Friday, July 07, 2006

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You are cordially invited to a preview of
The Velveteen City: An exhibition by Alastair McAra
on Friday 7 July, 5.30pm at the Wellington Arts Centre Gallery
61 Abel Smith Street.

The Velveteen City is an exhibition of pinhole photographs of Wellington's Te Aro precinct that explores the concept of becoming 'real'.

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you..." - The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

McAra believes the worn-in parts of Wellington feel the most 'real'. Te Aro, for example, is rough: layers of old and new buildings conflict, it is at cross roads with the construction of the by-pass - buildings destroyed, relocated, restored. Yet, despite this, Te Aro is a place people feel a strong connection to.

"It's those worn-in places that have character and personality, that generate a sense of place and community."

McAra's images question Te Aro's redevelopment? How will it change the community? Who will inhabit these spaces? Will Te Aro remain 'real'?

"... Once you are real you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always."*

Using a hand made pinhole camera and exposing shots for seconds, sometimes minutes McAra captures the passing of time.

"History coalesces with film and this feels to me, very different to the instant gratification of the digital world. Additionally the wide angle of view and saturated colour give the images a surreal and dream-like quality."

The Velveteen City will encompass McAra's photographs of the Te Aro area and the alternative popular culture that the district is famous for. A projection of un-displayed shots will also be running on a continuous loop at the back of the gallery.

Open from Saturday 8 July - Saturday 22 July
Floor Talk: Sunday 16 July, 2.00pm



Inner City Real Estate
Fiona Connor
With Sarah Hopkinson, Sarah Gruiters, Kate Newby and Daniel du Bern
Opening Celebration Friday 7 July 6pm, with launch of Enjoy retrospective catalogue 2005
8 - 21 July

Artist Talk Saturday 8 July, 2pm
Film Screening: Living on the Faultline: an Historical Geography of Wellington
Saturday 8 July, 7pm at the Film Archive, cnr Taranaki and Ghuznee Street
Entry by koha

147 to 174 Architectural History Talk by Melanie Hogg Saturday 15 July, 2pm
Closing Party Friday 21 July, 6pm
with performances from The Stumps and Birchville Cat Motel

Just over a year ago, Enjoy gallery moved from 174 to 147 Cuba Street. Although this move was short in distance, producing a street number that is satisfying, albeit confusing in its reversal, the relocation brought about a great change in terms of new architectural challenges and considerations for exhibiting artists to work with.

Inner City Real Estate is an ambitious attempt to re-build the 'old' Enjoy within the 'new' Enjoy. Here, windows, light fittings, skirting boards and even paint finishes have been painstakingly replicated true to their original placement at Enjoy's 174 Cuba Street site.

However, Fiona Connor's interest is not merely architectural. She endeavours to explore and acknowledge the gallery's social momentum as a powerful subject too. Inner City Real Estate will function as a gallery-within-a-gallery, with artists' works and events occurring on-site in conjunction with the project. These range from redevelopments of works which once appeared at 174, to new projects offered the chance to be exhibited in a site they missed out on the first time around. Inner City Real Estate will exist, like a memory or dream, as an
incomplete or altered facsimile of reality, but one that comes uncannily close.

Two additional events happening in conjunction with the project provide a context for Inner City Real Estate. A film compiling historical footage documenting Wellington's development will be screened in association with The Film Archive, Saturday July 8 at 7pm. This will be the first in what is hoped to be an ongoing series of screenings run in collaboration between the Film Archive and Enjoy Gallery.

Gallery Manager Melanie Hogg will be giving a talk discussing the architectural, historical, social and functional differences between 147 and 174 Cuba Street, at 2pm on Saturday July 15.

Fiona Connor is an Auckland-based artist who graduated from Elam, School of Fine Arts in 2003. Fiona's practice in recent years has focussed on the mimetic recreation of sites, objects and arrangements. She has exhibited at Ramp gallery, Hamilton, Rm103, Auckland and took part in The Containers Project, Melbourne in March of this year.

Enjoy Public Art Gallery
Level 1, 147 Cuba Street
P: 04 384 0174



You are warmly invited to attend the opening of Anne Marie Verbeek 'Show and Tell' on Thursday 20th July at 5.30pm.

A show of new works on paper by Anne Marie Verbeek. Come and experience the unique humour, energy and vibrancy which is Anne Marie's work along with 'Creatures of Comfort', a group show of dolls, puppets and various creatures of the imagination.

Featuring works by our exciting new discoveries Michele Irving, Carmel McSherry (both sell out successes in their last shows so get in quick!) puppets by Mark Werhli, felt animals by Dean Cheyne, dolls by Phoebe McKinnon, all frolicking in their own astro turf paddocks and surrounded by environments by Mathew Squire.

ROAR! gallery
55 Abel Smith St
1st Floor
Above Real Groovy
PO Box 9720

P - 04 3857602
F - 04 3828632
E -

Wed 11-5 Thur 11-6 Fri 11-5 Sat 11-5
ROAR! gallery Promoting Outsider Art



High Kick Productions Presents
By Sam Shepard
Directed by Julie Noever

BATS Theatre
27 July - 5 August, 9pm
BOOKINGS: 04 802 4175 or

Tequila, a ten gauge shotgun, burnt-out plains and broken love in the American Mid-west collide in Sam Shepard's ferocious play Fool for Love.
May and Eddie thrash out their dysfunctional love story in a beat-up motel room at the edge of the Mojave Desert, entangled in their tumultuous past and a secret that binds and separates them until love and the terrible truth explodes.
Director Julie Noever, (The Cottage), spent a large portion of her childhood in Atlanta, the heartland of southern USA. This connection to America, her obsession with Americana, cowboys and the belief that NZ needs more country music compelled Julie to direct this relentless and surreal dark comedy.
Sam Shepard is one of America's leading contemporary playwrights. In his plays he demonstrates his interest in popular American culture and the folklore of the American South-west: through the use of imaginative language, composed of slang, scientific jargon, B-movie dialogue, and Rock and Roll idioms; as well as a stage peopled with farmers, devils, witch-doctors, rock stars, space men, cowboys, gangsters and other American stereotypes.
Fool for Love is brought to life by the talented cast of Rob Lloyd, K.C. Kelly, Jade Daniels and Rachel Forman. Rachel studied in America at the prestigious Black Nexxus Actor's Studio while K.C. Kelly is a well known thespian from the US, who teaches at Toi Whakaari, New Zealand Drama School. The play's designer, Leo Gene Peters, is another versatile talent from America, now emerging in the Wellington theatre community.
"The proper response to love is to accept it. There is nothing else to do" - Archbishop A. Bloom


Friday: food, cleatus and the pleasing mummies: "Come and please Cleatus's mum with food. Eat the beat and shake that sweet meat inside the seat of your pants."

Saturday: hamilton comes to town: amy racecar, malenky robot with fighting the shakes and the henderson

Sunday 8pm: new sounds by: Lawrence English (aus) Jeph Jerman (usa) Greg Davis (usa) and Campbell Kneale and Antony Milton

Greg davis - or
Greg Davis is a musician based in Chicago. As an undergraduate at DePaul University in Chicago, Greg Davis studied classical and jazz guitar alongside composition and jazz studies.

In 1997, he started his own label, Autumn Records, in order to put out his music and that of others. Several CDR releases later, Autumn Records relocated to Boston in 1999 and released the Autumnature compilation in May of 2001, which featured the likes of: Marumari, Hrvatski, Lexaunculpt, Cex, Colongib, Asterisk (aka Greg Davis), among others. At this time Greg was attending the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he received his master's degree in composition in June 2001. Mouthmoth Records' Mothballs 7 inch series also featured several tracks by Greg (as Asterisk) and his performing duo, Parallel, with Don Mennerich. Greg was an active performer in the Boston area, playing many shows by himself and with Parallel. Greg returned to Chicago in August 2002.

