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Visual Arts

April 3, 2016

  Creeping slowly down The Parade during the construction of the Island Bay cycleway, we passed a group of road workers who were about to finish up for the day. It was hot and sunny, and the men were leaning against the sides of trucks, on brooms and spades, surveying the day’s work. The road beneath […]

March 20, 2016

Panel Discussion: When Artists Die (Thursday, March 10, City Gallery Wellington) Panelists: Marie Shannon (partner of the late Julian Dashper), gallerist Gary Langsford, curator Kendrah Morgan, commentator Jim Barr, Len Lye Foundation director Evan Webb, and chaired by City Gallery chief curator Robert Leonard. (In association with Julian Dashper & Friends, on till the 15th […]

March 13, 2016

Cauliflowers, stiletto heels, handbags, teddy bears, and telephones are only some of the hundreds of cast objects that dangle from the walls inside the Dowse Art Museum. Chinese contemporary artist Liu Jianhua paid a visit to New Zealand to exhibit Transfer, which includes his most recent installation Square (2015), and Regular Fragile (2002) which was exhibited at the 2003 […]

March 6, 2016

The blue is fitting, calming, and all encompassing. It recalls both infinite knowledge and wealth, law and order. From the beginning, images start to appear upon a cosmic background, the cliched kind that comes with a brand new Mac.

February 28, 2016

On finding an unexpected moment of intimacy at the cool art party that is Julian Dashper and Friends. If you have already been to see the City Gallery Wellington’s latest group show—Julian Daspher and Friends (on until May 15)— you may have come across a small piece of text. But probably not. Almost everyone I […]

February 21, 2016

  1- Enjoy Public Art Gallery Upstairs at 147 Cuba St Open: Wed–Fri 11–6, Sat 11–4 Established in 2000, Enjoy is a uniquely non-commercial gallery that facilitates an exciting programme of contemporary art exhibitions, projects, events and publications.   2- Bartley and Company Art 56A Ghuznee Street Open: Wed–Fri 11–6, Sat 11–4 Directed by Alison […]

October 11, 2015

For the final issue of the year, now is probably a good time to admit something—I don’t get it. Modern art, the local art “scene”, the lengthy convoluted descriptions and reviews—I don’t get any of it. I’ve really only been pretending to be interested in art for the free wine and cheese at openings. All […]

October 4, 2015

Over the weekend of 25–26 September, 28 Vic students of the fine art that is architecture traversed up to Auckland to compete in a frantic 24-hour design competition run by SANNZ, the Student Architecture Network of New Zealand. As part of Auckland Architecture Week, the event was set to be “24 hours of relentless camaraderie […]

September 20, 2015

By now you have probably seen the latest of Wellington’s public sculptures, in all its blue-column-gold-turd glory. Standing unashamedly on Lower Cuba Street, the sculpture is named The Philanthropist’s Stone and designed by the Dunedin-based Scott Eady, and has nothing at all to do with Harry Potter. Instead it is a homage to Thomas George […]