Friday, March 16, 2007

The No.8 Wire - Issue 94

Gondwanaland Ministry of Culture
Artists' Information Bureau


An Electronic Alert for 1661 of Wellington's Creative People
ENDNOTE: Order in Key West


To submit your news, project details, call for participation, or cultural item of any sort, please send your description/text as email to
or find me,
Eric Vaughn Holowacz
Arts Programmes & Services Manager
Wellington City Council - Wellington Arts Centre
61 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro, Wellington

And to get off the No 8 Wire email list, just let me know at the same email address.


Artists: Adele Jackson (painter) and Ricky Utting (sculptor)
Venue: Thistle Hall Corner Cuba St and Arthur St Wellington
When: 20 March - 26 March 10am onwards.
Opening Monday 19 March 6.00pm
Contact: Adele (021) 111 6295

What do you get when a painter and a sculptor come together to pool their talents and explore a concept through their artistic dialogue?

You get a river of visual ideas converging - resulting in vibrant contemporary paintings, sculptures, painted sculptures and joint pieces that bring together the best of both their skills and thoughts.

'Confluence' is about people coming together in social spaces.
In the exhibition, the artists explore the idea of social spaces (from crowds at the movies to families enjoying the wide expanse of Wellington's water front) and play with the notion that we might just leave something behind or change our environment as we pass through.

Both Adele and Ricky are fascinated and captivated by the relationships between folks and this is reflected in their work. In sharing their exploration, the artists showcase a range of mediums as broad as the concept they play with, exchanging works and bouncing off each other's chosen art form to build on what came before.


Ink and paper might seem so last century, but a new gallery in Lyall Bay is helping breathe life into the art of printmaking.

Solander Gallery founder, Kyla Cresswell, says the new venture joins a move in fashion away from computer-slick and mass produced, towards a hand drawn / hand made aesthetic, with prints and drawings fitting the bill perfectly.*

Solander kicks off a full exhibition schedule for this year on the 10th March with 'Nursery Rhymes for the 21st Century' by Julienne Francis and 'Eternal Realities' by Maree Horner.

Francis describes this work as continuing the relationship between engravers and social commentary on the times they live in, for example Goya (on the Spanish Civil War) or Hogarth's "street scenes of a gin sodden London". She relays that "In the nineteenth century, ideas and messages, usually subversive and not to be handled by respectable printers, were cut into wood and hand printed for quick distribution." Francis explores the local - commenting on the recent death of the Kahui twins - and the international, where she casts George Bush as a teetering humpty-dumpty.

Horner's work explores gender roles through the interplay of familiar objects. The "domesticated ass plays donkey with the bent gender of male dominance". Placed in the home environment he goes about "rectifying the imbalance for which the feminine and domestication have become synonymous."

A practising printmaker for over a decade, Cresswell's goal for Solander is to demystify the printmaking process and provide more access to the medium for art lovers. As well as featuring a new exhibition every four weeks and scores of prints and drawings in folios, Solander is home to an in-gallery print studio where the printmaking process is further revealed.

An affordable medium, works on paper provide art buyers an accessible entry into art collecting.

Solander hosts work by a range of New Zealand artists, including Catherine MacDonald, Karen Stevens, John Callaghan, Sam Broad and Marty Vreede, and the gallery also benefits from Cresswell's international connections. These include Scottish artist Stuart Duffin, whose outstanding technical abilities in mezzotint are paired with a refined aesthetic and deeply personal but accessible subject matter, and Manuel Lau, whose Peruvian heritage comes through in his large-scale Incan styled and vividly coloured pieces. Look out for Manuel's first solo show in New Zealand opening April 7.

* We see examples of this trend in the clothing industry where drawings are screenprinted onto t-shirts, in the block printed wall papers of interior design , on our supermarket shelves where the current Macs beer labels look similar to big chunky woodcuts or in the burgeoning hand craft movement - Stitch 'n' Bitch etc.

SOLANDER GALLERY EXHIBITION of Nursery Rhymes for the 21st Century by Julienne Francis and Eternal Realities by Maree Horner.

RUNS UNTIL MARCH 31 (Gallery Hours 10 am -
5 pm Thurs - Sat)





A feast of Creativity and Fun for the Whole Family!
The Dominion Post Create-it Carnival

The Dominion Post Create-It Carnival is a free day out for the whole family this Saturday, March 17, 10am-4pm in Civic Square. Everyone is welcome to join artists and craftspeople and learn to create something beautiful or unique.

Marquees will fill Civic Square, with opportunities for the whole family to join in and use a huge range of materials and techniques. All-day entertainment will be provided by talented performers who will fill the day with funky sounds and dance moves.

There will also be the sound of scissors clipping. Adults can test their faith in children and get their hair cut or just done in a funky do! A group of young people have spent an afternoon at Shadz Hair Art and a morning at Weltec's Hair and Beauty School to see what it takes to cut and style hair. They'll be eager to try out their new skills at the Carnival.

Fairy Trina will take the stage at 1.30pm to excite and mesmerize and at noon and 3:30pm, children will have a chance to display what they've made in the "Creations on Parade" led by MC Monique Vincent. Suzanne Tamaki is back to "Fresh it Up" with natural fibres and there's also the chance to learn how to carve a piece of Oamaru stone and then add it to the collective work.

The Capital E National Arts Festival is the largest of festival of its kind in New Zealand. The 2007 programme features professional works from local and international artists that are both innovative and inspiring. Capital E is managed by the Wellington Museums Trust with major funding from the Wellington City Council.

The Dominion Post Create it Carnival
Sat 17 March, 10am-4pm
Civic Square



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.

Up Next

19 - 26 MARCH 2007

Adele Jackson and Ricky Utting
'Confluence' is about people coming together in social spaces.

A painter and a sculptor collaborate to explore a common fascination with the relationships between people in social spaces (from crowds at the movies to families enjoying the wide expanse of Wellington's own water front) and play with the notion that we might just leave something behind or change our environment as we pass through.

Adele Jackson and Ricky Utting showcase vibrant contemporary paintings, mixed media pieces, sculptures, painted sculptures and joint pieces that bring together the best of both their skills and thoughts.

Open 10am onwards.

Contact Adele on 021 111 6295

Please see for more information

All enquiries to:
Lily Chalmers - Manager
PH: 04 384 3088/021 0220 4635



Human Rights Film Festival Opens in May.

The Human Rights Network of Aotearoa is proud to present the third annual New Zealand Human Rights Film Festival.

This years Festival showcases stories of activists and survivors through the eyes of courageous filmmakers, putting a human face on threats to individual freedom and giving voice to those who might otherwise be silenced.

Film has the power to educate and inspire and we believe the 2007 programme we be no exception. Featuring both international and local documentaries and dramatic films the HRFF brings to New Zealand audiences films that otherwise would not be available.

The theme of the 2007 festival is 'Identity '. From films in which people attempt to assert their right to be recognized as a state, to situations where expressions of identity are taken to the extreme with disastrous results for others, identity politics is an issue that underpins many of the debates that are taking place in public forums concerning the kind of society that we, as a nation, are striving to build.

The HRFF encourages dialogue. After each screening a speakers' forums will take place. The Forums are hosted by a panel who are able to speak about the film and the issues raised from an informed perspective. They are also able to respond to questions from the audience.

Highlights include:
· Carla's List
U.N. prosecutor Carla Del Ponte - a steely adversary, doggedly pursuing war criminals from the former Yugoslavia. Among the merits of Marcel Schuepbach's admirable documentary "Carla's List" is the fuller portrait that emerges, revealing the tricky diplomatic somersaults required to bring the orchestrators of genocide to justice. .
The journey brings us from The Hague to New York , from Belgrade to
· The Iron Wall
There are more than 9,000,000 Palestinians, yet almost 6,500,000 are refugees -expatriates. The people of the land are becoming a people with no land as more and more Israeli settlements occupy the West Bank. The Palestinians are being squeezed into isolated and disconnected ghettos and enclaves as more and more of their land is seized to build the Wall.

· Goal Dreams.
How can a team without a recognized homeland, no permanent domestic league, no place to train and with players and coaches scattered around the globe or prevented from leaving their country compete in the world of modern football? Since being recognized by FIFA in 1998, the Palestinian team has risen 70 places in the international rankings, despite never having been able to play on home soil.

· Coca: The Dove from Chechnya
Her parents called Zainap Gashaeva "Coca" - the dove. Born in exile in Kasakhstan, she became a business woman and reared four children. Zainap has been documenting what have become daily events since 1994: abduction, torture, murders. The world is looking away; be it out of ignorance, helplessness or opportunism. Together with other women, Zainap has been hiding hundreds of videotapes. She is now bringing these tapes to Western Europe to serve as evidence so that the guilty - on whichever side - are punished.

· Total Denial
In an unflinching look at the human cost of the corporate, business-as-usual ethos under the Burmese dictatorship, Total Denial follows the efforts of a human rights activist to make multi-national corporates accountable for human rights abuses in Burma. In an unprecedented case of corporate accountability and human rights abuse, Ka Hsa Wa and Earth Rights International launch a lawsuit against UNOCAL, on behalf of 15 unnamed villagers, still hiding in the Burmese jungle. The result of the court case will set the standard for multinational corporate conduct worldwide.

· Breath of Peace
Featuring eight peace people of Aotearoa New Zealand - spanning some seven decades - peacewalkers, petitioners, and folk in small boats and on the surfboards sailing out into the harbours in the face of huge warships.This film tells the story of how Aotearoa New Zealand became nuclear free and anti-war. It is an inspiration for all people, young and old, and for peacemakers everywhere.

· Sign of the Times
Sign Language is the third official language of New Zealand. How did this come about? Sign of the Times is a fascinating account of the efforts of the deaf community to gain official recognition of remarkable evolution of Sign in this country and the epic journey to an official language.

· All the Invisible Children
All the Invisible Children, is a very special cinematic project that has been put together by eight major directors - Medhi Charef, Emir Kusturica, Spike Lee, Katia Lund, Jordan Scott and Ridley Scott, Stefano Veneruso and John Woo to raise awareness about the plight of children around the world. All the Invisible Children is an anthology of short films that provide deeply moving portraits of children who face terrible adversity - deprivation, disease, violence - on a daily basis.
We hope the festival will provide the space for reflection, dialogue, awareness-building as act as catalyst to create change.
Media Screenings will take place in each centre. Please contact me on the details below if you wish to attend.

May 9-16 - Wellington - Paramount Theatre

For more information, interviews and to see the full programme list contact:
National Media Coordinator
Angela Meyer
021 405 619



Dear Friends of Brazil,

Please find below a farewell message by Ambassador Sergio Serra, which is followed by an invitation to the screening of the 1st film of the 2007 Season of Movies at the Embassy, which will be shown on Wednesday, 21st March, at 6pm (refreshments from 5:30pm). Please keep in mind that building access closes at 6 pm:

"As you probably know already, my term as Ambassador to New Zealand is coming to an end. However, it is with great pleasure that I take this opportunity for a last message to our readers to announce the film we will be showing at the reopening of our "Movies at the Embassy" sessions. Our first 2007 feature, to be screened on the 21st of March, is Vinicius, a full-length documentary on the life and times of Vinicius de Moraes, poet, songwriter, author of - amongst other masterpieces - the lyrics to "The Girl from Ipanema", and an icon of the Bossa Nova movement. I'm sure it is a most appropriate film to mark the last days of a most enjoyable summer.