Greg's "Clouds as Edges" 7 inch single was released in October 2001 on Grounded Records. His debut CD, Arbor, was released in February 2002 on Carpark Records. Also, a Greg Davis & Don Mennerich split 7" was released in May 2002 on Autumn Records. Greg did an extensive seven week tour of the US in March and April 2002 and a four week tour of Europe in May and June 2002, all with friend and musical collaborator, Hrvatski (aka Keith Fullerton Whitman). On that European tour he recorded the material that became the Mort Aux Vaches CD on the Dutch radio program of the same name.

Greg Davis released his second compact disc for Carpark in late 2003. Curling Pond Woods continues the integration of laptop processing and acoustic instrumentation that began on the Arbor album. As Bob Mehr wrote in the Chicago Reader:

A new piano piece by Davis called "Emptying" premiered at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Piano Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. The institute ran from June 21st to 26th; Christian Wolff is the composer in residence and Ursula Oppens is the pianist in residence. An invitation to play at Sydney Australia's Sound Summit Festival alongside Matmos and Mike Paradinos was extended and so Greg Davis will be playing shows in Australia and New Zealand in October, 2004. The German Lux Nigra label will be released a limited edition 12" in Fall 2004.

Jeph Jerman (born 1959 agana, guam)
I became interested in sound at a very early age and experimented
with the first tape recorder i was given as a birthday present. there
followed many years of playing commercial music in a large number of
bands and orchestras, mostly in the western united states. during
this time i also worked for several college radio stations, absorbing
as much sound from around the world as i could.

In 1983, founded the first of what would become many "more
experimental" groups and began seriously working on my own soundwork.
in 1986 began recording under the name hands to, eventually releasing
far too many cassettes, albums and cds. around the same time the band
blowhole was founded and was to last for almost ten years, spanning
three different cities.

I moved to seattle washington in 1995 and fell in with the improvised
music community there, eventually playing and recording with a large
number of northwest luminaries. i believe that this is where i
learned to listen, becoming less and less interested in music as a
medium for self-expression. in 1996, began giving solo performances
of very quiet acoustic sounds, using things found in nature as sound

1999, founded animist orchestra, whose activities continue to the
present day. in addition i build primitive acoustic musical
instruments and design simple sound installations, and have begun
working seriously on ambient films.

lawrence english -
Lawrence English is a writer, musician and media artist based in Brisbane, Australia. Working across a broad range of art forms, English's work is eclectic and characterises a long-term exploration of various themes - including audio/visual environments seen in his recent instalation work Ghost Towns.

For over a decade English's audio explorations have sprawled across a range of areas. Sonically the work calls into question the eestablished relationships between approaches to sound and structure -traversing experimental soundscapes and free improvisation to processed beat works and concrete-influenced compostions, his back catalogue spans a dunamic array of frameworks. London's Time Out referred to his output as `ambient twisted soundscapes and challanging sonic scree' and U.S. sound journal Signal To Noise described English's work as `exrtaordinarily georgeous modern music concrete'.


Tuesday: acoustic pioneers - amid the din, elaine mclaughlin and matt hay with clint meech

Wednesday 8:30: last chance to see: !!!! (Jonny Marks - teachest bass/vocals, Alphabethead - turntables, John White - violin/vocals/perc and Misha Marks - Guitar and Percussion) and the Misha Marks Fourtet (Isaac Smith - Stringbass, Blair Latham - Clarinets/Saxophon, Misha Marks - Clasical Guitar and Rueben Bradley - Drumkit)

SO GO...

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



The Friday Mix @ The Paramount.
Brought to you by FUSE Productions.
Where: The Paramount Lounge bar
When: Friday nights 9pm - 2am. June 23 - July 14.
Cost: FREE!

Celebrate the end of the week in the Paramount lounge bar. Every Friday a mix of DJ's, projections, occasional live music, and a sprinkle of burlesque performance.
Check out the other side of the street on Courtney Place and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with great music.

July 7: DJ's; Roulette
The Burlesque Queens
July 14: Live music from Pacific Bass Culture & support

More information:
If you are a DJ or band interested in playing, email:





From Lord Byron to Sid Vicious, artists have lived fast, sparked outrage and died young.

A new exhibition at Britain's National Gallery traces the image of the artist as rebellious loner from its Romantic roots through works by Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Edgar Degas and others.

Co-curator Alexander Sturgis says "Rebels and Martyrs" explores "the romantic myth of the genius suffering artist" that arose in the early 19th Century and is still going strong 200 years later.

The unmade bed that bears the corpse of boy-poet Thomas Chatterton -- a suicide at 17 -- in Henry Wallis' 19th Century portrait prefigures the messy-bed installation that made Brit art star Tracy Emin famous in the 1990s.

The pale skin, disheveled hair and staring eyes in self-portraits by Gustave Courbet and Alexandre Abel de Pujol are echoed in elegantly wasted rock stars from Keith Richards to Pete Doherty.

In art, everyone loves a bad boy -- or a wild woman.

The show demonstrates that this was not always the case. The exhibition opens with a room full of solid, sober 18th Century self-portraits by artists who desperately wanted to be part of the establishment and set up self-regulating bodies such as Britain's Royal Academy to protect their status.

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Greetings, craft fans!
CraftWerk Wellington's own indie craft experience is set for Thursday,
July 13th. Sponsored by A LOW HUM, this shopping bonanza will take
place from 5.30 pm to 8.30pm at The Paramount Theatre in Courtnay Place.
Drink, dance, shop and be crafty!

Grab a drink from the bar and get in the mood (to shop!) with music
performances by local bands and DJs while browsing locally hand created
wares. Over three dozen crafters will showcase a wide variety of
handmade goods, including knitwear, crochet skulls, silk-screened baby
tees, handbags, chic and original jewellery, cupcakes, cards, zines,
girly magnets, coasters, vamped up clothing, badges and more.

Take a break from shopping and check out performances by Peneloping,
Captain Hammondhead, Snowfeilds and maybe possibly maybe Alex the kid. Or settle down on a sofa and play giant screen Atari while enjoying music spun by local DJs. Or participate in our Mix Tape swap while you try to spot the bunny.

And proof that Crafters are in it for the love not the money: courtesy
of Juniper at 114 Riddiford Street Newtown a FREE GIFT for the first 50

For a list of our celebrity vendors, and more information please
call: sue tyler on 029 9716941



Wellingtonia Live
Free Sunday afternoon concerts at the Museum of City and Sea
This programme has been running for 3 weeks now, and continues over the next 5 weeks. This super programme of local performers has been organised by Anne McGregor as part of the Museum's public programme for this winter.

Sunday 9 July
1.00pm The Magpies
3.00pm Twos Company
Sunday 16 July
1.00pm Raw Silk
3.00pm Four to the Bar
Sunday 23 July
1.00pm Cinnibar
3.00pm The Jimmies
Sunday 30July
12.30pm Whirligigs
1.30pm Full Fathom
2.30pm The Beat Girls
Museum Website gives a short resume on each group. It's under Wellingtonia Live.



...a collaboration between choreographer Maria Dabrowska and lighting designer Martyn Roberts...

BATS theatre 21 - 23 Sept 2006, at 9pm
tickets $12

The darkness is the domain of this dance work that will challenge the way we see performance. BATS will become a solid black void in which the grey light will shift and murmur to tantalize the audience into seeing ghosts of haunting beauty fleeting across the playground of night.

You will be taken on a journey, of light, sound and imagery, a void of no place where beauty and darkly quirky characters emerge transforming the human form and the space into poetic imagery.

We are focusing on creating a map out of the darkness, the observer will never see the entire space of BATS, and our ideas are to distort the viewer's perception of time and space. We are interested in the distinction or point where darkness crosses over into light, that dividing in-between line that reveals shape or character that surprises the viewer and allows them to consider the human form in a different way.

I think the illusionary aspect of the work is something that excites both of us.



The 50th anniversary of John Osborne's

Directed by Miranda Harcourt and starring Aaron Alexander, Lucy Wigmore, Mia Blake and Louis Sutherland.

Set and Lighting Design: Martyn Roberts
Sound Design: Steve Gallagher
Costmes: Zoe Fox
Design Assistant: Laura Nicholls
Stage Manager and Operator: Anna Drakeford
Producer: Mary Parker

July 6 - 22, BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Terrace, Wellington. or phone (04) 802 4175
July 27 - August 12, Silo Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland CBD. or phone (09) 970 9700.


