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Auckland Museum open till midnight on Saturday for White Night

Press Release – Auckland Museum
For six hours this Saturday night (March 16) Auckland Museum will open its doors for the Auckland Art Festival’s White Night celebrations. Read more »

Mairangi Arts Centre: art from prisoners

Press Release – Mairangi Arts Centre
Mairangi Arts Centre has just opened InsideOut, a beautiful display of paintings, drawings, carvings, quilting and prints produced by prisoners through the ‘Art in Prisons Programme’. Artists from Auckland Prison and the Northern Region Corrections Facility and, for the first time, from Auckland Region Women’s Corrections Facility have artwork featured in the exhibition. Read more »

New Auckland TV series brings Gottfried Lindauer paintings to life

Press Release – Maori TV
The stories of Maori figures painted by the artist Gottfried Lindauer are explored in BEHIND THE BRUSH, an epic new series starting Tuesday, March 19 at 8.00pm on Maori Television. Read more »

Window gazing out west

Press Release – Lopdell House Art Gallery
ARTISTS & FASHION DESIGNERS PAY HOMAGE TO ONE OF THE GREAT MANNEQUIN MAKERS OF NZ Read more »

What’s on @ Lopdell: Katharina Kercher – Mannequin

Press Release – Lopdell House Art Gallery

What’s on @ Lopdell
Katharina Kercher – Mannequin Read more »

Fresh Gallery Otara set to re-open

Press Release – Auckland Council

FRESH 2 exhibition

Otara can look forward to a newly extended arts facility space, with the highly anticipated re-opening of Fresh Gallery Otara. Read more »

University honours contemporary artist

Press Release – Auckland University

University Honours Contemporary Artist

A rising star in the art world is to receive an award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the arts. Artist Simon Denny has been named as the 2013 Young Alumnus of the Year by The University of Auckland and will be honoured at a dinner to be held on Friday 1 March. Read more »

Waiheke’s sculpture trail attracted record 45,000 people

Press Release – Pead PR
Smashed attendance records and a multiple award winner distinguish the 2013 headland Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition which wound up on Sunday on Waiheke Island. Read more »

Whitespace Opening | Michael Shepherd

Press Release – Whitespace
Anathoth
Michael Shepherd

Opening preview Tuesday 26 February
5.30 – 7.30pm
Exhibition 26 February – 16 March, 2013
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Wall of colour in Papatoetoe’s town centre – stripes link art and environment

Press Release – Auckland Council
Contemporary memorial Learning Your Stripes by artist Regan Gentry brings a vibrant wall of colour to Papatoetoe town centre, celebrating historical aspects of the community and wartime efforts of its people. Read more »

Arts Festival free attraction: White Night in 60 city galleries

Press Release – Auckland Arts Festival
Auckland Arts Festival 2013, in association with Voyager NZ Maritime Museum, Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland Museum, Central City Library – Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero and Art in the Dark present
White Night

6pm to Midnight, Saturday 16 March
Various locations across Auckland
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Saatchi Gallery presents Jimmy James Kouratoras

Press Release – Saatchi and Saatchi


Renowned New Zealand artist Jimmy James Kouratoras is exhibiting his first solo show free-of-charge at the Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery in Auckland from this Friday (22 February, 2013).

Kouratoras is the next in a line-up of unique exhibitions at Saatchi & Saatchi’s “not your ordinary gallery,” which opened last year as a creative hub to inspire staff and the public with interesting art and events.

A key inspiration behind Kouratoras’ paintings is the pou; the post that supports the mana and architecture of the Wharenui – the traditional Maori meeting house. Carved from native trees to represent the main ancestors of Maori people, the pou has many other rich layers of meaning, including the space between light and dark, a boundary marker, a fighting weapon and a way of denoting places of importance and reverence. The pou gives natural direction and guidance to living a life conducted by kotahitanga (unity).

Kouratoras uses the pou as a symbolic expression of people, and the energy that transfers between them and grows within themselves.

“Representing energy is what’s behind the work,” he says. Kouratoras’ art also explores the relationship that exists between mauri, the life force which exists in everything, and waiora, meaning health or soundness.

“I hope people that come to see my show are overwhelmed with the colour – I want them to be totally punched out,” says Kouratoras. “I’d like them to feel a lot of emotion and attach themselves to a painting.”

The Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery is the brainchild of Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand Executive Creative Director Antonio Navas.

“Fresh and innovative ideas can only come from inspired minds so I wanted to create an inspirational place at the centre of the agency where our team is exposed to an ongoing stream of ideas from artists, performers and thinkers,” says Navas.

The gallery is reflective of the creative initiatives that Navas has been distilling through the agency since his appointment in April 2011.

“Our new creative process involves a deeper study of where art, humanity and sensibility collide within the context of the world we’re living in. This requires a collective spirit and an open learning environment to produce great ideas and opportunities.”
Where: Level 3, Saatchi & Saatchi Building. 123 The Strand, Parnell
When: 22 February – 28 March 2013
Open: 10:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday (weekend appointments available on request)
Cost: Free

About the Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery

Designed as a space where both staff, clients and visitors can enjoy established artists as well as a much-needed facility for up and coming artists to exhibit their work, the Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery, located in Auckland, New Zealand, is operated as a not-for-profit facility with free exhibition space, open to all.

A concept developed by Executive Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand, Antonio Navas this “creative hub” was one of his first moves when he took up the position in May 2011. Antonio and his team are now programming a series of exhibitions and events showcasing local and international artists, thinkers and entrepreneurs.

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From Oneroa to Onetangi – open homes on Waiheke next month

Press Release – Waiheke Community Art Gallery
Waiheke Islanders are opening up their homes for one day on March 20 in a special fundraising event for the Waiheke Community Art Gallery. Read more »

Record numbers of visitors at Waiheke’s ‘headland’ sculpture exhibition

Press Release – Sculpture on the Gulf
More than 30,000 people have walked Waiheke Island’s headland 2013 Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition leading in to its final week. Read more »

What’s on @ Lopdell

Press Release – Lopdell House Art Gallery
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Corban Estate offers Tongan and Chinese art

Press Release – Corban Estate
Corban Estate Arts Centre presents three new exhibitions each with influenced by distinct visual cultures, from the Tongan lashing art form, to research into China’s contemporary art scene and a symbol of New Zealand’s colonial identity on display from 1 March to 7 April Read more »

Artist Studio Open Day – Ruth Buchanan

Press Release – McCahon House Trust
McCahon House Trust is pleased to announce the Artist Studio Open Day at ‘Parehuia’ the McCahon House Residency in Otitori Bay Road, French Bay, on Saturday 16 February Midday to 4pm. Read more »

Auckland sculptor wins premier award for structure made of recycled timber

Press Release – Lexus New Zealand


Pavilion Structure by Gregor Kregar has won the Lexus Premier Award at headland Sculpture on the Gulf 2013.

As an elite sponsor of the headland Sculpture on the Gulf 2013 exhibition, Lexus is proud to congratulate Gregor Kregar from Auckland, on receiving the Lexus Premier Award at the event’s opening gala last night. Read more »

Franklin Art Centre: love in more ways than one

Press Release – Auckland Council
Fall in love from Friday 2 February with Esther Hanson’s latest exhibition, Paper Anniversary II – Romance, at Auckland Council’s Franklin Art Centre. Read more »

Judge confirmed for contemporary art award

Press Release – Hamilton City Council
Jon Bywater, a well-known art critic and senior lecturer at Elam Art School has accepted the challenge to judge the 2013 National Contemporary Art Award hosted by Waikato Museum. Read more »

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