Tibetan tapestry fetches record $75m

SILK: The sale broke the world record for any Chinese work of art sold by an international auction house.

An ancient Tibetan silk tapestry set a world record for Chinese art when it was sold for $57m at auction.

Curtain rises on promising career

BIG PROPS: Ruby Lyon has just been accepted into an intensive one-year acting course called The Actors' Program, run by some of the country's top thespians.

Fresh out of high school, Ruby Lyon is already stepping into what promises to be a notable acting career.

Melancholic superheroes


A French photographer has recreated comic book and Star Wars icons in Flemish-style paintings.

Artist follows his love

HARD WORKER: Hours of cello practice helped give Simon Denny his strong work ethic.

Artist Simon Denny's parents told him to follow his love and he'd find a way to make it pay. And finally it has.

The dark arts

GLOWING: Whale/Bone (1997 Bill Culbert, Ralph Hotere, paint, wood and fluorescent tube) is one of the works inthe Hotere Culbert exhibition opening at Waikato Museum on Saturday, November 22.

A collaborative exhibition by two of New Zealand's best-loved artists offers a rare opportunity for Waikato Museum visitors.

Hundreds on latest Arts Trail

After years of working in her garage Tracey McCarthy is ready to show her work to the world.

After a decade of sculpting in a friend's garage, Tracey McCarthy has unveiled her work.

This artist is all washed up

What a load of rubbish:  Gabby Milne-Rodrigues poses for two hours as a living work of art.

The time-honoured notion of artists suffering for their work is alive and well in Hawke's Bay.

Plan to save artist's home

RED-ZONED: Artist Bill Sutton’s former home and studio in Richmond, Christchurch, could be saved for the city.

The former home and studio of Bill Sutton, one of New Zealand's most celebrated modern artists, may be saved from demolition.

Handcrafted heaven

Neke Moa's Kei hea te Komako e ko? (Where Will the Bellbird Sing?) pounamu with red enamel paint was bought by Te Papa. "Pounamu is what i'm energised towards. I keep saying one day I'll get sick of it and I'll stop. It still energises and interests me."

Two Wellington contemporary jewellers have been chosen to show their work at a top European exhibition.

Is Kiwi comedy really sexist?

Rose Matafeo and Louise Beuvink say young female comics still face old-fashioned prejudice.

As TV3 begins work on Funny Girls, an all-woman sketch show, Jess McAllen asks why it's still hard being a female comedian.

Disco cube lights up night video

Neon lights in one of the Art in the Dark installations.

Neon art and spinning speakers have taken over a central Auckland park for the annual Art in the Dark event.

Popularity painter's problem

Demolition at Waipiata by Grahame Sydney

He may be New Zealand's greatest living painter but Grahame Sydney claims his work is disdained by art world nobs.

The unsung hero of the arts

Barry Hopkins in the refurbished space that will allow more of the museum's collection art to be seen.

Long-time art collector Barry Hopkins donates his $2.4 million art collection to the Waikato Museum.

Fingers in the sky

ART IN THE DARK: Kyle Pharo's Light Fingers.

Meet Kyle Pharo and his project Light Fingers, an interactive light installation where you can control 10 search lights on Auckland's night sky.

Powerful fleeting moments

POWERFUL FLEETING MOMENTS: Karen Maurice O'Leary aka Bright Calm City

Auckland Art in the Dark poet Karen Maurice O’Leary aka Bright Calm City reveales where she finds inspiration.

Playing hide and seek


As Art in the Dark lights up Western Park in Auckland we introduce you to some of the artists.

Hung out to dry

CURTAIN CALL: Richard Till with a curtain fashioned from tea towels.

Chef Richard Till has selected 100 of his favourite tea towels to show off to the public.

No pain, no gain

REAL LIFE: Contemporary dancer Jesse Scales, 22, says her life is nothing like what's portrayed in Hollywood movies.

What exactly is contemporary dance and why are New Zealand-trained dancers excelling in it?

The everywhere man

THE FUNDAMENTALS: "From when I started painting as a teenager I wanted to be an artists and later I wanted to be  a musician as well," says Reg Mombassa.

No one beats Reg Mombassa when it comes to NZ artists having their work reused or reproduced in new ways.

Curtis artfully pockets $50,000

LAUREATE: Actor Cliff Curtis

Hollywood actor Cliff Curtis is going back to his roots with money from tonight’s New Zealand Arts Awards.

Beautiful photos shine light on NZ

New Zealand Geographic photographer of the year Peter Quinn.

Photos of whitebaiters, the Tuhoe iwi and NZ's nightlife win Peter Quinn NZ Geographic award.

Manhattan transfer

Alice Hutchison traded life in the vibrant art world of New York and Los Angeles for Masterton.

So, what does Masterton have that Manhattan doesn't? Art curator and writer Alice Hutchison knows.

Erin Simpson, the artist

Boots and all: Erin Simpson is often seen working on her family’s Te Kauwhata farm, where she also creates her striking illustrations.

You will have seen her on your television screens in some capacity over the past decade, and now her work will be gracing a gallery near you some time in the near future too.

Sistine chapel dazzles

Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel has had a lighting makeover.

In the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, the halo around Jesus Christ's head in Michelangelo's famous frescoes shines brighter.

Ethics not politics behind decision

NICKY HAGER: The author was picked as a specialist adviser to artist Simon Denny whose project Secret Power will represent New Zealand at the Venice Biennale.

Ethics – not politics – appear to be behind a prominent art patron’s decision to reallocate her financial support for Nicky Hager at the Venice Biennale.

Goldie fetches season high

Goldie's portrait of Wharekauri Tahuna was sold in Auckland.

A painting by NZ artist Charles Frederick Goldie fetches the highest price of the 2014 auction season.

Lilburn's legacy honoured

DISTANT SOUND: Composer Douglas Liblurn is captured in 1942 in a portrait by Leo Bensenmann.

Douglas Lilburn isn't a household name but is set to join the NZ Music Hall of Fame.

Kiwi teen courted by English National Ballet

TOP PARI: Kiwiw ballerina Vida Polakov, with dance partner Cooper Cridland Hayes, has the world at her pointed feet.

A former Coromandel teen has taken out one of the world's biggest ballet prizes for young people.

Tuwhare's legacy comes home


Hone Tuwhare's legacy arrives home today, with New Zealand's third Koha for the Crib in Dunedin tonight.

No mug's game


Kim Knight discovers why Kiwi potters are all fired up about their craft.