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John O’Shea and the emergence of a New Zealand film industry

John O’Shea (left) and Roger Mirams in 1954. Pacific Films Photo Collection, Nga Taonga Sound and Vision.

John Reid’s long-awaited book “Whatever It Takes,” about the ground-breaking Wellington film company Pacific Films and its visionary producer John O’Shea, is published today. In these two extracts from Chapter 2, Reid writes about the beginnings of the company’s first feature film ‘Broken Barrier’ (Pacific’s three features were the only feature films made in New Zealand in 30 years) and its remarkable release. Read more »

“Highly unconventional:” she’s music teacher of the year


Report from RNZ‘s Upbeat
“Highly unconventional” is how Elizabeth Sneyd describes her own teaching methods. “If you saw me on one single occasion you’d probably think ‘goodness me, the kids are just larking around, like that’s going to produce any results,” she tells Mark Amery. Read more »

Echoes of ancient Japan in ceramic art exhibition

Press Release – Porirua City Council

A unique exhibition of ceramic artworks made using a 500-year-old Japanese creative process will arrive at Pātaka Gallery + Museum in December. Read more »

Countdown begins for Performance Art Week

Press Release – Performance Art Week Aotearoa
The countdown has begun for Performance Art Week Aotearoa (PAWA), which launches next week. The Wellington-based performance art festival runs from November 14-18 and brings together a wide variety of artists from Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world. Read more »

From Scratch opening its exhibition with a performance by 8 cars

Press Release – City Gallery Wellington
From Scratch will open their City Gallery exhibition 555 Moons with an innovative and exciting live sonic performance calledCarhorn Hocket, on Saturday 17 November at 12 noon in Te Ngākau Civic Square. Read more »

Wallace finalists return to Pātaka in December

Press Release – Porirua City Council
An exhibition of the best work from New Zealand’s most prestigious and longest-standing contemporary art awards returns to Porirua in December. Read more »

A snapshot of New Zealand’s troubled past comes to Pātaka

Press Release – Porirua City Council
An exhibition commemorating a fatal battle over land rights between Ngāti Toa Rangatira and European settlers is coming to Pātaka Gallery + Museum this December. Read more »

Awesome Arts Access Auction next week

Press Release – Arts Access Aotearoa
Luxury getaways, affordable art from the quirky to the collectible, Cuba Street treats, and tickets to live performance are among the 60 items up for grabs at the annual Awesome Arts Access Auction, to be held at Te Auaha NZ Institute of Creativity, Dixon St, Wellington on Wednesday 14 November. Read more »

Artists with wow factor coming to TSB Arena next year

Press Release – New Zealand Art Show
Original contemporary New Zealand art will be in the spotlight again when the NZ Art Show takes place next year over Queen’s Birthday Weekend at Wellington’s TSB Arena. Read more »

He Hoia Ahau – I Am Soldier

Press Release – Academy Galleries
He Hoia Ahau – I Am Soldier, photography by Craig Andrew Madsen, continues till Sunday at the Academy Galleries. Read more »

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