Joe has a kōrero with Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki goers at their Matariki Ahunga Nui celebration last Rāmere. He also chats with Taane Mete about his new powerful performance, Marae in the Sky, which was created exclusively for Matariki.
Joe is back for a package on Toi o Tāmaki, the Auckland Art Gallery’s Marariki celebrations last week including a chat with Taane Mete.
Frances talks to Creative NZ advocacy lead Tracey Monastra about their recent report ‘visibility matters’ on the importance and future of arts journalism.
Liam had a yarn with Zac from Kiwijam Auckland about the 48 Hour game development event.
Frances also talk to designer Jamie Horsefield about his runway show Alumnus Serendipitous with Abbey Haines-Bellamy happening at No. 7 this Saturday.
Happening tonight at UoA’s Unleash Space, Kiwijam will be taking Aotearoa’s new and experienced game developers, designers and artists through a whirlwind 48 hours to bring a project from start to finish. This is the events tenth - ish anniversary, and it’s first taking place in Whāngarei as well as Ōtautahi, Ōtepoti, Te-Whanganui-a-tara, and of course Tāmaki Makaurau. I had a yarn with the Auckland organiser Zac about the game jam, it’s history, and how folks can get involved.
Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa is on a mission to support and strengthen arts and culture media coverage in Aotearoa. A few weeks ago they released a report detailing new research by the name of Visibility Matters – Kia kitea ngā toi e te ma-rea. The report provides benchmark data, mapping the current arts and culture media ecosystem in Aotearoa. It looks at a 12-month period of coverage, from July 2021 to June 2022, analysing content through a range of different lenses.
Because the arts and media and our bread and butter here on Various Artists, Frances caught up with CNZ Advocacy Lead Tracey Monastra to talk through the report and its implications.
Art is fashion is fashion is art. This Saturday July 22 fashion designers Jamie Horsefield and Abbey Haines-Bellamy are presenting Alumnus Serendipitous, a runway show held at No. 7 on Pitt Street. They are 2 best friends reuniting for 1 massive debut fashion show!! 5 years of talking! 1 year of planning!! 1 month of execution! To hear about the show Frances caught up with Jamie and creative partner Abbey from their studio.
Matariki is next Friday and there’s celebrations all across Tāmaki Makaurau. If you’re in the CBD, feel free to head over to the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, where there’s plenty going on! They have a free event going on where you can purchase kai, shop at te mākete (market), and keep the tamariki busy making crafts inspired by Matariki, as well as performances from Taane Mete and Grammy Award Winner Jerome Kavanagh. Joe spoke to Krissy Taylor, the Senior Manager for Public Programmes at the Auckland Art Gallery about the event.
In the first week of June visual artist and Arts Foundation icon Jim Allen passed away aged 100. Allen’s installations are on display around the country and he played a significant role in art education. On VA this week we are joined in the studio by art historian and gallery coordinator at Micheal Lett, Victoria Wynne-Jones who knew Allen well to hear about his life and legacy.
On Wednesday, five years after first being charged Sir James Hay Wallace, a well-known arts philanthropist and rich lister, was named as the “prominent businessman” who sexually abused three young men. The government has begun the process of stripping Wallace's knighthood.
The news is hard to hear, but perhaps not surprising for many in the arts community. To talk about sexual harm in the arts and what Wallace losing his name suppression may mean for survivors, Frances spoke with Mel Calvesbert, Soundcheck Aotearoa’s Sexual Harm Prevention & Response Advisor.