Two early reminders: don't miss the 6th Latin American Film Festival, opening the 18th of April in Wellington and touring three other cities in New Zealand: Auckland and Christchurch, as usual, and, for the first time, Hamilton. There will be four Brazilian entries: The Man of the Year, by José Henrique Fonseca; Possible Loves, by Sandra Werneck; Posthumous Memoirs, by André Klotzel and the short Mauro Shampoo, by Leonardo Cunha Lima and Pedro Henrique Fontenelle. Unmissable!

Still on the subject of cinema, one more again unbeatable programme: during the months of May and June 2007, the New Zealand Film Society will present a small showcase of "Cinema Novo". Five representative titles of that important period in the history of Brazilian Cinema compose the programme: Barren Lives, by Nelson Pereira dos Santos; Black god, White Devil and Earth Entranced, by Glauber Rocha; The Red Light Bandit, by Rogério Sganzerla; and Macunaíma, by Joaquim Pedro de Andrade. Aside from the capital, these films will tour New Zealand centres including Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin.

So long!

Sergio Serra"

The movie we will be showing is Vinicius (2005), directed by Miguel Faria Jr. Please find below more information on this great film:
A documentary on Brazilian poet, playwright, critic, diplomat, composer, singer and "legend" Vinicius de Moraes (1913-1980) - the internationally famous lyricist of Bossa Nova hits such as "The Girl from Ipanema" and "Insensatez" (How insensitive); also the author of the play "Black Orpheus", made into an internationally acclaimed film of the same name in 1959. Vinicius combines scenes of a pocket-show based on the poet's life with rare file footage and interviews with members of his family, friends and creative partners (Chico Buarque, Edu Lobo and Carlos Lyra). It also includes musical numbers with famous Brazilian singers featuring guest appearances by (among others): Caetano Veloso, Ferreira Gullar, Edu Lobo, Francis Hime, Gilberto Gil, Miúcha and Maria Bethânia. A must see for all who appreciate Brazilian music!
Original source:

Read more about Vinicius de Moraes and the film:

The films (in DVD format) are shown here at the Embassy (10 Brandon Street - Deloitte House, Level 9, Wellington), on our 109'' projector screen. They are in Portuguese with English subtitles.

Since we do not boast a special room (auditorium-like) for viewing, and since the space is very limited (35 seats only) this free DVD screening will have to follow the rule of "first come, first served". This means that if you are interested, you need to call and reserve your seat.


For reservations, please call (04) 473 3516 and confirm your presence to Lígia Verdi, Karina Shaw or Helen Tortoza.



Sonic Infantry IV - Aro Valley Hall - Sat 17th March - 8pm sharp

All ages community dancehall

Olmecha Supreme
DJ Flex
Freeloader/Space Ninja Crew



The Council's next grants/funding round closes on 30 March, so anybody planning an arts/culture project for June 2007 or beyond, should consult the grants guidelines here:
(see General Grants - Cultural and Creative Communities Scheme)



Shynola in Wellington

British Council's hosting Jason Groves from UK animation outfit Shynola to Wellington next week. Shynola's work has won MTV, British Animation and DA&D awards and is on the decidedly quirky side. Jason will be speaking at Rialto Wellington, 6.30pm Monday 19 after the latest instalment of Antenna - the hottest left-field music clips from the UK.

On Tuesday 20 March, 8.30 at Sandwiches Jason appears as part of a showcase of the best audio and visuals from the UK and NZ alongside a screening from onedotzero and a live performance by NZ's The Supervisors. For more information visit or email

If you get a moment check out Shynola's video for Good Song - seriously warped!



A short survey has been added to the Public Input page on and will feature in The Wellingtonian and on the WCC Our Wellington Page in the Dominion Post. The purpose of this survey is to get feedback from the public and use this to help inform what we do in the future. Complete the survey online by going to
or by using the form published in the above papers.



'Adventurous Lines' a show of new works by Sally Hughes also showing
Timothy Leatigaga, Linda Barrow and Susan Allwood

29th March - 14th April

Opening Thursday 29th April at 5.30pm

Sally Hughes is a painter of and with physicality. An expressionist mark maker, she works her surfaces with varied drawing media to create life size animals which stare out challenging the viewer to blink. She says;

"It's about the animal and it's about mark making and feeling the animal. Although it is representative it's not about realism but rather about feeling the animal. I'm looking for a gut reaction, a way of feeling the work in your body, a physical effect. It's not just about seeing, it's about seeing and feeling at the same time. Because I do the work life size, the size of the animal relates directly to our body size."

When you are in a room of these works, you enter the world of the animal. Rather than passively sitting to be looked at, the look out at you and refuse to be 'prettied up'. Avoiding sentimentality, these are active subjects, cats which might bite back........

"Men and animals are in your care. How precious O God is your constant love."
Psalm 36, Verse 6 & 7

Timothy Lea. Matagi - Art Inventor
Timothy uses ball point pen to fill whole sheets of paper with intricately detailed line. He has developed his own visual language which he terms 'Rainbow Immersion';

"I start by adding every single item which exists in the universe from marbles to people and then try to picturise it in the smallest area possible."

From the start of the drawing of the person the object is drawn with one line. Each stroke of the pen is one movement, a single sketching which moves from side to side and top to bottom across the page. The effect of the work which uses multiple lines to describe multiple subjects is of an optical illusion, where multi-coloured figures and images emerge from an intricate tangle of lines.

Also showing in 'Adventurous Lines' are Linda Barrow and Susan Allwood. Barrow is a Wellington artist while Allwood is a visiting artist from Western Australia. They are both exploring the qualities of ink in contrast with pen lines in beautiful abstractions. Barrow presents new works on paper while Allwood works on hanging silk pieces.

Please see attached PDF for images

Sian Torrington
Gallery Manager
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



Hi Everyone,
The Dunedin City Council is currently seeking to engage an artist or artists to develop a public artwork in accordance with the DCC Art in Public Places Policy. The budget allocation is $40,000 including design, construction and installation. The preferred site for 2007 is the Otago Harbour Perimeter.
Please email for Artists' Registration of Interest + map of Otago Harbour Perimeter.
Closing date for Registration of Interest is 12 noon Wednesday 28 March 2007.

much appreciated
best regards
Cara Paterson
Community Advisor - Arts
Dunedin City Council
50 The Octagon, Dunedin 9016; PO BOX 5045, Dunedin 9058, New Zealand
Telephone: 03 474 3792 Mobile: 027 246 1044



Thierry Monnier (France-guitar/electronics) and Antony Milton
(Wellington-violin/electronics) Duo.
Ben Spiers

This Friday 16 March 8pm (sharp) BYO Cushion KOHA
Aaron Laurence Gallery
326 Lambton Quay, Wellington

Thierry Monnier is a french musician who plays prepared guitar by using
different objects. His main focus is about guitar feedback and he tries to
work on the sound itself by modeling it.
His musical influence are at the crossing at the experimental rock and the «
musique concrète ».
Since 2005, he works in a guitar duo with Pierre Faure called Sun Stabbed.
He is also active as an organizer of shows of experimental music at a venue
called Le 102 ( ), as a DJ playing
experimental music in a campus radio in Grenoble, he helps run the
Metamkine label and the Universinternational micro-label with Pali

New Zealander Antony Milton has been making records, exhibiting sound
installations and performing live under various nom de plumes (A.M, The
Nether Dawn, Paintings of Windows, Mrtyu etc) since the early 1990s. He is
also the curator of the PseudoArcana record label. In 2006 he undertook
successful tours that encompassed the USA, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong,
Singapore and Australia.
A recurring theme in Milton's work is an investigation of 'place' and
'presence' and the ways in which these function within the representational
realm of recorded sound. With releases on underground labels such as
Jewelled Antler and Celebrate Psi Phenomenon Milton's work is situated at
some weird junction between electroacoustic composition, folk music, and
the more psychedelic end of the 'noise' spectrum...
Using predominantly analogue sources (tape loops, field recordings,
amplified resonant objects, voice and guitar) Milton's performances have a
high degree of intimacy and commonly range from the gestural and nuanced
through to the visceral and ecstatic.
Key releases:
A.M.- 'Orla' CD (Ikiusuus)
The Stumps- 'Split Fleet Dodge'. LP (Palindrone)
The Nether Dawn.- 'Outer Dark' CD (Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
Antony Milton.- 'The End of This Short Road'. CD (Deserted Village)
Mrtyu. -'Blood Tantra' 2CD (20 Buck Spin).
With Throats As Fine As Needles. 's/t' CD (Digitalis)
The Nether Dawn.- 'Whiskey Mute Down'. CD (Last Visible Dog)
Antony Milton.- 'Sirens'. CD (Last Visible Dog)
A.M -'Strata/Yet Marvellous Stasis' 2CD (PseudoArcana)
Swagger Jack.- 'The Feral Blood of...' CD (LastVisibleDog)
Aaron Laurence Gallery

+64 (0)274 358 985 (under construction) (Temporary but very cool)

326 Lambton Quay, Basement
New Zealand

Open 11-6pm Tues-Fri 12-4pm Sat
Or by appointment



Hello comedy lovers,

Katipo Cafe present mid March Madness with R30 - this month features Caroline E Waltz, Fifi Colston, Jerome Chandranasen and MC Alex Hawley. 7.30pm door opens. TIckets $10 - or contact Lorraine and book a group for a discount.

This is your last chance to catch Guy Capper before he heads to the Big Apple - be sure to be there and join with us in wishing him happy travels and much success.

Laughter aplenty can be booked with Lorraine on 385 6085 or Or see you at the door...



Announcing the launch of:

Short stories, poems, and memoir
by the late JOHN MOFFATT

AT: Taringaroa, Mill Rd, Otaki
5.30 pm Friday 16th March
light refreshments served

Location: Taringaroa is on the town side of Raukawa Marae, opposite Woolworths Supermarket, and is also known as "the old Maori Racing Club Building".

Publisher: the Horowhenua Writers' Group, of which John was co-founder in 1982 and a member until his death on 9th November 2006. Copies will be available for $15 at the launch, and at Otaki and Levin libraries and information centres, or from:
Karen Butterworth, ph 364-5810 or
Angela Saggers, ph 368-6522



... it's actually by choice that I'm lonely ...

Bovine University presents
by Paul Rothwell

"The world is entitled to Rothwell's work"
-John Smythe,

The team responsible for Deliver Us, the most controversial show in Fringe 2007, are back with the premiere of another play by PAUL ROTHWELL. The Bovine University co-operative, in association with PlayMarket, are proud to present the premiere of Kissing Bone at BATS Theatre.

