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.

A lost and found sound

Part of Rob Thorne's musical journey was discovering the ability for sound and music in objects such as stone.

Rob Thorne is a musician who works in the realm of the ancient, bringing to life traditional Maori instruments that had, at one time in our history, faded into obscurity. Carly Thomas watched, listened and experienced the music, the man and the mystery behind taonga puoro.

Why do we love to hate public art?

A lighning bolt strikes Wellington's zephyrometer in Evans Bay.

From giant teeth to ghostly towers, the country has it all when it comes to public art.

Maori art book defies convention

Dr Rangihiroa Panoho has written a 352-page book on Maori art.

A new book examines the place of Maori art in both a New Zealand and international context.

Georgia's one of the boys

The cast of Samuel Marsden's High School Musical on Stage, Jake Elston, left, Maddie Whyte, Isaac Anderson, Lara Strong and Georgia Burns.

Georgia Burns is up for a challenge. She's taking her High School Musical On Stage character from underdog to centre stage, and she's playing a boy.

Art not vital for rebuild: Survey

The Christchurch Art Gallery was closed by the Canterbury earthquakes, but should reopen in December. The glass facade is being repaired for the reopening.

Fewer people believe art has a vital role in Christchurch's rebuild, a new survey says.

Audience numbers grow for comedy and kapa haka

An audience at the Christchurch Writers Festival. The report says 65 percent of audiences at literature events are women.

More Kiwis are going to different kinds of live shows, including comedy and kapa haka, while there's been little growth in audiences for theatre, dance and concerts.

Secret Welly: Artist Helen Kedgley

Helen Kedgley, chief executive at Pataka Museum.

Helen Kedgley shares her 'secret' and favourite Wellington things.

Free panel in Wellington on Venice Biennale

New Zealand artist Simon Denny's Secret Power show at the Venice Biennale is to discussed at Wellington's City Gallery on June 17.

A free panel on New Zealand's entry in the Venice Biennale is to be held at Wellington's City Gallery.

Theatre to hijack council for play

Storming Theatre actors Jags Singh, Cameron Steele, Phena Byrne, Andrew Edgar and Mac Baldey rehearse "Ideation'' which they will preform as part of the Queenstown Winter Festival next week.

The unpredictable Storming Theatre group will hijack the Queenstown Lakes District Council chambers to perform during the Queenstown Winter Festival.

Missing artist back home

Selwyn Muru's Waharoa installation in Auckland's Aotea Square.

Noted artist Selwyn Muru is back his Auckland home after going missing for several hours.

House art 'beautiful'

Artist Michael Parekowhai has designed this $1.5 million "lighthouse" sculpture for Auckland's Queens Wharf.

Opposition to a $1.5m sculpture of a state house shows an "embarrassing provincialism", arts panel says.

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