Handshake at Objectspace | Matariki Festival 13
WGTN LUX 2013 | Put Up Your Dukes
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Installation shot of Volume 4096, Squidsoup, 2012


The light and soul of the party

You’ll just have time to catch the third edition of the inspirational WGTN LUX 2013 Te Ao Marama festival set to light up the capital over four days from June 21-24.  There will be 16 light installations illuminating some of the less explored areas of the city.  On Saturday June 22, the public are encouraged to create their own light show with Bring Your Own Beamer (BYOB) at the project space, People's Cinema, in Manners Street. The symposium, running as an integral part of the festival features a great line up of international and local artists, designers  architects and researchers. 

Image: Volume 4096, Squid Soup 2012, commissioned by Royal Society New Zealand.  Courtesy of WGTN LUX
Installation image of display panel with work by Becky Bliss and her mentor Fabrizio Tridenti. The photograph features the pair shopping for materials at Bunnings.


With a little help from my friends....

Currently on show at Objectspace on Auckland’s Ponsonby Road is the result of a two-year mentoring project between internationally renowned artists and 12 emerging New Zealand jewellers.  Each jeweller has chosen their mentor to assist the development of their practice and provide professional support during a series of Handshake exhibitions in Australia, Germany and here.  The exhibition at Objectspace has work by all the project participants drawing attention to the collaborative process.  The publication HANDSHAKE- 12 contemporary jewellers meet their hero is also available to purchase.

Image: Installation image of display panel with work by Becky Bliss and her mentor Fabrizio Tridenti. The photograph features the pair shopping for materials at Bunnings. Courtesy of Objectspace

Rona Ngahuia Osborne and Alexis Neal, Whare Taonga (detail), 2012, Sarjeant Gallery


The rising star of Matariki

Celebrating Maori New Year, the Matariki Festival ‘13 launches in Auckland on June 22.  A month of city-wide art events are being staged in many areas and art venues and includes a wide choice of exhibitions, performance and hands-on workshops. 

Image: Alexis Neal and Rona Ngahuia Osborne , Whare Taonga (detail), 2012, Sarjeant Gallery.  Courtesy of Corban Estate Arts Centre

Poster for Put Up Your Dukes exhibition at Blue Oyster Project Space


A moot point

In a change from the usual joint exhibition format, Blue Oyster Project Space in Dunedin has decided on a different approach – modelling Put Up Your Dukes on a traditional moot, where the two artists pitch their works in a visual debate in the gallery. Auckland-based artists Jill Sorensen and Gabrielle Amodeo put up their works as an argument that, in art as in life, we occupy an ad hoc middle ground in which ' the only certainty is the impossibility of certainty.'
As well as checking out their art in the gallery, visitors are invited to join the two artists for a debate on the final day of the exhibition, July 13, and take an opportunity to reflect on the project and take part in weighing up the consequences of winning and losing in art and life.

Image: Courtesy of Blue Oyster Project Space

Art Writing


Now why wouldn't you go in for this......?

Auckland ARTweek - ARTzine - is encouraging writers out there to to submit their take on exhibitions around and about.  Art News is sponsoring this initiative again with a two year subscription prize for the best submission each month and the winner overall will be published in the Summer 2013 issue. 

Opportunities for artists

Parkin Drawing Prize
Entries close June 21, 2013
Rotorua Art Awards 
Entries close July 1
New Zealand Best Design Awards
Entries close July 11
22nd Annual Wallace Art Awards
Entries close July 30
Connells Bay Sculpture Park 2013 Photographic Installation
Submissions close July 31

The Trusts Portage Ceramic Awards
Entries close August 2

ECC Student Craft Design Awards
Entries close August 4

Waikato Society of Arts National Youth Art Award
Entries close August 16
Walker and Hall Waiheke Art Award
Submissions close August 19
McCahon House Artist Residency
Applications close August 19
Whanganui National Art Exhibition and Awards
Receiving dates August 19-21
Objective Art Awards
Entries close August 20
email: objectiveartawards@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
Taranaki National Art Awards
Entries close September 20
NZ Painting and Printmaking 2014 Awards
Entries close October 15

Regional Parks Artist in Residence Programme
Applications open in December
email: michelle.edge@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz


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