Art News

Review: Romeo and Juliet

Review by Rachel Pommeyrol

Photo Stephen A’Court

Romeo and Juliet, perhaps Shakespeare’s best-known coupling, was never intended by the author to be danced, but rather to be declaimed. Nonetheless, the Royal New Zealand Ballet has accepted the challenge of this heart-touching tragedy and largely succeeded. Francesco Ventriglia, who ends his collaboration with the RNZB with this production, has proposed a choreography that matches Prokofiev’s poignant music, lyrically interpreted by Orchestra Wellington under Hamish McKeich direction. Read more »

No Ordinary Sheila to have a nationwide release in October

Press Release – Rialto Distribution
Hugh Macdonald’s fascinating and inspiring NZ documentary No Ordinary Sheila is to be released by Rialto Distribution in cinemas across the country on October 19 (Labour weekend). Read more »

Review: NZSO and Karen Gomyo

Review by Max Rashbrooke
Karen Gomyo double bill
NZSO Performs Mahler and Berg/Beethoven and Bruch with Karen Gomyo
Two NZSO concerts in two nights this weekend was a real treat – although, like a box of chocolates, some parts were more of a treat than others. Read more »

Alternative possibilities at City Gallery

Press Release – City Gallery Wellington
Spells are cast, thresholds crossed and astrological charts consulted in Occulture: The Dark Arts, opening at City Gallery Wellington on Saturday 12 August. Taking over the ground floor, the show highlights the age-old connection between art and the occult. It brings together 60 works by contemporary and historic artists, local and international, that explore occult powers, rituals and symbols. Read more »

Wellington quartet wins national chamber music contest

News from Chamber Music New Zealand
Wellington ensemble Druz’ya Quartet has won the NZCT Chamber Music Contest for 2017 – only the second time in the contest’s history that the contest has been won by a Wellington group. Read more »

Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at Circa

Review by Howard Davis

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) is considered to be one of the founders of theatrical Modernism and is often referred to as “the father of realism” in the European tradition. Read more »

Takács Quartet play Haydn, Ritchie, Webern, and Dvorak.

Review by Howard Davis

With a repertoire that spans three centuries of classical masterpieces and contemporary compositions, the Takács Quartet has an international reputation for its delicate artistry and technical virtuosity. Read more »

Three writers receive $60,000 awards for literary achievement

Press Release – Creative New Zealand
Creative New Zealand has announced the winners of the 2017 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement. They are internationally renowned Māori novelist Witi Ihimaera, literary historian and fine arts writer Peter Simpson and popular poet and children’s author Paula Green. Read more »

Improbable futures forum in Aro Valley

Press Release – Adam Art Gallery
Improbable futures forum 2
Saturday 12 August 4.30–6.30pm
Aro Valley Community Centre Read more »

“Challenging” salvaged carpet installation wins Parkin Drawing Prize

Press Release – Parkin Drawing Prize
Kirsty Lillico from Wellington has been announced the winner of the 2017 Parkin Drawing Prize and a $20,000 cash prize – sponsored by Chris Parkin, arts patron and philanthropist. Read more »

Film festival diary: Top of the Lake


Nicole Kidman and Jane Campion’s daughter Alice Englert in Top Of The Lake. Photograph: See-Saw Films, Holdings Pty Ltd

by Lindsay Shelton
Jane Campion was given a long ovation at the film festival on Saturday afternoon, even before she had started to speak. It was the warmest of welcomes from a home town audience in the Embassy Theatre – 600 of us, ready to spend six hours viewing her latest production. Read more »

Deep Waters in Huia Gallery

Press Release – Huia Gallery
Deep Waters – Interpretations of our beautiful oceans by local and national artists.
Huia Gallery (Odlins Gallery), Myrtle Street, Lower Hutt. Read more »

City Talks – the unbuilt buildings of Wellington

Somes Island Unbuilt

Press Release – New Zealand Institute of Architects
CITY TALKS: André Bishop
Low Downs and Slap Downs by the Sea Side
City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square
Monday 14 August, 6pm
Free entry
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Improbable futures forum at Pyramid Club

Press Release – Joint Press Release
Saturday 29 July 4–6pm
Pyramid Club 272 Taranaki Street, Wellington Read more »

New exhibitions at City Gallery in August

Press Release – City Gallery Wellington
Occulture: The Dark Arts
12 August – 19 November | Free
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Kerry Ann Lee’s new work at Pataka

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Artist Kerry Ann Lee’s new body of work celebrates Aotearoa New Zealand as a remote archipelago and an imaginative site of possibility – a place where diverse citizens have a chance to grow roots deeper than they might in more densely populated centres – but these fertile islands are not a perfect paradise. Read more »

Finalists announced for Parkin Drawing Award

Press Release – Parkin Drawing Prize
Drawing is alive and well in New Zealand with a high standard of entries received for the 2017 Parkin Drawing Award. The competition attracted an 502 entries, of which 84 have been selected for the short-list*. Read more »

Adam Art Gallery – The Tomorrow People

Press Release – Adam Art Gallery
The Tomorrow People
22 July – 1 October
Curated by Christina Barton, Stephen Cleland & Simon Gennard
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