The art we own is gathering dust

Wellington City Council has moved its most expensive piece, Charles Barraud's portrait of Te Puni, to the council’s ...

NZ ratepayers own half a billion dollars of art - but 93 per cent of it isn't on display.

Zoo keepers turn water ballerinas

Auckland zookeepers Helen Watson and Ellie Stringer have found a new pastime in water ballet.

Auckland Zoo's carnivore carers Helen Watson and Ellie Stringer have joined a water ballet troupe.

From cement to contemporary art

John Burns and Di Gordon-Burns in the John Burns Gallery in Otira

Otira artist John Burns turned to painting after losing his job at a cement works.

$1.17m painting a fake, seller uncontactable

Saint Jerome is now thought to have been made nearly four centuries after its purported Italian artist Parmigianino died.

Man who sold Italian Old Master's 16th century painting for $1.17m at auction uncontactable as it's declared a forgery.

Live dating coming to Auckland

Melbourne based performance artist Bron Batten says the show isn't directly about finding romance.

Australian Bron Batten is bringing her award winning live dating show to Auckland.

Look at boost for arts

Wellington's regional subsidy for the arts is much lower than Auckland's, even on a per-capita basis, a new report says.

OPINION: There's no need for panic, but the sector does seem to have lost steam.

Breastless painting worth millions

Sotheby's estimates this painting by Orazio Gentileschi to be worth up to $4.2m, even though the part of the picture ...

Sotheby's is auctioning a 400-year-old painting that's missing a couple of rather important features.

Centrepoint Theatre's new leader

Dan Pengelly will start at Centrepoint Theatre in mid-February.

Centrepoint Theatre brings in some young blood.

The art of who we are

David Pearce, left, and Steve Leurinks have a new exhibition at The White Room Gallery.

Two artists explore two different New Zealand backgrounds in a new exhibition.

Street art solution?

James Orlowski, left, and Greg Hall want there to be designated areas for street art in Marlborough.

Tagging of ASB Theatre shows need for dedicated street art areas, advocates say.

Water art firing up students

Artist Gabby O'Connor has made artwork inspired by trips to Antarctica but is now working with school children about the ...

Festival celebrating water has started its first workshop.

Native birds fly on waterfront

The Halo Project celebrates the halo effect of sanctuaries like Zealandia, which have helped increase native bird ...

The Halo Project is a collaborative installation celebrating the beauty and sounds of our country's native birds.

Capital's culture status under threat

A research report for Wellington City Council recommends the council should accelerate the renovation and reopening of ...

Wellington venues too big and expensive to retain the best performers, insiders' report shows.

Rare Blomfield back in NZ

It is thought that Charles Blomfield painted the portrait around the same time he painted the Pink and White Terraces.

A historic piece of New Zealand art is up for grabs on Trade Me.

Short film shows democracy in action

Beautiful Democracy producer Sandy Wijetunge and director Rose Archer were concerned about a lack of democratic ...

Beautiful Democracy explores the art and activism around a pro-democracy movement in New Zealand.

Designer hunts 'killer ideas'

A designer of 20 years, Nick McFarlane explores processes of creative thinking in his new book Hunting the Killer Idea.

After designing album art for British band The Prodigy Auckland designer Nick McFarlane has written a book exploring creative processes.

Raglan beats the rat race

Denise Fort feels at home in Raglan, in a way she never felt in Munich.

The rat race wasn't for Denise Fort, she gave up European living to spend her days doodling in Raglan.

New Monopoly pieces - fans decide

Monopoly's iron token was voted out in 2013, replaced with a cat.

Will the silver top hat get the boot for a golden hashtag?

Ballet examiner to the world

Ballet examiner Gwenda Britten travels the world teaching modern dance, ballet and tap.

Manawatu ballet examiner loves extending her knowledge and talent back home.

Art Action endures at festival

Toa Lualua, left, helps Ioana Ponita to make a lei as part of the Art Action at Festival of the Elements in 2010.

Create a newspaper fashion item or launch a paper plane at this year's Festival of the Elements.

Sydney beach like none other video

The Beach was created by Snarkitecture, a New York-based art and architecture collaborative practice.

Deep, under 12,000 cubic metres of rock, grass and trees, is a beach made from 1.1 million plastic balls.

Heaven's days are numbered

A Plunket pram from the late 1940s is one of curator Kirstie Ross' favourite items in the exhibition.

Change is afoot at Te Papa, with a long-term exhibition set for closure.

Dance, family and waka ama

Gaylene Sciascia, who was made an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for services to dance in the New Year Honour List.

Dancer Gaylene Sciascia recognised for her years promoting performing arts in Porirua.

Arts festival fundraising campaign hits the mark

Festival of Colour general manager Lindsay Schofield and co-chair Hetty Van Hale.

An innovative fundraiser for Wanaka's arts festival is already attracting strong support.

Festival of Colour brings international theatre to Wanaka

Sonya Kelly, of How To Keep An Alien. performs April 5-6 at the Lake Wanaka Centre.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival shows coming down under for Wanaka's arts festival.

The painting politician

Whanganui MP Chester Borrows' landscape piece of Ohawe Beach ahead of his March exhibition at the Lysaght Watt Gallery ...

One MP prefers the paintbrush to the golf course to work out stress from their political life.

A Life Story - Actor Michele Amas breathed life into her characters

Amas, right, in The Country Wife at Circa in 2001.

Actor Michele Amas was known for the many parts she played on stage and screen but it was her role as mother that she regarded as her most significant.

365 days, 1 million pictures video

Paekakariki artist Francis Salole is creating one million artworks in 2017. He is pictured with one of the pieces, The ...

The idea came to him in a flash on a Kapiti clifftop. The realisation of one million pictures is going to be harder.

Getting hip with my hop video

Reporter Carly Thomas learns some hip hop moves from Jay Pelman of Anomaly Dance Studio.

Ballet geek and arts reporter Carly Thomas takes on a hip hop class.

2017 in NZ: It's going to be a risky business

Nadia Lim: a Pacific adventure with child in tow

These famous Kiwis are throwing caution to the wind in 2017.

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