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Wellington pottery turns 60 - how it came back into fashion

11/10/2018
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Big in the 1970s and then relegated to the craft section thereafter - recently, pottery - or ceramics as it has come to be known - has once again become fashionable. Major surveys of leading figures in major galleries have made that resurgence clear. Through it all regional pottery collectives have kept on firing up their kilns. One of the oldest if not the oldest is the Wellington Potters' Association, which this week celebrates its 60th birthday with its annual showcase of new works....

Duration:00:10:30

New Zealand and the sea - Frances Steel

11/10/2018
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Here in New Zealand, we pride ourselves on our connection with the land. Our name spells it out - Aotearoa, Land of the Long White Cloud. We tend to forget that we're just as defined by the sea - or if we think of it, we just think how cut off we are by the ocean. But a new book may change that. It's a richly illustrated, multi-disciplinary work called New Zealand and the Sea, edited by expat Kiwi Frances Steel, a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Wollongong. It's published by...

Duration:00:10:51

An extraordinary body of work for children - Robyn Belton

11/10/2018
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Illustrator Robyn Belton last week was the recipient of the Excellence Award at the inaugural Ignition Children's Book Festival in Dunedin. She picked up the award for her extraordinary body of work, going right back to the famous Greedy Cat, written by Joy Cowley in 1979. Her latest is The Anzac Violin a picture book written by Jennifer Beck based on the First World War experiences at Gallipoli and the Somme of Dunedin's Alexander Aitken (1895-1967) and his violin. It has been published by...

Duration:00:12:28

Sara Cowdell and Mark Harvey on Performance Art Week Aotearoa

11/10/2018
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Performance art covers such a wide range of disciplines - dance, music, visual art, political confrontation, street theatre - but it's often hard to nail down. Many of us remember it from the 1970s but recently it's had a revival. So much so that this year sees the second Performance Art Week Aotearoa, taking place this week in Wellington. We talk to the founder and curator of the second Performance Art Week Aotearoa, Sara Cowdell, and to one of the artists featured, performance artist Mark...

Duration:00:11:36

Elizabeth Sneyd is NZ's first ever Music Teacher of the Year

11/10/2018
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"Highly unconventional" is how Elizabeth Sneyd describes her own teaching methods. "If you saw me teaching on one single occasion you'd probably think 'goodness me, the kids are just larking around, like that's going to produce any results," she tells Mark Amery. Since 2013, Elizabeth and her husband Craig Utting have provided free music tuition for young people in East Porirua and also created the Virtuoso Strings youth orchestra which has become of the best in the country.

Duration:00:15:54

New Zealand Television Awards

11/10/2018
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The 2018 Huawei Mate20 New Zealand Television Awards are on November 22 and the main finalists have been announced, others the New Zealand Television Craft Awards were awarded earlier this week. Leading the nominations for the main part of the proceedings with 11 nods is Great Southern Film & Television's telefeature about an iconic Kiwi rock band: The Dance Exponents - Why Does Love? which aired as part of TVNZ 1's Sunday Theatre series last year. http://nztvawards.co.nz/ The Eligibility...

Duration:00:10:34

Tauranga's Baycourt and a growing cultural scene - James Wilson

11/10/2018
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Last year Tauranga overtook Dunedin as New Zealand's fourth largest city, but does it yet have the cultural reputation to match? It gained a fine new art gallery ten years ago, but this year its council voted not to build a museum for the city - much of its cultural treasures remain in storage. As our producer Mark Amery can attest to from the traffic - the city is having its fair share of growing pains. Recently Mark visited Tauranga's performing arts centre Baycourt and talked to new...

Duration:00:17:27

Bari Ziperstein turns propaganda into ceramic art

11/3/2018
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Los Angeles-based artist Bari Ziperstein creates pots that are politically provocative. They may use historic Russian propaganda images, or comment on America's current political turmoil. Bari's over here to judge the 2018 Portage Ceramics Awards. The winner of this snapshot of New Zealand's contemporary ceramics scene will be announced later this week. Bari herself has also produced large scale public artworks, as well as a line of functional ceramics. But her heart lies in creating works...

Duration:00:11:17

Anne Kennedy's novel tackles art and climate change

11/3/2018
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After a messy break up writer Janice wants to find a new home for her beloved fridge before she takes up an arts fellowship in Antarctica. Janice may be on the brink of success, but her chaotic personality puts everything at risk. That's the bare bones of Anne Kennedy's novel - The Ice Shelf. The award winning poet, novelist, teacher, editor and scriptwriter offers a satirical perspective of the arts and writing, while at the same time drawing our attention to the very serious issue of...

Duration:00:09:58

Museum consultant Sue Hodges on interpreting our heritage

11/3/2018
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Having a great collection of artifacts is certainly important to our regional museums. But it's not enough on its own. If you can't explain to enough visitors what makes that collection remarkable, museums simply won't survive. This week museum staff from around the country are gathering in Auckland to swap ideas about the big issues they're facing, and also to hear from international experts in the field - like Australian Sue Hodges whose company SHP's specialty is "heritage...

