference as an opportunity to test out your work and experiment. We aim to provide a supportive space where you can fly some balloons if you want to - explore your theatrical world - without the pressure of product success or failure. A conference that allows focus on 'playing' and 'writing'. In this regard we're interested to hear from you, as part of your application or expression of interest, the sort of people you'd like to work with.

To discuss your application, apply, or submit your ideas please email, phone 04 282 8462 or mail PO Box 9767 Te Aro, Wellington. We're looking forward to talking to many of you over the next two months about this opportunity.



The glory of Fountain, Marcel Duchamp's ground-breaking "moneybags piss pot"
by Jerry Saltz
February 24, The Village Voice

God is not an art lover. At least that's what a lot of people have surmised over the centuries, citing as proof the second commandment that states "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image . . . or carve idols . . . for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God." In addition to suggesting that God knows there are other gods, proscriptions like this appear throughout the Bibleóin Deuteronomy, for example, God decrees that stone shall not be "hewn." The Koran contains similar prohibitions. Basically, you may look upon the things of the world, but don't reproduce them.

Over the millennia these injunctions have caused iconoclasts, or "image breakers," to destroy countless works of art because it was believed that they housed demonic spirits. This destruction wasn't only prevalent; it was pathological. First, the eyes of an image or statue would be scratched out; next, a line would be drawn though the neck to behead it; finally, the head or face would be removed and burned. Of course, the extent to which images can stir people to violence is on view across the globe these days. Theorist Thomas McEvilley and others have brilliantly surmised that underlying this religious fervor may be the latent Platonic idea that essentially states that 'A' can only equal 'A' and that nothing can represent anything else.

So, God may or may not be displeased with Pierre Pinoncelli, the 77-year-old French performance artist who on January 4 took a hammer to Duchamp's famous urinal, Fountain, in the Dada show at the Pompidou Center.
As with most bad artists, Mr. Pinoncelli was repeating himself. In 1993 he urinated into Fountain and then damaged it. Fountain, recently voted "The Most Influential Artwork of the 20th Century" by over 500 British art professionals, turned art on its head, set many of the innovations of the last 100 years in motion, and has rankled viewers ever since.

In the winter of 1917, Duchampóthen 29, in America less than two years, teaching French, but still a sensation for the scandal his Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 caused at the Armory Show of 1913 (the year he created his first "readymade")óalong with collector Walter Arensberg and artist Joseph Stella, bought a Bedfordshire model urinal from the J.L. Mott Iron Works at
118 Fifth Avenue. Duchamp took the fixture to his studio at 33 West 67th Street, laid it on its back, and signed it "R. Mutt 1917." The name is a play on its commercial origins and also on the famous comic strip of the time, Mutt and Jeff (making the urinal perhaps the first work of art based on a comic). In German, armut means poverty, although Duchamp said the R stood for Richard, French slang for "moneybags," which makes Fountain, or "moneybags piss pot," a kind of scatological golden calf.

The work was delivered to the Society of Independent Artists, which claimed it would exhibit every work submitted. But not Fountain. Duchamp's work was immediately rejected; the public never saw it. The artist took it to Alfred Stieglitz's gallery at 291 Fifth Avenue, which was about to unveil the work of unknown painter Georgia O'Keefe. There, Stieglitz photographed the urinal against the fabulously homoerotic backdrop of Marsden Hartley's The Warriors. In the photo you can read "R. Mutt" written in a beautiful hand on the entry tag still attached to Fountain. The original sculpture was lost.
Duchamp eventually authorized eight editions of it, none of which were exhibited in New York until 1950. The version Mr. Pinoncelli smacked is number five, and is valued at 3.4 million, according to a Pompidou official.
It is listed in the catalog as "courtesy Larry Gagosian."

Duchamp is invariably referred to as an "anti-artist" and an "iconoclast."
This is entirely false. Duchamp was a great art adviser to collectors. He wasn't against art at all; he was against the hypocritical aura surrounding it.

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Show us the money! City debates new ways to slice the pie in an era of tough times for arts funding.

Jesse Hamlin and Steven Winn
February 28, San Francisco Chronicle

The new millennium has been tough on the arts. With public money shrinking and private donors cutting back, arts groups are competing more fiercely than ever for tight dollars. Even in San Francisco, a widely admired national model for arts funding, it's a struggle. Everyone from the strapped Mission District sculptor to the big-budget San Francisco Opera is feeling the crunch.

Which is why the latest round of squabbling about city arts money has been so contentious. A task force that spent a year hammering out proposals that could dramatically change how San Francisco funds the arts has again polarized the local arts world. The city-appointed body -- whose 21 voting members were picked to represent each supervisorial district and arts groups of varying budgets -- is expected to approve its draft report today. It then gets passed along to the Board of Supervisors, which will review the recommendations and, depending on the political will of the moment, either act on them or not.

The report calls for creating a centralized department of culture and compelling politicians to stop diverting hotel tax funds away from the arts.
For the past several years, they've been doing that to the tune of about $5 million a year to cover budget shortfalls. The city now levies a 14 percent tax on all hotel rooms; in the past, about 40 percent of that went into the city's general fund and about 60 percent to everything from the arts to Moscone Convention Center and low-income housing. In recent years, that ratio has flipped: The city's general fund gets the larger share.

The report also emphasizes the need for more neighborhood arts programs, in part to address such broader social problems as gang violence and affordable housing for artists. With supervisors now chosen by district election, bringing money into the neighborhoods is more appealing than ever to local politicians.

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Australian composer takes over as director of Edinburgh festival

Charlotte Higgins, arts correspondent
Tuesday February 28, 2006
The Guardian

In a surprise move, an Australian composer has been appointed to what many see as the plum job in British arts - artistic director of the Edinburgh festival.

Jonathan Mills will take on an event that has debts of £1m, compared with its total budget of £7.5m. He was sanguine about the debt, and said that as artistic director of the Melbourne festival in 2000-01, he had exited with surpluses rather than deficits.

"I don't come from a culture like my European counterparts," he said. "We in New Zealand and Australia are more abstemious with our money." Mills's first festival will be 2007, leaving little time for the quasi-military operation that is involved in creating the three-week annual event. "I shall be making a telephonic assault on western Europe," he said.

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How the festival floundered
By Norman Lebrecht
March 1, 2006