By Duncan Sarkies
Directed By Lyndee Jane Rutherford

BATS Theatre
11 - 22 July, 6pm
BOOKINGS: 04 802 41 75 or $16 / $12

Does love make you wanna puke?

Lovepuke is a seriously sexy comedy by Wellington legend Duncan Sarkies (Scarfies, Wild Man Eyes, Stray Thoughts & Nose Bleeds) and starring eight sexy singletons looking for love in the Windy City.

It's about love, sex, relationships, bodily functions and how bloody stupid we can get about it all.

Director Lyndee-Jane Rutherford wanted to revive Lovepuke as it's "a fantastic play. It's genius. It's about love. The characters are all people we know, have been, don't want to be and would never admit to being. It looks at all the things people do when love comes along or is taken away from us. It's funny, moving, excruciating and confirms that we're all in this together".

Rutherford has been a professional actor for 15 years. She has over thirty professional theatre acting productions under her belt. She has performed and directed at Downstage, Circa, Bats and Centrepoint Theatre.
She was nominated for actress of the year at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards in 2003 for her performance in In Flame at Circa. She has been core cast on many a TV series in the 90's, Skitz, Telly Laughs and The Semisis. She was core cast on the TV2 afternoon kids show WNTV (2002-2003). She has just been cast in a supporting role for a new TV Drama and she is currently rehearsing for Troy at Circa.

Duncan Sarkies is a NZ playwright, screen writer, fiction writer and stand-up comic. Infamous for his rhythm and energy of performance, he's best known as the co-writer, with his brother Robert Sarkies, of the hugely successful 1999 film Scarfies. Lovepuke won awards at the International Youth Playwrights Festival and took out "Best of the Fringe Festival" in Wellington, NZ in 1993.

Relieve your winter blues laughing as you witness four men and four women fight it out on the battleground of love.

Some wanna love, some wanna root and some just wanna puke.



Liverpool's preparations for its year as European capital of culture in 2008 were thrown into chaos yesterday when Robyn Archer, the festival's Australian artistic director, announced that she had resigned for personal reasons. With 18 months to go before the year begins, the Liverpool Culture Company, the offshoot of the city council charged with running the event, will have to decide whether to hunt for a new director or rely on consultants.

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DEATH (and love) IN GAZA,
Homage to a young activist.

Death (and love) in Gaza will run from 25 July - 5 August at BATS Theatre Wellington, followed by a season in Christchurch and then Melbourne in 2007. 'Death (and love) in Gaza' is homage to young people, to those who question - and to the dignity of the Palestinian people.

In 2003, Rachel Corrie, a twenty three year old American, went to Palestine to work with local communities. While trying to protect a Palestinian family's home from demolition, Rachel was crushed and killed by an Israeli Army bulldozer.

Since then, Rachel's vivid descriptions of the two worlds she inhabited and the controversy surrounding her death have seen her become an iconic figure. Writer/director Paul Maunder wrote this tribute, so that Rachel's journey and those of other young activists can be heard in Aotearoa.

Based on Rachel's own writings, accounts from other activists and reports of the situation in Palestine, the play is set in Gaza and centres on an imagined relationship with a fellow activist. This is cutting-edge, yet moving political theatre that welcomes a new generation of people with 'fire in their belly.'

The play stars well-known Kiwi actor Charlie Bleakley, Palestinian Katrina Baylis and ex-pat American actor Elizabeth Marshall. The Wellington City Council Grants Scheme and the University of Canterbury support the production.

You are invited to the play's opening on the 25th July at 7.00pm.

For further details, please contact

Katrina Baylis
P.O Box 11085
Cell: 021607676 /ph: 04 3896868



New works by
Mica Still and Melissa Wyman
23-29 July 2006

Special Viewing Friday 28th July 5:30-8pm
Thistle Hall
293 Cuba Street

Mica Still and Melissa Wyman invite you into investigate and discover
their new show "Take Flight."

Melissa Wyman has worked with Mica in a series of experimental works which deals with letting go of ego and experiencing the process. This collaboration includes drawing, painting and reworking each others aesthetic expressions

Mica Still individually explores two new series:

In Micas first series she invites you to have a closer look to discover the meaning and myth of her installation of mounted Crow heads.

The second is an on going series of works titled "Drink you own culture" This work is the first of more to come that investigates the use of symbols and language the represents her culture of the United States and how they supposedly define her.

Feel free to contact Mica Still for further details
021 079 6923



Poets "go public" on Montana Poetry Day, Friday 21 July 2006, New Zealand's annual celebration of poetry and verse. Established in 1998, it has become one of the most anticipated events on the arts calendar, with poetry-related events for all ages in town and cities from Northland to Otago.

Montana Poetry Day events take many forms street performances, poetry writing workshops, readings in cafés and bars, "open mike" sessions, competitions, poetry book launches, lectures, poetry on the web, poetry on film and much more. The day brings together some of New Zealand’s most popular contemporary poets, those yet to make their mark in verse and those just wanting to share their favourite poem with a friend or an audience.

Some of the highlights from this year’s Montana Poetry Day include:

- The nzepc's (New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre) Bluffing Auckland, presenting poetry and wine in the new Ian Athfield designed café at the Auckland City Library, starring Southland poet Cilla McQueen with Aucklanders Murray Edmond, Paula Green, Michelle Leggott and Selina Tusitala Marsh among others.

- The Divine Muses III will showcase their work at Artspace on Auckland's K Road with poets Stephanie Johnson, Alistair Paterson, Iain Sharp, Siobhan Harvey and more.

- Mahy Mayhem a mass reading of Margaret Mahy's poem Down the Back of the Chair at libraries in Hamilton.

- "The people’s poet" Glenn Colquhoun, winner of the Readers Choice Award and the Poetry category in the 2003 Montana New Zealand Book Awards giving a reading in Palmerston North.

- Poetry in Song at the Museum of City & Sea, Wellington a concert of New Zealand poetry set to music, including two poems from Anne French’s Wild Cycle for mezzosoprano and Emma Neale’s poem Roof. With the added bonus of hearing Poetry category finalist Bill Manhire, along with Kate Camp, Hinemoana Baker and James Brown, presenting their favourite Wellington-inspired poetry.

- Poetry à la carte featuring poems and music in Christchurch, staring Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Lindon Puffin, Karen Hunter, Ralph Woodward, Cecilia Garudi and Tom Chesney.

- Poetry and Jazz in Dunedin, featuring another Poetry category finalist Brian Turner with guests Diane Brown, Henry Davidson, David Eggleton, Jenny Powell-Chalmers, Richard Reeve and Sue Wootton.

The winner of the Poetry category in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards
2006 will be announced on Montana Poetry Day. This year’s finalists are Footfall by Brian Turner, Lifted by Bill Manhire and The Time of the Giants by Anne Kennedy. Extracts from these books feature in the Montana Poetry Day sampler which will be handed out on the streets of central Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin on the day. The samplers are available from participating bookshops and libraries throughout the country so nobody need go without a poem on the day.


Laughter, Luck and Lying

Can you spot a liar? Can you be born lucky or do you make your own luck? Why are some things just funny? Find out in Wellington on July 11 at Paramount Theatre.

Richard Wiseman, a former professional magician, and now the UK's most quoted psychologist, has an international reputation for his research into unusual areas of science, including deception, luck, and laughter.

His performances have featured in a range of international festivals including a recent role as resident speaker on-board the Queen Mary 2.

Richard Wiseman will provide an insight into these intricacies of human behaviour and more, in his light-hearted, entertaining lecture.

Richard Wiseman is brought to New Zealand by British Council. Tickets are available for purchase from Paramount Theatre.

Tuesday 11 July 2006, 8pm.
Paramount Theatre, Wellington
Tickets $10 (unwaged) $12 (waged) from Paramount Box Office. (04) 384 4080



Thistle Hall is a vibrant community centre in the heart of New Zealand's cultural capital. We provide a community hall, meeting room and Wellington's only community gallery showcasing a range of artists and crafts people, from the established to the emerging.

