Arts

Swapping paint for car lights to create a first-of-its-kind artwork video

The giant painting by Otis Frizzell and Greg Murphy created by car lights, the size of three rugby fields.

Renowned artist Otis Frizzell and racing driver Greg Murphy teamed up to create a giant piece of light art for an ad.

Key city council arts paper may be pulled following ongoing confusion

Artist Damion Schwalger celebrates Toi Pōneke’s 10-year anniversary in 2015. (File photo)

The paper sets out funding for Wellington's arts programme, but may be pulled at the last minute following confusion over late changes.

Creative NZ judicial review: Judge dismisses case

A judge has dismissed a judicial review filed against Creative New Zealand.

A judicial review application filed against arts funder Creative New Zealand by a dance advocacy group has been dismissed.

Battle of laughs for comedy title and chance to compete in grand final

Comedy events have been held at San Fran since 2005.(File photo)

Ten comedians will go head to head for a chance to compete in the Comedy Quest's grand final.

Out of the zoo and onto the stage: Madagascar The Musical opens in Wellington

Characters from Madagascar the Musical chill out at Swimsuit Cafe over the road from the Opera House. LeRoi Dale Kippen ...

Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo are breaking free, taking to the stage of Wellington’s Opera House this August.

How I Write: Children's book finalist Philippa Werry

Philippa Werry was praised for her fresh approach to the Anzac story.

Wellington author Philippa Werry is a finalist in the 2021 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults for her picture book "This Is Where I Stand", illustrated by Kieran Rynhart,

Te Wānanga Whare Tapere o Tākitumu opens in Rarotonga video

Te Vānanga Are Tapere o Tākitumu – Tākitumu Performing Arts School has open in the Cook Islands.

Te Whare Tapere o Tākitumu in the Cook Islands has opened to share history and culture that links Aotearoa and Rarotonga to the Tākitumu canoe.

A classical treat on every corner of Cuba St

Orchestra Wellington presents the Trumpet Quartet – four sensational trumpeters in a brassy bonanza. While playing their ...

Twenty-four musical groups will perform over 100 staccato-sized concerts across Cuba St bars and restaurants this weekend.

Mark Braunias wins Parkin Drawing Prize with colourful, comic diptych video

Mark Braunias from Kawhia, Waikato, has been announced as the winner of the 2021 Parkin Drawing Prize.

Waikato artist Mark Braunias has won the Parkin Drawing Prize for his colourful, large-scale diptych featuring cartoon-like figures.

Clever arrangements bring out the best in Benee-NSZO crossover

Benee performs with the NZSO at the MIchael Fowler Centre.

Composer Claire Cowan’s clever arrangements brought out previously unheard qualities in the songs.

Arts events in the Wellington region this week - August 2-5

Ginette McDonald and Peter Hayden in Roger Hall's Winding Up.

There’s lots of theatre events this week, from Madagascar the Musical for the family, Winding Up for the boomers and opera for the children.

Frankenstein with a twist comes to Christchurch

A new production of Frankenstein opens at the Court Theatre in August.

The actors who play Dr Frankenstein and the creature swap roles every night in this innovative new stage show.

Christchurch couple bring unique modern dance show to hometown

Dance, Danced, Dancing by Christchurch-based choreographers Josie Archer and Kosta Bogoievski plays in the city this month.

Dancers get written instructions throughout the show, so no two performances are the same. “That is the gift," local choreographer Jose Archer says.

Winding Up a poignant lesson in undying love

Ginette McDonald and Peter Hayden as Gen and Barry in Roger Hall's Winding Up.

Sir Roger Hall's latest comedy revisits beloved characters Barry and Gen who are well into retirement and 50 years into their marriage.

Whale Rider film drew Dance Company's new creative director to New Zealand

New Zealand Dance Company's new executive creative director Janine Dijkmeijer says nature, and a famous Kiwi film, drew ...

Janine Dijkmeijer, former CEO of one of the world's most prestigious dance schools, explains how her love of nature, the ocean and that famous Kiwi film brought her to New Zealand.

