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.
Thriving at Crossroads is an ongoing UoA study that’s inviting young intersectional members of ethnic minorities to create art reflecting their experiences living in Aotearoa.
The study will take place through workshops from July through to October, allowing participants to gain access to creative freedom, mentors and resources, professional arts spaces, koha for their time, and food provided during workshop days.
If you or someone you know is aged between 16-24, identifies as Asian, Latin American, African or Middle Eastern, also identifies as part of another minority group, you can apply over the next week to take part in an awesome project.
Liam had a chat with researcher Renee Liang about the project, starting off by learning more about the study so far.
A brand new bookstore has just opened up on Karangahape Road! Parallel Aotearoa has just moved in to bring all sorts of awesome speculative fiction, lefty non-fiction, graphic novels, and locally made wares on offer.
The owners, Luna and Jess, have been running Parallel for a few months, but the physical space has just opened up last week. Liam had a chat with Luna to learn more about the bookshop, its origin story, and what’s next.
New research conducted by Basement Theatre and Insights organisation, Perceptive has highlighted that spending time watching live performances or engaging in the creative arts has been shown to lift the well-being of our communities and the economy.
Cat Ruka, Director of Basement, says the research shouldn’t come as a surprise but rather a wake-up call for policymakers to view the creative industries as an economic and social investment, not simply a cost. To hear more about the research, Frances caught up with Cat Ruka.
Grace Mirams is an artist, graphic designer and researcher practicing here in Tāmaki Makaurau. Recently she shared exciting news via Public Record in Ponsonby that Gallery Crossing in Japan asked Grace to exhibit her first solo show in Japan in August this year. To hear about Grace's work, her trip across the world and an upcoming workshop, Frances caught up with her on Various Artists.