Rach J, Marsh, Kiran_x.
4th- 12th July open daily 9:30-5pm

Gunsling3r collects three very different stencil artists who each have a unique approach to the medium. Together they cross the realms between design and fine art while retaining an urbanised aesthetic.

For a long time the stencil process has assisted the registration of design, reducing specifics to create the bold identifiable image. Because of this nature street artists have found it a successful tool for getting their ideas across.

As part of the graffiti family, stencils illustrate wit, social commentary and creative visual studies while retaining an urbanised attitude, which is no longer restricted to political street messages.

Rach J, Marsh and Kiran_x explore and extend what is already considered from local street art to bring their own unique view on what the medium offers. From air brush to aerosol and graphic design to abstraction, Gunsling3r presents the latest new forum of stencil art to Wellington city.

Rach J
Taking erotica images and applying them to traditional painting surfaces in non-traditional ways allows Rach J to present them in new context- exploring questions of sex, power and paint.

With hopes of establishing a series of images recognisable as signifying New Zealand's ever-growing street-art scene, Marsh embarks on combining in his work, 'alternative' NZ icons together with his own method of imagery. Becoming increasingly sick of your typical NZ images, he focuses on using what he feels to be un-appreciated NZ icons - the likes of the weta and the yellow mini - into this somewhat suspicious 'tank-girl-esque' character image. Colourful, comical, busy and with an explosive attitude in his work, Marsh sets out to enlighten bystanders with what he feels they have never seen but need to.

The function of Kiran_x is to broker urban aesthetics into elaborate funk systems. The characters of Kiran_x act as a type of schizophrenic identity: forged in city texture and frozen in graphic explosion.

Check it out


Wellington-based artist Martin Basher has created a strange new world: a post-apocalyptic environment where a lone man joyrides his way through a deserted landscape of pine trees, shantytowns and coloured lights; wasteland of billowing smoke. Basher's 'Blackwater', curated by Sarah Farrar, references contemporary politics.
Basher's paintings are set within an installation of debris, painted trees, a beaten-up cantina (which offers 'dining and dancing'), an oil drum and a makeshift outdoor toilet. One of the underlying messages and narratives lies in the repeated references to consumption-represented both by the human body's use of foodstuffs (note the toilet); and of the widereaching impact of humanity's consumption and waste of global resources. Scattered throughout the gallery are discarded food cans. A black pool has oozed out of an oil can which bears the words 'fine dining' and ominous black clouds billow across the sky on can wrappers and in some of the paintings.
Basher suggests a possible connection between the 'Blackwater' project and the Mad Max films, in which a young Mel Gibson lives in a dystopian world, the Australian outback gone apocalypse now. 'I sometimes feel very pessimistic about our future', Basher says. 'I get really angry about it. At other times, I get very resigned to it and think what damn bit of difference can one person do. It's just a matter of time before half a billion people in China get cars. When you've got that many new cars being introduced, or even if we just continue the way we are, that's pretty dire and I want to talk about that.'
Biography: Martin Basher was born in Wellington in 1979. He completed a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) from Columbia University, New York in 2003. Basher has exhibited his work in New York and in New Zealand. His recent exhibitions include: 'The Party Went Off But No-One Came' at Good As Gold, Wellington, 2005; 'Fine Dining' at High Street Project, Christchurch, 2006 and 'The Western Way' at Mary Newton Gallery, Wellington, 2006. Basher, currently based in Wellington, is about to return to New York to undertake a Master of Fine Arts at Columbia.

Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery Wellington
1 - 30 July 2006



Among the finalists at the Kodak Music Clip Awards are some of New Zealand's top creative talents including Greg Page (director of the feature film The Locals) who directed Chuganaut's (right) Wolf; Luke Savage who has three clips in the finals Phoenix Foundation's All in an Afternoon and Slightest Shift which he directed, shot and edited and The Bleeder's Nightmare which he directed...

Kodak Music Clip Awards
Bar Bodega - 15th July from 8pm

Sam Peacocke with two King Kapisi tracks - Lollipop, which he directed and edited and Raise Up, which he directed with Lawrence Blankenbyl; Mark Trethewey with Broken Eyes for Concord Dawn and What's Next for Nesian Mystik as well BBC World Talking Movies Young Film Maker of the Year Award winner 2003, Pericles Dailianis. Among some of the directors of photography making the finals are Dale McCready (DOP on Cleopatra 2525, Mercy Peak and Serial Killers); Chris Matthews, who shot Billy Connelly's New Zealand programme and Donni Duncan, winner of Best Cinematography for the feature Snakeskin.

Judges included Costa Botes (the making of The Lord of the Rings); Richard Bluck (2nd unit DOP on King Kong); Adam Clarke DOP on Taika Waititi's Oscar-nominated short, Two Cars, One Night) and animator Euan Frizzel.

Wrapping up the 19th Wellington Fringe Film Festival, the Kodak Music Clip Awards will screen all the finalists and announce the winners. Local VJs will be highlighting their own special talents.

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Nearly 100 New Zealand music clips featuring tunes from artists such as Nesian Mystik; Phoenix Foundation; King Kapisi; Recloose; Katchafire; Sola Rosa and The Bleeders will be screened at Bar Bodega on Saturday 15th July from 8pm.



"With its gorgeous image-making," writes Michael Fitzgerald in Time Pacific Magazine, Nina Nawalowalo’s play, Vula, is "a sensual antidote to the geopolitical seriousness of much of the 2006 Biennale of Sydney."

Representing New Zealand as the main theatre work during the Biennale, Vula is being performed on a stage flooded with water at the Sydney Opera House until 25 June.

"Vula" (Fijian for "moon") is presented by Wellington's ground-breaking Pacific theatre company The Conch with the support of a $15,000 grant from the Pacific Arts Committee. It combines magic and illusion with traditional song and dance to create a captivating piece of Pacific visual theatre.

Wendy Martin, producer at the Sydney Opera House, saw "Vula" at the Auckland arts festival, AK05, and invited the company to perform in Sydney. Performed entirely in water, the show will involve flooding the Playhouse stage to transform it into a Pacific lagoon.

Original cast members Fiona Collins and Tausili Mose have been joined on stage by newcomer Hellen Stowers and Tusiata Avia, poet and author of "Wild Dogs under my skirt".

"Vula" explores the sensual and spiritual relationship between Pacific women and the sea - a space where the worlds of the natural, mythological and every day co-exist. Under the power of the moon and swayed by the constant motion of the tide, "Vula" takes the audience on a journey through a Pacific day and night. The performers move and dance in and through the water, accompanied by an award-winning score by Gareth Farr.

With "Vula", Nawalowalo wanted to explore a uniquely theatrical language dedicated to combining European theatre traditions with the profound depth of her Pacific Island heritage. The inspiration for "Vula" comes from a trip she made to Fiji in 1994 when she brought back with her the memory of women fishing, wading through waves and calling to each other in song.

Michael Fitzgerald's article in Time Pacific Magazine concludes: "When Nawalowalo takes Vula home to Fiji for the first time next month, she'll begin researching her next work, Masi, named after the Fijian word for tapa cloth-making. To this age-old tradition, one can already see Nawalowalo bringing her modern mix of moon magic."





Hi from James at Photospace gallery

You are invited to the opening of two new exhibitions at Photospace gallery:

Ellie Smith - Catching Icarus, and
Katherine Ivory - Ground Work

The opening is on Thursday, July 13th, 5.00pm-7.00pm.

The exhibition runs from 14th July to 14th August - see

Roland Idaczyk will be in the gallery this Saturday, 11am-3pm, so it's a 'meet the artist' day. His exhibition, and Jodi Ruth Keet's will be up until the end of Monday, 10th July, so please pop in for a look by then. See

Lance Barnard has a set of prints on display at the Paramount Theatre (go through the doors past the counter to the back two cinemas - the photos are along the corridor) which show (mostly) the Courtenay Place area - its people (or notably, the lack of them!) and bulidings in the mid 1980s. To purchase of these photos, please enquire at Photospace. The selenium-toned silver-gelatin prints are $180 each.