Duration:00:14:22

The street art of Wellington photographer Julian Ward

11/3/2018
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Wellington photographer Julian Ward has been traipsing Wellington's city streets for several decades now, camera in hand, documenting how the Capital has changed, and how in many ways, it's stayed the same. The black and white images of the city are revealing, and a fraction of what he's captured can be found in his book Wellington Streets. But it was his images of India that saw Julian invited to exhibit and speak at a major photography exhibition in China recently. Julian Ward's work there...

Duration:00:11:42

Sam Brooks puts politics back on the stage

11/3/2018
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Contemporary politics is a rare subject for New Zealand plays - until now maybe. Auckland playwright Sam Brooks is about to unleash his second political drama in less than a year. A few months ago the searing Burn Her sold out Auckland's Q Theatre. Sam's new work's called Jacinda, set between election night 2017 and when the coalition of Labour, New Zealand First and the Greens unexpectedly took over the reins of power weeks later. But Sam's written Jacinda for the graduates' production of...

Duration:00:14:04

The return of John Walsh's massive mural

11/3/2018
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Almost 40 years ago, artist John Walsh painted 60 portraits for an 18 metre-long mural featuring the portraits of Uawa Tolaga Bay people. But they rejected it, and the massive work's been in storage - until now. This week a large contingent will journey from John's marae in Tolaga Bay to the capital to honour A Portrait of Uawa Tolaga Bay as it goes on public display for the first time. The massive mural is painted on ten panels and took 18 months to complete. It depicts a cross-section of...

Duration:00:12:16

Natural history illustrator Erin Forsyth

11/3/2018
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Predator Free New Zealand has enlisted the intricate painting skills of natural history illustrator Erin Forsyth. Erin is designing a poster they hope will get Kiwis to back a plan to eradicate pests that are decimating our endemic flora and fauna. Erin's work is finely detailed, and she tells Lynn Freeman that whenever possible she tries to observe the species she paints in the wild. Erin Forsyth's exhibition A Few is her third to showcase native and resident species - from butterflies and...

Duration:00:12:20

Talented painters Mitchell and Mitchell

10/27/2018
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The work of two of New Zealand's forgotten artistic heroes - father and son Leonard C. and Leonard V. Mitchell - are remembered in a new book and art exhibition. Leonard Senior created some of our most memorable stamp designs and poster images, earning him the title of "the father of New Zealand graphic design". His son was a talented portrait artist and also painted one of New Zealand's most ambitious murals, which still graces Lower Hutt's War Memorial Library. Their story of different...

Duration:00:13:09

Andrew Gunn traces his highland roots

10/27/2018
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Andrew Gunn's Scottish forebears lived though the notorious "Highland clearances" before his grandfather was one of thousands of children illegally deported to Australia from Scotland. Rich pickings for the Kiwi actor and singer, who's not only found out a lot more about his family tree, he's starting to learn to speak Scots Gaelic for his solo play and song cycle called Violent Bloom. Andrew tells Lynn Freeman that while genealogy is a huge business these days, many pakeha - including him -...

Duration:00:09:45

The Mata Aho collective's tarpaulin art-work

10/27/2018
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The Maori women's art collective who created the massive tarpaulin artwork that's dominating the Oceania exhibition at London's Royal Academy, are about to work on a very different piece for next year's Honolulu Biennale. The Mata Aho Collective's Oceania piece "Kiko Moana" was made from layers of sewn and slashed tarpaulins, and was originally created to show at last year's Documenta 14 exhibition in Germany. The Collective gained a lot of publicity in the UK - in particular, they found...

Duration:00:10:48

Poetry slam champion Daisy Speaks

10/27/2018
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The current National Poetry Slam champion, Christchurch poet Daisy Lavea-Timo - who performs as Daisy Speaks - is about to relinquish her hard won crown. Daisy is the first Christchurch champion and one of only 2 female champions so far. While she couldn't compete for the title this year she will be there cheering on this year's hopefuls from around the country. Daisy tells Lynn Freeman that she comes from generations of Samoan orators: The National Poetry Slam is on November the 3rd in...

Duration:00:12:02

Anna Cottrell - documentary queen

10/27/2018
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Director Anna Cottrell has been a fixture in the documentary scene here - particularly the TV doco one - for as long as any of us can remember. Her TV films are sharp, observant, intelligent and grown-up - not necessarily words that fit many prime-time reality shows. But Anna has - not one but three documentaries that are about to reach our screens in the next month, including one that remembers the Wahine disaster, 50 years later. Also on the horizon, an Armistice Day project looking at...

Duration:00:13:31

Award winning Pacific artist Angela Tiatia

10/27/2018
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Pushing the boundaries is expat multimedia artist Angela Tiatia's stock in trade - she's often condemned by Samoan people offended by her work. Born in New Zealand, Angela also has Samoan and Australian heritage. Two decades spent as a model also feeds into her work that often looks at issues involving women's rights and the female body. Earlier this year Angela won Australia's Ravenswood Women's Art Prize for her video work After the Fall inspired by survivor accounts of the fall of...

Duration:00:13:38