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Saving, and creating, theatres

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Bill Sheat (1930 – 2021)

by Lindsay Shelton
“We’ve got to save the Embassy,” said Bill Sheat, when he phoned me in 1996. “We don’t want it to become a used car yard.” Read more »

Death of Bill Sheat, a major influence on our cultural life

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William (Bill) Sheat, who died in Lower Hutt this week, completed more than seven decades as an innovative leader in the creative arts, not only in Wellington but also throughout New Zealand. Read more »

Workshops for mindful creativity in Kāpiti

Press Release – Jordan Harcourt-Hughes
Mindfulness is increasingly being recognised as a practice that can support health, wellbeing and stress management techniques. From February, Kāpiti locals will have the chance to explore mindfulness through art and creativity, with workshops running out of the studio of Kapiti artist Jordan Harcourt-Hughes. Read more »

Extra sessions for super-size Van Goghs in TSB Arena

Press Release – Live Nation
New dates have been added to Van Gogh Alive’s Wellington season due to popular demand, from Friday 29th – Sunday 31st January. The large-scale, indoor experience is in Wellington at TSB Arena, ahead of opening in Christchurch at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand on February 18th, then Auckland at Spark Arena on 14th April. Read more »

Zodiac art trail for Wellington Chinese New Year Festival

Yin-Ju Chen, work in progress for Pig zodiac sign 2021, Chinese New Year Festival Zodiac Art Trail 2021, courtesy the artist.

Press Release – Asia New Zealand Foundation
Organisers of Wellington’s Chinese New Year Festival (13-14 February) have added an exciting new component to the 2021 festival. From 1 February the public will be treated to the Chinese New Year Zodiac Art Trail, an installation of specially commissioned artworks by locally and internationally based artists around Wellington’s CBD. Read more »

Mirek Smisek’s beehive kilns being moved from path of new road

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Photo: Heritage New Zealand

News from Heritage NZ
The Mirek Smíšek legacy is alive and well and being showcased as Mirek’s kilns are being carefully rebuilt, away from the path of a new road north of Wellington. This Czechoslovakian-born New Zealand potter became New Zealand’s first full-time studio potter and his works are held in collections and homes throughout the country. Read more »

A woven web: two-storey black-wool art work at Te Papa

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38 garments in Te Papa’s WOW exhibition

News from Te Papa
A new exhibition with the WOW factor has opened at Te Papa, offering a view of wearable art from around the world. World of WearableArt – Up Close (Ao KākahuToi – Kia Tata) is a new exhibition featuring garments from World of WearableArt, the world’s leading wearable art competition, founded in New Zealand. Read more »

The joy of singing

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The soloists, from left: Samuel McKeever, Olivia Sheat, LJ Crichton and Music Director Eric Sidoti.

by Norma McCallum
Here they came, marching down the aisle like the vanguard of some triumphant army – and, yes, they were in a way. The Kapiti Chorale, throughout the year since their last concert, has been part of the magnificent cohorts of singers who have kept choral music going through the chilly winter rehearsal nights, illnesses, lockdown anxieties and a year that no one could have imagined. Read more »

New mural brings te ao Māori to vibrant life on Wallace Street

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News from Massey University
A new mural by artist Xoë Hall (Kāi Tahu) has been unveiled at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts showcasing the creative spirit on the Pukeahu Wellington campus. The colourful mural Ka Mua Ka Muri, meaning “walking backwards into the future”, covers the Wellington Electricity substation building on Wallace Street and spreads onto the adjacent Massey gym building. Read more »

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