If you come up to the opening on Thursday, it's also a chance to pop in to The Sitting Room, which is behind the office/stockroom. There are two oil paintings by Richard Lomas on show, as well as a series of photographs by Andy Palmer. The Sitting Room can be booked for client meetings, as an alternative to meeting in a cafe, (and there's also a free coffee for each person). See

Ellie Smith and Katherine Ivory will be attending the opening on Thursday. We hope to see you here.

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



British Council Design Ambassadors Programme is in its sixth year, this programme recognises the best young New Zealand graphics, product or fashion designers.

Each winner receives a trip to the UK, $3,000 and a customised series of introductions to leading UK design talent. This year the visit will coincide with London Design Festival.

To learn more about this year's competition click on this link

And also check this out



For those interested in the Wellington music scene: issue #2 of Exposure Lifestyles is hitting the streets now. It's a FREE A5-size journal of interviews and photographs of local musicians and bands, edited by Pat Shepherd. The release party is at The Matterhorn, Tues. 25th July, with the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra performing (gold coin entry). The magazine issues are also viewable as PDFs on



Join Acoustic Routes and local folk music players for the monthly Singaround:
Sunday 9th at the Community Room
\Wellington Arts Centre, 61 Abel Smith Street
Admission $5

The singaround is our informal monthly gathering where everyone can play a song or tune. A great opportunity for beginners to play to an informal and supportive audience, and for old hands to get a bit of practice - or try something new.

Learn more
Gerard Hudson
President - Acoustic Routes



Wellington College are hosting an art auction on Friday 11 August, 7.30pm in the Breirley Theatre. This will feature work by some of Wellington's finest artists plus music and other entertainment. There is an entry fee of $10.00 which will buy you a glass of wine and the opportunity to put your money where your mouth is. See Michael Hawkins, Studio 2 for further information.



MAGMA directors are calling for entries to this DVD format festival in Rotorua, the first of its kind in the region. MAGMA is a four day short film festival programme, open to all filmmakers, New Zealand and worldwide. There is no restriction on age of the filmmaker or on the age of the film!

"Digital technology has opened the door to so much more visual and sound arts and information," says festival co director, Juliet Boone.

"We are taking that opportunity, to increase the range of arts available to the people of our community."

Categories open for entry are: documentary (time limit of 30 minutes), adventure and sport (also 30 minutes), music (7 minute limit), and with drama, dance/experimental, animation, and comedy (with limits of 20 minutes in length). The MAGMA Festival audience will be asked to select their favourite film as well.

"We also have a special category with the theme of MUD, to signify the festivals link and homage to Rotorua" says Ms Boone. " Entries in this category must make some reference to MUD in a five minute short film".

The MAGMA Showcase section will screen previous award winning films. Entries to this category are free (with NZ Classification in place).

This is the festivals first year of celebrating short film and we are planning to kick it off with a fusion of local and regional performance artists.

MAGMA will feature guest speakers from NZ’s film industry. Awards will be presented on the final evening of the festival. Filmmakers are invited to keep an eye on the MAGMA website for details on prizes and guest speakers.
Entries close on August 18, 2006.

Shambles Theatre, Rotorua
November 8-11, 2006



Playmarket has completed a cycle of Playwrights' Studio 2005 that saw writers meet for 10 weeks then present excerpts from their work. These were presented in Auckland at THE EDGE© and in Wellington at Downstage to great success. Write Out Loud, the Dunedin Studio readings, will be presented on July 22nd and 23rd. It's now time to start up Playwrights Studio 2006. Deadline for applications is 27th July. Classes commence September 2006.
In the four main centres under the guidance of a leading playwright and tutor, writers will meet one evening a week over a 10-week period as part of a small dynamic group of active playwrights. Using nominated great classic, modern and contemporary plays as a base for discussion, reading and exercises, The Studio is aimed at giving playwrights community, an opportunity to develop their craft skills through tinkering under the bonnet to examine how great plays do and don't tick, and exploring their own individual voices. At the end of the 2006 Studio writers will be given the opportunity to write a draft of a full-length play for selection for presentation in a New Zealand professional theatre, as part of our National Script Development Programme in partnership with STAMP at THE EDGE©, Auckland, and other leading producers nationally.
Application Process: Applications must be made in writing (by email or mail) no later than 27th July 2006 to Your application needs to be any play you've written of at least an hour in length.
The Studio is suitable for active playwrights of either strong potential or experience. Selection will be based on the strength of your application and availability of places. Places are limited.



Triangle Television Wellington is right on target to broadcast live to the capital city in early August. The free-to-air channel, which has been operating successfully in Auckland for almost eight years, is thrilled with the tremendous response it has so far received from Wellingtonians. Triangle Wellington will be unique to the area and will offer a variety of local content together with international news, information and entertainment programmes.

The licence to broadcast in Wellington was granted in 2004, and Triangle Television has been working since then to ensure the region will receive the greatest possible coverage. Though Wellington’s geography poses major transmission problems, reception will reach most of Greater Wellington and the Hutt region and it is expected that this will extend even further later this year when the station is included in the offerings available on the Saturn cable network.

Triangle Television Chief Executive Officer Jim Blackman says the response from Wellington so far has been outstanding: “We are delighted that, at such an early stage of its history, Triangle Television Wellington already has programme-providers whose shows are on target for screening when broadcasting begins in early August. And there are others who are working at present on programmes that will go to air later in the year. The Wellington station will be an excellent alternative to mainstream channels.

The opening line-up of local programmes will include a look at the workings of a local council in the city's life, a programme on Wellington's Baha'i community, and capital-based Kiwi Pro Wrestling.

The station will also screen some programmes that already have a proven track record on Triangle Television and are relevant to a Wellington audience. These include PlanetTV which focuses on politics, social issues and environmental matters, and "Darpan - The Mirror" which offers insights into local topics.

Jim Blackman says the station will work with prospective Wellington programme-makers, giving them support to take their stories to air. Potential programme providers should contact Triangle Television's Station Manager, Callum MacGilvray, on 0800 874 888. Triangle expects to open a local office in the near future.

An advance launch, which marked Triangle Television’s intention to start broadcasting, took place in March at Weltec City Campus and was attended by a broad representation of Wellingtonians, including members of the diplomatic community, MPs, councillors, representatives of community groups and government departments, news media and the film and television industry.

The Hon. Judith Tizard, host for the launch, underlined the important contribution that Triangle Television makes to the communities in which it broadcasts. Newspaper publisher, Michael Horton - a Triangle Television supporter since its inception in the 1990s - encouraged Wellingtonians to "tell their story" by making programmes for screening on Triangle Television Wellington.

"I am struck by how different our well-supported advance launch in Wellington was to our somewhat tenuous one nearly eight years ago in Auckland, and that confirms for me that regional television has grown up," Jim Blackman says.

Triangle Television’s main mast for Wellington will be at Kaukau on UHF Channel 40, with other transmission points at Fitzherbert (UHF Channel 41) and Baxter’s Knob (UHF Channel 41).





Wellington City Council is calling for design submissions for the parade which will happen on Friday 22 September and is this year themed Excessive Accessories in Motion.

Artists and designers need to come up with an idea based on the theme and submit a sketch. Those selected to be part of the parade will be awarded a materials grant of $75.

Wellington City Council Events Co-ordinator Melody Scales says that last year's parade showcased more than 60 works accepted through the design submission process. "There were wonderful, wacky works such as a giant cellphone, a two-metre long moustache, giant crocodile shoes, and an inflatable handbag parading through the streets of Wellington," she says.

Excessive Accessories in Motion is a new slant on last year's theme. The submission panel would like to see accessories found in the natural world that enable motion like wings, tails and fins. Or they could be exaggerated items worn on the body that would help a person move such as huge skates, a skateboard, bike or even a wheelbarrow. The criteria has been made deliberately broad and includes ideas such as flight, sail, wheel and swim.
Suzie Moncrieff, Founder/Director of WOW, says the street parade is a chance for Wellington's artistic community to show off the wealth of creativity in the city. "Last year was stunning. I can't wait to see what Wellington will produce this year."