Just under a year ago, I was called upon for coffee at the office by an affable Australian who had been sent my way by one of his country's top arts organisers. The man was a composer by trade, a pupil of the multiculturalist Peter Sculthorpe, with a list of opuses that got performed from time to time in modest venues.
To put bread on the table, he was artistic advisor to various bodies. His most notable post was two years as director of the Melbourne Festival, an event that styled itself international but made no waves beyond Tasmania. He was presently advisor to the city's rising Recital Centre and Elizabeth Murdoch Hall, combining that consultancy with a little light professoring at the university on his specialist subjects, architectural and musical acoustics.
With the all-purpose charm of a chardonnay Aussie academic, he was in London sniffing for opportunity, his eye fixed on the Wigmore Hall where a compatriot, Paul Kildea, seldom clocked in for work and was about to be unseated. The good professor had the right credentials for the Wigmore: small hall, chamber music, no genius required. He missed out on that job, which went to an insider.
Jonathan Mills was my caller's name. This week he was introduced as the next director of the Edinburgh International Festival, an appointment so fantastical in its disproportionality, the sheer disparity of peg and hole, that, when apprised of it by phone, I had to lie down for several minutes and practise the Alexander Technique (another Aussie imposition) to restore the harmonies of the universe.
Just how Edinburgh, the city of Hume and Mill, the home along one main street of three latterday Walter Scotts - Rowling, Rankin, McCall Smith - the Venice of the North, the greatest arts festival between Aix-en-Provence and Santa Fe, just how Edinburgh got itself into such a selection muddle that it had to hire a minnow from the other side of the world is almost beyond comprehension. Until, that is, one takes into account the deadly internecine feudalisms of the northern fortress and the fatal flaw that runs through the way we appoint arts chiefs in this enlightened age of supposedly equal opportunities.
Edinburgh should have been a plum job, with applications winging in from men and women already at the summits and simmering with unfulfilled vision. Most were instantly deterred by the discovery of a million-pound deficit and a blank planning schedule beyond Brian McMaster's departure this summer after a 15-year term. The next boss will have to start from scratch in October with no cash in the till and few bookings on the bill.
Nevertheless, a clutch of credible contenders went up to face the clans. Graham Sheffield of London's Barbican Centre ran up against McMaster's implacable hostility and did not get a second call; Neil Wallace, a Scot who built a new concert hall and theatre in Holland, was rejected for being abrasively Glaswegian; Pierre Audi of Netherlands Opera had second thoughts; an effervescent fellow in his mid-50s was told he was 'too old'; and Lyon Opera's Serge Dorny, who had successfully courted one of the festival's leading donors, flopped at interview. No women made it to the bar. As so often happens in the arts, the man who got the job was the one who told the panel all the things they wanted to hear.
Jonathan Mills had done his homework over coffees like mine - and, yes, I suddenly recall him quizzing me about Edinburgh.

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Alright already! I'll tell you what's going on.

I've had a whole couple of days off since the end of the last tour, and am hanging out for the next one. Who's on it?

Well, it's just totally unfair! Those cheeky little buggers Connan & The Mockasins have gone and snagged themselves another low hum tour! Sheesh, it's just plain greedy. Anybody would think that I reckoned these chaps were the most exciting thing since Joe Jackson said "I reckon yall should be a dancing troupe". Do they sound like the Jackson 5? Nope, but they sure groove like Madonna. After seeing the Mockasins, you'll burn your Beatles records, 'cause the Mockasins are God. Forget about The White Stripes, this is blues with soul, without the makeup. After this tour the Mockasins are heading to the UK to show those TOTP posers how you really shake some ass and this tour also celebrates the release of the new Connan & the Mockasins MINI-ALBUM!

Hold onto your kneecaps, 'cause Whipping Cats from Auckland are about to make you flip out. Vincent Liability, drummer from TeenWolf steps out from behind the kit and straps on his deadly blues gat making all the cats weep. If you like to dance, I seriously cannot recommend a band more suitable to shake off the cobwebs. Crack that whip, slap that thigh. Maybe like me you demand more harmonica solos from your favourite bands? Well, rest easy, Whipping Cats gonna smoke you with some blues harp-a-delica.

Bird Flu getting you down? Need some trumpet? Same. Well, if the Bird Flu was as infectious as Wellington's Grand Prix, we'd all be dead. Sound harsh? Man, if you don't see this band you don't wanna know what I'm going to do to you. Grand Prix add some class to the evening, some maturity. Not crazy little rat-bags like the rest of the line-up, Grand Prix are seasoned vets. They've already released two full length albums, the latest "Way of the Racer" came out late last year on Arch Hill records. It's a bruising country, fuel injected, blues fest, so bring your crash helmet.

Conan & The Mockasins + Whipping Cats + Grand Prix
Auckland - March 10th - Dogs Bollix
Hamilton - March 11th - Ward lane
Nelson - March 15th - Phat Club
Motueka - March 16th - Hot Mamas
Christchurch - March 17th - Creation. (All Ages from 6-9PM, R18 from 10PM)
Dunedin - March 18th - Refuel . (All Ages from 6-9PM, R18 from 10PM)
Timaru - March 19th - Radiant Records (instore - 3pm)
Wellington - March 24th (All Ages from 6-9PM, R18 from 10PM)
Palmerston North - March 25th - Stomach

Oh yeah.

This months A LOW HUM compilation is a cracker (as always). As well as tracks from each of the touring artists, get in ya, some: Golden Axe, The Dark Beaks, The Bats, Shocking Pinks, Weird War, Luke Buda, Rand and Holland, Gadget Goose and Hawaii five-o, nicely presented with the new-look A LOW HUM magazine.

For the bonus full length album, I've got a treat. They've since left to the UK, but while they were in NZ they recorded three outstanding records. I've put together an essential collection of my favourite DEAD PAN RANGERS tracks from their back catalogue. It is an amazing little collection, damn I miss that band.

What a deal!



This year the New Zealand Book Council has a great line-up of international writers for Wellington booklovers.

February, Pulitzer Prize winner, Frank McCourt will be returning to Wellington to discuss his third book, Teacher Man, with Wellington writer Chris Else. In Teacher Man, McCourt reflects on his thirty years of secondary school teaching, an experience that prompted him to complete his award-winning first novel, Angela's Ashes.
March - Sarah Waters will be promoting the release of her new novel, The Night Watch, about the trials of war-torn England during the 1940s. Two of Waters' previous novels, Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith, have been adapted into television programmes and screened in New Zealand.
March - Lisa Harrow will be giving a presentation titled, Lessons From Copernicus in conjunction with her environmental awareness book, What Can I Do?: Using the Internet to Help New Zealand's Environment.
March John Berendt will be making his debut appearance in New Zealand with his, City of Falling Angels.
Wellingtonians also have the pleasure of welcoming back 2003 Man Booker Prize winner, DBC Pierre, and his new book, Ludmila's Broken English. Pierre's latest novel encompasses a dark tale of desire, bullets, globalisation and the full English breakfast. Victoria University is helping secondary school students take part in the upcoming New Zealand International Arts Festival, by sponsoring SchoolFest.



It's all too easy to forget how hectic children's lives can be, what with school, homework, extra lessons and sporting activities to fit in. And when added stress, from problems at home or bullying at school, occur, a child can suffer greatly, often in silence.

While music, art or sport can sometimes help relieve stress, it's not as well-known that practising yoga can bring enormous benefits to a child. Kristin Giorgi has recently qualified as a YogaBugs Teacher and will be offering classes to children aged 2 ? to 7 years. Classes start at Thistle Hall on Wednesday 1 March at 11 am. Book early to reserve your child's spot

YogaBugs have trained over 270 teachers throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, they specialise in teaching children aged 2 ? to 7 years old. YogaBugs teaches children in after school clubs in primary and prep schools, and in nurseries during the school day. They also teach in yoga & health centres.

Nell Lindsell (Founder of YogaBugs) explains that regular practice of yoga can reap these rewards for our children:
* Breathing exercises improve concentration and energy levels
* Relaxation techniques clear the mind, allowing for better memory retention
* Postures help recharge a weak immune system and strengthen the core, stabilising muscles in the abdomen and back.
* Posture work also helps tone the body and reduce obesity, maintaining a child's natural flexibility which can start to shut down from an early age.
* Yoga classes help develop creativity and self expression and improves self-confidence through vocalisation techniques and postures designed to release day-to-day anxieties.
* The practice of yoga improves co-ordination and balance, promotes healthy sleep patterns and allows children to explore their intuitive and spiritual side.

