$3000 art prize - that's tinny

Spaghetti Open Can, which took Guild about 80 hours to complete.

You usually slap it on a bit of toast, but Wairarapa artist Matt Guild had a different idea.

Play reimagines the Bible

Amy Griffin-Brown and James Cain from The Good News, a play coming to Feilding and Palmerston North this week.

The Good News, a play devised by the Making Friends Collective, re-imagines the stories of the bible.

Maori tiki hang in Chinese gallery

Chinese lacquer artist Su Xing's four tiki panels, which hang in a downtown Guangzhou gallery, were inspired by the bond shared between Simon Rangiwahia and his family.

A Hawera family have inspired world renowned Chinese lacquer artist Su Xing latest artworks.

Shakespearean production with a jazz age twist

Simon Herbert as Octavius, Amy Atkins as Phyllida and Rebecca Freeman as Alexas.

Joy Green is not afraid to transpose Shakespeare onto a different background. Carly Thomas spoke to her about her new production which is taking the Romans into the jazz age.

Painting a layered life

Job Klijn is getting ready for his first exhibition at Palmerston North's White Room gallery.

Job Klijn is the White Room's artist for July and is telling his story of immigrating to New Zealand through his paintings.

Young photographer makes his own way

A photograph by Max Deutschle titled Triangle that will be included in his exhibition at Taylor Jensen Fine Arts.

Max Deutschle, a young Palmerston North photographer, set to open his first exhibition at Taylor Jensen Fine Arts.

Seraphine Pick's Search engine surrealism

Retreat by Wellington artist Seraphine Pick.

Wellington painter Seraphine Pick took inspiration from the plethora of images on the internet for her new works.

Riverlea Theatre land sale revisited

The Riverlea Theatre and Arts Centre say they have been treated unfairly by the city council after elected members last year resolved to sell the land underneath the theatre.

City councillors will revisit a decision to sell off land underneath the Riverlea Theatre following claims one of Hamilton's most established arts groups was getting a raw deal.

Regal gift for Wellington Museum video

The uniform of the self-styled Duke of Wellington - AKA Tony Catford - has been donated to the Wellington Museum.

The Duke of Wellington's uniform has been gifted to the city museum.

Kiwi creators off to World Art Games

Sheryl Gallagher, left, from Upper Hutt, and Carrie Burke, from Lower Hutt, two members of the NZ team of six heading to the World Art Games in Slovenia , September 1-9.

Six Kiwi artists - all but one of them from Wellington - are heading to the World Art Games in Slovakia.

Colour big and small

Cheleigh-Anne Dunkerton has a fascination with colour and contrast

Snails: Artist run space has a new exhibition going in for July and it's all about colour.

Gallipoli painting expected to fetch 500k

Simpson and his Donkey by Horace Moore-Jones.

Horace Moore-Jones’ watercolour of a New Zealand medic leading a donkey is expected to sell for as much as $500,000.

Fairytales anew

Tall Poppies Community Theatre rehearse their school holidays production: From left: Kate Costello, Liam Allen, Aneka Patel, Meg O'Connor, George Baldwin and Katie Aitkins.

Goldisnowerellahood is a fun and interactive show scheduled for the school holidays by the Tall Poppies Community Theatre Trust.

Art born out of hidden spaces

Gold leaf guilded kowhai sculptures made by Palmerston North's Paul Dibble.

The first in a series of articles highlighting the Manawatu region looks into its vibrant arts scene.

Lovers meet beneath the Southern Cross

Te Ahorangi Winitana plays Hurieta (Juliet) in the Maori translation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at the Maori Court in Auckland Museum for Matariki.

Michelle Duff finds out how one of the Elizabethan poet’s most famous plays translates into Maori.

Picasso comes to Hamilton

Grant Bezett with a Pablo Picasso etching that features in the Art of Europe exhibition in the Aesthete Gallery.

Two works by famous Spanish artist expected to fetch thousands.

Council gifts theatre to community trust

Hamilton City Council has gifted the Clarence Street Theatre to a community trust.

Hamilton's Clarence Street Theatre has been gifted to a community trust.

Art lovers chalk up $1m at show

Naenae artist Joe McMenamin with his drawings on plywood for the 'NZ Art Show' .

The NZ Art Show painted a picture of a thriving art scene in Wellington.

Seeing the funny everywhere

Comedian Cori Gonazlez-Macuer is stopping off in Palmerston North as part of a national tour.

Comedian Cori Gonzalez-Macuer is going on his last tour just prior to the birth of his first child.

The dark side of funny

Crew member Luke Anderson took on the character of the dead body and then went on to edit the film in the early hours of the next morning.

Forty-eight hours to make a seven minute film that a cinema full of people will watch, it's a tall order, but a Palmerston North crew did just that and more, they walked away with not one, but two awards. Carly Thomas caught up with the Outcast crew to talk about what exactly it is that makes dark comedy so funny. 

Music venue doing a great job

Harry Lilley is one of the organizers of Great Job's first music festival.

Palmerston North's all-ages venue Great Job is holding its first music festival a year on after opening.

Top of her class

St Thomas's School teacher Leonie Agnew's students are too young to read her book now but after picking up a top award it will still be a highlight on the bookshelves for years to come.

Writer Leonie Agnew has won New Zealand’s oldest book prize, the Esther Glen medal for junior fiction.

Secret Welly: Briar Grace-Smith

Playwright Briar Grace-Smith who's play Nga Pou Wahine will be performed at Te Papa.

Playwright Briar Grace-Smith's reveals her favourite spots in the Wellington region.

Hitler's painting fetches $656k

The signature reading 'A Hitler, 1910' at the watercolour Nelkenstrauss (carnation bouquet).

Paintings of middling quality by Adolf Hitler were sold at the weekend but questions have been raised whether they should have been on the market at all.

New tutor brings new ideas

UCOL's new performing arts tutor Lilicherie McGregor directs her new students in a rehearsal for their mid year performance.

UCOL has a new performing arts tutor who has a wealth of experience.

Bright with fight

Dannevirke High School student Lauren Carr won the SmokeFree Rockquest Wairarapa regional title in the solo section and the APRA lyric award

Lauren Carr has a heap of passion that she is directing into her songwriting and as Carly Thomas found out, it is not going unnoticed. 

Art in the Dark stalls over funding issues

3D printed squid filled with glowing bacteria that were created for Auckland's Art in the Dark Festival in 2013.

Auckland's Art in the Dark Festival will not go ahead this year due to funding issues.

Whatever happened to Lee Ralph?

Lee Ralph at the Oakley Bowl-O-Rama skateboard bowl competition at Waitangi Park, Wellington, in 2012.

The life of the elusive Kiwi skateboarder has been documented in a new film.

A painterly tour of Paris

The restaurant Georges, atop the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, lets you feel like you're part of a French painting.

Want to walk in the footsteps of the impressionists in Paris? Better bring an extra pair of shoes. The city was lousy with them.

The Business of Art

Mia Hamilton's 'I Built a Fortress' on mixed media, which will be exhibited at the 2105 NZ Art Show.

For one Wellington artist the business of art comes easier than most.

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