Prizes will be presented to the three top entrants on parade day, they include WOW show tickets, dinner for two before the show and WOW merchandise.
Mayor Kerry Prendergast says the parade is a fitting way to kick off the city's WOW celebrations. "We're New Zealand's creative capital for a reason - there are many people with amazing skills. We're encouraging as many people as possible to submit a design and get into the spirit of the parade."
Design submissions are due Friday 14 July. Entry forms are available online.



Travelers in Japan often complain that every big city resembles Tokyo, with its ills: congestion, pollution, high prices and a general lack of private space.

In the name of prosperity and urban development, cities all over the nation have thrown their money over the years into public works, construction projects and factory projects dictated by Tokyo politics, and once diverse and fiercely individualistic areas wound up becoming Tokyo knock-offs, operating on Tokyo logic.

But Fukuoka, in southern Japan, has tried to think differently, and it has emerged in the past seven years as a regional hub moving to its own rhythm. Situated on the tip of the Kyushu Islands, Fukuoka is only about two hours from Pusan, South Korea, via high- speed ferry.

Mainland China and Southeast Asia also are relatively close, and the number of students coming from these areas has increased 45 percent in the past decade. The yearly number of tourists pouring in from Asia has soared to one million, and the city now has an Asian Art Museum, which, given Japan's rocky relationship with the rest of Asia, is amazing.

Yukio Koda, a Fukuoka-bred graphic designer working in Tokyo, said: "Fukuoka's best asset is its open- mindedness and willingness to accept outsiders. Part of the reason for that is that we've never had any historic heroes, and therefore we're free from the traditions and old-guard mindset that rules the rest of Japan. We have no legends to tie us down or people we have to live up to. Tokyoites are always surprised at how liberal Fukuokans are."

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Dragon's Den for Docos
How do you get your brilliant documentary idea in front of the funders? And if you can get it there will you be able to sell it?
Introducing the first annual DOCNZ Pitching Forum! Brought to you by the DOCNZ Documentary Film Festival as part of 2006's line up of hot must-see docos.
The first event of its kind in New Zealand, the Pitching Forum will host a panel of local and international buyers/commissioners, 'Dragon's Den' style. Entrants will have a limited amount of time to pitch their idea and attempt to secure the funding they need to make it happen.
Interested parties with a great idea for a documentary can visit for entry details. Applications close at 4pm on the 14th of July.
Festival Co-Director Alex Lee says, "The inaugural international Pitch Forum is being introduced to attract new funding sources for New Zealand documentaries including co-productions with other countries. DOCNZ expects that it will be swamped by applications by local film-makers seeking the opportunity to participate at the Pitch Forum. Selection will be based on the best projects, no matter what the experience level of the entrant. It really will be like the 'Dragon's Den' TV Show, with commissioners and programmers encouraged to pool resources to reach the desired level of funding for a project. It should be exciting and fun!"
The best eight to ten teams will be selected to undergo a Pitching Master class on the 12th of September. The next day the teams will have 15 minutes each to present their concept to the panel.



Wellington Arts Centre is now offering a regular FILM NIGHT, to showcase media arts projects and video/film in progress.

FILM NIGHT offers emerging film makers the opportunity to show their work to an audience in an informal environment. Films can be in any genre, from experimental to animation. Directors are encouraged to discuss their work with the audience, gain constructive feedback, stimulate debate and develop ideas for future projects.
If you or your organisation are interested in submitting a film for viewing at the Wellington Arts Centre GALLERY's FILM NIGHT, please send a cover letter, including contact details with your film on miniDV or as a quicktime file, to the Wellington Arts Centre, 61 Abel Smith Street, Wellington, Attn: Gallery Co-ordinator.

Interested? Contact





The discontents of winter will soon be alleviated by some indoor exercise for the mind. For firsthand encounters with ideas and stories, Writers on Mondays returns to City Gallery Wellington from 17 July. A strong season of poetry starts with 12 of the best: 11 Wellington poets whose work appears in Best New Zealand Poems 05 read their work on 17 July, followed a week later by Auckland art writer and poet Wystan Curnow, whose work also appears in the anthology. Then on 31 July the focus shifts to film as Taika Waititi and Loren Horsley preview their upcoming feature Eagle vs. Shark. All Writers on Mondays events take place at City Gallery, Civic Square, Wellington, at 1pm. Admission is free. For the full programme, which runs through to 2 October, see



There is a phantom in the Opera House - Orchestral Live Cinema returns.

After one year's absence, orchestral Live Cinema will again be part of the Telecom 2006 Wellington Film Festival and be performed in its new venue The Opera House.

"Thanks to the support of the Wellington City Council and The Opera House, the Film Festival and the Vector Wellington Orchestra are able to collaborate once again" says Bill Gosden.

"What better way to return than with one of the silent era's perennial popular hits, The Phantom of the Opera, with its thrilling score composed by Carl Davis, a doyen of contemporary composers for silent film," he adds.

The Festival lost its live cinema venue when the Embassy Threatre's orchestral pit was removed during the cinema's refurbishment at the end of 2003. In 2004 the Festival showed Buster Keaton'sSteamboat Bill with the then Wellington Sinfonia performing behind the Embassy screen: not an ideal scenario. Last year Wellington missed out on an orchestral live cinema performance, while Auckland enjoyed the powerful Russian classic Battleship Potemkin.

A large cinema screen will have to be temporarily installed in The Opera House to show the early benchmark in movie horror, which is still imitated 80 years later.

The 1925 cinematic adaption of Gaston Leroux novel was directed by Auckland-born Rupert Julian. Restored in 1992, this definitive version includes the full colour Masque of the Red Death sequence that reportedly had Jazz Age audiences gasping in their seats.

The Phantom of the Opera is just one of the many highlights on this year's programme, which draws from a pool of over 150 features, documentaries, animated and short films hand picked by the Festivals' programmers over the last year from around the world.

The entire programme will be announced in Wellington on Thursday 22 June. Pick up a FREE Festival programme from Ticketek, Paramount, Embassy Cinema, cafés, information centres, libraries or visit

The Telecom 35 Wellington Film Festival opens Friday 21 July and runs until Sunday 6 August.



Exploring Documentary in Aotearoa/New Zealand
22 - 24 September 2006

The sixth annual biennial documentary conference will be held in Wellington, a collaboration between the host Massey University and the University of Auckland, in association with The New Zealand Film Archives, Screen Director's Guild, and the DocNZ Film Festival. The conference format will consist of two days that will interweave documentary presentations by filmmaker and photographers, along with academic papers. Evening screening events will be held at the NZ Film Archive. The conference will also include participation with Australian and New Zealand commissioning editors and New Zealand commissioning and funding bodies.

Makers and artists are invited to show documentary works still in production (rough-cuts, representative takes, edited sequences, etc.) or, if completed, works that have not yet shown widely. An open discussion session will follow each presentation. In addition to film and video works, we will also feature documentary works in photography and related art-genres. We welcome projects from every aspect of the documentary spectrum - community, activist, indigenous, mainstream, oral history, avant-garde, experimental, art-house, contemporary art, etc. - but each will be chosen for their particular and unique quality. We are looking for exciting, innovative works. The final line-up of projects will be selected through a peer-review process. Currently we are soliciting presentation proposals (250 words max.) along with visual documentation for consideration.

In addition to documentary works, we are also interested in selected written presentations that continue debates and discussions around documentary theory and practices. We are seeking papers from academics and others writing on documentary from a variety of perspectives. Papers may focus on documentary within film studies, history, anthropology, cultural studies, art history, media studies, fine art studies, etc. The final selection of papers will be determined through a peer-review process. Currently we are soliciting abstracts (250 words) for consideration.

In addition to the documentary work presentations and papers, we are also planning programmed screening events and possible exhibition. The nightly screening events will showcase projects that have been recently completed. Participants from the 2004 Expanding Documentary conference are invited to submit their now-completed works for these screenings. Photographers and visual artists are invited to submit works for possible exhibition during the conference. This may include still works, and/or time-based works. The final selection will be determined through a peer-review process. Currently we are soliciting abstracts (250 words max.) along with visual documentation for consideration.