If you feel your children could do with a helping hand in finding their way through school, home and their personal lives, then please visit to find a teacher near you or contact Kristin Giorgi on 029 7727 553 or



President Bush Starts Fires All Over the World. To Some Who Believe It; He Doesn't Start Them, He Puts Them Out.
"President Bush is Going to Establish Elections in Iraq. He's Going to Rebuild Infrastructures... Going to Create Jobs. He Said If It Works There, He'll Try It Here." - David Letterman.
A black comedy set in America between 2000 and 2004, 'Bush Fires' follows the life and death scenarios from four Americans who want their opinion about Bush and the United States to matter most.
Split into four sections, 'Bush Fires' covers all the bases with stereotype making a comeback in Christian cheerleader Mary-Beth; singer-wannabe Sammy is planning the assassination of George Bush; then true colours, stars and stripes are explored in Ben and Karen's relationship. Who will start a war? This time, fires might not be put out.
The writers/performers Jason Chasland and Kate McGill have both graduated from the Wellington Performing Arts Centre (WPAC) with Diplomas in Performing Arts.
'Bush Fires' is an influential part of the Fringe, showing New Zealanders that American life affects us and how their own way of being affects them. The piece was inspired by the fact our own government and economy can't survive without the U.S. If we ignore them: we're shattered. If we follow their lead: we're shattered. 'Bush Fires' explores the Americans who support the war, the Americans who don't, the Americans who don't give a damn, and some who just want to abide by laws of life...
'Bush Fires' is playing at the Paramount Theatre from the 1st to the 4th of March at 6pm. Tickets are $15/$12. For bookings or information, please call the Paramount on 04)384-4080, visit the website



Kevin Roberts: Ten ideas coming to a screen near you

Predicting the future is for the brave and reckless. I was reminded of this when watching the IRB Sevens on television. Remember the prediction that television was going to kill sport? We'd all stay at home to watch and the game would be played to empty stands. Anyone who watched Fiji's win in Wellington saw that stab at the future mocked by crowds of Vikings, cops, brides and superheroes all having the time of their lives.

Rather than kill live events, screens are giving them new life. I can watch concerts, games and festivals in a bar on plasma and on my phone, and video shorts provided by my son Dan on my Mac. I can catch replays on the big screen at any stadium and, in New York, on massive screens lofted high in Times Square.

The screen has lifted events like the Olympics to join the mega stars of the entertainment world. That's why screens are key players in what I call the Attraction Economy. Forget the Attention Economy, where the job was to cut through and grab the attention of consumers. Today's Attraction Economy is a much tougher proposition, where consumer control is the reality.

The implications for the future are profound. The smart companies will do more than offer consumers control; they will be fixed on insights, ideas and creativity to make emotional connections.

As computer scientist John Seely-Brown has suggested, the best way to predict the future is not to look ahead, but to look around. The future is here, hidden in the present.

Here are 10 ideas that may shape the Attraction Economy. Reckless? Your call.


Artists are key participants in the Attraction Economy. Technology can only take us so far; to make emotional connections we need the passion of art. Young people have already sensed this shift in direction. How many kids do you know who are studying photography, film, design, fashion, acting, dance and music? Already we can see the beginning of what will become a major trend: the partnership of artists and business.

The signs? Here in New Zealand my artist friend Billy Apple is working with apple growers to produce the - you guessed it - the Billy Apple. Japanese artist Takashi Murakami has designed products and store interiors for Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacob. Expect this trend to permeate everywhere. Art in the supermarket? Andy was right.



Percussion and Dance Immersion Courses
Jambalaya Festival
Rotorua ... EASTER


If you are getting the jambalaya emails, you will know that the immersion courses are quickly filling up. However, if you get in soon, there will still be spaces available. Really think hard about doing these courses as it will improve your skills in a very short space of time and is excellent value for money and FUN. The Immersions courses give you 3 days intensive workshops and new experiences - then you can break free in the Jambalaya Festival and try a whole range of workshops. There are opportunities to learn and perform! If you are a relatively inexperienced percussionist, then you should do Ricardo's Course "Brazilian Percussion for Up-and-Coming Sambistas", 11-13th of April, culminating in a class on sunday the 16th of April and a performance that night. The course cost is $310 which is EXTREMELY good value given that this includes accommodation and Jambalaya ticket costs. So this, apart from food and petrol, is the only cost you will have at jambalaya,.

Excerpt from the jambalaya website:
"Working with new musicians is Ricardo's specialty. He will take you through effective exercises that will sharpen your rhythmic ear, give you plenty of opportunity to work with each instrument, and provide you with a solid grounding in basic playing techniques. As a group you'll learn to play various styles of Samba (lento, médio, rápido, marcha, rock, funk), and Ricardo will have you turning out wicked rhythms in no time! And best of all, you'll get to show off what you've learned when you boogie down the road in the Carnival street parade on Sunday night! (Creative support and some materials will be provided to create crazy outfits for the parade during the festival weekend.)"

The more experienced sambista should go to Cabello's immersion course, " Brazilian Percussion for Experienced Sambistas " also 11 - 13 April with the class and performance at the end. The cost for this is $390 and also includes the same accommodation and jambalaya deal. Many Welly batucada people are already booked and ready to go on this. Cabello is an amazing teacher and you will learn heaps, as many old hands will attest.

"In this course, Cabello will focus on introducing new rhythms and variations for breaks and individual instruments. By having the opportunity to concentrate on upskilling for three days with this expert instructor, the aim is that these experienced Sambistas will find their enthusiasm for playing refreshed and inspired, having reached the next level with lots of excercises and new rhythms to keep them learning for some time after the course. "

Through Batucada we can coordinate people to hook up with for transport. There will be forms available at Batucada for these immersion courses over the next few weeks or you can also download them from the website. For more info, speak to Jacky (tamborims) or Fiona or go to the website

Also check out the Latin Ensemble Immersion Course for the more experienced musician...



The Wedding at Aotea Centre

28.02.06, NZ Herald
By Bernadette Rae

The handsome leading man, Brad, bridegroom-to-be, is something of an anti-hero, announces Raymond Hawthorne, dramaturge for the Royal New Zealand Ballet's cracking new work The Wedding.

"Brad," he says dryly, "has problems with his down-belows."

He unravels the plot a little more.

A sexually-incontinent womaniser, Brad is still the toast of Auckland society - though his Paratai Dr-residing, Italian future father-in-law seems to be getting his number, and is not so keen on the wedding.

Then the courier, who delivers flowers from Brad for bride-to-be Angie turns out to be her high school crush, Charles. He turns up again, at Angie's hens night celebrations: as a stripper.

Confusion flutters in Angie's loins, doubt bedevils her heart. While Brad, star player, heads off to the rugby club for a pre-nuptial game ...

It doesn't come more Kiwi-contemporary than that, and it has to be the most daringly different theme the Royal New Zealand Ballet has ever adopted for a classical work. In spite of the modern sociological setting, The Wedding is still a work of pure ballet, with one of the world's leading contemporary choreographers heading the creative team.

