Art Week in Aotea Square and Britomart

Press Release – Big Little City
WHAT’S ON THIS ARTWEEK 2012 Event information for Friday
Living Room 2012
Aotea Square

Aotea Square is taking the everyday ‘living room’ to the next level. The Waitemata Local Board and Auckland Council’s Public Art Team have transformed the city’s square into a stage of fresh creativity and mesmerizing performances. Drawing on the theme of ‘transformation’, award-winning choreographer and curator Mary Jane O’Reilly has assembled an interactive and fun event for everyone, including BMX bikes, Kapa Haka performances, hip hop dancers, video installations and more.

The Art of Fashion
Venue: Tyler Street, Britomart

Enjoy art kick up its heels, as New Zealand artists dress up the windows of several fashion houses around Auckland’s BIG little City. Top fashion designers Kate Sylvester, World and Zambesi have been paired with the likes of esteemed artists Karl Maughn, Reuben Paterson and Dale Frank to reflect the aesthetics of each creative practice. Prepare to be delighted as you wander the streets and take part in the art of ‘window shopping’ at its best!

Creative Mornings: Breakfast Lecture Series
Venue: Lorne Street, Former Contemporary Art Gallery
Time: 8:00 – 9:30am

Independent curator, entrepreneur and writer, Rob Garrett shares his experience and wisdom from 35 years in the creative industry for an Art Week special edition of the Creative Morning session. Join Rob for a coffee and hear his lecture on his latest curatorial initiative “Lost in a Dream” – an international contemporary art exhibition curated by Rob for Snake Pit.

Bookings: artweekauckland.co.nz/events/creativemornings

Auckland Art Gallery Exhibitions
Venue: Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland Art Gallery

The renaissance walls of the Auckland Art Gallery are overflowing with diverse works from celebrated local and international artists. From British and French Modernism, Pop Culture to Architecture, the Auckland Art Gallery will host nine exhibitions during Art Week to satisfy all artistic appetites.

Iconic Pop Art in test pots
Venue: Queen Street, Queen Elizabeth Square

Pop Art icon, Andy Warhol, will take over Queen Elizabeth Square for Art Week. Resene has donated nearly 4,000 test pots to re-create the famous Warhol work of Marilyn Munroe on canvas. Make sure you check out this incredible work, bringing back some old-school Hollywood glamour to the BIG little City.

Auckland Art Gallery – Drop in Session
Venue: Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland Art Gallery
Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm

Auckland Art Gallery invites the whole family to a creative session at the gallery. Fine tune your artistic flair alongside the experts, as you draw on inspiration from the masterpieces in the current gallery collection.

Kate Small
Venue: 47 High Street, Anna Miles Gallery

Masterton-based painter, Kate Small, paints captivating depictions of everyday social encounters to the walls of the Anna Miles Gallery. Small’s work turns the ordinary into extraordinary with eccentric spatial dimensions, precise edges and deep breadth of colour.

BLAST!
Venue: Cnr Quay and Hobson Streets, Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum

Celebrate New Zealand’s brave stance as a nuclear free country, as Pat and Gil Hanly reflect on the passion and protest behind this historic achievement. BLAST! is an inspirational collection for today’s youth and generations gone by – a must see for everyone.
Hartrell de Hurrigan
Venue: Level 1, 28 Lorne Street, Antoinette Godkin Gallery

The creative ingenuity and collaborative efforts of Paul Hartigan and John Hurrell have produced a mesmerizing labyrinth of neon trophies and bird nest sculptures. Hartigan draws on his surrealist attributes that in turn complement Hurrell’s well-known sculptural works.

Just a Wee Drop – Elliot Frances Stewart
Venue: Corner of Rutland and Lorne Street, Auckland CBD

Esteemed street artist, Elliot Frances Stewart, has been commissioned by Heart of the City to show his talents on the walls of Lorne Street. Just a Wee Drop signifies the contemporary talent of such Auckland artists, and this stunning mural illustrates why Stewart and his TMD crew are at the forefront of the global street art scene.

Mid-City Thinking – Askew One, Elliot Frances Stewart & Gary Silipa

Askew One, Elliot Frances Stewart & Gary Silipa have been commissioned by Heart of the City to create a spectacular street art mural. This work infuses life and energy into the heart of the central city. Titled Mid-City Thinking, the mural is about thinking outside the box and going forward with an open mind, as you pass through a state of transition.

Kura Gallery Auckland’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations
Venue: 188 Quay Street, PWC Tower, Kura Gallery

Enjoy Auckland’s beautiful waterfront at the Kura Gallery opening of the 4th Annual Carving Exhibition – WAKA. This momentous occasion will be commemorated in style with a welcoming by Ngati Whatau, food, wine and music. Artists Ross Gregory, Will Ngakuru and others will be sharing their stories and talking about WAKA throughout the week.

Lost in a Dream
Venue: 33 High Street, Snake Pit Gallery

International acclaimed curator Rob Garrett has curated “Lost in a Dream” at artist run space Snake Pit on High Street. Bringing together twelve renowned emerging artists from around the globe, Rob has selected striking individual works that all draw on shared theme of uncertainty or ambivalence.

Digital Art Live: Crowd Control
Venue: Level 2, Aotea Centre
Time: Daily from 7:30am – 6:00pm

Digital Art Live is the brain child of Gregory Bennett and Johann Nortje. Take part in this interactive artwork, with the use of floor sensors triggered by the audience’s movements and distorted into an on screen creation.

Spindal, an Exhibition by Sarah Dolby
Venue: Upper Khartoum Place, Kitchener Street, OREX Art Gallery

Sarah Dolby’s surreal and evoking collection draws inspiration from classic fairy tales and examines underlying themes of life and death. Marvel at the beautiful melancholic collection. And reflect on Dolby’s technical ability to create such whimsical artworks.

Tank Art Project
Venue: Wynyard Quarter

Five of Auckland’s most esteemed artists including graffiti artist Askew One, will decorate the walls of the large Tanks in the Tank Farm transforming them into one of the city’s largest art installations. The creative concepts for the tanks will be inspired by C.K Stead’s uplifting poem “Auckland”. Stage one commences during Art Week in the BIG little City.

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For more information on the BIG little City, head to biglittlecity.co.nz/artweek

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