Digging the grave for a treasured cow who fell victim to a steep bank, Brittany unearths a mysterious bell that awakens forgotten memories. Her quest to uncover the secrets of the past leads her to her neighbours - an elderly cancer-stricken pervert on one side, and a struggling single mother on the other - and to her emotionally distant, sexy/psychic brother who has returned to the family home on a journey of his own. The chorus of lowing from beyond the grave is unbearably loud ... but which one is the voice of her one true love? Brittany's discoveries draw them all into a vortex that takes them back to the day in her life that changed everything forever.

Kissing Bone is a story about love, sex and death. It stars Alex Greig, Ginny Spackman, Robin Kerr and Charlotte Simmonds and is produced by Zelda Edwards. It marks the fourth collaboration between playwright Paul Rothwell and director David Lawrence after Hate Crimes (BATS 2005), Golden Boys (Circa 2006) and Deliver Us (BATS 2007).

KISSING BONE ? BATS Theatre ? March 22-31 2007 ? 9pm ? $16/$12 ? Bookings (04) 802-4175 or



MacDowell Redux: Serving artists DOES serve the public good

Way back in December 2005, I noted an emerging court case in Peterborough, New Hampshire, in which the town was challenging the charitable tax status of the MacDowell Colony for artists. Most will be pleased to know that earlier this month, the court ruled against the town and in favor of the Colony.

The MacDowell Colony celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, as a retreat and work haven for promising artists to focus on their craft. But in 2005, budget shortfalls led Peterborough's Board of Selectmen to evaluate every nonprofit in their taxing district. The MacDowell Colony appeared to them a ripe target for challenge, since (they believed) it served artists, not the general public, and since the art produced was not of direct benefit to the citizens of Peterborough or the state. More specifically, the town's attorneys advanced four arguments against the Colony's tax status:

1. While the Colony promotes artists to produce art, it does not itself produce art, and therefore, is not serving a public good.
2. The Colony does not provide its benefits to the general public or some indefinite segment of the public.
3. The Colony does not serve New Hampshire residents because there is no assurance that any New Hampshire residents will be admitted to the program.
4. Because artists are not required to produce art while in residence, the Colony is not serving a public good.

Judge Gillian L. Abramson found none of the above arguments to be compelling, and drove some useful stakes into the ground in the process.
Said the ruling:

For society to enable the production of art, it must necessarily support the artist. Art does not appear from thin air. It is created by an artist. The artist uses a process to make his or her art. By providing artists with an environment conducive to creating such art, MacDowell encourages the production of art....Thus, MacDowell undertakes a chartiable mission in supporting the artistic process, thereby providing a benefit to, at the very least, artists across the world, and, in a broader sense, the general public.

The city of Peterborough is pondering an appeal.




National Dance Magazine Launched

DANZ, Dance Aotearoa New Zealand, the national organisation for dance is launching the new look DANZ Quarterly magazine into shops and bookstores nationwide on 22 March 2007.

DANZ Quarterly is the leading publication for dance in New Zealand covering news, events, reviews and profiles of professional, educational and recreational dance.

Shona McCullagh one of New Zealand's leading contemporary dance choreographers and choreographer for King Kong the movie believes
"DANZ Quarterly is a must-see for anyone passionate about teaching, performing or watching our beautiful art-form. It's a rich resource and is nearly solely responsible for the growth of the rising calibre of dance writing in New Zealand. This magazine is and will become a significant part of our precious dance history."

The March issue includes an interview with choreographer Raewyn Hill, an article on the Exerdance programme designed in Christchurch to 'get people off the couch' and a discussion with Amanda Skoog the new CEO of the Royal New Zealand Ballet on the changes she's seen in New Zealand dance. Amanda says of DANZ Quarterly "DANZ magazine is essential - it connects the Dance Community of New Zealand."

DANZ Quarterly is vital for keeping up to date with upcoming events, this issue profiles dance at AK07 and New Zealand's first Salsa Congress in Wellington. There is a section of performance reviews by key figures in New Zealand dance.

The magazine incorporates a DANZ in Schools section and will be sent to over 760 Primary and Secondary schools.

Find out what Kiwi dance talent is achieving nationally and internationally!

Tania Kopytko
Executive Director
Phone 04 802 0534 DD or 027 631 0105
Ground Fl, 69 Abel Smith Street
PO Box 9885, Wellington
Dance Aotearoa New Zealand is the national organisation for dance



Dear Friends,

Book now for Ake Ake's latest big circus theatre extravanganza! Only two public shows on this Saturday 17th at 11:30am and the following Saturday 24th at 10am (...and 20 shows for school groups during the week!)

BOOK NOW AT CAPITAL E: (04) 913 3720,

SHIP SONG is about journeys and heroic choices in a changed world that exists some time in the not too distant future.
Beyond that horizon everything is unknown. Anything is possible! We leave over the edge of this known world in search of something new: Is it identity? Is it Fame? Is it a new Home?

Ake Ake have created this new circus theatre work to premiere at the 2007 Capital E National Arts Festival. Ship Song is a visual feast that incorporates mermaid dance, high-flying aerial feats in the rigging, juggling cargo and a live band as an integral part of the action.

All designed into the evocative space of Shed 11 on the waterfront, (Wellington, New Zealand).

We are able to bring this creation to the festival thanks to help from CAPITAL E NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL, TRUST HOUSE CHARITABLE TRUST, WELLINGTON CITY COUNCIL and with sponsorship from YOGA CENTRAL.

Directed by Jessica Sutherland, with performances by Fergus Aitken, Salena Govind, Pipi-Ayesha Evans, Rhys Latton, Isaac Smith, Amanda Maclean and Shaun Elley, designed by Zoe Fox, Sefton Bates and Ake Ake.

AkeAke Theatre Company
Devised Choreographic Theatre & Collaborative Work




Craftwerk CHCH is looking for vendors for the next event.
Email and tell them what crafty bizz-nizz you get up to.
Don't be scared to apply! take it from the bedroom to the streets!


Craftwerk AUCKLAND
Saturday 17th, 1-4pm
Spiegeltent, Britomart.

Feat. Bearcat, The Gladeyes, Artisan Guns, and Teacups.



Wellington Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Michael Vinten, to perform Schubert, Vinten and Elgar

Schubert's famous Unfinished Symphony will have a slightly less unfinished performance in Wellington on Sunday, 1 April.

Musical director and composer Michael Vinten will conduct the Wellington Chamber Orchestra in a programme that includes Schubert's Symphony No 8 in B Minor with a third movement which he has completed himself, based on sketches left by the composer.

"Schubert wrote nearly as many incomplete symphonies as complete, six and seven respectively," Vinten comments. "It is still something of a mystery as to why he never completed this one in B Minor although he frequently allowed work on other pieces interrupt his larger scale compositions. It is likely that he simply never got back to it."
Franz Schubert was just 31 years old when he died in 1828. His B Minor Symphony has been regarded as a master work and remained in the orchestral repertoire ever since, usually performed in its two-movement, Unfinished state. A 'classical' symphony conventionally has four movements. The German composer did leave some clues for a third movement - 20 orchestrated bars, a piano sketch and a partial melody. It is this that Michael Vinten has used as a basis for a completed 'Scherzo and Trio' which the Wellington Chamber Orchestra will perform in this concert.

Vinten's dual role as composer and conductor will be confirmed in a second piece in the afternoon concert when saxophone soloist Simon Brew performs Michael Vinten's Concerto for Alto Saxophone with the orchestra. "This piece was the result of a promise to Simon to write a short work especially for him. It has turned into a five movement concerto," Vinten explains. "Simon premiered the concerto last year with the Wellington Youth Sinfonietta who commissioned the piece. It was also included in the NZSO-SOUNZ Readings in November 2006." Brew, a performance graduate of Massey University's Conservatorium of Music, is also a member of the Wellington-based ensemble Saxcess, and principal saxophone for the Central Band of the RNZAF.

The Wellington Chamber Orchestra's programme will also be completed by a third work, the Froissart Overture by Edward Elgar, chosen in honour of the 150th anniversary of the English composer's birth. The concert will take place at St Andrew's on the Terrace in Wellington, 2:30pm on Sunday, 1 April. Tickets are available from Ticketek, from orchestra members or at the door.



Saturday 17 March, 10am-4pm
City Gallery joins the fun and adds our own special Telecom Prospect 2007 magic to the Capital E National Arts Festival Dominion Post Create-It Carnival. Come along for an exciting family day bursting with free activities for kids, including hands-on art-making, a special treasure hunt around the Gallery, and kids' only exhibition tours. Artist Kim Paton whose work is currently included in Telecom Prospect 2007: New Art New Zealand will also be running workshops based around creatively recycling and reusing waste materials.

He korero a nga kaimahi toi
Sunday 18 March 2pm
Hear first hand from Brett Graham, Rachael Rakena and Gina Matchitt as they discuss their works included in Telecom Prospect 2007, and their wider practices.


Friday 23rd March 6pm-11pm
City Gallery's popular late night Friday returns. Come check out live music and performances from local independent and electronic musicians, Peneloping, Tc Wedde with Luke Buda, and Aspen.
This is a FREE event.


Should we get one for NZ?

The wait is over! The SC Arts Commission's new "Driven by the Arts" license plate is now available for order. Plate numbers from 51 - 200 are $100, and a few numbers ranging from 22 - 30 are still available for $200. Both the $200 and $100 premiums are tax-deductible gifts to the SC Arts Foundation and will benefit arts education programs for schools and communities across the state. Plate purchasers must also pay the $70 specialty license plate fee to the SC Dept. of Motor Vehicles. Plates numbered above 200 will be available through the SC DMV by late spring. For more information or to purchase a plate, visit



Arie Hellendoorn, Julian Bishop, Daniel Shaw, Eugenius Van Penseel.

The Engine Room
21st March - 31st March
Opening Celebration March 20th at 5.30p.m.
The Engine Room is proud to present Dialect, the fourth exhibition in a series of annual exhibitions, curated by Arie Hellendoorn.

Dialect uses portraiture as a thematic springboard toward the development of a body of work.

This is a multi media installation involving painting, photography, sculpture and computer generated work, featuring new work by Arie Hellendoorn, Julian Bishop, Daniel Shaw, and Eugenius Van Penseel.

The Engine Room is a Public Art Gallery comprised of some of the finest white walls in Wellington. Dialect represents a continued focus on developing an important site within Wellington for the exhibition of diverse and interesting contemporary art. Established in Late 2005, the Engine Room is located on the Massey University campus and is managed by the school of Fine Arts. Try your best to spot the squirrel.

For further information, interview inquiries or to obtain images for reproduction, please contact:

The Engine Room
Massey School of Fine Arts, Wellington
Access via Entrance C, Upper Taranaki Street
Eastern Corner, Block 1

Opening Hours Wednesday- Saturday, 12p.m.-4p.m.
T: 04 801 5799 X6313


year running, Young and Hungry's FESTIVAL OF NEW WORKS brings us a dynamic and diverse series of one-act plays for young actors. The three plays; The Life, Death and Afterlife of Felix the Unfortunate, Fitz Bunny, Lust for Glory and The Henchman are performed in sequence each night at Bats Theatre from June 15 - 30th.

