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Wellington artists to deliver two new environmental murals

Isobel Te Aho-White’s mural ‘Whenua Ataahua’ submission for Riddiford Street

Press Release – Keep NZ Beautiful
Two Wellington artists have won national awards for their environmental mural designs as part of the Keep New Zealand Beautiful (KNZB) Nature Murals competition. Read more »

“The Makers” making it for charity

Press Release – Positive Women
Women and Jewellery were the perfect partners in a fundraising initiative by the Makers Jewellery collaborative based in Wellington, and Positive Women Inc., a support organisation for women and families living with HIV. Read more »

Composer Sessions at MFC in July

Press Release – SOUNZ
SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music is proud to announce the selection for the latest NZ Composer Sessions. Eight New Zealand composers’ works will be rehearsed and performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and recorded by RNZ Concert next July:

Brigid Bisley: Glimmer of Blue
Reuben Jelleyman: Vespro
Lucien Johnson: Axum
Alissa Long: The Corner of the War
Kit Powell: Na Māui te Ahi a te Ao
Tabea Squire: Variations
Kirsten Strom: Ice
Anthony Young: On Hearing the Shining Cuckoo

In addition to the selection, Barry Vercoe’s METAMORPHOSES will be recorded alongside the more recent works.

“We are delighted to announce another strong and diverse selection for the NZ Composer Sessions, which enables us to deliver NZ music to be heard by a wider audience. In addition to presenting a younger generation of composers along with established ones, half of the selected composers this year are women. We’re looking forward to another set of high quality recordings of contemporary NZ music, created with the support of our partners the NZSO and RNZ Concert,” says SOUNZ Executive Director Diana Marsh.

A panel made up of representatives of the NZSO, RNZ Concert and the Composers Association of New Zealand (CANZ) selected the works to be recorded.

Kirsten Strom, from Auckland, whose work was selected to be recorded for the first time said, “It is such an honour to be selected among such awesome composers. What I love about the NZSO is their enthusiasm and expressivity. I am so excited to work with them again, have a beautiful recording that can go places, and to hear ‘Ice’ performed live to new audiences, and hopefully connect with more musicians in future.”

The 2019 recordings will take place in July at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington, including a concert for invited guests to promote the works to a range of orchestras and broadcasters.

NZ Composer Sessions offers an opportunity to have orchestral compositions workshopped and performed by a professional orchestra, to be recorded in a professional setting and promoted to presenters. So far 142 works by 67 NZ composers have been recorded.

Brigid Bisley’s work will be also recorded for the first time: “I feel honoured to have had my work selected. — There are very few opportunities available for composers to get new work performed. So what’s fantastic about the NZ Composer Sessions is that they make it possible for composers to hear their work, and other people’s work too; to get technical and artistic feedback from the players in the orchestra; and to receive audience response. — These processes are essential to artistic development and give composers the necessary encouragement to go on being composers. — This is a valued, appreciated and important resource – long may it continue!”

You can browse composers and listen to past recordings on SOUNZ’s and RNZ Concert’s websites:

Brigid Bisley https://www.sounz.org.nz/contributors/1011

Reuben Jelleyman https://www.sounz.org.nz/contributors/1831

Lucien Johnson https://www.sounz.org.nz/contributors/1878

Alissa Long https://www.sounz.org.nz/contributors/35

Kit Powell https://www.sounz.org.nz/contributors/1079

Tabea Squire https://www.sounz.org.nz/contributors/1701

Kirsten Strom https://www.sounz.org.nz/contributors/1906

Anthony Young https://www.sounz.org.nz/contributors/1245

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Celebration for Friends and sponsors of NZ Art Show

Press Release – New Zealand Art Show
The NZ Art Show not only celebrates NZ art, but it also celebrates its loyal Friends and Sponsors, all of whom play a large part in the show’s success. They are at the heart of the organisation’s ability to operate and grow, and will receive the recognition they deserve. Read more »

23 groups get money for creative activity

Press Release – Wellington City Council
A low budget film making challenge, a Samoan arts workshop, a glow in the dark puppet show, and queer and trans drawing classes are a sample of the diverse recipients of this year’s Creative Communities Scheme (CCS). Read more »

Photo competition: showcasing sustainable lives


Wellington’s Sustainability Trust today launches a photo competition which is seeking the best images of people living sustainable lives. You can enter – and vote – now. Read more »

Maori video artists at the Dowse

News from Dowse Art Museum
Opening at The Dowse Art Museum on 30 March, Māori Moving Image: An Open Archive, invites audiences to immerse themselves in works by more than twenty Māori moving image artists and discover the depth and talent of this extraordinary community. Read more »

Courageous Choices at Hutt Art Centre

Press Release – Mix Wellbeing
Opening event Wednesday 3 April 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Free, all welcome
Hutt Art Centre, Myrtle St, Lower Hutt
Exhibtion runs daily 4 – 13 April 11am – 3pm Read more »

Hundreds of artists apply for Art Show

Press Release – New Zealand Art Show
The artists for the 2019 NZ Art Show have now been finalised and anticipation is high for an outstanding exhibition. Read more »

Colin the T-Rex moving to Avalon Park

Press Release – Hutt City Council
The giant steel Tyrannosaurus Rex known as Colin has found a new home. Read more »

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