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Michael Houstoun has decided to retire

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by Michael Houstoun
After almost 50 years as a professional musician I have decided to retire, hang up my fingers, call it quits and begin a new phase of my fortunate life. Although I do not have an exact date yet (I’m working on it) my last performance for the paying public will be towards the end of 2020. Read more »

Mary Amour wins Academy President’s Award

Press Release – New Zealand Academy of Fine Art
The winner of the inaugural President’s Award is Mary Amour for her work ‘Conversation over A bigger splash’. Congratulations.
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Ans Westra’s Toyland (Again) opens at Suite

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Ans Westra, Jandals, 2004, C print dry-mounted to dibond, 1470 x 1240 mm

News from {Suite}
{Suite} begins its exhibition programme for 2019 with Toyland (Again), by senior artist Ans Westra. Shot in 2004, Toy-Land looks at the souvenir market and how we portray ourselves as New Zealanders to the world. Read more »

Integrated Dance plans 2019 activities

Press Release – Arts Access Aotearoa


Inclusive circus, and performances for Matariki and the International Day of Persons with Disabilities are three of the projects on the Wellington Integrated Dance 2019 calendar. Read more »

Kāpiti council seeks artists with inspiring ideas

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
The Kāpiti Coast District Council is keen to hear from budding artists with inspiring ideas for community arts activities. Read more »

The science of art or the art of science…

Press Release – NIWA
If you think science and art have nothing in common, think again. At environmental science institute NIWA, it’s all about one inspiring the other. Read more »

Rita Angus mural to be painted on Dominion building

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News from WCC
Well-known street artist Askew One starts work next week on a large scale tribute mural of one of New Zealand’s most loved artist Rita Angus on a building in Bond Street. The mural design, based on a portrait photo of Rita Angus taken by Theo Schoon circa 1947, will feature on the west side of the Dominion Building in the centre of Wellington. Read more »

Last 3 days of “Make an Offer” at Academy Galleries

Press Release – Academy Galleries
Our Solo 45 exhibition at the Academy Galleries finishes this Sunday. It’s been a great exhibition so far and we’re hoping to make it more so with your help. Read more »

Bill Gosden retiring from the film festival after 40 years

News from NZIFF
Bill Gosden, Director of the New Zealand International Film Festival, will retire in March, after forty years of service. NZIFF will begin a recruitment process to find a new Film Festival Director to programme the premiere event. Read more »

Pouwhenua on display in advance of Te Matatini competition

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RNZ report and photos by Te Aniwa Hurihanganui
A new generation of urban Māori are on display in the heart of Wellington as the city prepares to host the biggest kapa haka festival in the country. Read more »

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