Final date for all submissions: AUGUST 7 2006 (no extensions)
Notification of acceptance: September 1, 2006

Please send all proposals to:
Bronwyn Smith
Massey University
School of Fine Arts
Private Box 756

For information please contact:


More New Zealand writers are coming to the tube over the winter months. On Saturday 8 July the new books programme fronted by Emily Perkins gets its first airing. The series includes appearances by Nigel Cox, Jenny Bornholdt and Damien Wilkins, among others, plus a book panel debating the merits of various new titles. It screens at the relatively enlightened time of 5.30 pm on TVOne. As a warm-up, TV One screens The New Oceania, Shirley Horrocks' documentary about Albert Wendt, this Saturday at 9.50 pm. And Artsville (Sundays, 10.30 pm TV One) is currently running a series of poems by local writers in the last ten minutes of the show. For those who aren't awake at 11.20 pm on a Sunday, the programmes are repeated the following Saturday at 12.30 pm. The line up is as follows:

Glenn Colquhoun: 02 July
Anna Jackson: 09 July
Anne French: 16 July
Brian Turner: 23 July
Greg O'Brien: 30 July
Karlo Mila: 06 August


A word from the WCC grants office

Applications are now open for the Council's July grant round. Applications close at 5pm on 31 July 2006. This is the first round of general grants under our new grants framework - applications can be made to any of our four grant pools (Social, Cultural, Economic and Environmental). There will be two further general grant rounds in the 2006/07 financial year - closing at the end of November 2006 and March 2007.

An overview of general grants and description of the four pools is available on our website

There is also a page explaining recent changes to the grants framework. There is one application form covering all grants that can be downloaded from the website. There is also a new project description template which we would like all applicants to use - this is a word document that can be downloaded and used electronically. The application guide gives an overview of grants criteria and how to apply.

Advice seminars to explain the new grants framework and how to apply will be held on 28 June from 1-3pm and 6-8pm, 10 July 1-3pm and 12 July 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 a seminar but would like to discuss a possible application please feel free to contact myself or another member of the grants team.

Please feel free to pass this around your networks. You have received this because you are on one of my mailing lists for WCC grant rounds or work for WCC. 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


4-6 August 2006

The inaugural New Zealand Affordable Art Show took place in August 2004 at the Events Centre in Wellington. The show ran for a three-day period with an opening gala evening. 6,000 people attended the show and spent a total of $395,000. Many people walked away from the art show with their first ever piece of original art under their arms; many artists sold their first piece of art. Artists were being scouted by art connoisseurs and eventually had phone calls from gallery owners.

Feedback from artists and the public was extremely positive and it became very clear that the event was sustainable annually. The 2005 show built on the success of its predecessor, but more streamlined processes and a refined marketing campaign made it run much more smoothly and attract many more artists and visitors. This trend is set to continue as process, strategy and marketing are further improved in 2006.





Aided by the generous support of Creative New Zealand the South Project looks towards Chile as the next location for the annual Gathering of artists, writers and cultural thinkers, following on from the success of the gathering held in Wellington in 2005. Creative New Zealand has been an integral supporter of the project and this will continue in 2006 through funding from the CNZ Arts Board. The South Project will base itself in Santiago, in October 2006, to present two major international exhibitions under the South banner alongside the symposium Culture and Politics in times of the South, which will feature speakers from across the south including a consortium of leading New Zealand arts practitioners and commentators.

TRANS VERSA, conversing across the south features the work of Australian and New Zealand artists and is co-curated by Australian curator Zara Stanhope, who made a significant contribution to the New Zealand art scene as the inaugural Director of the Adam Art Gallery, and Danae Mossman, Director of the Physics Room in Christchurch. Reflective of New Zealand's growing relationship with its Pacific neighbor Chile, TRANS VERSA brings to the fore important cultural ideas and practices emerging from lateral connections between the countries. TRANS VERSA features the work of six established and emerging artists from New Zealand including Dane Mitchell, Maddie Leach, David Clegg, Daniel Malone, and Fiona Jack. All avid contributors to the New Zealand art scene, these artists present an artistic perspective firmly grounded by a New Zealand vernacular yet progressively outward looking in their attempts to explore the tenants and threads of lateral connections, migration, travel and modes of communications - the language of an increasing global village. The Australian artists include, among others, Tom Nicholson, Selina Ou and Ash Keating.

Housed in three of the leading venues in Santiago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Galeria Metropolitana and Matucana100, TRANS VERSA will be the first major exhibition to be developed by the South Project and an important point of contact for a Chilean audience largely unfamiliar with contemporary art practice from New Zealand and Australia. The second exhibition to tour to Santiago is Make the Common Precious, an exhibition of contemporary Australian craft, curated Kevin Murray, director of Craft Victoria and the South Project.

The exhibitions will open during the symposium Culture and Politics in Times of the South, which will take place from 3-6 October 2006. The symposium will provide speakers an opportunity to debate and explore issues concerning contemporary art practice in the south, particularly notions of translation, political activism in the arts, notions of exile, alternative structures and collective practices. The New Zealand presence at the symposium will be significant and include leading arts thinkers such as Ian Wedde, Christina Barton and Manos Nathan.

Further information on the Santiago Gathering can be found on the project website

Registrations for the Gathering will be received in August.
For all media enquires please contact Nicola Harvey



Folkart and Matryoshka (Russian nesting dolls) painting
ten weeks course

This new course taught by an experienced Matryoshka artist is designed for students who wish to learn the basics of folk art painting. The course will be broken into two parts. The first part explores decorative painting techniques based on Ukrainian petrikivka style. You will complete a series of decorative designs, will make a special decorative brush and learn how to prepare wood, apply patterns and varnish. The second part of the course offers you a rare opportunity to paint your own matryoshka. This course is for both new and experienced artists wishing to add to their craft and painting skills. The matryoshka (5 dolls set) and all basic materials are provided.

Course starts 15 August
Tuesdays 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Cost: $220
To book: phone Tetyana Khytko
on 04 970 7107 or email



Online journal Deep South is emerging from several years of hibernation. It is currently inviting submissions of original poetry, short fiction, critical essays, extracts from work in progress, reviews, and work by artists and photographers. Submissions can be made by email to or by mail to Deep South, Department of English, University of Otago, P.O. Box 56, Dunedin. The journal can be viewed at



Script to Screen is the new name of the organisation formerly known as The New Zealand Writers Foundation. On 7 June the fresh face of the script writers' organisation was launched with a new programme, including a public event series called 'The Writer's Room', which offers 'an opportunity for both experienced and emerging writers to meet regularly to discuss their craft and hot industry topics.' Script to Screen will continue with its work developing the local screenwriting culture. Previous projects include script workshops for Brad McGann's In My Father's Den and the forthcoming features Eagle vs Shark by Taika Waititi, and Black Sheep by Jonathan King, as well as UK scholarships for New Zealand screenwriters (in partnership with the British Council).



Elfrida - the sheep who decides to be different

Gecko Press is launching its latest book with the help of a flock of dancing, singing, performing sheep from the Kidz Club Performing Arts School. The performance is open to the public and will take place in front of an audience of more than 200 young schoolchildren and will combine humour, song, rhyme and dance.

The book being launched is called Elfrida. It is the story of a sheep who decides to bring a little colour into her life. Bored by her white mop of hair she is inspired by a passing poodle to get a radical new cut and colour. When the other sheep, and the farmer's wife, see Elfrida's new look they decide they all want to look gorgeous too.

"I chose this book because it is warm, exuberant and light-hearted," says Gecko Press publisher Julia Marshall. "I think it has a strong New Zealand connection, not only because of the sheep, but because it celebrates individuality."

Elfrida, originally published in Austria, is by the same illustrator as the successful Donkeys, the first release from Gecko Press. Like Donkeys this book has been translated into English by Catherine Chidgey and adapted by Penelope Todd into rhyme.

With this title Gecko Press continues to give New Zealand children access to some of Europe's award-winning, popular, and beautifully illustrated books, publishing them in English for the first time.

