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Coloured glass artwork on new Hataitai roundabout

Press Release – Wellington City Council
A bespoke piece of artwork is being inserted onto the mountable roundabout being installed in Hataitai. Read more »

Celebrating 75 years

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by Caroline Garratt
In October 1945 Gordon Mirams, then widely known for his film criticism in the New Zealand Listener, placed an advertisement in the Evening Post inviting interested parties to a meeting to discuss the formation of a ‘Wellington Film Society’. Initially named the Wellington Film Institute, screenings officially began in 1946 and by July of that year membership was almost at 300. Seventy-five years later, the Wellington Film Society continues to take its members further into film, offering classics and films that may escape mainstream distribution. Read more »

Arts Access Awards recognise diversity

Actor Jacob Dombroski, one of the MCs with Richard Benge, Executive Director, Arts Access Aotearoa, at the Arts Access Awards Photo: Elias Rodriguez. marktantrum.com

Press Release – Arts Access Aotearoa
An award-winning dancer, arts projects, a creative space nurturing mental health and wellbeing, a theatre company committed to accessibility, and leadership in delivering arts programmes in prisons were celebrated this week at Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2021, presented by Arts Access Aotearoa at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. Read more »

80 works from 536 entries short-listed for $25,000 Drawing Prize

News from Parkin Drawing Prize
Recycled pants, living bacteria on a ceiling tile, op-shop bed sheets, and ball point pen on eco-toilet paper are just of the materials used to create works shortlisted in the 2021 Parkin Drawing Prize. Read more »

NZ Art Show sets $2m record, sells 2000 artworks

News from NZ Art Show
It was a record-breaking show for the team at the NZ Art Show, with unprecedented demand for New Zealand art. Read more »

Performance poet to be Pasifika writer in residence at VUW


News from VUW – Te Herenga Waka
Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) is delighted to announce Simone Kaho as the 2022 Emerging Pasifika Writer in Residence. Read more »

Te Papa’s surrealism show now open

Salvador Dalí’s Mae West Lips Sofa, 1938, in Te Papa’s Surrealist Art: Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen exhibition. /Photo by Jo Moore / Te Papa Tongarewa

Report from RNZ by Ruth Hill
Te Papa is hosting New Zealand’s first major exhibition of surrealist art in nearly half a century, with 180 masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen on show from Saturday. Read more »

New structure for City Gallery includes bi-cultural curation

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The chief executive of Experience Wellington (formerly known as the Wellington Museums Trust) today announced a new organisational structure, without indicating how many staff would lose their jobs. She said there would be a new bicultural approach to curation. The DomPost says the City Gallery will lose its director and chief curator as part of the restructuring. Read more »

Three-week Writer’s Residency opens for applications

News from Verb Wellington
Applications for a three-week writer’s residency in Wellington will open this Friday. The Verb Wellington Writers Residency is open to Aotearoa writers and supported by the Verb Community, Mātātuhi Foundation, Katherine Mansfield House & Garden and Residency patron Professor John Ormiston ONZM in memory of his wife Professor Diana (Dinny) Lennon ONZM (1949-2018). Read more »

Aucklander will be head judge for Parkin Drawing Prize

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News from Parkin Drawing Prize
Sarah Farrar, Head of Curatorial and Exhibitions at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, has been selected as the Head Judge for the 2021 Parkin Drawing Prize national competition. Read more »

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