Te Papa drops $750k on Venice Biennale work

Artist Simon Denny at the Venice Biennale.

Te Papa will spend a quarter of its annual acquisitions budget on four works by Simon Denny.

Taking to the stage... alone

Real Fake White Dirt, performed by Jess Holly Bates.

Palmerston North's first Solo Festival is coming to the Dark Room and Carly Thomas spoke to organiser Nathan Mudge about who will be stepping out... alone.

Childhood a source of inspiration

Illustrator Mike Chapman and author Joy Ramirez with their book Toot-The World's Tiniest Whale.

A Manawatu graphic designer has illustrated a children's book.

Auckland's unique needle woman

Natalie Iogha, fine art embroiderer.

A 28-year-old Aucklander is bringing a unique twist to needlework.

Statue man's still life

Living statue Kit Stevens spends up to four hours a day not moving.

This man's so skilled you could walk past and never notice him.

Tim Finn's cloud shadows

Tim Finn presents his show White Cloud as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival.

Tim Finn talks about his Irish mum, chasing white clouds and belonging, here.

In the realms of magic

A wall of ideas in Israel Tangaroa Birch's Ashhurst  studio.

Murmuration is the synchronised movement of birds and it is also the title of artist Israel Tangaroa Birch's latest exhibition. Carly Thomas spoke to the artist about traditional and contemporary art, and Maori magic. 

Beat maker goes old school

Cameron Wilkes is releasing a 10 track tape.

Electronic beat maker Cameron Wilkes is set to release some new tunes.

Queens Wharf sculpture gets go-ahead

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

The lighthouse sculpture will be a scaled-down state house filled with chandeliers in a Matariki formation.

Christchurch Spamalot a ‘world first’

The Wizard (Ian Brackenbury Channell) is the self-described "official Wizard of New Zealand". His role as historian in the Showbiz Christchurch production of Spamalot marks a world first.

Eric Idle, the original Monty Python member, and writer and of Spamalot, confirms that the inclusion of an ''actual wizard'' in the cast was a world first for Spamalot.

Misfortune mars Hannah Playhouse debut

The roofline of Hannah Playhouse emerges on Courtenay Place in June 1972.

An actress took the good-luck message "break a leg" too literally when Wellington's Hannah Playhouse opened in 1973.

Footnote put best foot forward

Footnote celebrates its 30th anniversary with a wide ranging retrospective show.

Footnote celebrate 30th anniversary with wonderful retrospective show.

Image makers gallery video

First born:  "Both the dad and the mum were so clearly besotted with their tiny son who had made an unexpectedly early entry into the world." - Jo Frances.

This current generation of children aged up to 10 years old, will be the most photographed in history, yet will own the least number of photographs. Yet nothing, says Wellington photographer Jo Frances, will replace the power of the tactile image. Frances was named 2015 NZ Classic Portrait Photographer of the Year at the NZ Institute of Professional Photographers last month. 

Teen has a way with words

Eric McKee has written his first novel at age 15.

A Palmerston North boy has taken a 100 word homework assignment and turned it into a novel, with plans for a trilogy.

Painter of presidents, royalty, dies

Pennsylvania artist Nelson Shanks stands next to his portrait of Pope John Paul II.

Nelson Shanks, a painter renowned for his portraits of prominent figures ranging from presidents to a pope to royalty, has died.

One-man sound machine

Beat Boxer Tom  Thum is a one man sound machine.

As a hyperactive teenager Tom Thum started putting his restless energy into beat boxing.

Eels take over bus interchange video

School girls react to performance artist Alex Rigg, of Eel Mother, who performed in the bus interchange on Friday morning as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival.

Christchurch's new bus interchange filled with movement, sound and mischief as part of art festival.

Behind the Little Yellow Digger

Betty Gilderdale, co-author of the Little Yellow Digger children's books, with her son Peter, who have collaborated with curator Warwick Brown to produce an exhibition of Betty's late husband Alan Gilderdale's work.

A new show will reveal the secret works of the Little Yellow Digger illustrator Alan Gilderdale.

Singing suffragettes salute Sheppard

The cast of rock musical That Bloody Woman rehearse ahead of the world premiere on Friday night. Phoebe Hurst, left, Kyle Chuen, Ester Stephens, Geoffrey Dolan, Amy Straker and Cameron Douglas star in the show about suffragette Kate Sheppard.

A rock musical opening in Christchurch explores the life of Christchurch suffragette Kate Sheppard.

GP-poet Glenn Colquhoun's curious act of rebellion

Glenn Colquhoun: "Writing poems is only about pens and paper about 20 percent of the time"

Q&A with Glenn Colquhoun, the rural GP and poet

Robots' performances superior to most plays - producer

Rossum's Universal Robots producer Russell Armitage with two supportive non-robot cafe staff, Annie Koelln (left) and Melissa Stevens, at the Grey St Kitchen who have been helping promote the play, which runs at The Meteor until Friday.

Hamilton could lay claim to being New Zealand's most robot-friendly city.

Shakespeare en pointe

Choreographer Liam Scarlett used the dancers personalities as a basis for building their on stage characters. Dancers in the background: Kohei Iwamoto as Puck, MacLean Hopper as Oberon and Tonia Looker as Titania.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is touring its brand new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Power Plant's new flight of fancy gallery video

Jony Easterby's Birdhouse Flock.

Creators of one of last year's NZ Festival highlights return with a bird show for Otari-Wilton's Bush.

A Kiwi-as venue for some Kiwi-as comedy

Mayor of Invercargill Tim Shadbolt and radio host Gary McCormick will be performiong at the Hokowhitu Bowling Club.

Gary McCormick and Tim Shadbolt are heading off on a national tour to tell some yarns.

Redemption songs

Singing a new song, with The White Guitar, Scribe.

Scribe and his family boldly shine light on darkness and tell their family story in The White Guitar.

Welcome to the pleasuredome

Inside the Luminarium, in Taranaki now but heading for Auckland and Christchurch.

A four-year-old's look through the Architects of Air's Exxopolis, a giant inflatable experience heading for Christchurch and Auckland

Waxing lyrical at the library

19022014 News Photo: Murray Wilson/ Fairfax NZ. Palmerston North Public City Library. Architect, Ian Athfield. Photo taken from a McIntosh crane at a height of 100 meters in The Square, Palmerston North.

National Poetry Day will be marked in Palmerston North with a series of events.

Award-winning book with a local link

Manawatu illustrator Josh Morgan and author Sacha Cotter with their award winning children's book Nga Ki.

Material from his mum's op shop made its way into Josh Morgan's illustrations for an award-winning children's book.

Female voice growing in comic world

Indira Neville wants to see more recognition of the number of women working as comic artists in New Zealand.

New Zealand's female comic community is growing and three artists are helping the profile.

Little beginnings to the big stage

St Joseph's School students practise their self-written play, from left, Kate Wasley, Charlotte Crofts, Porscha Kendrick and Meg Varney.

A group of Feilding students were determined to put on a play and after a year they are getting it on the stage.

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