The auditions for Young and Hungry's Festival Of New Works are on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of March 2007 at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School in Newtown, Wellington.

Young and Hungry's provides a unique springboard into a professional theatre environment. Our mentoring process places young people with respected practitioners, a collaboration that not only creates vital new, New Zealand work but is a breeding ground for New Zealand's creative communities.

The Young and Hungry Festival of New Works premieres three new New Zealand plays that offers maximum opportunity for access and participation by the youth of Wellington both as participants (aged 15-25) and audience members (aged 13-30)

The theme for the 2007 Festival of New Works is 'Ambition'.
The following three plays are:

The Life, Death and Afterlife of Felix Unfortunate
by Zoe Deverick - directed by L'hibou Hornung

A tale of magic surrealism...
Ever found yourself searching for a method to the madness? Maybe
you're trapped in a surreal underworld where a totalitarian power seeks to eliminate all non-conformity, and only the girl of your dreams (you think) can save you? These are the things Felix Unfortunate must contend with. Will he discover the meaning of identity, love, life and the afterlife, before it's too late?

Fitz Bunny: Lust for Glory
by Grant Buist - directed by James Hadley

A musical that is Shorter than Maui, pinker than Sir Edmund Hillary. Exponentially fiercer than Katherine Mansfield. The inspirational story of rock star Fitz Bunny, New Zealand's first rabbit Prime Minister. A rousing tale of Bolshevik sheep, global thermonuclear war, and four-part harmony singing.

The Henchman -
by Dean Hewison - directed by Rachel More

Hugely physical theatre where freshly unemployed Adam accepts a job as a henchman for super villain Double Cross, discovering that crime not only pays, it also throws in health benefits and a flame-thrower. But when the fortressis infiltrated by hammer-wielding superheroes, Adam finds his new job a little bloodier than he bargained for.

The auditions for Young and Hungry's Festival Of New Works are real soon!!!

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of March 2007 at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School in Newtown, Wellington.

Interested participants, as cast or crew, can email Sally at We'll then register you and tell you where and when to come along and what you will need.



Kia ora, hello, teenaa taatou katoa.

Piki mai, kake mai ki runga i te kaupapa nei.

This is a call to established and new writers to submit poems for a new anthology of Aotearoa New Zealand poetry about global issues. The anthology will feature poems about events and situations in the world that challenge, anger or excite us, that we fear or long for. From privatisation to peace, from human rights to global warming, from trade to famine, there are important poems to be written.

Edited by Hinemoana Baker and Maria McMillan, first and foremost this will be a literary volume of top-notch, well-crafted poems. We want writing that raises awareness without resorting to rhetoric, touches on enormous subjects without being heavy-handed, poems that somehow move us and/or inform us without being didactic. A place where politics meets literature and each brings out the best in the other.

Hard call? We believe it can be done. Kia kaha, kia maaia koutou - kua takoto te manuka. Prove us right.

This anthology is a project of Dev-Zone, Aotearoa's independent, not-for-profit resource centre on global issues.

Send submissions to

For more information and submission guidelines, visit, or telephone 04 4729549 for information to be posted to you.

Submissions close Saturday, 30 June 2007.





Next up


Will Showcase World Class Artwork

Maori artwork is rapidly becoming a "hot" new industry and export earner for New Zealand, with international promotion and marketing being led by the artists themselves.

MAORI MARKet will be the largest assembly of contemporary Maori art from over 100 leading and emerging artists when it opens the doors for the first time at Wellington's TSB Event Centre on Queens Wharf from April 27 to 29

It will feature paintings, weaving, sculpture, wood, silver, bone, gold, and greenstone carving, clay, Ta Moko or traditional tattoo with items ranging in price from $500 to $80,000. It is being staged by Toi Maori, a charitable trust established by artists in 1996 for the promotion of contemporary Maori arts.

MAORI MARKet will also feature a fashion parade of contemporary woven fibre and feather shoulder garments, Maori Tourism ventures, Maori food and wine, dealer galleries, Maori art school graduate work, and live displays of Ta Moko, clay artists and contemporary jewellers. It is supported by Te Puni Kokiri and the Wellington City Council and Pataka Museum.

Toi Maori general manager Garry Nicholas said two significant exhibitions of Maori art at Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver in 2003 and last year confirmed the growing market for Maori arts in North America. Sales for the Kiwa exhibition were just over $500,000 and at last year's Manawa exhibition they cleared $1 million

Eleven North American art collectors had already booked for MAORI MARKet and more are expected.

"MAORI MARKet is about raising the mark. We know the work is equal to the best in the world, but we must showcase it in this type of forum and then promote the event as a 'must see' phenomenon that will draw national and international critics and collectors to Wellington," Mr Nicholas said.


City Gallery Wellington
Friday 20 + Saturday 21 April 2007

A highlight of Prospect 2007: New Art New Zealand's events extravaganza is a
symposium aimed at emerging curators, writers, artists, publishers and arts programmers
working in the contemporary visual arts sector. The keynote address will be delivered by international guest speaker Juliana Engberg-Artistic Director ACCA (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art), curator and writer. Engberg's talk (Friday 20 April, 6pm) is entitled 'Spot the Difference: Art versus the World'.

On Saturday 21 April the symposium continues all day, featuring a response to the keynote, propositions and provocations by artists, and a series of discussions looking at current issues relating to art writing and criticism, questions around audience, and exhibitionary and 'institutional' structures. Speakers on this day will be drawn from around New Zealand.

Travel funding assistance is available to participants from around New Zealand who would otherwise not be able to resource the trip. National Services Te Paerangi and City Gallery Wellington have a limited pool of travel scholarships available. Priority will be given to applicants of Maori and Pacific Island descent, as well as those from geographically isolated areas, and/or small organisations with minimal operating budgets. To apply, download the application form from or email Applications close 5pm, Friday 23 March 2007.

Full programme details and a list of confirmed speakers will be released in late March.

Spot the Difference: Art versus the World
Described as "an impeccable eye wedded to a keen intellect" and "Australia's most maverick and ambitious curator of contemporary art", Juliana Engberg is Artistic Director ACCA (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art), Melbourne. She is concurrently curator of the Melbourne Festival Visual Arts Programs. She has recently curated new projects including Martin Creed, Daniele Puppi, Callum Morton and Fiona Tan.

Engberg has been the curator of over 400 exhibitions and other major art events. In 1999
she was the Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed Melbourne Biennial: Signs of
Life. A prolific writer and editor, she has produced over 1,500 articles, essays and
catalogues for local and international art journals, newspapers, catalogues as well as
contributing to numerous conferences and forums.

Cost: Keynote and Symposium: early bird rate (until 30 March) $35, from 1 April $45
Keynote address only: $15 (strictly limited numbers available).

Bookings: See



Seeing Mt Victoria in a different light
Wellington artistTetyana Khytko's new landscape paintings share the walls of NZ Academy of Fine Arts with the artwork of ten other artists in the SOLO 24 exhibition.

Tetyana's semi-abstract oils and watercolours depict many places in Wellington, but Mt Victoria with its steep streets and small houses has a special attraction to her. Five of her paintings devoted to McFarlane Street. But don't be too critical of details - they are a mixture of reality and fantasy.

SOLO 24 Artists: Stewart MacKay, Tetyana Khytko, Susan Knaap, Phil Dickson, Jane Santos, Anne Johnston, Eric Heath, Rae van't Hof, Jane Sinclair, Brendon Tohill and guest ceramic artist Onlie Ong.

Exhibition season: Sat 24 March to Mon 9 April
Venue: NZ Academy of Fine Arts, 1 Queens Wharf, Wellington
Hours: Daily 10am - 5pm Free entry



Come One Come All...... to the great, the spectacular, the stupendous
Owhiro Bay Summer Arts Markets

Inviting all quirky crafty creative folk to host a stall at our Market Day

$10.00 a stall
Saturday the 31st of March
9am - 4pm
3 happy Valley Road

Come take a look at our Creative Warehouse converted into art studios p.s. tell your friends


The Centre for NZ Music, SOUNZ, wishes to employ someone for 4 hours per week to assist with cleaning and other duties in the office.

We would prefer someone who has worked in an office or has cleaning experience, is flexible and friendly and reads and appreciates music.

Hours: 4 hours - one half day per week, preferably Thursday or Friday
Pay: Fair, but not great!
Duties: Include cleaning, photocopying, filing and more interesting things from time to time.
Extras: Possible opportunity for occasional casual work outside agreed hours.
When: Immediate start

Applications close: 5pm, Wednesday 21st March.

Please ask for a job description or contact:
Liesbeth Kok,
Executive Officer
Centre for NZ Music Trust (SOUNZ) PO Box 10042, Wellington, NZ
Street address: Level 1, 39 Cambridge Terrace
Phone: (04) 801 8602 Fax: (04) 801 8604
Email: Website:



Ann Shelton
a library to scale

8th - 24th March
Opening celebration Wednesday 7 March from 6pm
Artist talk Saturday 10th March, 2pm

a library to scale


Ann Shelton was born in Timaru, New Zealand and now lectures at Massey University, Wellington. In a library to scale, opening at Enjoy this week, Shelton re-presents the personal archive of Fredrick Butler, bringing his vast enterprise into the realm of visibility and acting out a process of excavation that raises as many mysteries as it uncovers. a library to scale depicts 3500 scrapbooks volumes assembled over a life-time and engages its audience in a conversation with ideas of temporality and perception.

Enjoy Public Art Gallery
Level 1, 147 Cuba Street

04 384 0174



Hi there Everyone,

It is that time again to be thinking about your Dance Your Socks Off! shows for 2007.

First up and very important is Grant Applications, below is the information sent out by the Council grants team, please note that there is a seminar on how to apply for these grants tomorrow afternoon, however you are free to apply for them on your own.

This year Dance Your Socks Off! will be Coordinated by myself, Leanne Chivers, Community Recreation Programmer and also Julie Noever, Julie has been working within the Recreation Wellington and Grants teams in council over the last 8 months and has a background in Theatre last year being nominated for most promising new director at The Chapman Tripp Awards. We are really lucky to have her on board this year for Dance Your Socks Off! and hope to tap in to her knowledge of the Wellinton arts scene.

Julie and I will be in touch in the near future to let you know when we are taking registrations of interest for this years programme.

Thanks Leanne and Julie


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Four trays - handles up to A3 - with document feeder
About six years old - one careful little old Arts organisation owner!
Price negotiable around $500
04 801 8602
For more information.


are holding a special event this month.

ANDALUCIAN NIGHTS - with MILES JACKSON - Classical and Flamenco Guitar

A musical journey of passion and beauty. Miles is an outstanding guitarist with a profound affinity for the music and culture of Spain. Virtuosity in both Classical and Flamenco guitar styles make this an inspiring and unique programme.

Enjoy a complimentary glass of Sangria during the interval.

