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Te Papa’s Dalí exhibition postponed till next year

News from Te Papa
Te Papa and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam have agreed to postpone Dalí and the Surrealists until June 2021, as a result of the covid-19 pandemic. Read more »

$40,000 for seven climate-change art projects

News from VUW
A climate change charity with support from Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington has announced $40,000 seed funding to seven collaborative climate-related art projects.

Track Zero was founded in 2018, and aims to deliver creative platforms for the arts, science, and other disciplines to inspire climate action. The University’s Professor James Renwick used part of his winnings of the 2018 Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize to fund the What if Climate Change was Purple? project for the charity, and his donation was matched by the University.

“Telling the climate story through arts and culture can help people to feel, as well as know, about climate change, so they become more engaged, helping to bring about positive social change,” says Founder and Trustee Manager of Track Zero, Sarah Meads.

The funded projects include a collaboration between musician, composer and Miramar Creative Centre lecturer David Long, award-winning Pasifika choreographer Tupua Tigafua, and alumnus Tupe Lualua, who is a dancer, choreographer, and producer.

David Long was drawn to be part of the project for the prospect of highlighting climate change, which he says is “probably the most important issue of our time and needs the most radical action”.

“While making music about climate change might feel a bit ‘soft,’ I do think that being part of the conversation is important—and directing my efforts towards this is useful.”

Freshwater ecologist Dr Mike Joy from the School of Government is one of the 12 scientists involved with the project. He and another academic are mentoring Kāi Tahu performance artist Louise Potiki-Bryant to create ‘Te Taki o te Ua/The Sound of Rain.’

“There are a lot of similarities between the creative process and characteristics of scientists and artists, they have a lot in common. It’s fascinating when you delve into it. Both want to discover and communicate—they’re both curious,” says Ms Meads, who is also an alumna of the University.

Another of the confirmed projects is the Whakaruruhau Collective, an accomplished group of poets and writers, including alumnae Cassandra Barnett (Raukawa), and Michaela Keeble, as well as Creative Writing PhD student Anahera Gildea (Ngāti Tukorehe), and writer/poets Nadine Anne Hura (Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi) and Anne-Marie Te Whiu (Te Rarawa). Their new work will use many mediums to explore knowledge and who has the right to exploit it, and whether the ethics of knowledge creation will impact the success of climate action.

As well as connecting artists and scientists and providing seed funding for projects, the Track Zero Trust helps provide expert advice to guide work in development, facilitates the group to meet in person and online and gives a letter of support to each project to allow them to seek further funding for their projects.

While the timeline for projects may have moved slightly due to COVID-19, Mr Long says, “the lockdown actually gave me quite a bit of time to play with ideas, and I felt a good distance from the other things I was ‘meant’ to be doing.

“It also made me think about what seems to me to be the fiction of our normal lives. So many things that seem like brute facts turn out to be abstract ideas—money, capitalism, growth. Climate change seems less abstract than the ways we create our lives.”

The project is expected to have one more funding round before the end of the year for the projects that get through to stage two development, and the initial season will be shown across a range of platforms by mid-2021.

Poppy Lekner wins $25,000 Parkin Drawing Prize


“Forward Slash’ by Poppy Lekner

News from NZ Academy Of Fine Arts
Poppy Lekner has won the 2020 Parkin Drawing Prize and a $25,000 cash prize – sponsored by Chris Parkin, arts patron and philanthropist. Poppy’s work ‘Forward Slash’ was chosen as the winner from 482 entries nationwide and 76 finalists.

Poppy says she is overwhelmed with the award. “I am truly blown away to be the recipient of the 2020 Parkin Drawing Prize and am incredibly grateful to Chris Parkin for the establishment of this prestigious award. I have entered the prize before but have never placed, so it’s still sinking it that I have won.”

Reflecting on the winning artwork, judge Charlotte Davy said:

“It is a delicate unrelenting work produced on a Brother typewriter, the artist has mechanically made the same mark over and over again, meshing and weaving the symbol into a single image. Far from the kind of quick digital keyboard art that can readily be morphed into emoji, this piece is a beautiful meditation created using a laborious process of pressing the character into the surface repeatedly in a line, then adjusting and realigning the paper at the end of each row before setting out again. 

The piece owes a debt to 1960s Op art with its repetition of form, and also to Conceptualism with its negation of the artists hand through the use of a machine and the exploration of chance. The minute variations in the angle of the typewriter key hitting the surface of the paper and the artist realigning the piece at the end of each row produce unsettling distortions in the overall grid. The pared back quality of this drawing is mesmerising, and in our chaotic and difficult world it contemplates a kind of simplicity, immediacy and acceptance of imperfection that often seems far from reach.”

Charlotte Davy also awarded 10 merit prizes of $500 each. The recipients include Jennifer Summers Suburban Orb, Akiko Diegel The day after yesterday, Edwards + Johann Concretions – pink, Edwards + Johann Concretions – acid, Ina Johann Mapping another life A state of being in disguise of a cloud, Stuart Forsyth I’m not so sure I want to go back to the way it was before, Elizabeth Vullings 1:1 Door, Michael Hawkins Student Debt, and Simon Attwooll Home.

This years exhibition was curated by Suzanne Herschell, Life member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts.

The Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition season runs until 30 August at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts Academy Galleries, Queens Wharf, Wellington.

All the artworks will be for sale giving admirers and collectors the opportunity to purchase some wonderful pieces.

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Van Gogh on the waterfront, Wearable Art at Te Papa

News from WellingtonNZ (aka Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency)
Two new exhibitions will bring international and homegrown entertainment to Wellington in August. The world’s most visited immersive digital art exhibition, Digital Nights – Van Gogh Alive, will light up Odlins Plaza from 28 August and the World of WearableArt – Up Close will make its world debut at Te Papa from 29 August. Both events are exclusive to Wellington. Read more »

Vincent Van Gogh on waterfront containers

Press Release – Wellington NZ

The world’s most visited multi-sensory experience celebrating artist Vincent Van Gogh is to get its outdoor world premiere under Wellington’s starry, starry night sky. Read more »

World Of WearableArt – at Te Papa

Press Release – Wellington NZ


Waka Huia, Kayla Christensen, New Zealand

An extravagant new exhibition at Te Papa will immerse visitors in the very best of global art and design. Read more »

Film Festival returns, but not as we’ve known it

film fest new logo

by Lindsay Shelton
The 48th Wellington Film Festival was launched last night, with two sold-out screenings at the Roxy as part of a unique hybrid programme that offers the premieres of 79 new films online as well as a limited number of cinema screenings. The festival, now renamed Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival, had to call a halt to its usual planning when the covid-19 lockdown began in March. Read more »

28 winners in Wellington Architecture Awards

News from New Zealand Institute of Architects
Twenty-eight projects have received awards in the 2020 Wellington Architecture Awards. Read more »

Baritone and violinist receive help for studies in London

Press Release – Dame Malvina Major Foundation
Baritone Benjamin Reason and violinist Claudia Tarrant-Matthews are the latest recipients of Dame Malvina Major Foundation Arts Excellence Awards for the Wellington region, each receiving $5,000 towards their future studies. Read more »

More art on Chorus cabinets in Porirua

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Local artists have the chance to put their stamp on Porirua’s neighbourhoods, as Chorus extends its cabinet art programme. Read more »

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