Arts

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 Lik.com.

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.

Warhol's napkin sells for $15k

NAPKIN DOODLE: The portrait of the late actress Farrah Fawcett by Andy Warhol

Minor Andy Warhol drawing of late actress Farrah Fawcett nets $15,000 at auction and brings a lawsuit to a close.

Kiwi art for Venice arrivals

NICKY HAGER: The author was picked as a specialist adviser to artist Simon Denny whose project Secret Power will represent New Zealand at the Venice Biennale.

Millions of passengers arriving at Venice Airport in Italy are set to experience a NZ artwork.

Sydney music festival brawl video

A screen grab of footage of the brawl.

Footage has emerged of a huge brawl in which a man was punched in the head and knocked unconscious.

Vagina boat artist arrested again

ARRESTED AGAIN:  Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi, known as Rokudenashiko, paddles in her kayak modelled on her vagina in the Tama river in Tokyo.

A Japanese artist has been arrested for displaying figurines modelled on her vagina and distributing digital data used to build a kayak based on her genitals.

Dancing with wallabies video

Breyah Takitimu, 10, has been accepted into the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne.

Breyah Takitimu wants to dance her way to success.

Youth connect with art online

FREE THINKER: Daniel Michael Satele is curating the Drowned World online exhibition.

Pasifika artists are getting their work online to connect with young people who may not have visited an art gallery.

Traditional Tongan artistry up close

Women in Tonga working on a large ngatu (tapa cloth), which feature in an exhibiton at Pataka.

A former Porirua teacher is revitalising traditional Tongan practice through her art work, which will be displayed at Pataka.

An enduring portrait

FOND FAREWELL: Avenal McKinnon is leaving the New Zealand Portrait Gallery.

After eight years, Avenal McKinnon is pleased to leave NZ Portrait Gallery behind - because she loves it.

LaBeouf 'raped during art show'

ASSAULTED: Shia LaBeouf claims he was raped during a performance art show in February.

The 28-year-old actor claims a woman raped him during a performance art piece in February.

Theatre could be arts hub

CREATIVE BEACON: People involved in Clarence St Theatre say it could become a beacon for the arts. From left: Creative Waikato chairman Chris Williams, Operatic chairman Rachel Balme, business manager Jason Wade and Creative Waikato CEO Sarah Nathan.

Clarence Street Theatre could be transformed into performance arts hub under proposal to gift 550-seat venue to community trust.

Theatre could be arts hub

CREATIVE BEACON: People involved in Clarence St Theatre say it could become a beacon for the arts. From left: Creative Waikato chairman Chris Williams, Operatic chairman Rachel Balme, business manager Jason Wade and Creative Waikato CEO Sarah Nathan.

Clarence Street Theatre could be transformed into performance arts hub under proposal to gift 550-seat venue to community trust.

Council's 'gifted' theatre could be arts hub

CREATIVE BEACON: People involved in Clarence St Theatre say it could become a beacon for the arts. From left: Creative Waikato chairman Chris Williams, Operatic chairman Rachel Balme, business manager Jason Wade and Creative Waikato CEO Sarah Nathan.

Clarence Street Theatre could be transformed into a performance arts hub under a proposal to gift the 550-seat venue to a community trust.

American tattooist eyes moko designs

American tattooist Megan Woznicki, or Megan Massacre, will be among the artists showcasing their work at the two-day New Zealand Tattoo and Art Festival.

The simple, traditional Maori moko has captured the eye of an American tattoo artist.

Arts assemble in Auckland

Fireworks

A packed calendar of culture will keep arts fans busy next March with the Auckland Arts Festival.

Tibetan tapestry fetches record $75m

SILK: The sale broke the world record for any Chinese work of art sold by an international auction house.

An ancient Tibetan silk tapestry set a world record for Chinese art when it was sold for $57m at auction.