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Looking for an exciting new challenge. The Otara Music Arts Centre is seeking an enthusiastic, motivated person to take on the role of OMAC Soundhouse coordinator. The persom we seek will have a teaching qualification and equivalent class room experience. The person will be responsible for coordinaating a classroom environment based music programme encompassing Audio Visual Technology.

Experience in working within the curriculum framework is desirable. Knowledge with digital technology along with musical knowledge and a work ethic that thrives on innovationand job satisfaction will be a consideration.

The ability to communicate and establish strong community relationships will provide an exciting challenge to this role.

If you enjoy working in a team environment with a cutting edge which provides a new challenge through audio, visual technology then OMAC Soundhouse will offer all that and more.



Colombo-New Zealand Artist to exhibit in Bogotá

After an absence of over three years, Colombo-New Zealand Artist Natalia Karenka Parra Sierra, is to exhibit her work in Bogotá. The title of the exhibition, "Te Hokinga Mai" is in Te Reo Maori, the language of the native people of New Zealand, and can be translated as "The Return Home". The exhibition will take place between 9th and 24th of March 2006, at the ImanArte Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia. The street address: Calle 24, # 7-14, 8th floor, Bogotá, Telephone: 01 2868242.

Amongst the works to be exhibited include mixed media pieces and prints made using experimental materials and techniques, using vibrant colours, drawn from the Colombian tropics. Her main influences include German expressionists and US artist, Robert Rauschenberg.

Many of her works examine everyday life of inhabitants of large cities, with compositions that evoke images of the cities of Bogotá, Colombia and Wellington, New Zealand.

This young artist has held a number of successful exhibitions in New Zealand and Australia, and has returned to Colombia to promote her Colombian roots, her varying influences and life experiences.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Natalia Parra:, telephone: 01 2443838 (Bogotá, Colombia), mobile: 300 4491828 (Colombia) or Cameron Sang:, mobile: 300 4902238 (Colombia)



The Wellington City Council Arts Programmes & Services Office now has a place of its own at the new Wellington Arts Centre. The small level one space, formerly Studio 8, has been converted into the Arts Office, and is now open for any and all creative traffic.

If you are looking for grants information, want to develop a partnership, are looking for resources or a venue or marketing ideas...if you want to get involved in public art, murals, collaborative project...if you want to take a tour of the arts centre and network with others involved in Wellington's creative sector....if you need a PA, video projector, graphic design or printing, music rehearsal space, a darkroom, editing suite, sound recording...if you want to talk about your project and develop it further...stop by the newly established Arts Office, level one, Wellington Arts Centre, 61 Abel Smith Street. Ask for me, Eric Holowacz, and set a time to tackle any of the above.

Or try me at
or 04 385 1904

And thanks for making Wellington the creative heart of New Zealand!



Arts Advocate - Refugee & New Migrant focus
The Arts Access Aotearoa Charitable Trust provides access to the arts, by supporting the availability of projects of merit to communities or sections of the population that would otherwise not have access to them. The Trust is currently seeking an energetic, innovative, creative person to work with a motivated team on projects throughout New Zealand.
The individual employed in this position will be expected to:
- promote access to the arts in the refugee & new migrant sectors
- understand the arts and social service sectors
- understand business planning and budgeting
- have experience in research & development in the arts
- have superior oral and written communication skills
This position requires extensive travel throughout New Zealand.
Please apply in writing, sending your full curriculum vitae with names of two referees to:

Arts Access Aotearoa
PO Box 9828
A position description is available on request

For more information please contact Bronwyn Bent (04) 9164886
Applications close on 6 March 2006


Feldenkrais Practitioner

Learn how to help yourself with the Feldenkrais Method in 2006.

The Feldenkrais Method is a powerful tool that has helped thousands of people around the world since its development in the 1960s and later. It's used by athletes and performers, couch potatoes and the disabledSS.whoever wants to better understand how they function now, and who are curious about themselves and their potential in the future.


* At the Arts Centre, Abel Smith St, Monday lunchtimes, 12.05-12.55. From 20th Feb. $10

FELDENKRAIS can: you learn how to relieve back pain, release shoulder and neck tension, free up hip joints, rediscover your pelvis and improve both your posture and actions.

.. can help you break habitual cycles of pain and teach new movement patterns that restore stability and mobility.

.. can help you achieve new goals in recreation or work, from enjoying gardening again, to improving musical performance or just plain getting a good night's sleep.

For further info google Feldenkrais and take a peek at what happens with this modality around the world.

Rupert Watson MNZFG
The Feldenkrais® Studio
@Ghuznee Health Associates

"Where mind and movement meet"

Ph: 04 801 6610
6/75 Ghuznee St



Inverlochy Art School

For full job description ring the office administrator Pamela Bradell on 04 9392177 or email . Applications can be sent to: Director Position, Inverlochy Art School, PO Box 27-344, Wellington.



'Open Door' - the new 2006 series - offers you the opportunity to speak to the people of New Zealand.
Do you, or a group that you're involved with, have something to say to the people of New Zealand? If you're actively involved with an issue, be it social, sexual, political, family or whatever, a door is about to open again on TV3 Network Television. We are looking for people to work with for our new series of "Open Door" television documentaries.
Open Door is unique in that it allows groups and individuals to speak for themselves. The format is straightforward; only people directly involved in the issues appear on the screen, rather then "experts", commentators or outside observers. The programmes are made using the expertise and equipment of the production team but with participants taking editorial control. Open Door offers the opportunity to let people "have their own say in their own way". The key to the success of the process is having a clear idea of what you want to say. We are looking for people with firmly held opinions and an energetic commitment to a matter that they're actively involved in.
The programmes, which are fully funded by New Zealand On Air, will be broadcast by TV3 who also approve for production the best ten proposals received. Many of the previous participants also found that the videotape copies of their programme proved to be a valuable and lasting resource.
For further information, visit our website at .
You can apply to make a programme directly from the site, or send a brief outline of your interest or issue to:
Open Door
P.O. Box 108, Kaukapakapa 1250



Shanghai Duolun MoMA offers two-month artist residencies for working visual artists. Applications for the 2006 autumn residency from 1 September to 1 November must be received by 15 May 2006.

Artists are provided with a private room in a shared apartment, a studio at the museum equipped with computer and internet access, and a stipend of 3000 RMB/month.



A new organisation for the promotion of participatory music-making in the Wellington area.

West African Palm Drumming
Weekly classes in djembe techniques and authentic West African rhythms.
An ideal way to de-stress or enliven yourself after work in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Participants can borrow a drum at the class if they do not have their own, Drum are also available for purchase.

Drummers will have opportunities for performance accompanying the Wellington Community Choir.

Venue: Newtown Community Centre (corner of Rintoul St)
Day: Thursday
Beginners: 5:30-6:30
Intermediate: 6:30-7:30
Cost: $5 per class
Tutor: Julian Raphael.
For more information: or 021 076 7570

Singing the Music of Africa
A one day open workshop for people of all ages and experience.
Be guided, though the power of group singing to unlock your voice and discover the delights of African melodies and rhythms.

Saturday 4th March, Newtown Community Centre. Led by Julian Raphael
10 am till 4 pm. Fee: $10 ($8 unwaged) for the day.
This workshop is part of the Newtown Festival and participants will be able to join with the Wellington Community Choir during their performance the next day on the community stage. For more information or to reserve a place: or 021 076 7570

Wellington Community Choir
An all-comers choir specialising in music from around the world.
This choir, established in June last year, has already gained a reputation as an innovative and versatile troupe. Regarded by many as Wellington's friendliest choir, previous experience is not a requirement as the music is taught by ear. Included in the repertoire are songs from South and East Africa, USA, Israel, Georgia and the Balkans and there will be many opportunities for performance in 2006.

