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American anarchist with a West Coast connection

5/19/2018
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Anarchist poet Lola Ridge was one of the most famous women poets of her time in early 20th century America. And much of her fighting spirit is credited to the 23 years she spent in New Zealand. She and her mother had left Ireland for Australia, then headed to the West Coast of the South Island hoping to cash in on the gold rush and start a new life. Later, while standing up for the repressed in America, especially mistrusted and mistreated migrants - Lola Ridge led a troubled and nomadic...

Duration:00:17:15

Novelist Kate Duignan

5/19/2018
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In her new novel, 'The New Ships', Wellington writer Kate Duignan takes us from an Amsterdam houseboat in the 1970s to Wellington 30 years later, a time when the Twin Towers terrorist attack put the world on edge. Kate published her first novel Breakwater in 2001 and also has many published short stories to her name. In The New Ships, Peter Collie's wife Moira has recently died from cancer. Their actor son Aaron returns from London but the two men struggle to connect. At the same time, a...

Duration:00:11:11

Projects 2018 offers a wide range of art surprises

5/19/2018
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Projects 2018 is part of the upcoming Auckland Art Fair. Projects 2018 artists, emerging and established - display their work outside the dealer booths at The Cloud. Lynn Freeman talks to this year's guest curators Gabriela Salgado, an Argentine curator who's been the Te Tuhi Gallery's artistic director since November last year, and Francis McWhannell who's also a freelance art writer. Projects 2018 opens on May 23.

Duration:00:13:33

The true story of supreme story-teller Margaret Mahy

5/19/2018
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Margaret Mahy was one of our most theatrical writers, enthralling her young audiences with her stories in schools across the country while wearing her trademark rainbow wig. She died six years ago, leaving behind generations of fans and also dozens of books for children and young adults, into which she poured her remarkable imagination. Now Wellington actor and scriptwriter Jane Waddell has adapted for the stage an essay of Margaret's called Notes of a Bag Lady, where she wrote about...

Duration:00:10:32

Bone carver Owen Mapp

5/19/2018
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Owen Mapp was New Zealand's first professional contemporary artist specialising in bone carving. When he started out five decades ago, bone carving was very much a poor relation to wood and ponoumu. As well as making his name here and overseas with his carvings, with their influences from Aotearoa, Europe and Japan, he's passed on his skills to several generations of carvers at Whitireia Polytechnic and at workshops. Pataka Art and Museum in Porirua is hosting a retrospective of his work -...

Duration:00:25:53

A Wellingtonian view of downtown Auckland

5/19/2018
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Wellington photographer Mary McPhearson has spent the past few years documenting Auckland's CBD. She doesn't live there, but she is intrigued by how rapidly it's changing - her large scale images often feature containers, billbords, construction sites and road work signs. The show and book are called The Long View, and it opens May 29 2018 at the Pah Homestead as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography.

Duration:00:11:37

Film-maker Phil Grabsky on David Hockney

5/19/2018
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Painter David Hockney is regarded as Britain's most popular living artist even if he's spent a huge chunk of his long life in America. The 80 year old is still prolific and still experimenting after six decades of producing distinctive brightly coloured, often large scale landscapes and portraits. In 2016 he produced 82 portraits, each one painted over just three days, for an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Just four years earlier he'd mounted a exhibition of landscapes...

Duration:00:15:55

Dividing Her Time - Susie Boyt

5/12/2018
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As the daughter of the late artist Lucian Freud and great-granddaughter of psychoanalyst Sigmund, Susie Boyt had a remarkable childhood on which to draw for her own career as a novellist and columnist. She reflected on an interesting if financially tough upbringing in her memoir My Judy Garland Life and has also written six novels including Love & Fame and The Small Hours. More recently she's edited The Turn of the Screw and Other Ghost Stories by Henry James,one of her favourite authors....

Duration:00:10:58

A Sister in My House - Linda Olsson

5/12/2018
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The strained relationship between two sisters is explored in Swedish-Kiwi writer Linda Olsson's fifth novel, A Sister In My House. Cynthia Morahan reads from the book. Set in Spain, but moving between the past and the present, Linda reunited half-sisters Maria and Emma, who've not seen each other since their domaneering mother's funeral two years earlier. There's a big age gap, important things left unsaid, and they're very different personalities. Maria left home as soon as she could...