Like the Firebird, ballet company forges new future

The country’s national ballet company has a chequered history but says it is making progress to change its culture.

As a funding freeze is broken for the country's national ballet institution for the first time in years, dance stalwarts ponder its future.

Te Hīkoi Toi: Putting windows in white walls

White’s stoves at Enjoy gallery.

Like generations I was raised on a modernist decree that the gallery must be well insulated from the outside world to provide safe space for difficult ideas, says Mark Amery.

Move over Wellywood, it's time for ... Christywood? video

Liu Yifei as Mulan in the major Disney production that was filmed in the South Island, but not based in Christchurch.

Christchurch is primed to become a production base for major blockbusters shot in New Zealand. It just requires one large and risky investment.

10 Canterbury exhibitions to look out for in August

Ballon D'Essai, This is the Level Crossing, 1982 EP cover. Designed by Matthew Campbell Downes and Stuart Page, ...

Warren Feeney recommends We Stand Here, an exhibition that asks important questions about Ōtautahi Christchurch: Who lives here, what is our culture?

Taranaki finalists hope to wow judges

For six months, Tracey Murphy, a midwife, spent every minute she wasn’t working creating her garment.

For six months, Tracey Murphy, a midwife, spent every minute she wasn’t working creating her garment.

Firebird with Paquita: 'Brave, innovative and welcome'

The Royal New Zealand's The Firebird.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet presents a programme that is alive with stylish design and exuberant physicality.

Showquest winning performance aimed to show the humanity inside out prisons video

Greytown's Kuranui College won the top prize in this year's ShowQuest stage performance competition.

When many schools creating performances on topics such as climate change and pandemics, a Greytown college opted to dramatise a prison riot.

Wellington City Council moves ahead with new structure to arts teams video

Wellington City Council is moving ahead with a restructuring affecting its arts, culture and community services teams. ...

Wellington council is forging ahead with a proposed new structure of two of its teams, but there's concern it may be too disruptive for staff.

Arts events in the Wellington region - July 30-Aug 1

Kiwi psyche-pop sensation Benee will perform with the NZSO this weekend. (File photo)

Benee headlines this weekend's events with two shows at the MIchael Fowler Centre, backed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Hobby photographer snaps up win with Lake Wairarapa image video

Laurie Winter's winning photo of Lake Wairarapa, called Vanishing Point, was captured this year.

Waking up on a foggy morning to low cloud in pink tones and a hit of sunrise, led to Laurie Winter capturing a photo of Lake Wairarapa, called Vanishing Point.

Sharing a love of dance for all

Kezia Bennett is a founding member of WIDance - an inclusive group for dancers with disabilities.

Kezia Bennett, a wheelchair user and a founding member of WIDance, shares her passion for dance.

One-woman play Aperture captures the life of photographer Ans Westra video

Actor and director Martine Baanvinger's one-woman show, Aperture, based on photographer Ans Westra's life and work has ...

Something “clicked” when actor and director Martine Baanvinger invited an acclaimed New Zealand photographer to watch one of her award-winning theatre performances.

Spiritual connections inspire jetty art

The new jetty's artwork includes five pou (pillars) featuring sculptures representing ancestral stories from Kirikiriroa ...

The history of Hamilton’s five hapū is the inspiration behind a colourful new artwork on a $1.03 million jetty.

Lost Frances Hodgkins painting sells for $312,000 in 'extraordinary' family art find

Rialto Steps, Venice, by Dunedin-born artist Frances Hodgkins. She painted this watercolour in Italy, in 1906. Hodgkins ...

The existence of this watercolour, titled The Rialto, Venice, was kept effectively secret since its creation in 1906.

Statues need scrutiny, man behind Riff Raff says

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News: Statues of Kirikiriroa/Hamilton. Pictured: Riff Raff.

People should be wary of the intentions of people wanting to erect statues in Hamilton, a man who erected a statue in Hamilton says.

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