Day and Time: Wednesday from 7:15 to 9:15
Venue: Wesley Methodist Church (Taranaki St)
Cost: $5 ($4 un-waged) per week.
Leader: Julian Raphael.
For more information: or 021 076 7570



A distinctive burning boulder is chewing through the council's art budget. Emma Page investigates. A sculpture commissioned by the Auckland City Council as part of the Britomart redevelopment is costing $28,000 a year to look after - nearly a third of the money available each year for artworks maintenance and repair. Made from local basalt rock, the Fire Boulder sculpture in Queen Elizabeth Square incorporates running water and has a burning flame at its centre.
But when a Sunday Star-Times photographer visited, the flame had blown out, leaving the smell of leaking gas. Shopkeepers said the flame was often out.
The council says the sculpture, created by Ngati Whatua artists, is an "artwork of major significance to the city". It is said to reference Auckland's volcanic origins and symbolise settlement on Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) by local iwi.
Money for the upkeep of the Fire Boulder - $12,000 for gas, power and water, and $16,000 for maintenance and repair - was budgeted by the council.
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strident - innovative dance theatre



METANZ (Music Education Trust Aotearoa NZ) is holding a national forum on Saturday 18 March in Wellington with the aim of "renewing the agenda for music education in NZ".

With support from the McKenzie Trust, NZ School of Music, Otago University, Musitech and the NZ Music Industry Commission this FREE event will bring together all those who have a stake in music and music education in New Zealand. Includes keynote address from Jonty Stockdale from Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, discussion groups with expert leaders, and music.

If you would like to participate or find out more, go to this link:

Saturday 18 March
Rutherford House
23 Lambton Quay



Writers have until 16 June to submit their entry to the 2006 Landfall Essay Competition, which is aimed at sustaining the tradition of vivid, contentious and creative essay writing that has appeared in Landfall's pages.

The prize is $2500 and a year's subscription to Landfall. The winning essay will appear in Landfall 212, published in November 2006.

Writers are free to choose a topic of their interest. It's anticipated that entries will provide commentary on a wide range of issues. Essays are to be original, fully developed works no more than 6000 words long.

Former winners have been Gregory O'Brien (1997), C.K. Stead and Peter Wells (1999), Patrick Evans and Kapka Kassabova (2002), and Tze Ming Mok and Martin Edmund (2004).

Otago University Press, Landfall's publisher and the competition's sponsor, will accept entries from 1 May to 16 June 2006. Click on the link below for more information and conditions of entry.





The Performers Secret
by Bert van Dijk

This weekend workshop will introduce participants to practical ways of investing physical and vocal actions with feeling, intention and imagination.

It is suitable for singers, dancers, actors, directors and acting, dance & voice teachers.

The physical and vocal actions of the performer make up the form or the vessel of a performance. It is the performer's secret how to fill this form with content or quality.

Participants will learn how to exercise their will to create precision and clarity of action. This is a prerequisite for the vessel to be able to contain the various qualities.

For the creation of content, participants will gain practical access to the development of Presence and they will learn how to draw from their physical and imaginative resources to create feeling (Atmosphere), intention (Archetypal Gesture) and quality (Beauty).

During this process the Four Brothers of Ease, Form, Beauty and Wholeness will be introduced.

Participants are asked to learn for use as a working text a piece of poetic language (app. 200 words) absolutely by heart.
Bert van Dijk is a theatre director and pedagogue of international repute, who has directed numerous productions in a great variety of genres: classics, devised theatre, mime, physical theatre, bi-cultural, inter-cultural, musical, community and outdoor theatre.

He has developed his own unique approach to acting and voice, drawing from Michael Chekhov, Roy Hart Theatre, Enrique Pardo, Eugenio Barba, Grotowski, Decroux and Japanese Noh and Butoh.

Dates: April 22 & 23, 2006
Times: 10.00 - 4.00
Venue: Tararua Tramping Club
Mt Vic., Wellington
Cost: $100.00 / $140.00 ($50 deposit)
Booking: 04 - 233 2090



BartleyNees Gallery,
28 February 24 March
Opening Tuesday 28 February at 5.30pm

Freshfaced brings together a number of young artists from around the country to offer our audience an engaging and diverse range of new work. The artists we have selected are all exhibiting with BartleyNees Gallery for the first time. Working in paint, photography, multi-media and video, the artists in this show present an exciting portfolio of current contemporary artistic practice in New Zealand.

More details:
801 9795



New Zealand artists have until Friday 19 May 2006 to submit proposals for Sculpture on the Gulf 2007, an outdoor sculpture exhibition held every two years on the coastal walkway at Matiatia Harbour, the gateway to Waiheke Island.

One of the main criteria for the selection of works is their appropriateness to their site, how they fit into the landscape, and what visual and physical connection and interaction they have with the environment.

All proposals must be accompanied by a signed application form and artists will be notified by Friday 16 June 2006. Click on the link below for more information and application forms.


Decisions of the Strategy and Policy Committee.

The Committee...
Has approved the concept design for a $1,050,000 re-development of Cog Park, near Evans Bay Parade. This will increase public space on the site and open up access to the seafront and create an all-weather playing surface. The clubs - Kupe Canoe Club, MS Amokura Sea Cadets, Port Nicholson Sea Scouts and Britannia Sea Scouts - are paying for new buildings while the dog exercise area will be moved across the road.

Has approved a recommendation the Council continue to provide the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa with funding of $2 million a year. The Committee agreed that Council officers work with Te Papa to focus the Council's funding role on attracting international visitors. This decision requires the approval of Council.

Has approved maintaining the same level of funding for the Events Development Fund, which focuses on attracting high profile events to Wellington City. This decision also requires approval at a full Council meeting.

Has approved a series of recommendations relating to possible changes in the management and delivery of arts services. Suggestions include setting up an arts-focused business unit within the Council; retaining the new Wellington Arts Centre within the Council as part of that new unit (rather than establishing the arts centre as a stand-alone trust); and also transferring Capital E from the Wellington Museums Trust into the new unit. This decision requires the approval of Council, and would then be consulted on with the public.

Has supported a continuation of all other funding for the Wellington Museums Trust.

For more information please go to

To read the report on museums, arts centre, and a new arts-focused business unit go to


Downstage Theatre invites you to a beautiful celebration of life, laughter, music and love.

Mum's Choir is a musical comedy that will have you laughing, weeping, identifying and singing along with the boisterous O'Reilly clan as they celebrate the life of their beloved matriarch who has passed away. She leaves her five grown children with the daunting task of her dying wish - that they all to pull together to sing Faure's Requiem at her funeral.

Amidst sibling rivalry, Yorkshire pudding catastrophes, reminiscing with classic hit songs, clearing out the liquor cabinet and dealing with Aunty Nola, will the family manage to pull themselves together in only three days to see their mother's last wish fulfilled?

"This is everyone's story" says director Catherine Downes. "During its seven week season at the Court Theatre (Christchurch) there was a real sense by the end of every show that this 'Mum's Choir experience' was no longer a mere play - it was an intimate event we now all shared."

