Gallery brightens construction site

David Batten and John Nicol have worked with Bunnings to create the gallery.

An open-air art space has been launched in Arch Hill, brightening the hoardings surrounding the construction site for the new Bunnings hardware store.

New Plymouth's Christmas gift

Art in Public Places chairman Terry Parkes said a Tichi maquette would be auctioned off in the new year to help raise money for the full scale sculpture.

A controversial new artwork is set to be unveiled in New Plymouth this week

Young director struggles to make Rent

Alexander Pelham-Waerea, in red, playing the character Angel leads the rest of the cast of Rent in song. The production, directed by Henry Ashby, in purple-check shirt, has lost funding and needs to find $6500 by next week to put the show on.

A struggling artist is fighting to stage a musical about struggling artists as funding has collapsed just two months out from opening night.

Burlesque titillates at Riverlea

Riverlea Theatre is staging Bring on Burlesque until December 19.

REVIEW: For some leave-the-kids at-home fun, Riverlea's burlesque show should satisfy.

The five faces of Kali Kopae

Actor Kali Kopae, who will star in a one woman show directed by her husband Jamie McCaskill.

 Actor Kali Kopae plays all five characters in a NZ Festival play about domestic violence. It's a pretty intense ride, she says.

Sunday Snoop

Painter James Cousins photographed in his Auckland studio.

A Q&A with the Auckland painter, who's new works are now on exhibit

Shortland Street actor stars in new play

Cian Elyse White and Jayden Daniels perform in a revival of the Maori play Nga Puke.

Jayden Daniels has gone from the stage to Shortland Street and back again.

'World-class' start for theatre

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is coming to Blenheim in March.

Renowned opera singer coming to Blenheim in March.

From lecture rooms to the stage

Massey University theatre and arts lecturer Elspeth Tilley has had her play Flotsam accepted as one of the official plays for the upcoming United Nations Conference on Climate Change.

A Massey university lecturer is using the stage to champion her concerns about climate change.

New Maori festival rounds out Auckland scene

Maori arts and culture will be on display at a new Auckland festival, coming early 2016.

The inaugural Tamaki Herenga Waka Festival will take place early next year, celebrating Maori culture in Auckland.

Foxton book a fitting tribute

Peter Beatson with his guide dog Lucy at his art filled Palmerston North home.

Sunset at the Estuary is a book that holds the musings of a collection of much loved New Zealand writers.

Notes to bank on?

Delia Clare shared these original bank note concepts via her Facebook page.

With all the hoopla surrounding the new bank notes, we think these cool currency concepts better fit the bill.

Glen Innes’ art revolution

A 2014 Bradley Lane mural painted by artists Askew One and Elliot Francis Stewart.

An outdoor art project that uses the walls of businesses as canvases has become the first event in Glen Innes to be included in the Auckland Arts Festival.

Weta Workshop creations help stage Disney classic

Calum Davies as Beast and Prue Brown as Belle.

Costumes by Weta Workshop will be the finishing touch for three teenage performers as they sing on stage for the first time at the ASB Theatre, in Beauty and the Beast.

Cosplay: not just geeks and freaks

Sophia Chan as Belle and Lorilee Lusby as Snow White with three year old Bianca Garland at Armageddon.
Photo: / David Mackay

Want to be an angel, a princess, a werewolf or your favourite comic-book character? Welcome to cosplay.

Shark wall or the golden nugget? gallery

Woman of Words, by Virginia King, is a finalist in the Wellington Civic Trust Awards people's choice category.

Have your say in the awards that recognise Wellington's most wonderful and wacky sculptures.

A drummed up idea

West African drummer and dancer Robert Fugah and musician Jennifer Moss have formed a new group, Awherika, with six other musicians.

A group of musicians from all over the country with a passion for West African music will be coming together in Palmerston North for their first live show.

Golden age of gaming celebrated video

Chris Mason, back and John-Paul Pochin play classic console game Pong at their exhibiton The Arcade being held at the Refinery ArtSpace in Nelson.

An art exhibition inspired by 80s video games is entrancing gamers young and old.

State of the Arts

Alexander Hallag travelled the length and breadth of New Zealand, documenting the Kiwi music scene in a series of beautifully shot colour and black-and-white images, hand-picked for Shhh… The Music Is Talking.

The Sunday Star-Times' weekly wrap of arts and entertainment news

Dancers shine in reserved Lake

Lina Seveliova plays the role of Odette and Odile in The Imperial Russian Ballet Company's Swan Lake.

REVIEW: More risk-taking would have made The Imperial Russian Ballet's Swan Lake even more impressive

Art brings long distance lovers together

Danbi Shin, left, and Li Seok.

She lives in the US. He lives in Korea. However, they share intimate moments as if they were side by side.

Long-lost Faulkner play resurfaces

The play is about a free-spirited woman who is wooed by two men.

A one-act comedy written by William Faulkner has been published for the first time.

We treat the Bard too seriously, yo

Mark Rylance suggests performers should do Shakespeare in rap.

Shakespeare is performed with too much reverence when it should be more like street slang, says a veteran theatre actor.

City horse memorials - it's war!

Official Defence Force artist Matt Gauldie's war horse concept drawing.

Plans to erect two war horse memorials in Hamilton has divided the city's arty types.

A capital Robin Hood

The cast of Roger Hall's Christmas Pantomime Robin Hood, from left, Gavin Rutherford (Motherhood), Acushla-Tara Sutton (Maid Marian) and Simon Leary (Robin Hood).

This time he's seeking shelter in the Kingdom of Wellywood's town belt.

Virtuoso pianist to play Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival

Musician Jamie MacDowell and "human beatboxer" Tom Thum are also on the billing of the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.

Virtuoso pianist to take centre stage in packed festival line-up.

The time for celebration is near

The Christchurch Art Gallery is scheduled to reopen to the public next month.

OPINION: Why the imminent re-opening of the Christchurch Art Gallery is cause for celebration

Influential art dealer who walked his own path

Art dealer Peter McLeavey soon after recieving his Queen's Birthday Honour.

Peter McLeavey began as an impecunious nobody, and became one of New Zealand's foremost art dealers.

Belle bursts forward

Cartoon character hard at work promoting her author's new book, Belle.

Palmerston North cartoonist Brent Putze is launching his brand new comic book Belle tonight.

Child's play turns into a career

Joseph Herscher as Jiwi.

A whip-smart and whimsical child, Joseph Herscher grew up to make a career from his crazy machines.

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