Celebrating 40 years of Polyfest

CELEBRATIONS: Nga Puna o Waiarea from Western Springs College opened the launch of the 40th Polyfest with an explosive performance.

The largest Maori and Pacific Island festival in the world is getting ready to celebrate 40 years.

Sculpture symposium to close

NOT THIS TIME: Tirau sculpture Trish Looney works on her creation at last year's Matamata Sculpture Symposium.

Matamata will not ring to the sound of sculptors' tools this week after it's long-running sculpture symposium was cancelled because of a lack of sculptors.

Len Lye Centre unveiled

SHINE ON: Workers remove the protective coating from some of the reflective panels on the Len Lye Centre.

The mirror-like surface on New Plymouth's multi million-dollar Len Lye Centre is being uncovered today.

Auckland celebrates the arts

SPECTACULAR: Groupe F's new show will open this year;'s Auckland Arts Festival.

The Auckland Arts Festival kicks off this Wednesday. Discover the shows you won't want to miss.

Stolen Picasso found in US mail

1911 painting La Coiffeuse or The Hairdresser, by Pablo Picasso.

A Picasso painting missing from Paris for more than a decade resurfaced in the United States mail.

Douglas Wright's grand finale

DOUGLAS WRIGHT:  " I make the work to make myself delighted or horrified or bored in parts."

After every work, the acclaimed choreographer tells himself it's the last. This time is different.

The creature creator

'DINOSAUR NERD’: Sonny Tilders, the creator of the show’s dinosaurs.

Sonny Tilders is the creative genius behind the giant dinos that stalk the stage in Walking With Dinosaurs.

City needs to 'step up'

AND STILL THEY CAME: The Trust Waikato Sunset Symphony was one of the very few Hamilton Garden Arts Festival shows affected by inclement weather, yet even it was well attended.

It's the flagship arts event in Hamilton and it is simply not sustainable.

'Visionary' founder celebrated

AGED ENTERTAINERS: Arms waving, legs flailing, the Hip Op-eration Crew shows the New Zealander of the Year audience how to hip hop with attitude.

Billie Jordan's vision started as a flash mob of senior citizens and ended up as a world renowned dance crew.

Artist: Offence not intended

Artist Nigel Brown in his studio at Cosy Nook.

Creating art for the sake of shocking conservatives was never the intention of artist Nigel Brown

Takeaway art brings back memories

Kerry Ann Lee hanging her exhibition, at Pataka, which references her parents Gold Coin Cafe in Willis st.

The Chinese takeaway cafe of her Wellington childhood came into focus for artist Kerry Ann Lee when she visited China for the first time,

Frizzell's Magpies exhibition

ARTIST AND WORKS:  Dick Frizzell at Waikato Museum.

What might NZ's best-loved poem is the inspiration behind an exhibition by Dick Frizzell.

The man behind the lanterns

POPULAR RITUALS: A restaurant scene is one of the many installations at Auckland Lantern Festival.

There's a moment during the Auckland Lantern Festival when everything just falls into place.

Fringe Festival play is a gas

PUNGENT COMEDY: Producer Ilai Amir, 28, and director Ella Becroft, 26, are bringing a pungent comedy to the Auckland Fringe Festival.

A quirky Fringe Festival comedy is tackling the taboo topic of female flatulence.

A 'candy store' for skin art

FOR ART'S SAKE: Cambridge luthier Mark Sweetman under the hand of Hamilton Bodyart tattoo artist Peter van Dijk.

Musician inked for three hours, once a month, for the past seven years to create skin art.

Pure greed or fair share? video

CASE IN POINT: Michael Smither’s work Family in a Van originally sold for $400 in the early 1970s. It was for sale in 2012 for $200,000.

If their work is resold by dealers at a profit, should artists be entitled to a share?

Museum ignores T-shirt outrage video

CRADLE OF FILTH: The band's T-shirt was ruled objectionable by New Zealand's chief censor.

Festival organiser outraged that museum ignored his request to pull controversial T-shirt.

Top acts come to Hamilton

Broods, aka Georgia and Caleb Nott, staged a homecoming show at Nelson High School as part of their tour, which brings them to Hamilton’s Clarence St Theatre on Saturday night.

Top entertainers will inundate the city with music, theatre and comedy over the coming weeks.

Maori performing arts leader dies

LEADER: Tama Huata at the unveiling of the Nga Pou o Heretaunga project outside Hastings Civic Square in 2013. Huata died suddenly at his home near Napier on Wednesday morning, February 12.

Hawke's Bay man who dedicated his life to Maori performing arts and music has died.

'You can't be an island'

COMMUNITY MINDED: Northcote’s Patrick Kelly wants to fight child poverty with theatre.

Playwright Patrick Kelly's strong social conscience has driven him to set up a charitable trust to tackle issues of poverty.

Karapoti Classic race a wheely interesting ride

THEN: The very first Karapoti classic bike race gets underway in 1986.  Photo to be displayed in a new exhibition on Karapoti at Expressions.

A new exhibition in Upper Hutt shows the history behind one of the country's premier mountain biking events.

Sculpture fetches $45,000

SOLD: The sculpture Target recently sold for $45,000. It is currently on display at the Headland Sculpture in the Gulf exhibition.

Sculptures on display as part of a popular outdoor exhibition are selling for thousands of dollars.

Science meets art in exhibition

Nano-art Nelson Museum

A series of compelling photos of the nano-sized world hopes to raise the public's fascination.

Meet the gatemaster

BIRD OF PREY: Bruce Young takes stock of one of his unique, stylised farm gates while leaning on another. An exhibition of his metalwork-adorned gates will be held at Inspirit Gallery in Tamahere in April.

Bruce Young's current medium of choice is farm gates. "It's like a canvas for a painter."

Celebrating a family tradition of cloakmaking

FAMILY TREASURES: Kahu Te Kanawa wears the cloak made for her by her mother.

Traditional Maori cloakmaking is a long-term labour of love in the Te Kanawa and Hetet families.

Play takes us way, way back

SUBURBAN STROLL: A new Fringe Festival play will have the audience strolling Ponsonby's streets as it looks at the way things were in the 1980s.

Ponsonby's gentrified veneer will be stripped away in an interactive play celebrating the suburb of old.

Te Tiriti: A fun place to be gallery

Anne Philbin is curator of NZ Academy xbtion The Signing Belonging relating to 175 years since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. "Pride of the Long White Cloud" by Joe Zhou, is part of the exhibition.

The Signing Belonging at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts is a fun potpourri of works related to the Treaty of Waitangi.

Artists in aid mission

Dramatic work: Christine Webster's work, The Skeleton (1997), depicts dancer Douglas Wright, who created his work Elegy as a way to commemorate friends who died of Aids.

When Aids first shocked our artists into action, it was killing hundreds of Kiwis. Now, two decades on, they warn it's become a silent threat.

Porirua taniwha weaves spell

Plimmerton weaver Kohai Grace is creating a taniwha for Poirua Aquatic Centre.

Weaver Kohai Grace is creating a taniwha to go on display at Porirua Aquatic Centre on Waitangi Day.

Tuwhare's legacy comes home


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

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