Downes has assembled a stellar cast for her debut as Downstage Theatre's Director. Dame Kate Harcourt (Wednesday to Come), Heather Bolton (Boston Marriage), Jeff Kingsford-Brown (The Real Thing), Jamie McCaskill (King and Country), Carmel McGlone (Top Girls), David McKenzie (Albert Speer) and Lyndee-Jane Rutherford (In Flame).

Mum's Choir is Alison Quigan's 10th play and it's fast on its way to becoming a new New Zealand classic. Written by Quigan after the death of her own Mother the play was inspired after a group of her mother's friends offered to sing at the funeral. "We were humbled by the many lives she had touched and now to witness their loss. We miss her of course, but actually her influence is still very strong with us and we hold her near. I am honoured to share it with you."

"Funny and moving, true to life yet immensely theatrical ... a musical trip that takes you to the heart of your own personal experience of love and loss."
- The Press, Christchurch 2005

Running Time
2 hours 10 minutes [incl. interval]
Other Performance Times
$20 Public Preview Friday 24 March
Post Show Talkback Monday 27 March
Saturday 29 April 2.00pm
No Show: Good Friday 14 April, Easter Monday 17 April,
or Anzac Day Tuesday 25 April


For a Fringe Festival event?

Many thanks to Karen, Nicola, Cath, Hiona, Alison, Annesley, Miranda and the board, and the thousands of creative people who came together these past few weeks to turn Wellington into the creative hub of the South Pacific. For those about to Fringe, or those just finishing their Fringe affairs, we salute you!



Thanks to a Wellington-based arts patron, the Arts Programmes & Services office has been given an opportunity to turn a vacant former nightclub in Auckland's High Street into a temporary exhibition space. We are currently looking for local artists interested in submitting their portfolio or samples of recent work, for consideration. The project will focus on new, emerging, and promising visual artists working in all media - and will offer an opportunity to show their work to Aucklanders. We hope to assemble the first group show in March, and present it in April - with the possibility of additional exhibitions to follow. Proposals from curators and collectives are also encouraged. If interested, just contact me,

Eric Holowacz, Arts Programmes & Services Manager
Wellington City Council



The Arts Programmes & Services office is currently drafting application material for a mural/public art project to be situated on the Te Aro Park Public Toilets. The well-known loos are scheduled for a major overhaul in March, necessitating the removal of the existing mural paintings. Local artists are invited to submit their designs and ideas for the exterior adaptation of the renovated loo buildings between now and the end of February. To express interest in this commission, just contact

Eric Holowacz
Wellington Arts Centre
61 Abel Smith Street
04 385 1904

Look for more upcoming art projects, commissions, calls for proposals, and projects in future editions of the No.8 Wire.


Artists who haven't submitted a proposal for a project/residency at Island Bay School, will have another chance later in the year - so get thinking. Review of the first submissions is underway, and the project team has selected the initial three artists/projects. For a basic summary of this Artist-in-Residence pilot project, and details on how to submit a proposal, just contact

Eric Holowacz
Arts Programmes & Services Manager
Wellington Arts Centre
61 Abel Smith Street
04 385 1904


Dear Friends,

It hasn't been long since our last Barbarian newsletter, but things move fast around here. We hope you're all well!
Next up is the much-awaited return season of 'Jo Randerson's Skazzle Dazzle' at BATS Theatre, taking place 7th- 11th March, at 9.30pm.

The first season of Jo's solo show sold out, so contact BATS quickly if you'd like to book tickets. Auckland-based director Ben Crowder has been working with us on the show, which we are also taking to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April.

And for those of you that might not know "Skazzle-Dazzle" is an old Danish performance tradition (Skasle-dasle) and Jo is one of its key exponents outside of Denmark. This non-stop, variety-style theatre-comedy extravaganza features stand-up, song, dance, puppetry and wig-work. See you there!

If you missed out on our walking tours, don't worry we're doing a return season. 'Ye Olde Horrore Tour' and 'Barry's Bush Trail' both sold out during our Fringe festival season so we will do a return season mid-March, which we will keep you informed about. Email us now if you'd like to book tickets though, as tours are limited to 15 people.

'My Brother And I Are Porn Stars' is about to hit Dunedin's Fortune Theatre as part of Orientation Week, performing March 1 - 4 on the mainstage. The show was recently a huge hit at the ChCh World Buskers Festival. 'My Brother And I Are Porn Stars' and 'Jo Randerson's Skazzle Dazzle' will be sharing a venue at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (13 April - 7 May). Please come along and party with us...!

Back in Wellington this week, we are also moonlighting at Heavenly Burlesque, a cabaret extravaganza at the Paramount as part of the Fringe . This is a wild unpredictable show, and we encourage you to go!

We hope you're having a great festival time and having a lot of fun.
Take care,
Jo and Mel.

Barbarian Productions is a Wellington-based, independent theatre company, which produces darkly comic theatre shows directed and co-written by Jo Randerson and produced by Melanie Hamilton.



Acoustic Routes, in Association with Flying Piglets, present

Colum Sands
Colum is an Irish singer songwriter and guitarist. His songs observe the minute and humorous details of life with "balanced, non tribalistic humanity - breaking down all kinds of barriers and leaving behind an optimism and appreciation of the power of the human spirit over adversity". This promises to be another superb evening of music.

23 March
At The Back Room, Wellington Arts Centre, 67 Abel Smith Street, 8pm
Admission $17, Acoustic Routes members $15: door sales only

Gerard Hudson
President - Acoustic Routes



You are invited to
"Artful Voids"
Collin Hope

Opening: Friday 3 March 2006 at 5.30pm

The Exhibition: Sat 4 March until Fri 10 March 2006
10.30am to 4.00pm each day
Gallery: 344 Rosetta Road Raumati Beach
Ph 04 2991330 for further information
(cash or cheque will be accepted for sales of work: EFTPOS not available)
A preview of some of the artworks can be viewed on the website



Application forms are now available for the next round of applications for WCC Arts & Cultural Projects, Community Festival, and Maori Arts Grants, and also the Creative Communities Wellington Local Funding Scheme. Applications close at 5pm on 31 March 2006.

Applications forms and instructions are available at Advice seminars will be held on 1 and 9 March from 1-3pm and 6-8pm. To book a place in a seminar please fill in the form on the website or call Barbara Franklin on 801 3595. If you can't make it to the seminar but would like to discuss a possible application please feel free to contact me.

Please pass this around your networks. You have received this because you are on one of my mailing lists for WCC grant rounds or you work for Council. Please let me know if you would like to be removed from this distribution list.

