The art gallery with no art

Art historian Warren Feeney ponders how on earth the Ashburton Art Gallery can open on February 14 without any art.

When the Ashburton Art Gallery opens next month it will be without any works of art on its walls.

Hidden message revealed

HIGH HOPES: Triptych director Joy Culy said it was hoped that, as more was revealed through the restoration process, the note would eventually be signed "Colin McCahon".

Secret message thought to have been penned by one of NZ's greatest artists is uncovered more than six decades after he wrote it.

Vandals strike Waiheke sculpture exhibit

Auckland-based artist Cushla Donaldson’s sculpture The Precariats, seen here before the attack, was among the vandalised.

A number of sculptures were vandalised at the opening weekend of the headland Sculpture on the Gulf exhibit.

Settler story on epic scale

The Ragged boasts a cast of 30 in a unique play about early Wellington that is not to be missed.

Newly arrived settler Samuel Kenning is washed ashore at Owhiro Bay in The Ragged, the first in a series of four plays.

Dandelion sculpture takes shape

GIANT DANDELIONS: Husband and wife team Mario and Jane Downes pieced together the components for their intricate sculpture Stop the Clock at a barn in Owhanake, before a tricky installation on the headland walk

Giant dandelions made from recycled steel are towering over Matiatia Bay.

Pataka museum celebrates history

Charlie and Ken Boulton  both served at Gallipoli, with Ken being killed and Charlie evacuated sick.

An exciting year of historical exhibitions is in the works for Porirua's Pataka museum.

Tripping the light fantastic

THE MEANING OF LIGHT: Anthony McCall’s You and I Horizontal at Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne. The work is now at Auckland Art Gallery.

Some people call it spiritual, others science fiction. Anthony McCall doesn't mind.

Photo and painting baffle their finders

This painting was discovered in a Raumati garage.

A mystery watercolour and an aging photograph by a bohemian photographer have been unearthed in the back of a Kapiti garage.

Ballet dancer to train with the best video

STEPPING UP: Dancer Libby-Rose Niederer of Waimauku is heading to Brisbane this month to start her fulltime ballet training.

Libby-Rose Niederer has been handpicked for training by world renowned ballet great Li Cunxin.

Blooms light up the city video

MAGICAL GROTTO: Blair McLaren installing the light display at the Botanic Garden last night.

Wellington's Botanic Gardens will come alive over summer with whimsical and even scary light installations.

Australia to return stolen statue

STOLEN STATUE: The second century Buddha which was purchased by the NGA in 2007.

The National Gallery of Australia is set to return a 2000-year-old stolen Buddha statue to India.

Maori arts advocate moved by exhibition

HONOURED: Elizabeth Ellis’s lifetime contribution to Maori arts has been recognised with the Nga Tohu a Ta Kingi Ihaka award at the Te Waka Toi award ceremony.

The largest series of Maori paintings to ever leave NZ have arrived in Germany for an exhibition.

Artwork with buzz

ART BUZZ: Art buzz: Sarah Smuts-Kennedy and Taarati Taiaroa.

Two artists have created an installation of beehives and "pasture paintings" across six inner-city sites.

Creative space for doing nothing

Best spot: Debbie Pointon with dog Chagall in the hammock where she sits to look out at the hills and sky.

Kapiti artist Debbie Pointon's favourite room is perched on a steep bank in Raumati South with majestic views of the hills.

Nothing much, something special video

DYNAMIC DUO: Sisters Sally and Elsie Bollinger of Pt Chevalier have written and created the Nothing Much To Do web series with two friends from Wellington.

Four Shakespeare lovers have modernised one of the Bard's most famous stories into a teenage web series.

Cutting it fine: Rebuilding fine arts

New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts president Greg Chaston in its main gallery for the exhibition Art on the Wharf.

The 132-year-old New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts has had a rocky year, but it's determined to rebuild.

Arts festival line-up revealed

THEM'S THE BREAKS: Tahuna Breaks will play the Backyard Beats concert on February 21.

Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival audiences will have 70 different events to choose from.

Giant golden wing, anyone? video

A giant golden chicken wing sculpture has been installed at Massey University’s Albany campus.

Sculpture designed to link campus with its past as a chicken farm to its 'aspirations'.

Street art museum 'a world first'

EYES HAVE IT: Canterbury Museum director Anthony Wright, street art festival director George Shaw and YMCA Christchurch chief executive Josie Ogden Schroeder talk in front of street art by Rone.

One of the largest collections of Banksy artworks in the world could soon have a permanent home in Christchurch.

Well-made things gallery

Honesty in form: Furniture designers Nigel Groom and Emma Fox Derwin. "Everything the designer does must be conscious and considered in a plethora of contexts," Derwin says.

The thing with mid-century modern design, says Emma Fox Derwin, is that people love it. Her work is in a new exhibition at The Dowse.

Just Robin White

Artist Dame Robin White with her work at Pataka.

A 25-metre long painted tapa is Dame Robin White's most ambitious artwork and took two years to complete.

Strange and familiar

Girl next door: Yvonne Todd with two of her many works that feature at Wellington's City Gallery.

Yvonne Todd's perfectly weird photographs are spread out in her and City Gallery's biggest-ever solo exhibition,

This photo just sold for $8.3m

Australian photographer Peter Lik sold his photograph named 'Phantom' for $US6.5 million ($7.85 million). Image cropped from

Australian photographer Peter Lik has made a world record sale, but art critics aren't impressed.

ASB Waterfront Theatre moves forward

THEATRE: A 2013 artist impression of the design for the Waterfront Theatre to be built in Auckland's Wynyard Quarter.

Work has begun on a new $36.5 million Auckland theatre project

Art world softens on selfies

Invercargill-based artist Stephen Davies with his selfie painting titled 'If there is a God'.

Selfie may be a modern addition to our vocabulary but a Riverton art gallery coordinator says the selfie, or self portrait, has been around for hundreds of years.

Unlocking Auckland's creative potential

Auckland city

A one-stop arts shop and ‘angel’ landlords are among initiatives being proposed to boost Auckland’s arts economy.

Starting from scratch

Something special: Artist James Ford with prototypes of his scratch card artworks.

Artist James Ford had his car destroyed and simulated vomit with crayons. Now he takes on the scratchie.

Forget NY, check out humans of K Rd

SNAP HAPPY: Photographer Chris Pemberton started the Humans of K Rd Facebook page last December.

Capturing K Rd on camera and sharing inspiring stories has kickstarted a new career for Chris Pemberton.

Artists' message in a mini hut

Logbooks by Kemi Whitwell and Niko Leyden.

People are leaving little notes for each other all over Wellington thanks to two Mt Cook artists.

Anzac art evokes memories

Commemorations: New Zealand artist Shane Cotton is one of 10 who will exhibit in the print project at the Australian War Memorial.

Artist Shane Cotton is one of 10 chosen to display a body work at the Australian War Memorial as part of Anzac centenary commemorations.

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