Pataka Museum. Norrie St , Porirua. SATURDAY 31st MARCH, 7.30pm
Members $10 non-members $15

Tickets available from reception at Pataka or mail your cheque to: Friends of Pataka, PO Box 50 058, Porirua.
Queries to the secretary: ph 233 8510, email:



The Graduate
A play by Terry Johnson
Directed by Catherine Downes


"Would you like me to seduce you?
Is that what you're trying to tell me?"

The classic cult comedy that defined a generation is back.

Benjamin Braddock returns home from college with excellent grades but an uncertain future. His father's business partner, Mr. Robinson, recommends that Ben should seize every opportunity that comes his way - so he does. Specifically "Mrs" Robinson.

Sexually awakened by the vivacious Mrs. Robinson, life seems to be on the up for Benjamin until he meets the beautiful Elaine and falls in love. There's one problem: she's Mrs. Robinson's daughter.

The Graduate is a story that has stood the test of time for nearly 40 years. The novel was a 60s cult classic; the ground breaking 1967 film was nominated for seven Academy Awards and made stars out of Dustin Hoffman and Katherine Ross, now the acclaimed stage version of this comical, iconic slice of American pop culture has seduced the West End, Broadway and soon Wellington.

The enduring popularity of The Graduate is due to many factors - the classic 'generation gap' story, the memorable movie performances (from a cast that included Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross) and the iconic imagery and dialogue. It therefore came as no surprise when, in 1998, the American Film Institute published a poll in which The Graduate was named as the seventh most popular motion picture of all time.

"Here's to you Mrs Robinson."

Downstage's very own Catherine Downes directs this iconic and hilarious piece of pop culture and has lined up a fabulous cast to match.

Starring as the scintillating seductress Mrs. Robinson, we welcome home to New Zealand kiwi actress Catherine Wilkin. Catherine's stellar career has seen her perform in London, Oslo, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. Her landmark performance in the Downstage production of Hedda Gabler was internationally successful, garnering an exceptional reception at the Edinburgh Festival.

Catherine's film and TV work is equally extensive and has resulted in Silver Logie and Penguin awards in Australia and a Best Supporting Actress at the NZ Film and Television Awards. Wellington audiences will recognize her as the 'rich bitch' Liz Ryan from McLeod's Daughters.

Her thoughts on playing the iconic figure of Mrs. Robinson, "I love her strength and sharp humour, she's fun and naughty. You get a delicious sense she's on the brink, but utterly in charge of the situation."

"Are you in love Benjamin?
Do you have the audacity? The indecency?"

Julian Wilson: (Benjamin Braddock) Our antihero is versatile Wellington actor Julian Wilson. Recently seen in Death of a Salesman, The Rivals, and as Widow Twankey in Aladdin, 2006 also saw Julian awarded the Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for Best Male Supporting Actor for his role as Cohen in The Underpants. Julian was last seen at Downstage as Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors.

Alistair Browning: (Mr. Braddock) has played in more than 100 theatre productions, including Angels in America, Hamlet, Middle Age Spread, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. TV watchers will have seen him often in Shortland Street, Street Legal and Gloss. Alistair is a self confessed groupie of The Graduate's playwrighter Terry Johnson. He's performed several of his productions and meet the exuberant man himself when he was directed by Johnson in Not Only But Always, a 2004 tele-feature about comedians Peter Cook and Dudley Moore .

Peter Hambleton: (Mr. Robinson) Peter is one of Wellington's most beloved and experienced actors. Recent theatrical highlights include Dr Buller's Birds, Romeo and Juliet, The Cherry Orchard, Master Class, The Goat or Who is Sylvia? and Flagons and Foxtrots - to name but a few.

Geraldine Brophy: (Mrs. Braddock) An amazing and inspiring actor, in her 22 years in the industry she has played more than 150 roles on stage. Geraldine has also proven herself as a writer and director with sell out seasons of her plays The Viagra Monologues and Confessions of a Chocoholic. Geraldine is currently playing Auntie Ina in Flagons and Foxtrots.

Laurel Devenie: (Elaine Robinson) Laurel is a 2006 Toi Whakaari graduate who is currently enjoying an extended run as Jillian in Flagons and Foxtrots. Her film Roadkill won the TV2 Visions of Promise Competition in 2002 and also in 2002 she traveled to the Globe Theatre, London as one of the NZ Shakespeare Company.

Nicole Cosgrove
Phillip Dexter

Bookings 04 801 6946

Performance Times
Monday - Thursday 6.30pm
Friday & Saturday 8pm
Matinees Sat 14 Apr 2pm, 21, 28 Apr 4pm

$20 Public Preview Fri 30 Mar

FREE Post Show Talkback
Monday 2 April

Premium $39
Premium concession/groups 8+ $30
Members $29
Students $28/$18 2hr standby
School parties/Children under 12 yrs $10 per person
Restricted view seats available for all performances

WARNING: contains nudity



Electronic media artist Rachael Rakena has been selected to exhibit a collaborative installation in the world's oldest, most prestigious international art exposition - the Venice Art Biennale - from June to September.

She and Auckland sculptor Dr Brett Graham need to raise $350,000 to ship their installation to Italy and hire and prepare a venue for the four-month show.

Ms Rakena teaches digital art and the art of the moving image in the Mäori Visual Arts programme in Te Pütahi-ä-Toi (School of Mäori Studies) at the University's Palmerston North campus. Dr Graham also taught in the school, and the pair collaborated for an exhibit in last year's Sydney Biennale.

Aniwaniwa, a sculptural and video installation, was exhibited at the Te Manawa gallery in Palmerston North for several months until February. It tells the story of Horahora, a village on the Waikato River that was flooded to create a new dam at Lake Karapiro for hydroelectricity.

The drive to get the project shown in Venice is the initiative of Te Manawa curator Alice Hutchison who, through her contacts with prominent Italian curators Camilla Seibezzi and Milovan Farronato, secured a venue for the show.

Ms Hutchison says Aniwaniwa is perfect for Venice.

"The notion of submersion is highly pertinent to the slowly sinking city of Venice and our Italian colleagues are really excited about this work. While it tells a very specific and local story, its references are very international both in terms of environmental issues, with rising sea levels and global warming, and concerns about cultural loss in an era of globalisation," she says.

The installation features five large suspended sculptures in which film directed and produced by Ms Rakena is projected. The audience is invited to view from the comfort of mattresses and cushions on the floor - marae style - and a point of viewing difference the artists anticipate will be popular. Ms Rakena attended the Venice Biennale in 2005 while exhibiting in France, and says sore feet are a common complaint.

"You're given a map and a programme and you just go for it, racing around the city's cobblestones. It's a wonderful experience. Venice is the apex of the art world and the biennale is a fantastic opportunity to have your work seen at an event which attracts the most important art audience in the world."

Massey Mäori Visual Arts students feature in the film, and the soundtrack is a collaboration between songwriter Whirimako Black, soprano Deborah Wai Kapohe, and electronic musician Paddy Free.

Professor Bob Jahnke, head of Te Pütahi-ä-Toi says Ms Rakena's success has great ramifications for both her career and the University. "Her hard work is a boost for both our PBRF requirements and for students and staff in the Maori Visual Arts programme."

An organising committee has been established, comprising the artists, Ms Hutchison and gallerists Jenny Todd and Alison Bartley. Ms Rakena says the costs involved in exhibiting internationally are huge. They will have spent $150,000 before stepping foot in Italy, and it costs approximately $40,000 to officially register for a place in the catalogues and guides.

New Zealand has participated in the last three biennales, funded by Creative New Zealand, but is not participating as a country this year. The artists' individual application to the funding body is being considered with a decision due in May. They currently have support from Massey, Ngä Pae o te Märamatanga (the National Institute of Research Excellence for Mäori Development and Advancement) and Te Wänanga o Aotearoa.

They will be selling a series of prints from the installation, and on 27 March will be launching their fund-raising campaign at the Wellington City Gallery.



One of New Zealand's largest art events, The Original Art Sale is back for the third year running and organisers are now calling for artists from around the nation to submit works.

The founder and owner recently sold the successful event to the TelstraClear Pacific Event Centre (TCPEC) in Manukau Auckland, a successful not for profit organisation.

TCPEC CEO, Richard Jeffery says, "the event is set to be bigger and better than ever. We have such a fantastic facility here in terms of light, space and location - we can accommodate more works and we're really excited to see what artists will submit this year".

Over the past two years, The Original Art Sale has been a goldmine of talent, offering thousands of affordably priced pieces of art to the New Zealand public. It has established a name among seasoned art-buyers and first-timers alike. It is a perfect fit for TCPEC.

Organisers are currently calling to New Zealand's art community to submit their works. Art of all styles and mediums will be considered; from sculpture, to glassware, photos, paintings and limited release prints.

Works must be priced between $100 and $5,000, a special gala charity night will be held with all funds going to support the smallest and most vulnerable babies in South Auckland.

"We are proud to support the Counties Manukau Birthing and Assessment Unit this year and we're sure the artists will see this as a deserving recipient of a small portion of their work," says Jeffery.

Well known artist Richard Cooper is thrilled to submit his works to this year's sale. "The Original Art Sale is a great opportunity for both emerging and established artists to be involved in a major sale of this size and calibre. The new venue will be perfect for exhibiting their works".

Artists can find information on the criteria and process for submitting works at

For media enquiries, please contact Bridget Burnett on 0274 300 400



Get in 'The Zone' and get with the Programme:
Silkwormgirl brings you arts news, reviews and crazy interviews with talent from Wellington and abroad- every Monday from 5:30-6pm.

Stay tuned for interviews with happenin' bands which so far have included; So So Modern, Universe, Patrice Pike and many more to come- The Sneaks, Phony Bone, The Mint Chicks ... along with reviews sponsored by Lumiere Reader, and White Fungus (alternate weeks).

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Fat Freddy's Drop are intent on wandering out of the public eye to concentrate on making their new album. Vicki Anderson reports.

The crazy, talented cats that make up the absolutely positively Wellington musical phenomena that is Fat Freddy's Drop play in Christchurch next Sunday.

It might be your last chance to see them for a while. The larger-than-life boys with the cartoon alter-egos are going bush - well, to "da beach", actually, to work their collective magic on the much anticipated follow-up to their multi-award- winning debut, Based On A True Story.

"We're focusing on trying to disappear from the public eye for a little bit, trying to build up inspiration for the new album that'll come out probably at the end of the year, and we're just busy working on that now," says towering 1.8m-plus Chris Faiumu (aka DJ Fitchie, aka Mu).

"Part of the reason we're trying to remove ourselves as much as possible is so we're not in the studio worrying about making another album that achieved the same amount of sales as the last one. It's not about that - we're just getting back to the feeling of enjoying making music."

Notorious for their wandering jam sessions that evolve entirely of their own accord and according entirely to island time, the group has cut back on local live shows to get in the right frame of mind.

"This summer we've taken time off from touring. Last summer we did 45 gigs between New Year and the end of March. This year we're doing four gigs this summer in New Zealand all up - next week in Christchurch and the last one is at the Basin Reserve - so that's pretty much it for the local scene.