Katharine Macann
Grants Assistant
Wellington City Council
DDI: 04 801-3158
Fax: 04 801-3635



The Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence Project is accepting applications for the Fall of 2006 through Summer of 2007 residency periods. There are four three-month residencies annually: September-November, December-February, March-May, June-August 2007 will mark the 50th anniversary of On the Road and Jack Kerouac living in the historic Orlando home on Clouser Avenue.
Jack Kerouac lived in this home at the time On the Road made him a national sensation. And it was in this home that Kerouac wrote his follow-up, The Dharma Bums, during eleven frenetic days and nights. The Kerouac House, as it has come to be known, is now a living, literary tribute to one of the great American writers of the twentieth century. Like all the other places in Kerouac's nomadic journey, he didn't live here long. But the home represents a critical juncture in Kerouac's life, when he made the transition from a 35-year-old nobody writer, to the bard of the Beat Generation.
Be part of history send in your application now. Deadline for applications is April 30 2006.
Application forms, click on the "information" button:



Cilla McQueen, David Howard and the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre (nzepc) present four days of readings, discussion, launches and digital outreach in Bluff and Rakiura.
Featured writers: Rob Allan, Tusiata Avia, Jeanne Bernhardt, Kay McKenzie Cooke, John Dolan, Martin Edmond, Murray Edmond, David Eggleton, Cliff Fell, Brian Flaherty, Paula Green, Michael Harlow, Bernadette Hall, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, David Howard, Michele Leggott, Therese Lloyd, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Cilla McQueen, Emma Neale, Richard Reeve, Jack Ross, Brian Turner.
BLUFF 06 will run from 21-24 April 2006 at Te Rau Aroha Marae, cnr Bradshaw and Henderson Sts, Bluff. 03 212 7205. Free admission to all sessions, and the Community Centre, Halfmoon Bay, Rakiura. $10 adults, $2 children. For more information and the full programme contact David Howard:



The end is nigh and the best party is yet to come.

Fringe 06 Closing Night 'Monsta' Awards Ceremony
Paramount Theatre, Courtenay Place
Sunday March 5, 5pm

Forget the Oscars, it's time for the 'Monsta's!
FREE Closing night Party!

Director Karen Blyth sees the Awards Ceremony as an important send off for Fringe 06. "It's a chance for myself and the Fringe Board to congratulate and celebrate all the Fringe participants. This year has been an outstanding year for quality shows and talented artists. There's been a great buzz around town regarding Fringe shows. If this is an indication of things to come then our Fringe Festival can only get better and better!"

The Fringe 06 'Monsta Awards Ceremony contains thirteen categories and so thirteen chances for Fringe artists to win their very own 'monsta.' The 'monsta' awards are designed by Matt Hunkin and sculpted by Carlos Wedde. Prizes (sponsors products) will also be allocated to the winners on the night.

Entertainment on the night includes Sam Manzanza Band and Hot Dance Music (afro music and dancehall party tunes to shake the booty) and DJ Ladies - Twee Jays.

All are invited to the final Fringe festivities at the Paramount Theatre, Sunday March 5, 5pm. So come along and see if your favourite Fringe 06 show picks up a Monsta!



Auckland-based artist John Radford is about to transform the iconic bucket fountain with his patented clay treatment...and give Wellington a bold new product to consume...

Be on the lookout! Transplasticise yourself soon!



Taste the Arts - at the Museum of Wellington City & Sea
Call for proposals

'Taste the Arts' is a Wellington-wide two-day event organised by Arts Wellington taking place over the weekend 13-14 May 2006, to introduce new audiences to Wellington arts establishments. The Museum of Wellington City & Sea will join many other arts organisations in putting on a special event to celebrate Wellington's arts, culture and heritage.

In our Harbour Board Room (also called the Von Kohorn Room) is a huge and impressive baize-covered table originally used for Harbour Board meetings. The museum would like to use the table as its base for the 'Taste the Arts' project, commissioning 15 artists to create a place setting for the table, so that the whole Board Room looks like there is a huge banquet just about to start.

We would like an artist's response to the idea of a banquet place setting:

* The work can be in any media, using any objects.
* The museum will provide a board to fit a section of the table (the table has both curved sections and straight sections - see attached plan). The board can be used as a base or a part of the artwork, but the underside of the board MUST be kept clean and smooth. This will be sitting directly on the baize, and so there must be no fixings or stuck-on bits of media on the underside of the board. Boards will be given out after the proposal stage.
* The museum will pay each selected artist a $100 fee upon delivery of the artwork to the museum.
* Artists intending to participate should provide the museum with a brief proposal (which can be a description in writing, or a sketch, or a photograph, or even a maquette) by February 28th 2006. Artists will be notified of acceptance by the 28th March
* NB. If the shape of section of table chosen by the artist is not available (for example if everyone chooses a curved section), the museum reserves the right to ask the artist to alter their design to fit an alternative section.
* After the event, the work must be collected from the Museum.

Please also note:

* The museum asks artists to consider safety, ease of installation and removal and the ability of the work to withstand the general public and playful children. Works that are considered unsafe by the museum will be ineligible.
* The Museum of Wellington City and Sea is committed to maintaining and supporting events that include participation and are not discriminatory or offensive in anyway.
* All risk in the exhibition of an artwork remains with the artist at all times, irrespective of whether the work is being handled by a member of the exhibition staff
* The proposals will be considered by a panel drawn from the Museum and The Arts Centre. Decisions of the panel will be final. If there are insufficient proposals or the panel considers they are not of sufficient merit the Museum reserves the right to cancel the project.

Arts Wellington will be promoting the event, plus the Museum will add it to its usual information about what's on. We expect visitation to be around 1500 over the weekend. The museum also plans to have an opening celebration for artists and others on the Friday afternoon or early evening.

Please address proposals to
Table Setting Project
Museum of Wellington City and Sea
Queen's Wharf, Wellington
or PO Box 893
or email:

If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything, please contact the exhibition curator Alice Masters on 021 033 6285. If you would like to look at the table, the Board Room is open during Museum opening hours - every day from 10am until 5pm. The room is on the first floor.



Wellington Access Radio

Studio Recording:

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

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

Please call us PH: 3857210 or email



Creative New Zealand and Fulbright New Zealand are calling for applications to their international residency for New Zealand writers wishing to work on a project exploring Pacific identity, culture or history. Based at the Centre for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai'i, the residency will run for three months from mid August 2006.
Applications to the 2006 Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writers' Residency at the University of Hawai'i close on Monday, 3 April 2006. Open to writers across all genres, including playwrights, fiction and non-fiction writers, poets and screen writers, the residency includes return airfares, accommodation costs and an artist stipend of NZ$6000 per month. Previous recipients are filmmaker Sima Urale and performance poet Tusiata Avia.
Hawai'i is a hub for Pacific writing and has become a well-established centre for publishing the work of Pacific peoples. It is also an important link to mainland United States and has a flourishing indigenous culture.
The recipient of the 2006 Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writers' Residency at the University of Hawaii will have had work published or accepted for publication. In the case of scriptwriters or playwrights, he or she will have had work performed or accepted for performance.
The recipient will be expected to work on an approved project during this time and contribute to other opportunities provided by the residency. There will also be an opportunity for professional development, including invitations to give lectures and interviews, make contact with suitable agents and publishers, and enhance the development of New Zealand Pacific literature.
By the end of the residency, the recipient will be expected to have completed a significant amount of writing. The recipient will also be required to write a report, demonstrating the residency's tangible benefits to New Zealand Pacific literature.


Improve your child's creative and artistic skills?
Boost their self esteem through positive achievements?
Achieve good results whilst having fun?

Then "Kids n' Art" is the place to be.

Highly qualified primary school teacher offers after school art and active drama classes where the aim is to have fun, use fantasy, learn and improve existing skills in a social, positive and happy environment.

Art classes:
Explore art and art history in a fun, relaxed and educational way. The interactive activities could include:
Painting: learn about colours using acrylic and/or water colours in theme based paintings.
Making collages: create and design your own idol poster and learn decoupage.
Architecture: Make your own house inspired by Gaudí using your fantasy and creativity.
Drawing: learn how to draw people and animals in an impressionist and expressionist way. Make your own cartoon and do fun drawing exercises.

