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'

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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.

Work of art on the move

Miriam Hansen and Hamish Fletcher


Faced with moving a painting from the Refinery Artspace to his central city office, lawyer Hamish Fletcher took matters into his own hands.

The art of man caves

New show to celebrate men-only spaces

man cave exhibition

Refinery Gallery manager Roger Thorn wants to celebrate man caves in an exhibition dedicated to the men-only spaces.

Pottery facelift a work in progress

Nelson Community Potters

Another building in Nelson has been brightened with a colourful mural.

Off the Wall


While arts editor Judith Ritchie takes a holiday, Kate Davidson and Alden Williams visited some Nelson business-people to see what was hanging on their walls.

Emotions and echoes reflected


A Nelson initiative aiming to support families with children who have died will continue its work with an exhibition at the Refinery Artspace this Monday at 6pm.

Concert with hint of 1742

Mounting an Eastertide Messiah concert has had exciting consequences for Chroma Chamber Choir.

Colour at Hospice Gallery

Marilyn Andrews is the exhibiting artist in the Hospice Gallery for April.

Poignant drama reflects family's new beginnings

The film Beginners has been labelled a romantic comedy, but it is much deeper than that.

Timely rendition of Messiah

Chroma Chamber Choir's first concert for 2014 falls during the Easter season and what better way to commemorate Christ's passion and resurrection than with Handel's Messiah, parts 2 and 3.

Exhibition very good - in parts

The Suter Art Society Autumn Exhibition

Katy Sanson

This was an exhibition with some great highlights, obscured by the inclusion of too much mediocre work.

Acknowledging the Anzacs

Katy Sanson

An exhibition inspired by memories of the Anzacs and family who served in the Second World War is opening at Red Gallery.

Off the wall

Katy Sanson

While arts editor Judith Ritchie takes a holiday, Kate Davidson and Alden Williams visited some Nelson business-people to see what was hanging on their walls.

The craft of poetry

Saradha Koirala lives, writes and works in Wellington. She describes herself as a Wellington poet and secondary school teacher with roots in Nelson and Nepal.

Vineyard venue for flute quartet

Himmelsfeld Vineyard in Upper Moutere is hosting its first open air concert

Tale with moral message set in north of Australia

The first ever major Australian feature film completely filmed in an indigenous Aboriginal language, Ten Canoes was developed in collaboration with traditional communities living in Raminining in Australia's Northern Territories.

History inspires exhibition

Suter Autumn Exhibition

When Guinevere Wilde discovered the old dump at Farewell Spit she knew she had found a gateway through time into the lives of the people who had lived there between 1870 and 1984 to keep the lighthouse lit up.

Art aids IT in school

Suter Autumn Exhibition

Art lovers can buy pieces from some of Golden Bay's most well known artists and support Golden Bay High School at the upcoming Easter Art Auction.

Residency pays dividends

Hamish Fletcher Lawyers Graduate Residency, Refinery Artspace

Suter Autumn Exhibition

The interesting thing about Miriam Hansen and Ginnette Smythe, is that we know very little about them. Their art has to speak to us immediately. And they do.

Tight show for art society

Suter Autumn Exhibition

Nelson Suter Art Society's Autumn Exhibition is about to open tonight, with a record number of works submitted by members, as well as work by two guest artists.

Choral performance enchants

Easter Passion Music Nelson Civic Choir with Motueka Guest Choir

Easter Passion Music Nelson Civic Choir with Motueka Guest Choir and organist Jonathan Berkahn, conducted by Carl Browning, Old St John's, Nelson, Saturday night.

Pianist recital treat

Christchurch born pianist, chamber musician and accompanist Jeffrey Grice is playing a concert at St Johns in Nelson. Of double nationality, French and New Zealand, he has been living in Paris since 1976.

A life lived to the full

Odie Strathmore-Chin

In the latest Nelson Musical Theatre production, A Night with Judy Garland, Sophie Ricketts will both direct and act in the lead role.

Something significant

English film director and cinematographer Nicolas Roeg is one of the featured directors in this year's Film Society programme.

Opening the doors

Odie Strathmore-Chin


Thirteen Golden Bay artists used doors as a concept from which to create artworks, displayed as a group exhibition called Doors Unhinged.

Challenging role inspires new director

Odie Strathmore-Chin

Taking the leap from making costumes for the Nelson Youth Theatre to the role of managing/creative director has been daunting and exciting for Odie Strathmore-Ching.