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Gabriel Kram, artist-in-residence
at Sacatar Foundation

In June of 2006, I arrived on Itaparica Island, off the coast of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, for the beginning of my artist residency at the Sacatar Foundation. This was my third artist residency, my first outside of the United States. I was admitted to Sacatar on the basis of my writing portfolio, and when people asked me what I did I told them I was a writer. I had, at the start of the residency, been writing fiction for eleven years. I had published in literary magazines, and written critical pieces. Six months prior to arriving at Sacatar, I had completed my first novel, which was the re-working of a book I had begun a decade earlier. The manuscript was making its rounds through a gauntlet of literary agents and editors: I had, at that time, queried more than sixty agents.

I arrived at Sacatar deeply fatigued, which seems to be my pattern with residencies. Usually I don’t know I am tired, but this time I did. The spring had been brutal with work for me, and underlying this exhaustion was a feeling of hopelessness that had been mounting in me since March when I attended a Native American ceremony and came away with the feeling that our country was ecologically doomed; that we had passed some kind of tipping point beyond which there was no hope of turning back.

Let me contextualize that statement by explaining, also, that in some way this was the subject of my novel, about a group of superheroes who may or may not be mental patients. I consider American culture to be rather seriously mentally ill, and what the ceremony had reflected back to me seemed to me a confirmation that nothing could be done.

Itaparica Island is an hour by ferryboat from Salvador, which is the colonial capital of Brasil and the cultural capital of Bahia: the norde-este. Sacatar is an oasis on the north end of the island. The sea laps at the doorstep. There are peacocks and fountains on the property; the buildings are open to the air, blending indoor and outdoor space; the verandah in Casa Grande is home to two delicious hammocks. My writing studio was an elevated wood and glass box, floating bird-swoop high, with floor to ceiling windows that retracted to let the wind pass through. The desk was set up so that I found myself looking out over a stretch of beach, glassy in the brilliant light, wherefrom at low tide a roving game of beach soccer brought constant shouts.

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Positively Wellington Business also provides support to the music industry in the Wellington region, from the provision of music video production

to sponsorship of public events like Handle The Jandal (music video making) and the APRA Silver Scroll Award (songwriting and composing).

We recently commissioned a music industry scoping study Growing the Wellington Music Industry which provides a snapshot of the current state of the region’s music industry, and makes recommendations on initiatives to encourage future growth:



The Guardian's book blog has named New Zealand as its current destination of choice on a 'world literature tour' in which it invites readers to nominate the best books and authors from a particular country. This 'survey of the planet's finest writing' was apparently initiated by a user called Diego, who expressed the hope that it might include 'some authors who are currently unknown in the UK'. Readers have thus far put forward a selection of New Zealand writers who might for the most part be classified as 'the usual suspects', but there are a lot of gaps, even in that category. To tell the world about your personal favourites, visit and comment at:



Fulbright New Zealand and Creative New Zealand are currently calling for applications to the Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writers' Residency, an award which offers a New Zealand writer the opportunity to work for three months on a creative writing project exploring Pacific identity, culture or history at the University of Hawai'i. Valued at NZ$30,000, the residency has previously been held by Sima Urale, Tusiata Avia and Victor Rodger. Applications close 2 April 2007. For more information visit or contact Anton Carter, Pacific Islands Arts Adviser at Creative New Zealand - tel (04) 498 0729, email



Wellington City Council Arts Programmes & Services seeks artists and instructors interested in leading weekend workshops. We're developing a new series for the general public, called Into the Arts, with the intention of inviting people to be more creative, learn a new artistic process, explore different media, and learn from a diverse array of interesting creative teachers.

I'm already assembling a small crowd of diverse creative people (thanks for the quick response everyone). All instructors will be paid a handsome wage; workshops are expected to begin in April at the Arts Centre, and fit within a 2-4 hour block; I'll have forms and materials for creative leaders soon.

If you are interested in helping us build our instructor base, and want to propose a workshop or two, please contact Eric at



Greetings from Bahia!

I am writing to remind you that the deadline is fast approaching for applications for a Fellowship to the Instituto Sacatar. Applications must be postmarked by April 10, 2007. In addition to roundtrip airfare between your regional airport and Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, the Instituto Sacatar
provides each artist a bedroom with private bath, a separate studio and all meals, except Saturday evenings, Sundays and holidays. We even will wash your clothes for you. All this on our beautiful estate on the island of Itaparica.
Full details are available at The application form can be downloaded under APPLICATION. The application fee can now be paid via PayPal, also downloadable from the APPLICATION page of the website.

If you have any questions or difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Taylor Van Horne
Instituto Sacatar
Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil



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 2007 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 16 March: One-page form completed and returned to BATS.

STAGE 2: Short List Selection

Monday 19 - Thursday 22 March: BATS holds informal interviews with all those who have submitted expressions of interest.

Wednesday 28 March: Final selection of a small number of groups to further develop their concept.

Wednesday 2 - Friday 4 May : These groups present their concept and a detailed proposal containing budgets, personnel and marketing plans as well as creative content.

STAGE 3: Commissioning

Wednesday 9 May: Two or more groups are commissioned to produce their STAB project.

STAGE 4: Presentation

15 October - 25 November 2007: STAB shows presented/staged

STAGE 5: Reporting

December 2007: Project reports and budgets to be submitted to Creative New Zealand detailing project strengths and challenges.

Fax (04) 802-4010 1 Kent Terrace, Wellington
If you have any questions just give us a call! (04) 802 4176



Lies, Damn Lies, and Mathematics
1950s pulp erotica, dominoes, and the way people operate in layers of truth are the starting points for the physical movement in White Lie at Te Whaea Theatre from Tuesday 27 March to Sunday 1 April.
White Lie is physical dance theatre devised and performed by second year acting students at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School with assistance from performance design, entertainment technology, and performing arts management students. White Lie is choreographed and directed by freelance dancer, choreographer, and tutor Megan Adams.
Megan Adams graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance in 1995 and has performed in the works of some of NZ's best known choreographers including Ann Dewey, Sean Curham and Lisa Densem.
"One of my main interests in devising this show is looking at series, loops, formations and patterns," said Megan. "I'm a maths geek - I did calculus by correspondence while I was at the School of Dance - so I'm basing a lot of the patterns of this show on domino sequences, where the dancers act as the spots on the dominos."
"The music is being specially composed for White Lie by Lucien Johnson," said Megan. "Lucien plays tenor sax, flute and organ. He's a composer and improvisational musician and working with him is fabulous, because together we're really looking at complex rhythm patterns that are moving people out of that NZ addiction to the traditional four-four time."
Megan was the rehearsal director for Shona McCullagh's short film Break (2004) and worked with Douglas Wright as rehearsal director on Black Milk in 2006. Her most recent choreographic work was Rose Parade (2004), which, continuing the mathematical theme, was based on palindromes.
Melanie Firbank is a second year acting student but has spent most of her life as a dancer, in fact she was a student at the New Zealand School of Dance for a year before deciding she preferred acting.
"We spend lots of time exercising our bodies at Toi Whakaari," said Melanie. "But dancing again is brilliant, especially because the emphasis on performance and emotion are so different coming from an actor's perspective."
Barnaby Fredric comes as a complete contrast to Melanie's dance experience - he'd never had a dance lesson in his life before coming to Toi Whakaari.
"I actually got the 'Un-co White Boy' award last year," said Barnaby. "It's a tongue in cheek recognition for the guy with the least co-ordination and dance ability in the class. As the recipient I was a bit worried about keeping up with the pace, but what we are doing is in no way your typical dance performance so that levels the playing field a bit."

What: White Lie by Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School students
When: 7.30pm, Tuesday 27 March - Sunday 1 April
Where: Te Whaea National Dance & Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Road
Cost: $10 / $5
Book: 04 381 9253 (automated line)

Coming soon...

White Lie (27 March - 1 April) - Physical dance theatre devised by 2nd year actors and techs with choreographer Megan Adams.
American Comedy Season (14 - 23 June) - featuring Christopher Durang's Betty's Summer Vacation & A History of the American Film.
Go Solo (6 - 19 August) - 22 new NZ compositions showcasing students' passion and curiosity.
Twelfth Night (22 August - 1 September) - Shakespeare's classic comedy of mistaken identity.
Angels in America Part I: Millennium Approaches (29 September - 6 October) - Tony Kushner's masterpiece of freedom, sex, religion and politics in the 20th Century.
Toi Cabaret (9 - 14 October) - A light and delicious evening of fun.
Classic Cuts (18 - 20 October) - Studio showing of scenes from Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
Arcadia (20-28 October) - Tom Stoppard's comedy of mathematics and love in two time periods.



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For artists of all kinds.
The Wellington Arts Centre has over a dozen studios coming available from May/June, and the call for applications is now on. Emerging and early-career artists of all kinds and disciplines are encouraged to apply; deadline is 28 February.

To arrange a site visit, or get more details, call 385 1929 or stop by Wellington Arts Centre at 61 Abel Smith Street. Get in quick.



Levin Performing Arts Centre is underway with rehearsals for The Full Monty and will be showing their stuff 8-31 March. The Full Monty is a funny and fetching celebration of the resiliency of the human spirit. Both director Alex Gilchrist and Musical Director Baji Brown have pulled a cast together from Palmerston North and Horowhenua for the production.
When 8 -31 March - 8pm (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
Matinee show 24 March 2pm
Twilight show 18 March 6pm
Where Levin Performing Arts Society, Queen St East, Levin
Entry Tickets from Bernina, 204 Oxford Street Levin Ph 06 368 3680. Foxton Bookshop and Pharmacy, 82 Main Street, Foxton Ph 06 363 8640

Contact Enquiries to




World of WearableArt
is now calling for entries. For a 2007 entry kit visit
or call 03 548 9299. Entries close 1 May 2007.



We are now open late nights Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights til 8 pm
over the summer months to service the growing popularity of our gallery.

Come and join us for a glass of wine and share with us some fabulous
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Paintings by Rachael Foster
March 6 - 25
Rachael Foster is a fresh young Kiwi painter with a super realism style.
She has a strong appreciation and concept of home.
Her work captures a snapshot in time, when New Zealand was striving
to come forward from the isolation of 'down under'. Her paintings of
iconic Kiwi imagery leap from the canvas rich with colours reminiscent
of 50's advertising. Rachael says: "It makes me proud to be what
we are as a place... I attempt to share with you my delight in the
ordinary things of New Zealand that are seen but not examined by most
of us."

An Exhibition of Contemporary Jewellery
March 15 - April 14

Jewellery that regards percussive and repeditive elements:
that investigates the transference of something from one medium to another.

Neke Moa (Wellington)
Cheryl Sills (Auckland)
Natalie Mason (Wellington)

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday 10.30 - 6
Wednesday 10.30 - 8
Thursday 10.30 - 8
Friday 10.30 - 8
Saturday 10.30 - 6

cnr blair & wakefield st
ph 04 801 9795,com



Works-in-progress announced
for the
Magdalena Aotearoa National Gathering
5-10 April 2007, Wellington

Magdalena Aotearoa is delighted to announce the eight works-in-progress which have been selected for the National Gathering - listed below. We are very excited by the strength and variety of the work, in terms of style, process and themes. The artists range from relative newcomers to experienced practitioners, and geographically from Auckland to Hastings and Christchurch in the south.