Active drama:
Learn to cooperate, build confidence, concentrate and act in an entertaining way! Using active drama activities combined with fun games. The classes include various amusing drama exercises where mind, fantasy, creativity and body will be involved and activated!

Where: Wellington Arts Centre, 61 Abel Smith St,Wellington.
Ground level.

What to bring: Clothes that can get dirty

Contact details: Karen Carey. Cell phone: 0212153760 or home: 045284301

Cost: $25 per casual 2 hour session
$21 per session for 8 x 2 hour sessions
Incl. materials, a little snack and a drink

Timetable: Classes start every day at 3.30pm and finish at 5.30pm
Monday: Art aged, 6-8 years
Tuesday: Art aged, 6-8 years
Wednesday: Art, aged 9-10 years
Thursday: Drama, aged 6-8 years
Friday: Drama, aged 9-10 years

Max. 12 children pr. class, so be quick!
Term 1 2006 Classes start Feb 20th - Book Now

Contact Information:
If you are interested in my program or have any questions please feel free to call me on 0212153760
Term 1 2006 Classes start Feb 20th - Book Now



Stella Robertson
2 day workshop. Saturday 22nd and Saturday 29th of April
10am till 4pm, $150

Learn to use a variety of craft materials to funk up existing items of clothing or soft furnishings with contemporary decorative techniques. An introduction to fabric choices and colour will lead to directed experimentation with simple hands-on processes. Needle and thread experience not essential. Step by step instructions are given by an experienced art and design tutor. Some materials provided, call to discuss.

Sign up now: 021 0234 6834



Cezanne to Picasso: Paintings from the Julian and Josie Robertson Collection, New York

Te Papa
28 February - 29 March
Level 4. Free entry.
The forthcoming visit of New York art collectors Julian and Josie Robertson to their New Zealand home in Hawke's Bay brings Te Papa visitors an opportunity to experience a remarkable selection of works by some of the masters of modern art.
The fourteen works to be displayed are representative of many of the major phases of modern painting between 1875 and 1950, in effect documenting the movement of art from impressionism to abstraction. They also illustrate the role of Paris as a powerhouse of modern art movements, as nearly all the artists were active in Paris at some stage during their working lives.
There are some exceptional individual works, such as those by Braque, Nolde, Redon, and Fantin-Latour. The Fauves make their presence felt in a particularly impressive group. But the great attraction of the selection is that it is a sampling of excellent and typical works by some of the most famous painters in the history of modern art. The works also range across genres - landscape, still life, nude, and marine.
Visitors will be struck by the vibrancy of the palettes and the vitality of the treatments. Together the works offer a conversation of harmonies and resonances, as well as dissonances - indicative of the ferment of ideas that permeated the art world of Paris during the time of their creation.
The Robertsons' art collection is part of the fabric of their lives at their home in New York. Their strong connection with New Zealand has occasioned the generous gesture of bringing a selection during their stay here so that they can share the experience of their art with people



Call for entries to the BELLADONNA Canterbury Short Film Festival 2006
The Belladonna Film Trust is now calling entries to its 2006 annual short film festival. It will be holding its annual Christchurch short film festival in June this year at the Philip Carter Family Auditorium of the Christchurch Art Gallery. The deadline for entries is 21 April.

If you have a work you wish to submit, then please download our entry form from the website and submit your film before 21 April.

All films must be the work of a New Zealand citizen or resident as the Festival focuses on local not international works.

The festival is now in its fifth year. Each year the festival showcases a variety of works ranging from documentaries, media art and experimentals to narrative dramas and dance films. Seminars will also be offered as a part of the programme, exploring topics related to film-making and cinema appreciation.

For more information, phone (03) 365 6151, email or visit the website.


Black Milk
by Douglas Wright Dance

Black Milk is an exploration of the boundaries of love, fear and memory by acclaimed choreographer Douglas Wright. Passionate physicality, teasing mystery and earthy black humour are combined to spectacular effect.

The first major new work from iconic choreographer Douglas Wright since 2002, Black Milk showcases the awe-inspiring talents of some of New Zealand's leading contemporary dancers: Craig Bary, Sarah-Jayne Howard, and Clare O'Neil (all return from successful international careers to perform), Helaina Keeley, Tai Royal, Alex Leonhartsberger, and Jessica Shipman.

The premiere of Black Milk will be accompanied by the release of Douglas Wright's new book - Terra Incognito (Penguin Books NZ). Signings at all venues.

Important: Advance booking offer: 10% off all A-reserve seats until 10th February 2006.

Black Milk 2006 Performances:
Invercargill - Civic Theatre - 25 March
Dunedin - Regent Theatre - 28 March
Christchurch - James Hay Theatre - 31 March
Auckland Sky City Theatre 5-8 April
Wellington - Opera House 12-13 April

Book at (for Invercargill at

For more information about Black Milk:



Musical fun for pre-school
children and babies at the
Wellington Arts Centre, 65 Abel Smith Street,

10:00 am Musical fun for preschool children aged 2-4 years
10:45 am Musical tots & babies aged 18 months - 2 years
11:30 am Musical babies for babies aged 6-18 months

Classes start Thursday 16 February 2006. Fees are $58.50 for nine sessions. Registrations are open for term one 2006. Email or phone Sarah ph 976 2754. Class sizes are limited and registration is essential. Look forward to seeing you



Pilates have begin at Wellington Arts Centre, with sessions on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30pm. Qualified tutor Katie Haines is a former Royal NZ Ballet dancer, and has certified pilates certificates from Oxford/Cambridge and Pilates Institute London. Flatten those abs. Strengthen that spine. Tone and stretch. Improve posture and breathing. Sessions are $10 per lesson, for a term, or $15 for casual attendance. Sessions are also available in Brooklyn, Karori, and Newlands. Contact Katie on 476-3771 to begin Piilates today.



Hi all
The 2006 NZ Affordable Art Show is well underway. Registrations have now opened for artists....

3rd NZ Affordable Art Show
3 - 6 August 2006

Our vision for the show is to see New Zealanders buy New Zealand art. To make this possible we need visual artists from all corners of the country. We need you.
You are invited to display and sell your art at the 3rd annual New Zealand Affordable Art Show. With over 7000 people attending the event in 2005, and more expected this year, it will be a great way to gain exposure and connect with patrons, collectors and first-time buyers.
All mediums are welcome to be exhibited and sold (with a few conditions of course). Registration closes 1 May, so check the website for details. Don't miss out!
Download a registration form from our website
or have one sent to you by calling 04 472 7652.

Carla Russell
Executive Director
NZ Affordable Art Trust
PO Box 11679, Wellington
027 244 8090 (04) 472 7652



Exhibitions upcoming at Wellington Arts Centre gallery space...

And look out for an expanded exhibition space, coming in April 2006!



Wellington Arts Centre has rehearsal space now available for theatrical troupes, musicians, small dance groups, and other creative disciplines. The three sound-proofed music spaces have just been completed and are ready for bookings by bands, instructors, and musical projects. Hourly cost is $6-15, depending on room and time of day. Other rehearsal rooms include several spaces for theatre and stage work, beginning at $12.50/hour. Enquiries and bookings can be made by stopping by 61 Abel Smith Street, calling 385-1929, or emailing



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