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Over the years, young people have received recognition in Arts Access Aotearoa’s Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards – people like Jacob Dombroski, Duncan Armstrong, Yaniv Janson, and those involved in the Humans of Hendo project and the Kākano Youth Arts Collective. They are always inspiring, engaging and impressive. Keep Reading
In 2019 a survey exhibition at the Auckland Art GalleryToi o Tāmaki of feminist art activists, Guerilla Girls, led Wellington-based writer, Anna Knox to reflect upon and research the status of women artists in Aotearoa within the context of their male counterparts. Published online in The Spinoff, Knox pre-empted her commentary,... Keep Reading
It might just be me. Reading a recent article regarding the purchase of the maligned Malvern House building on Hereford Street (‘Fed-up neighbour buys central Christchurch 'eyesore' bringing down the block’, Stuff, Feb 2, 2021), I was struck by how my perception of the area in question was in stark contrast to the sentiments expressed. The... Keep Reading
Mike Beer (aka Ghost Cat) arrived in Ōtautahi in 2007 from Birmingham, England, a carpenter by trade who had also been ‘doing art’ as far back as he can remember. A downturn in the economy saw him retrain as an arborist, prior to having that moment when he thought: ‘Where am I going and what the hell am I doing with my... Keep Reading
Commissioned by SCAPE Public Art in 2001 and sited to float above the stairway in the former Christchurch Boys’ High School in The Arts Centre, Bing Dawe’s Out of the Black Water was damaged by the February 2011 earthquake, but has been lovingly been restored by the artist and reinstated in the same location. Dawe recognised the merits... Keep Reading
It was an unprecedented decision. To celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2023, Annabel Menzies-Joyce and Peter Joyce founders of the Tai Tapu Sculpture Garden had put out a call for expressions of interest for proposals for a sculpture to mark the occasion. Announcing the short list of three finalist, Neil Dawson, Natalie Guy and Sam... Keep Reading
CoCA Toi Moroki has opened its first exhibition series in its partnership with Auckland’s Objectspace, selected by director of both organisations, Kim Paton. The three exhibitions: A Short Run: A Selection of New Zealand Lathe-Cut Records, Ron Te Hawa: Hīnātore: A Time and Place to Rest, and Culbert Hotere: Post Black are a welcome... Keep Reading
Launched at the end of 2019 after extensive consultation with arts communities across the city, Toi Ōtautahi A Strategy for Arts and Creativity in Ōtautahi Christchurch sets out four Pou Arahi: Key Themes for Development and Ngā Hohenga: Strategic Action Areas that will move us towards the desired outcomes of each of the Christchurch City... Keep Reading
Larence Shustak: air gun? offers a privileged insight into the life and work of American photographer Larence Shustak (1926-2003). Moments from a rich personal narrative as recounted by long time friend and filmmaker Stuart Page, accompany a body of work spanning decades and diverse locales, from ‘Uptown’ New York to Aotearoa. The... Keep Reading
The Associates are an affiliation of fifteen artists who meet fortnightly at the Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA), previously the CSA or Canterbury Society of Arts (1880 – 1996). They represent a variety of disciplines and exchange and share knowledge central to their practice. Several of the Associates have had a long association... Keep Reading
When Brian Hoult joined the Community Arts Council in Rangiora in 1988 there was no public art collection or art gallery. Establishing the Waimakariri Art Collection Trust in 1995, the beginnings of a collection of work by local and nationally renowned artists, he also pressed for the establishment of Rangiora Chamber Gallery which opened in. Keep Reading