The National Gathering is an unique opportunity for you to get an inside view of how theatre work - whether it's devised or scripted - can be developed. Each work-in-progress presentation will be followed by a discussion with "responders", peers and audience members, and there will be time between the presentations for further discussions around the work and development of work in general.

The Gathering is also a chance to meet with innovative and experienced women theatre makers from around the country in an informal and friendly environment, to develop your own networks and meet potential collaborators, mentors and colleagues.

Registration for the National Gathering is still open, for both men and women participants. The extended early bird discount offer finishes tomorrow, Tuesday 20th February. Registration forms and further details including full and daily prices are on the web site:

We look forward to seeing you at the National Gathering.


Skeleton Woman: A contemporary New Zealand response to the powerful Inuit myth of the skeleton woman, devised and performed by Helen Moran, with director Jane Gilmer and writer Kathleen Gallagher. It has already been professionally produced (catch it in Wellington at BATS, March 2-4) and Helen will be seeking feedback on specific areas including use of multimedia, Maori aspect, and setting up a national and international tour.

Mortally Wounded: a collaborative devised performance by Louise Tu'u and Alexa Wilson, dealing with the healing of personal and social histories - it will map the body as the battlefield onto the Auckland volcanic landscape. The show opens in Auckland a week after the Gathering, so they are looking for constructive critical feedback and open-minded opinions. (Alexa is also performing at the Fringe in Quixotic Parables, opening next Tuesday 20th at BATS).

What It Means To Be Civilised: A new work exploring what it means to be civilised, devised by an ensemble including Bronwyn Bent, Ksenya Chobanovich, Nell Thomas, Chrissie Butler, Kieran Monoghan and Jeff Henderson. The group is intersted in feedback on the dramaturgy, audience relationship and visual impact.

Does This Make Sense To You?: A stage adaptation of Renée's novel of the same name, this work addresses the topical issue of teen pregnancy and is directed by Lilicherie McGregor with a cast including Madeline McNamara and Dale Ferris. An invited audience of teen mothers will attend the rehearsed reading at the Gathering and feedback will be sought from this specific target audience.

Double Helix: The story of the mystery of DNA is the starting point for a performance that embodies and physicalises the human dilemma of competition versus cooperation - concept by Nancy Fulford, with four actors. Nancy is interested in finding actors to work with, technical ideas and support, and exploring musical accompaniment.

Kitchen Drawers: This will be the third and final part of a longer work, The Voyage, by Rose Beauchamp, featuring puppetry, mask and clown and exploring themes of living, dying and being present through the contents of her mother's kitchen drawers. Rose is particularly looking for dramaturgical feedback from people with some experience or feeling for clown work.

The Lady and the Hooligan: A Melodrama in as Many Acts: Pauleen Hayes has written a three-act script based on the story of Flossie Le Mar, an eccentric vaudeville entertainer and pacifist who toured Australasia during the 1900s with her husband, demonstrating the benefits of Ju Jitsu for women "set upon by the evil designs of men." Pauleen is interested in exploring - with humour - the concept of sexual violence as a random, inadvertently latent, vaguely inherent male legacy. As well as finding possible collaborators, Pauleen is also looking for overall feedback on the dramaturgy, music, use of multi-media and choreography.

Winter: A one-act play by Diane Spodarek about a U.S. national who comes to live in New Zealand with her Kiwi partner; the script has had workshop readings at the Playmarket conference and in New York. Diane is pondering whether it needs to be developed to a full-length production or stay as one act, as well as how to go deeper into the psyche of two people from opposite ends of the earth, and how to reach an NZ audience with a Kiwi character when she, the writer, is not a Kiwi.

Magdalena Aotearoa Trust
PO Box 27 300
Aotearoa New Zealand



070707: UpStage Festival - call for participation
a festival of live online performances to celebrate the launch of UpStage 2
You are warmly invited to create your own original cyberformance and perform it to a global audience, using UpStage -

Purpose-built for live interactive performance events, UpStage is easy and fun to use. It works via a web browser so you don't need to download or install anything to create or attend a performance. The UpStage team can help you to learn how to use the software and give advice on devising work in UpStage and creating graphics.

To learn more about UpStage, come to the next open session: Wednesday 7 March, 9pm New Zealand time - check here for your local time:

To submit a proposal, email the following information to

- working title of your cyberformance and 3-4 sentences about it;
- names and locations of people involved;
- brief background/bios (not more than 300 words);
- preferred time(s), in your local time, for presentation on 070707;
- contact email and postal address.

Performances can be on any theme or topic - adapt a stage classic, tell your own story or go for the avant garde! The only rules are it must be no longer than 21 minutes, and must be created and performed in UpStage.

The deadline for submissions is MARCH 31 2007; selections will be made shortly after this and you will be advised as soon as possible.
The festival will take place online in UpStage, and screened at the New Zealand Film Archive, Wellington, NZ, on 070707 (7 July 2007). There is no entry fee; participating artists will be listed in a printed programme and on the UpStage web site, and will receive a DVD of the festival and copies of promotional material.

The development of UpStage 2 has been funded by the Community Partnership Fund of the New Zealand Government's Digital Strategy; project partners are CiityLink, MediaLab and Auckland University of Technology.
For futher information, email or visit



Belinda Curran's exhibition Blindsight.
Aaron Laurence Gallery
24 February - 24 March 2007.

Belinda Curran is a mechanical kinetic artist. 'I bring machines to life'. Her solo show, 'Blindsight' introduces a set of sci-fi robotic arms that will sense the viewer as they 'probe the air as if aware of their surroundings,' says Curran.
The name 'Blindsight' refers to a condition in which someone is apparently blind but if nudged, can respond to visual information without conscious perception.
'All my work stems from an interest in science merging with humans. I am interested to see where we are going with technology, as we become our future.'
Curran started out as an English Literature graduate, but chose to pursue mechanical art after finding that she wanted to make a statement that was so solid it could not be knocked down - literally. 'You don't get much more solid than steel.' As a welder's daughter, Curran was interested in 'making the tools that make the tools,' and began a toolmaker's apprenticeship. She then successfully hounded Academy award winning animatronics expert Chris Chitty to teach her how to 'breath life into the work.' He has been acting as her mentor ever since.
A full-time artist's assistant to Wellington artist Elizabeth Thomson, last year Curran worked solidly on the artist's City Gallery retrospective exhibition. She earned enough time off to enable her to work full-time over January on her own pieces and has hardly stepped out of the workshop since. 'It is hard work', says the artist. 'After nine solid hours of threading the piping, tubes and valves of one robotic arm I was swearing like a trucker'.
Curran has not yet named her latest work, preferring to see what kind of qualities the work develops as a 'living' structure. 'I'm looking forward to putting it in the gallery where it will acquire it's own persona,' she says.
There the new work will join 'Alice' (named by art dealer Peter Mc Cleavey), a larger-than-life mechanical spider-looking sculpture that grinds its own bony spine with sandpaper and makes pharmaceutical tablets from the powder.
Her show, 'Blindsight' opens at the Aaron Laurence Gallery in Lambton Quay (an underground space next door to Sounds music shop) on Saturday 24 February and runs until 24 March.

Aaron Laurence Gallery

+64 (0)274 358 985 (under construction) (Temporary but very cool)

326 Lambton Quay, Basement
New Zealand

Open 11-6pm Tues-Fri 12-4pm Sat
Or by appointment



Adam Playreading Series 2007 - deadline for scripts Friday March 30th

This is now in its eleventh year in Wellington and is set for August and September at Downstage Theatre. It provides rehearsed readings of four full-length NZ plays ready to be considered for professional production, and yet to be produced in Wellington. This is an ideal opportunity for playwrights to receive professional presentations of their full-length work at close to final draft stage. Many plays have been picked up for production as a result of this series (three of last year's for instance).The series is organised by the Downstage Theatre Society, Playmarket and Downstage Theatre, with the generous support of The Adam Foundation.

E copy of scripts (preferably - if you send hard copy please include sae if you would like it returned) should be submitted to Playmarket (, or PO Box 9767, Te Aro, Wellington) before the final deadline for submissions on Friday March 30th. Please make sure you include a full list of characters with brief description, and a brief synopsis. Please get in touch if you have any queries.


PANNZ 2007

PromPT is presenting the next New Zealand's Performing Arts Market
March 20 - 21, 2007 at THE EDGE in Auckland. This market is New Zealand's sole marketplace for New Zealand and international touring works where producers, venues and festivals can meet, network, and get a glimpse of some of the incredible shows planning to tour. The 2007 market will also offer some exciting workshop opportunities for both venues and producers. If you have a play with a producer/director attached, and are interesting in being involved, check out their website:



Biography, neuropsychology, photography, China and the economy feature as seven more international guests are confirmed for the 2007 Auckland Writers & Readers Festival:
Paul Broks (UK) a neuropsyschologist whose bestselling book Into the Silent Land is a mix of neurological case studies, speculative fiction and memoir, prompting comparisons with Oliver Sacks.
Carolyn Burke (Aus/US) biographer extraordinaire of iconic photographer Lee Miller.
Percival Everett (US) winner of the 2006 PEN USA Literary Award for Fiction for Wounded and author of the cult novel Erasure.
Joanne Harris (UK) much-loved novelist and Francophile is back with Lollipop Shoes; her sequel to Chocolat.
Will Hutton (UK) best-selling politico-economics writer visits Auckland to expand on his new book The Writing on the Wall: China and the West in the 21st Century.
Patrick Marnham (UK) author of Mary Wesley's biography Wild Mary will share the stage with Wesley's son, literary agent Toby Eady.
Xinran Xue (China/UK) updates us with her new work and travels since the runaway success of The Good Women of China.
Already confirmed Auckland Writers & Readers Festival authors are Tim Winton, Richard Ford, Kate Grenville, Carrie Tiffany, Pico Iyer, Don Winslow and Philip Ardagh. Festival Director Jill Rawnsley says there are still a number of international guests to come - not to mention an impressive cast of local writers. There will be an announcement on further international and local guests in early March.
The final programme will be launched on 29 March, on line at and in printed format Public bookings open on Thursday 5 April at Ticketek.



Arts Residencies Rotorua are pleased to announce that applications for a Writer in Residence 2007
are now being accepted. The closing date for applications is Friday 20th April 2007.
The successful applicant will be provided with rent-free self contained accommodation, a separate workplace, and a grant paid fortnightly during the twenty weeks from Monday 11th June to Sunday 28th October 2007.
The literary achievement to date of each applicant and their ability to produce a work of substantial literary quality will be a major factor during the selection process.
The 2007 Writer's Residency in Rotorua is funded by Creative Communities Rotorua, the Rotorua District Council and The Rotorua Trust, and hosted by the Waiariki Institute of Technology and Rotorua Writers group.
Visit for further information.
Application forms are available by e/mail from also from -The Secretary
Rotorua Writers, PO Box 1972, Rotorua 3040.



