Idea to develop arts centre

Tejas Arn has a vision for a Nelson co-operative that houses everything from music gigs and artist workshops to local craft shops and food stalls.

Nelson Arts Festival's subtle echoes

art by night

The Nelson Arts Festival 2014 is about to take off, bringing over 150 artists, national and international acts to town.

Art lovers set to stroll Nelson by night

art by night

A chance to wander around some of Nelson's art galleries and artists studios by night is about to become a reality.

Art along the riverside

Esme Palliser

The third annual Art Expo Nelson reminded me to have another look at the art along the Maitai River.

$5000 boost for painting fundraiser

Guy Williams

Nelson ratepayers will contribute $5000 towards a campaign to secure a Rita Angus painting.

Important to support and secure local art

Guy Williams

Great art should be as accessible as possible, which is why the Suter gallery's bid to buy a painting from one of New Zealand's greatest artists deserves support.

Suter in $160,000 bid for art work

Guy Williams

Suter Art Gallery launches appeal to buy a rare painting it says that "Nelson must have".

Potter's character reflected in his work

Ross Richards

PETER GIBBS - The Nelson Mail

Nelson potter Ross Richards died suddenly last week.

Animals bring 'wow' to festival

Big crowds expected for circus spectacular

Meg Howie

Nelson Arts Festival director Sophie Kelly describes Beyond as "a jewel" in the festival's 20th birthday crown.

Kids' art plays to the gallery

My Kid Could Do That

Second annual children's art show, My Kid Could Do That!, is warming hearts and lifting spirits.

Hard work fulfils dancer's Edinburgh dream


Nelson highland dancer Holly Webster is performing in the prestigious Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Knox to help writers and poets

Book-lovers and writers are in for an exciting time from this weekend onwards, with award-winning Kiwi author Elizabeth Knox visiting Nelson.

Arts festival is Nelson's time to shine


Nelson Arts Festival director Sophie Kelly looks forward to this year's spectacular anniversary offering.

Windmill lights up festival

Founders landmark seen in new light


Founder's windmill will become the canvas for a special light installation in this year's arts festival.

Vast array of talent on show

diy art

A festival aiming to foster a strong dance community among youth is about to hit the Theatre Royal.

Exhibitions that tell a story

Boy Zone exhibition

How delightful it was to walk into Boy Zone, a recent exhibition at the Refinery, and find myself immediately engaged and moved.

Fund changes aim to boost arts

Arts Council Nelson looks set to run a $125,000 artist fund on behalf of the city council.

Making his mark with monsters

Nelson artist's creations make waves overseas

Mapua Wharf.

Nelson artist "Smeagol" has an enormous collection of custom designer toys, but they're not for his son.

New art guide book on the way

Michael MacMillan

A commemorative 20-year edition of the Nelson Arts Guide is being published this year and it is not too late for the region's artists to be included in it.

Exposing the inner boy zone

Michael MacMillan


Boys - Zone: An exploration into the art of Man Caves is an exhibition truly accessible to everyone.

Man caves go on show

Nelson's cavemen share their spaces

Richard Brett

The Refinery Gallery is holding a special exhibition that celebrates the blokey spaces of man caves.

Time to give your dreams a voice



If you love a little sing-along in the shower, but the thought of singing on your own in public is mortifying, fear not, there is help at hand.

Mastering a new set of skills


New Zealand's next generation of theatre technicians are waiting in the wings at Waimea College and their mentors say "they are a great wee bunch".

Wakefield panto pokes fun at politics


The Wakefield Players bi-annual production is back and this time it is a traditional midwinter pantomime with an edge of Kiwi politics ripe for the upcoming election.

Cafe becomes winter studio

Muck the pig

An artist has found a new element for her work after moving her mountain studio to a busy cafe.

Seattle neon firm lights up show

 Neville and Sally Bennett


He's a long way from the big city lights of Seattle, but Jay Blazek is putting the neon into Nelson.

Riverside art reflects water theme

New murals 'create conversation with river'

 CT scanner

Nelson has been adorned with two new murals from local artists as part of the Riverside murals project.

Shepherding the woolly lamps

Nelson artist makes illuminated flock of New Zealand's most popular icon.

Fleur Stewart

Fleur Stewart aims to brighten up Light Nelson with sheep made of welded plastic, LED lights and polypropylene rope.

Blenheim actors in Dylan Thomas reading

"Exhilarating" is Blenheim actors Kate Parker and Margaret Gauden's description for the language used in Welsh poet Dylan Thomas' play Under Milkwood.

Gallery grows from ashes of cannabis farm

Colin Wratt

Property in Stoke, which burnt down while housing a cannabis crop, transformed into new artspace.

Arts group focuses on mental health message

Warwick King

Nelson Mental Health Services are considering covering the financial shortfall for a musical that looks at the impact of mental illness on families.

Saying it through art


Art and activism are coming together in a thought-provoking exhibition in Blenheim, with artists invited to submit works.

Topical play with grit

Escapists need not bother attending the latest play at the Freehouse yurt. However, those who want to sink their teeth into something topical, satirical and challenging should definitely rug up and come along.

Minimal with intent

The Nelson Mail

Luke Hancock is trying to be a man of few words by not explaining the meaning behind his work; they just are. In his latest exhibition, Open Field, at designroom, Hancock aims to simplify things.

Desire for flattery ends in tragedy

When an ageing king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him, his favourite, Cordelia, says nothing.

Republic of poets launched

Christchurch poets Ben Brown, Andy Coyle, and Doc Drumheller will raise the flag of a new republic with poems and songs when they launch a combined collection of poetry and other writings in Golden Bay and Nelson this month.

A second chance in the name of art

Video: Bluesman jams on hubcap guitar

John Dixon


Joanne Kilsby and John Dixon have a lot in common. Until recently they had never met, but now they are united by a shared commitment to up-cycling and recreating.

Chamber music talent on show

REVIEW: The New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest, The Baptist Centre, Nelson. Wednesday, June 4. .

Painting of idols an inspiration

Chris Fleming

Visual journalist Alden Williams visits two Nelsonians to see what art inspires them.

Taking Golden Bay art to Parliament

Chris Fleming


Golden Bay artist Oli Gedye would like his art work to serve as a "meditation piece" for business people in Wellington, and he may get that chance this July.

Young artists in the spotlight

The call is going out for children to pick up their paint brushes and create an artwork for the My Kid Could Do That! Art Show 2014.

Outsider art made public

An exhibition titled Outsiders In at G-Space Gallery will showcase the talents of people who have created work at Magenta.

Talent and timing in silent films

It's time for the highlight of the season - two Buster Keaton silent films with the incredibly talented Gabor Tolnay playing the piano. This night is not just for Film Society members. All are welcome.

Daring to jump into the deep end

Body in Space

The Nelson Mail

In their latest show, The Map, Body in Space has ventured into the exciting realm of long-form improvisation.

Festival to warm up winter

The Nelson Winter Music Festival is set to brighten the wintry nights of July with concerts that range from the serious to the hilarious.

Voting for beer label begins

Body in Space

The artist with the most votes in the Nelson City People's Art Award will receive $1000 and their winning artwork will adorn a limited edition Sprig & Fern rigger

Beating the drum for Brazil

Simon Merry

The sights and sounds of Brazil are coming to Nelson this week.

Words of welcome part of a busy retirement

Simon Merry

The Nelson Mail

Former long-serving Nelson College art teacher Mark Dunstan has retired, but you wouldn't know it.

Arts group seeks funds increase

The Nelson Arts Council has asked for a $35,000 boost in funding from the Nelson City Council, but has given up looking for extra financial support from the Tasman District Council.
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