Arts snippets: Coming up in Taranaki's arts and entertainment scene

Percy Thompson Gallery director Rhonda Bunyan stands beside a photo taken by Brian Brake of Chairman Mao and soviet head ...
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Percy Thompson Gallery director Rhonda Bunyan stands beside a photo taken by Brian Brake of Chairman Mao and soviet head of state Kliment Voroshilov.

Spring Showing

Marking the new season, the  Lysaght Watt Gallery is having a new exhibition. Hawera Art Club's Spring Forth is on until the end of the month and showcases the diverse talents of many creatives from the South Taranaki town. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and Sunday until 1pm.

Wild Art

Join the Aotea Utanganui Museum team this weekend for a public talk by New Plymouth photographer and curator of the exhibition Wild Art, Pat Greenfield, which is currently on display at the museum until November. On Saturday at 11am in South Taranaki, the artist will talk about her processes and how she approached photographing the Patea Cool Stores and its graffiti art.   

New Start

The re-roofing of the Gables Gallery has been completed and the North Taranaki Arts Society is celebrating with a new exhibition titled Fresh Beginnings which runs until October 15. The Gallery is open 1 - 4 pm Saturdays and Sundays. 

Fresh Work

Stratford's Percy Thomson Gallery is currently showing a bevy of diverse exhibitions. On offer includes, national touring work by Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of NZ Brian Brake: Lens on China and Japan, featuring 32 photographic images by the artist. The 18th International Collage Exchange will show work from collage artists around the world, who every year send 13 collages to Dale Copeland of Puniho. Work from each artist is shown at the gallery, online, sent to the collection of the Musee ArtColle in France, and exchanged between people. Twelve pastel artists who belong to the national body of pastel artists, PANZ, will showcase work in the smaller gallery space as part of exhibition Purely Pastel. All exhibitions run until October 15.

What's on at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre

* The Len Lye Centre Cinema screens The heART of the Matter, a documentary about the post-war education programmes that put art, artists, and Maori arts in particular, into the New Zealand classroom on Friday, September 15 at 11am. Entry is free.

* Inspired by Len Lye's direct films, use cameraless hand animation techniques to create your own 16mm film on Saturday, September 16 at 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Limited spaces, booking essential. Entry by donation.

* Learn and celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori with an introductory language lesson at Govett-Brewster at 1pm to 1.45pm on Saturday, September 16. Entry is free.

* The Len Lye Centre Cinema screens Poi E: The Story of Our Song, in celebration of Te Wiki o te Reo Maori on Saturday, September 16 at 11am. $12 or $10 concession.

* Drop in for a family-friendly, hands-on art making session on Sunday, September 17 at 1pm to 3pm. In celebration of Te Wiki o te Reo Maori, learn simple weaving techniques using card and paper. All welcome, entry is by donation.

* The Len Lye Centre Cinema screens documentary Storyville: Afghan Cricket Club on Sunday, September 17 at 4pm. Entry's free, booking essential.

* Each day until Sunday, September 24 the Len Lye Centre Cinema screens films from the New Zealand International Film Festival. See for film schedule, details and tickets.

To be included in the entertainment snippets please email by noon on the Monday of the given week. Please send a 100 word blurb about your event, including the name, a brief description, and the time and location.

 - Stuff

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