Toi Whakaari, the New Zealand Drama School, is calling for proposals to research, write and undertake oversight of the publication of a history of the school. The proposed history will give a temporal narrative of the school from its inception to its present, including accounts of the people, events and milestones. Alongside this, the project will research and analyse the changes in perception of New Zealand culture(s) and the school's place in responding to, mediating or shaping a changing landscape in performance and the arts. The project will also encompass discussion of the forward agenda including challenges and perceptions for the school's future that are evidenced in the thinking and documentation of school practitioners and stakeholders (trustees, students, graduates, Boards and staff.

This research involves direct contact with students, past and present, teachers and mentors, archival material held within the school and by the University of Victoria and in other libraries. Ethical sensitivity will be a prime consideration and consent and clearance will be negotiated with all sources by the contracted researcher/writer.

Toi Whakaari, the New Zealand Drama School, will offer initial funding of $10,000. Further funding will be sought by the successful candidate for the project through agencies such as Creative New Zealand.
If you would like more information on the scope of the project contact Annie Ruth at Toi Whakaari







"Introduction to Michael Chekhov's Acting Technique"

In this 1-day workshop Bert van Dijk will introduce participants to some of the principles of Michael Chekhov's approach to acting that eloquently connects the body with our imagination.

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

The total of physical and vocal actions of the performer can be seen as the vessel of a performance. It is the performer's secret how to fill this vessel with feeling, intention and imagination.

Participants will find out how to work with Archetypal Gesture to create intention and how to work with Atmosphere to create feeling.

Date: Saturday March 30, 2007 (10.00 - 16.00)
Venue: TARARUA TRAMPING CLUB, Moncrioeff St., Mt Vic, Wellington
Cost: $35 Early Bird (If paid by March 15) / $50 Full Fee
Booking: Ph 04 233 2090 / 021 1857956

"Singing from the Souls of our Feet"

Singing is an essential part of the experience and celebration of life itself. It fulfils the human need for self-expression and belonging: to be unique and to be part of a collective. After the thundering success of last years Singing workshop Bert returns to teach a brand new collection of exciting polyphonic songs from around the world, each capturing a unique rhythm and mood!

Date: Sunday April 1, 2007 (10.00 - 16.00)
Venue: TARARUA TRAMPING CLUB, Moncrioeff St., Mt Vic, Wellington
Cost: $35 Early Bird (If paid by March 15) / $50 Full Fee
Booking: Ph 04 233 2090 / 021 1857956



All NZ charities must register no later than 1 July 2008 (that's next year), otherwise they risk losing income tax exemption and charitable gift duty-free status along with tax rebates for donors. Registration is now officially open (this month onwards).

The website for the Charities Commission is
Locate the forms and contacts there. Now go, do it.



The New Zealand Book Council has announced an extensive season of events in Auckland and Wellington through June. It features local and international authors including Marina Lewycka (A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian), Conn Iggulden (The Dangerous Book for Boys), Bill Bryson, Lloyd Jones, Damien Wilkins, Carrie Tiffany and many more. For the full programme visit



Coming next from Stagecraft :

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
By Christopher Hampton
Directed by Meredith Dooley

Hampton's masterly adaptation , the basis for both the 1988 film "Dangerous Liaisons" ( staring John Malkovich, Glenn Close and Michelle Pfeiffer) as well as the hugely successful stage play, is at once daring and delicate, exhilarating and intimate....

The notorious Vicomte de Valmont is determined to seduce virtuous Madame de Tourvel, whos' husband is absent. At the same time, the Marquise de Merteuil is determined to corrupt the young Cecille de Volanges, recently brought out of a convent to be married.

Crackling with wit and wickedness, Les Liaisons Dangereuses depicts the decadence of the French aristocracy shortly before the French Revolution, as ex-loversValmont and Merteuil play their cruel games and pervert pure innocents - with tragic results.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses is on at the Gryphon Theatre, 22 Ghuznee Street and runs as follows:
21 - 24 March - 8 pm
25 March - 4 pm
27, 28 March - 6.30 pm
29 - 31 March - 8 pm

Tickets are $18 waged, and $15 unwaged, members or groups of 10 or more. Remember our two for one night on Thursday 22 March.

Bookings, ph 385 0532 or book online at

As the Financial Times put it Les Liaisons Dangereuses "bristles with tart, funny and exquisitely moulded lines - supple and addictive contemporary playwriting at its very best"


is starting a CD-R "singles club"

Members of the club receive in the mail each month a brand new hand made, hand packaged, numbered, extremely limited edition split single by two awesome New Zealand bands. The tracks might be old, new, exclusive...anything I want. I might occasionally stick other stuff on the discs, like remixes...extra tracks etc...

Joining the club costs $30 per 6 months or $60 for 12 months. Do it now. See below.

A LOW HUM Singles Club:
Series 1. Jan 1st 2007 - June 30th 2007
Series 2. July 1st 2007 - Dec 31st 2007

You can join at any stage and you will receive any CDs you missed any coming in this period. As soon as June finishes the Series 1 catalogue will be deleted and will NEVER be available again. So don't muck around

This price is for sending within New Zealand only. If you live outside of New Zealand, please email: alowhum (at) for shipping options.

DIRECT CREDIT: Email - alhshop (at) and we'll give you information about how to make bank payment

CHEQUE: Send a Cheque for $30 or $60 to Blink, 55 Hall Street, Newtown, Wellington. Make sure to include your name, mailing address and email address on the back of cheque.

TRADEME: Click the following link -



Artists can register now for the 2007 show, planned for August 2-5 in Wellington. Get all the details, and begin the registration process, here





The New Zealand Poetry Society's 2007 International Poetry Competition is under way, and closes on 30th May. There are 4 sections: Open Verse and Haiku, in adult and junior categories. The junior sections are open to young people below the age of 17 at the date of closing.

There are cash prizes, and place-winners and other selected poems will be published in The New Zealand Poetry Society's annual Anthology, to be launched in November 2007.

This year's judges are: James Norcliffe (Open Verse), Ernest Berry (Haiku), Bernard Gadd (Junior Open), and Patricia Prime (Junior Haiku).

Full competition details and entry forms can be obtained from the website: Last year's results and judges' comments are also on the website.

Further enquiries and requests for hard copies of the entry forms can be directed to:
The Competition Secretary, PO Box 5283, Wellington 6145 (enclosing a SSAE) or from:



Wellington's first soundwalk mixes historical narrative, music, and the sound of the streets...


(Thanks Alison)

Wellington's Taxi Drivers
You are Invited by artist Alison Jones
To participate in Thanks Driver a unique community arts project
happening in early 2007

What it is: A photographic exhibition that seeks to reveal the range and diversity of Wellington's taxi driving community. To many, the driver is the often anonymous person who gets them from A to B safely and quickly: not particularly remembered or acknowledged after the ride is over. Thanks Driver will showcase about 25 drivers, through a series of documentary photographs by Alison Jones. The project hopes to show each taxi driver in three different situations: a portrait of the driver with his/her cab; the driver in his/her home setting, lunge, or domestic life; and the driver doing an activity or hobby that he/she is passionate about. With a series of three-fold images, Thanks Driver seeks to reveal the subjects as a unique and diverse aspect of the Wellington's community.

What's in it for the drivers: This project will provide an opportunity to have photography represent your life and identity to the wider community. We are inviting all of Wellington's drivers to take part. Those who participate will help depict the multi-faceted people who drive our local taxis (musician, student, diver, dog trainer, radio presenter, artist, scientist, etc). Thanks Driver will also provide an opportunity for the subjects to present their views on life, Wellington City, and their jobs. The final images will be exhibited in late 2007, with everyone involved invited to see the photographs. The artist, Alison Jones, will also present each driver will be presented with a photographic print of their three images.

Where is it: Thanks Driver will be exhibited at the Toi Poneke/ Wellington Arts Centre gallery, 61 Abel Smith Street, in October 2007. The images collected for the project will be used for this project only. After the exhibition, the prints will be gifted to the National Library of New Zealand collection as documentary archives for the nation (if the drivers/subjects have given their permission).

Who's involved: Alison Jones is a keen and committed Wellington artist with 16 years experience in photographing people and documentary subjects that interest her. She has a suite of work in the Wellington Museum of City and Sea collection, featuring early 1990's railway workers and passengers on Wellington's train platforms and suburban units. Alison would like Thanks Driver to be a collaboration between her and the participating subjects, and wants to develop the project and final images in consultation with the taxi drivers who are keen to be part of this art and community project. Initial portrait shooting will begin in January 2007.

If you are interested in being part of the Thanks Driver project
please contact Alison Jones on 021 58 4554 or 04 976 4391



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Eric Vaughn Holowacz
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Wellington Arts Centre
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Wallace Stevens's enigmatic American poem, involving a lone beach, a woman singing, the warm Caribbean waters, reflection and epiphany, a return to town, and a new comprehension of art, and the uses of human expression.

The Idea of Order at Key West

She sang beyond the genius of the sea.
The water never formed to mind or voice,
Like a body wholly body, fluttering
Its empty sleeves; and yet its mimic motion
Made constant cry, caused constantly a cry,
That was not ours although we understood,
Inhuman, of the veritable ocean.

The sea was not a mask. No more was she.
The song and water were not medleyed sound
Even if what she sang was what she heard,
Since what she sang was uttered word by word.
It may be that in all her phrases stirred
The grinding water and the gasping wind;
But it was she and not the sea we heard.

For she was the maker of the song she sang.
The ever-hooded, tragic-gestured sea
Was merely a place by which she walked to sing.
Whose spirit is this? we said, because we knew
It was the spirit that we sought and knew
That we should ask this often as she sang.

If it was only the dark voice of the sea
That rose, or even colored by many waves;
If it was only the outer voice of sky
And cloud, of the sunken coral water-walled,
However clear, it would have been deep air,
The heaving speech of air, a summer sound
Repeated in a summer without end
And sound alone. But it was more than that,
More even than her voice, and ours, among
The meaningless plungings of water and the wind,
Theatrical distances, bronze shadows heaped
On high horizons, mountainous atmospheres
Of sky and sea.
It was her voice that made
The sky acutest at its vanishing.
She measured to the hour its solitude.
She was the single artificer of the world
In which she sang. And when she sang, the sea,
Whatever self it had, became the self
That was her song, for she was the maker. Then we,
As we beheld her striding there alone,
Knew that there was never a world for her
Except the one she sang and, singing, made.

Ramon Fernandez, tell me, if you know,
Why, when the singing ended and we turned
Toward the town, tell why the glassy lights,
The lights in the fishing boats at anchor there,
As the night descended, tilting in the air,
Mastered the night and portioned out the sea,
Fixing emblazoned zones and fiery poles,
Arranging, deepening, enchanting night.

Oh! Blessed rage for order, pale Ramon,
The maker's rage to order words of sea
Words of the fragrant portals, dimly-starred,
And of ourselves and our origins,
In ghostlier demarcations, keener sounds.

Wallace Stevens