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Art talk series a treat for art lovers

JESS LEE
Last updated 05:00 22/02/2013
Chris Saines
JASON OXENHAM
ART SPEAK: Auckland Art Gallery director Chris Saines will be introducing the fifth Auckland Triennial of Contemporary Art at a talk on February 26.

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With a calendar well and truly bursting at the seams even the most clued-up art enthusiast could use a helping hand to get to grips with Auckland's contemporary art scene this year.

That's where the Eden Artspeak art talk series will be stepping in with evenings of talks hosted by those within the arts community to highlight what's on offer for art lovers in the coming months.

Departing Auckland Art Gallery director Chris Saines will be opening the series on February 26 discussing the gallery's upcoming Auckland Triennial of Contemporary Art which opens in multiple venues on May 10.

Eden Artspeak's Sue Gardiner says the evening will be a great chance to hear Mr Saines speak before he leaves Auckland to become director of the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane in March.

Mr Saines established the triennial in 2001 and this year's three-month festival will be the gallery's largest to date.

The triennial titled If you were to live here ... is the fifth in the programme's history and is designed to invite discussion.

Its curator Hou Hanru will be asking Aucklanders to come together and share ideas about the future of the city.

Mr Hanru has invited 35 New Zealand and international artists, collectives and architects to respond to the diverse cultural, architectural and urban characteristics of Auckland in their work.

The triennial's reach will be extended across Auckland to include works exhibited in the Auckland War Memorial Museum and in and around the cityscape including Silo 6 in Wynyard Quarter.

Mr Saines will speak along with Auckland Arts Festival visual arts manager Ariane Craig-Smith and Auckland Art Fair director Jennifer Buckley about upcoming major arts events at the University of Auckland Epsom Campus, Epsom Ave gate 3, Lecture Room J3 on February 26 from 7pm till 9pm.

Entry is $12 at the door. Go to edenarts.co.nz/artspeak for a full lineup of speakers.

The Auckland Triennial will be presented at eight venues across Auckland. Entry to all venues is free. Go to aucklandtriennial.com for more information.

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