Gecko Press publishes books which are strong in story, illustration and design, by authors and illustrators with a strong track record in a number of countries, and who are winners of international awards. Austrian illustrator Heide Stöllinger was awarded the Illustration Award of the Austrian State Prize for Children's Literature in 1998 and 2003, and the Golden apple for the Biennale Bratislava in 1999. Klara Fall is a journalist in Austria.

Elfrida will be launched in Wellington's Civic Square at Capital E on the morning of Tuesday 18 July from 11.00 am.

For further information please contact freelance publicist:
Kathryn Carmody
Tel. 04 387 2833
Mob. 027 287 7963



Wild Creations artist residencies applications open Deadline August 31 "Wild Creations residencies are a unique opportunity for artists to really focus on their art in some of the most beautiful areas in New Zealand,"

The six-week residencies are open to practising artists in any artform or cultural tradition, and are chosen from one of over 20 significant conservation sites throughout New Zealand. The Department of Conservation hosts the artists during their residencies and Creative New Zealand provides a stipend of $5000, plus up to $2000 for travel and materials, to each artist. Artists selected for the residencies must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

For more information about the residencies, artists should contact Anastasia Turnbull at the Department of Conservation (04 471 3182 or or Helaina Keeley at Creative New Zealand (04 498





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2006|01 Emily Farncombe

This interview project has been developed by Wellington Arts Centre as a simple way to collect, reveal, and archive the creative voices working in our city. The series was established by Arts Programmes and Services Manager, Eric Holowacz, as an ongoing repository of Wellington's cultural efforts, ideas, and projects. Interview 01 is with transplanted British artist Emily Farncombe.

Farncombe moved to Wellington from Scotland, where she completed visual arts studies and began her early career in contemporary installation and multi-media work. From the other side of the globe, Farncombe first established contact with Wellington Arts Centre and its staff in 2005. Upon arriving in New Zealand in February 2006, the artist began developing an exhibition proposal to further her creative practice. Farncombe's first New Zealand work, Windance, will be on view in the arts centre gallery from 25 July to 8 August.

Eric Holowacz sat down with the artist to discuss her influences, recurrent themes, life in a new country, and what happens when wind turbines and human movement combine.

Holowacz: You are a recent arrival to New Zealand, having made that Antipodean journey earlier this year. Tell me about your Old World past, and your arts training in the UK.

Farncombe: I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in June 2004 with a BA Honours in Tapestry and Fine Art. I then worked as a community artist, in and around Edinburgh, running art workshops for 7-18 year old. I also established a studio and worked part time on my own art.

Holowacz: What motivated your move around the world, and what has inspired you after arrival in Aotearoa?

Farncombe: I wanted to experience a new country, connect with relations that I had never met before and take my creative ideas to another country.

I worked as a WWOOF'er (Willing Worker on Organic Farms) in the Coromandel, before settling in Wellington.

I love being outside. I set aside an hour each day to draw, take photos and absorb my new surroundings. I caught the tail end of the summer so was able to enjoy the beautiful colours of the sea and the thick, lush bush which I have never come across before.

Initially I spent quite a bit of time in Palmerston North, with family friends. And there I fell in love with the wind turbines!

Holowacz: When I looked at your earlier work and installation projects, they were rich with imagery, new media, and unorthodox projections. Tell us about how you developed the mechanics of these projects.
Farncombe: As children we used to make lanterns from wood, tissue paper and glue. The lantern technique is inspired by my amazingly creative and inspiring Mum!

I started getting interested in projecting images onto the surface of these sculptural lanterns when I was drawing up proposal sheets to send off to galleries for large-scale installations.

I experimented making the installations as models to see if they would be successful in a larger scale. When I photographed the process, the result was like a surreal little world unto itself. Then I started making the sculptures larger.

I still haven't accomplished my first goal which is to make a sculpture large enough so that the viewer can get inside and experience projected imagery, becoming part of a little world, interacting with the space and becoming the sculpture. Enveloped.

Most of the imagery I had been using until now has been based on natural forms. I had a sister who died of cancer 10 years ago, and her last wish was for her family to create a remembrance wood planted with deciduous trees. The wood (24 acres of Lake District fell side) is now a forest of contemplation, and is the most wonderful place to go and have an inspiring walk and think!

Much of the imagery I used on the projection of the sculptures was documentation of 'Lucy's Wood'. She was the naturally gifted and arty one out of us siblings, and she is still constantly nagging me to get on to the next project. Lucy pushes me to my creative limits - I think this is one of the reasons I am here in New Zealand.

Holowacz: Now that you've left that inspiring landscape and very personal and tranquil acreage, you are faced with entirely new landscapes, flora, habitats. Your first major show here in NZ, Windance, is an installation for the Wellington Arts Centre Gallery in late July. What influences, new and old, helped build the material for this work?

Farncombe: Just before I left Edinburgh for New Zealand, I started filming a dancer and used this imagery to project on to large white umbrellas. This quickly became a sculptural projection installation. It was a collaboration I did for an exhibition called 'Spinach' where all artists had to make some reference to the notion of spinning. The dancer I was working with was interested in spinning to reach a point of meditation and trance-like movement. I was interested in her ideas and we worked well together.

My work has also been strongly influenced by a trip I made to Tibet three years ago. I have been intrigued by the notion of the Tibetan prayer wheel, another notion reflected in my art. I love the ideas of the prayers being hidden inside the wheel and how, when it is spun, every rotation is the equivalent of reading out each individual prayer contained within. So the more you spin the more you are sending out to the gods, it is a very logical way of spreading your prayers!

As I mentioned, I was based in Palmerston North before moving to Wellington. I discovered the Manawatu wind farm whilst I staying with my friends there, and I was completely overwhelmed by their huge scale and numbers. I love the buzz I get when I stand directly beneath them - they are awesome monsters of energy. I just find wind turbines beautiful, and the sound they make is wonderful too. I thought it would be fun to combine human energy with mechanical energy and see what happened. Wind power is the complete opposite of nuclear energy, which is the most visible and dominant in Britain.

Holowacz: It's been said that art often emerges from great turmoil and times of crisis. Have you had any jarring moments in New Zealand?

Farncombe: Yes, I have just recently pulled myself through a big confidence crisis. I had never questioned my motive for coming to NZ or the reasons why I create art. Recently I have been questioning everything from what it means, what I want to communicate, what I want to do with my life and what life is about. Until a few weeks ago, I didn't need too, I instinctively knew I was doing the right thing and just went with my gut feeling on everything. But when I was finding it difficult to get a job and meet like-minded people, I started to question everything! It was too much to ponder at once, and I started feeling a bit pants about myself - as one would with so many terrifying thoughts buzzing through ones head!

New Zealand has provided so many open doors of opportunity for me, I think if we have confidence in what we believe in, life will take us in the right direction. It is scary to question everything, but is certainly worth it when you realise you are on the right path or need to change direction.

Holowacz: Yet your Windance imagery is so fluid and lyrical, and seems to contain a sense of wonderment. Are trying to solicit a form of enchantment?

Farncombe: I like the idea of enchantment and mystery; I want the viewer to question the scale and the sense of place in the images that I make from projecting on to the surface of the sculptures.

Holowacz: You explained that Windance contains a gestational notion of man or woman transmogrified into machine, as one continual organism. Where does this thread come from?

Farncombe: I want to link man and machine to make these energy makers seem more appealing to people, so that they see wind as a good way of making clean energy. I think linking an aesthetical aspect to it, such as a dancer, is a good way of communicating this.

Holowacz: The wind is undeniable in Wellington, and lately there has been great public debate over wind power and the aesthetic of turbine farms. Are you trying to make a point about this controversy, or just using that kernel to articulate something else entirely?

Farncombe: It wasn't my original plan to make a point out of the wind farm that is proposed for Wellington. I was initially unaware of project west wind, even before I fell in love with the Manawatu wind farm. However now that I know about it I would like Windance to indicate support for the development of the project. Wind energy is a positive way forward.

Holowacz: Well your new art and upcoming installation will certainly dance around that notion, and recall machinery and environment - but in a human skin. Thanks for your time, Emily, and for bringing your work to Wellington.