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Pikihuia awards winners announced

Press Release – Maori Literature Trust
The winners of the Pikihuia Awards for short stories were announced on Saturday at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke. On a wet Wellington afternoon whānau, friends and supporters of Māori literature and arts came together to celebrate and acknowledge the success of 23 Māori writers. Read more »

Recognition for Robyn Hunt’s fight for human rights

Press Release – Arts Access Aotearoa

Arts Access Accolade recipient Robyn Hunt and Karen Webster, Chair, Arts Access. Photo: Vanessa Rushton Photography

“I can’t stand injustice and I can’t stand discrimination. It’s something you can’t just turn on and off. Once you know about it you have to keep on fighting to make things right,” says Robyn Hunt, recipient of the Arts Access Accolade 2019. Read more »

Creative Communities Scheme backs Kāpiti arts with $22,000

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
Kāpiti Coast District Council has awarded $22,904.40 to nine local art projects through the latest round of the Creative Communities Scheme. Read more »

Two Wellingtonians become Arts Foundation Laureates

News from Arts Foundation
Wellingtonians Kris Sowersby and Ruth Paul have received Arts Foundation 2019 Laureate awards. Read more »

Michael Nathan wins IHC Art Awards

Press Release – IHC
An intricately detailed drawing by Auckland artist Michael Nathan has won the 2019 IHC Art Awards and $5,000. Read more »

Speakers announced for Verb Wellington and LitCrawl

News from Verb Wellington
Crime novelists Val McDermid (Scotland) and Michael Connelly (US), a cabaret experience from acclaimed artist Harry Giles (Scotland), musician Shayne Carter, Australian novelist Christos Tsiolkas, and Aotearoa writers Patricia Grace and poet Laureate David Eggleton are to headline Wellington’s annual extravaganza of literary experiences. Read more »

Malachi Oldridge’s tribute to E. Mervyn Taylor is winner

Press Release – IHC Art

Palmerston North artist Malachi Oldridge has won the 2019 IHC Art Awards People’s Choice Award for his work, My Nani as a Māori Girl.

My Nani as a Māori Girl was selected as the favourite from the 30 finalists in this year’s IHC Art Awards, receiving 425 votes from the public.

Josie Bode’s, Squall, came in second with 262 votes, followed by Amy Hall’s stitch work, Sailor Moon which received 180 votes in total.

My Nani as a Māori Girl is a pencil drawing on paper tribute to Malachi’s Grandmother. She has been a recurring inspiration for Malachi, with her also featuring in his 2018 IHC Art Awards entry. My Nani as a Māori Girl is also influenced by the late E. Mervyn Taylor’s artwork, Māori Girl (Hina).

Malachi will be presented with the People’s Choice Award and his prize of $1000 on Thursday 5 September at the IHC Art Awards gala evening at Shed 6, in Wellington. At the same time, the winners of the top three prizes for the 2019 IHC Art Awards will be announced and all 30 finalist artworks auctioned, with all proceeds going directly to the artists.

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Lunchtime talk: Rebecca Priestley, ‘Illustrating precarity’

Press Release – Adam Art Gallery
Lunchtime Talk:
Rebecca Priestley, ‘Illustrating precarity’
Friday 6 September, 12pm
Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi Read more »

Citrus Foundation to award $1k grants to Wellington artists

Press Release – Citrus Foundation
Citrus is a dating app startup based in Wellington. Today we’re announcing the launch of the Citrus Foundation – a program to give away multiple $1,000 grants to local artists to produce interactive art experiences around Wellington. Read more »

Rigoletto – an extraordinary performance by James Clayton

Opinion – Max Rashbrooke
Newcomers to the Wellington scene, Eternity Opera have achieved immense success with recent productions of Don Giovanni and Madama Butterfly, among others. This production is, though, much less of a triumph, perhaps because they have bitten off such a big opera. The above productions scaled down relatively well, but Rigoletto, replete with musical intensity and restless movement, is a different story. Read more »

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