No rays of light in residency bid

bill and hyram

British artist Ben Clegg battling to stay in Nelson after being told his application to stay is unlikely to succeed.

Outgoing boss suggests changes for arts festival

sophie kelly

Outgoing arts festival director wants the event taken out of council control and held every two years.

Painting pictures of life and death

Mazda RX4 coupe

Nelson artists Ronnie Martin and Catharine Salmon paint a picture of life, albeit in completely different ways, with their new exhibitions.

Cash boost for music groups

Nelson School of Music

Groups affected by the closure of the Nelson School of Music have been a given boost by Nelson City Council.

Performance of Elijah 'epic'

REVIEW: The oratorio Elijah by Mendelssohn is a magnificent work and a hugely ambitious choice for any choir to undertake.

Visitors flock to savour arts festival

Nelson Arts Festival finishes with more than 47 sold out shows from a total of 77 events.

Reunion gig gets crowd moving

REVIEW: Within seconds of Open Souls’ first number, the empty dance floor of the Founders Park Festival Mainstage immediately filled with appreciative people ready to boogie.

A reminder of music’s universal reach

REVIEW: It was hard to believe at times that just four Taiwanese and one American artist were responsible for this.

Moutere artists shine

Neville Parker

This weekend, artisans of the Moutere will show off the best of their region, combining art, wine and cuisine.

Bringing art to the people

Neville Parker

Debbie Daniel-Smith has been showcasing artists' work by taking guided art walks around some of the city's murals, art in windows and outdoor street art.

Weird beard makes beautiful music

Adam Page

Facial hair is not naturally regarded as an instrument, but for musician Adam Page his beard is the most natural instrument of all.

Retro sounds get vineyard crowd moving

What could be better than chilling out in a vineyard taking in the smooth sounds of Sal Valentine and The Babyshakes?

Trust's downfall a shame for region


The sudden winding up of the Kahurangi Employment Trust comes as a shock.

Old school play gets rebooted

The Game

Broadgreen Intermediate's new show has taken kids' love for video games, added a competitive element and set it to music.

Festival fun in Welly and Nelly

Shaolin monks

Elizabeth Bean finds creativity and inspiration in Wellington and Nelson.

Dramatic depiction of truth

REVIEW: This was a 75-minute brutally frank immersion into diverse personal realities that left me emotionally reeling.

Ride is close-up and personal

recruit training day

REVIEW: Getting a seat on a packed Nelson bus is hard enough, but dancing and performing acrobatics is amazing.

Pocket park picked for painting

Mural brightens up food cart village

Michael McMeeken

A new mural by artist Chris Finlayson in the Bridge St pocket park adds another dimension to the food cart village.

Foursome full of fun and harmony

Ben Hunt

REVIEW: The Modern Maori Quartet delivers on every level, and makes a fearsome festival opener. Hard acts to follow don't come much harder.

Peace in glowing light and drifting shadows

anne rush

Lucent means glowing or giving off light. Anne Rush's latest installation does this.

Running the rule over broadcasting

REVIEW: Karyn Hay, from Radio Live, summed up when she stated "Radio New Zealand [RNZ] is there for citizens, not just consumers".

Hamper raffle launched to help buy Angus painting

Hone Ma Heke

The Suter Christmas Hamper Raffle, featuring luxury items donated by Nelson businesses, launched to help buy Rita Angus The Apple Pickers.

Refinery's demise major loss - Thorn


The future of Nelson's Refinery Art Space is in doubt after the Kahurangi Employment Trust was put into liquidation.

Magical windmill display lights up festival

Founders light and music show a hit

Winds of Time

Something magical is happening at the entrance to Founders Heritage Park.

Rhythm at heart of performance

Orchestra Of Spheres The Playhouse, Mapua October 15.

Standing ovation at marvellous skills

Whizz bang! The Arts Festival began! What an opening act. I burst out of the theatre eager for the rest of the festival's 10 days.

Captivating show warmly received

REVIEW: The Nelson Arts Festival needed a big opening act to launch its twentieth anniversary and Micheline Van Hautem, Belgian chanteuse, was a fitting choice.

The musical colours of Neon

Electro band set to light up arts festival


Armed with analogue synthesisers and drum machines, Nelson electronic band Neon are a throwback to a time before digitised music dominated the airwaves.

Chandelier adds lustre to festival


The Nelson Arts Festival will be off to a dazzling start, if the Founders Heritage Park Energy Centre is anything to go by.

Controversial artist wins national awards

Sarah Brown

A Nelson artist previous rejected from entry to exhibitions due to the provocative nature of her work has won two awards at an Invercargill show.

Trick of the light

Arts Festival installation transforms room

anne rush

Nelson artist Anne Rush has transformed a plain, empty room into a translucent and seemingly magical world.

Tracing Nelson's street art

Local landmarks celebrated in new book

Amanda Sears

A Nelson design student has snapped up pictures of local street art and compiled them in a special-edition book.

Fruits of labour celebrated

Nelson noise

About a dozen of the 54 volunteers who helped paint a large mural depicting Motueka horticulture have celebrated its completion.

New home for Sanctuary sculpture

Nelson noise

A guardian of endangered species now sits peacefully in her new home next to the Maitai River.

Black Faggot's heart shines through

Black Faggot

Black Faggot graced the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and is now Nelson bound. Charles Anderson catches up with its creative team.

International lineup entices sales

Adam Chamber Music Festiva

Nelson will experience its biennial influx of music lovers this summer, with the 13th Adam Chamber Music Festival promising a lineup of music treats.

See your favourite bad guys in a new light

Joel Harden

What if our fairy-tale "bad guys"' were simply misunderstood? This is the premise for Body in Space's brand new stage show, Misunderstood, the Musical.

Two NZ debuts a feature of festival

Joel Harden

Adam Chamber Music Festival directors Helene Pohl and Gillian Ansell are delighted with the stellar lineup for the coming festival.

From water balloons to winning art

Labour of love pays off for Nelson designer

Nicki van Asch,

While her two young children were sleeping, Nicki van Asch stayed up late at home, meticulously threading together thousands of water balloons.

Actors - but with Sinatra slick

Ben Hunt

The Modern Maori Quartet is set to bring its trademark side-splitting humour and hip-swaying music to the Nelson Arts Festival.

Music to their ears

New trust helps get kids in tune

Tasman Music Trust.

A new trust is aiming to bring the joy of music to more children across Tasman district.

Theatre team excel at living on their wits

Kaye McNabb


Quick wit and a love of playing out scenes has placed a group of Nelson College improv actors second in a national competition.

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.
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