Duration:00:10:58

Tipping New Talent - Renee Pearson and Grace Yu Piper

5/12/2018
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For some years now New Zealand has sent delegations of experienced and up and coming jewellers to show their work at one of the largest and most influential trade fairs in Germany. Twenty-three of them were at the International Skilled Trades Trade Fair in Munich this year, all exhibiting alongside international jewellers hoping to catch the eye of visiting curators, gallery owners and collectors. On the list alongside big names like Lisa Walker, Warwick Freeman and Joe Sheehan, were our...

Duration:00:11:58

Why Venice? Chris Sharp

5/12/2018
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Why should New Zealand invest in sending artists to be part of the Venice Art Biennale? It's not an argument you hear too often these days, unlike the early years, with Kiwi artists earning critical acclaim when taking part in the highly competitive visual arts festival. But a panel in Wellington recently debated the subject and it included American curator Chris Sharp.He's working with next year's New Zealand Biennale artist Dane Mitchell, who when we spoke to him a few months ago said...

Duration:00:13:48

Museums in Rapid Change

5/12/2018
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Repatriation, innovation, virtual reality and other digital opportunities and issues around earthquake strengthening buildings will all come up for debate next weekend at our museums' national conference in Christchurch. The MA18 Conference brings together several hundred museum leaders to talk about a time of rapid change in how museums display their taonga and how they reach out to their communities. Lynn Freeman spoke to Phillipa Tocker who's the Executive Director of Museums Aotearoa,...

Duration:00:11:45

Taking on the mantle - Dame Gillian Whitehead

5/12/2018
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Dame Gillian Whitehead has many honours and awards to her name for her distinctive chamber, choral, orchestral and operatic compositions and her many CDs. But receiving the Arts Foundation Arts Icon medallion on Wednesday, she says, was truly remarkable. There are only twenty Icons at any one time, and when one dies their medallion is passed on to the next senior and distinguished artist chosen to take on the mantle. Dame Gillian also taught music for many years but these days is a full...

Duration:00:12:25

The future for arts reviewing online

5/12/2018
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We continue our investigation into arts reviewing, by looking at the growing importance of reviewing online. You'll hear how website Pantograph Punch is balancing its review output with its desire to pay its writers - notoriously a poorly paid profession.

Duration:00:21:06

Lisa Dwan: A body of Beckett

5/5/2018
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Samuel Beckett remains one of the most perplexing writers of all time - his play Waiting for Godot is a prime example of a play that keeps people guessing and academics debating. But it's Beckett's more obscure writing that attracts Irish actress and Columbia University lecturer Lisa Dwan, who's regarded as the successor to Beckett's long time collaborator, actress Billie Whitelaw. She is in New Zealand for Auckland Writers' and Readers' Festival 2018.

Duration:00:10:31

Tui award for Best NZ Children's Artist

5/5/2018
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We talk live to the just awarded winner of the Tui for Best New Zealand Children's Artist, musician and inventor Levity Beet at the New Zealand Children's Music Awards.

Duration:00:08:05

Secret languages - Sriwhana Spong

5/5/2018
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New Zealand/Balinese artist Sriwhana Spong's new exhibition in New Plymouth explores a unique language used by a medieval female German mystic and abbess, Hildegard von Bingen.

Duration:00:13:33

Zinesters in Hamilton

5/5/2018
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Zinesters from across the country are heading to Hamilton on 12 May for the city's 5th annual Zinefest.

Duration:00:10:27

Massive year for Indian Ink

5/5/2018
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A world premiere, a national tour of another show, and shooting starting on a film version of acclaimed play Krishnan's Dairy - it's a massive year for one of the country's most successful theatre companies, Indian Ink.

Duration:00:12:19

Newspaper arts coverage dramatically cut

5/5/2018
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It's not just been a bad week for theatre companies in New Zealand this week: on Monday Stuff formerly Fairfax newspapers went tabloid across nine newspapers, including The Press, Waikato Times, Nelson Mail and Dominion Post and this has seen arts coverage, including reviews, slashed and burned.

Duration:00:15:53

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