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Monday, April 23, 2012

Spinning Sun Dance Company invited to Hungarian festival

photo: Marshall Lefferts
photo: Marshall Lefferts
Leigh choreographer Ann Dewey's acclaimed dance company, Spinning Sun, has been invited to perform in Hungary at the Sziget Festival in August 2012, as a result of performances in Australia.

She has started a fundraising campaign on Pledgeme to help get their dance Shine Lady to Europe.

Ann says: 'Pledgeme is NZ's first crowd funding platform and we believe it is a great way to get projects off the ground. So have a look at our project and if you feel able to pledge us any funds that would be amazing. The site will explain what you need to do to pledge.' 

Pledgeme link: Shine Lady Tours Europe

Sunday, April 22, 2012

AMP 'Do Your Thing' Scholarships

4 April 2012
From AMP... the 2012 Do Your Thing Scholarship programme will be kicking off in July - giving you more time to make sure your application truly reflects your dream and how you plan to achieve it ....

The Do Your Thing Scholarship Programme is open to all New Zealand citizens and permanent residents around the country, and there are plenty going around. 

There are the National Scholarships on offer across the country, where we will look to award $10,000 to a Kiwi pursuing their dream.

We also have Regional Scholarships, which our advisers will be offering to local talent within their region.

For the second year running, we're also offering a Study Start Scholarship to a budding Year 12 or 13 student.

Plus, there's the People's Choice Scholarship, where a Kiwi will receive a $10,000 scholarship based on winning the most votes from the New Zealand public to help them do their thing.
[Read more...]

A Fine Line Gallery: 'arrrt'

2 April 2012
From A Fine Line Gallery: New exhibition at A Fine Line Gallery for April – “arrrrt” – new painting, sculpture and drawing work from Richard Hopkinson, Richard A Duhs, Richard Darbyshire, Rohan Arlidge. Come along and support our local artists and art tutors from Hungry Creek.

Exhibition opening this Friday 6th April from 5.00pm until 7.00pm. Exhibition runs from Saturday 7th April through to Sunday 29th April.

A Fine Line Gallery

Open 7 days, 10am - 5pm
September-May (closed in winter)
17 Sharp Rd, Matakana
Ph 09 422 7942

Exhibitions: March 2012

6 March 2012
A Fine Line Gallery: Salt of the Earth, Passion for Colour
From A Fine Line Gallery, Matakana: We would be delighted if you could join us for the opening of an exhibition by Michael B White at A Fine Line Gallery this Friday 9th March from 5.30-8.00pm – SALT OF THE EARTH, PASSION FOR COLOUR.

The exhibition will showcase a wide range of Michael’s work from watercolours and oils to a range of classical print techniques – all displaying his love of colour, form, and life.

Michael is also currently exhibiting at Torpedo Bay, Devonport.

The exhibition will continue until Sunday 1st April so if you can’t make it to the opening make sure you drop in at some stage.

5 March 2012
Art in the Woolshed 2012

From the TOSSI website: Held biennially, the Art in the Woolshed exhibition (AITW) holds a special place in the arts calendar of the greater Auckland region. It attracts the participation of some of New Zealand's leading painters, sculptors, ceramicists, photographers and glass work artists.

For the exhibition the Tawharanui woolshed is transformed into a gallery space. Larger sculptures are presented outdoors in the Pohutukawa-studded area adjacent to the lagoon. All works in the exhibition are for sale.

Art in the Woolshed is organised by the Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Society (TOSSI) with the valued support of the exhibiting artists and the Auckland Council. 

[Read more]
[List of artists]

A Fine Line Gallery: Jan/Feb 2012

8 Feb 2012
Do Something II

The opening of Mark Lewington’s solo exhibition for 2012, Do Something II, takes place this Friday 10th February at 7.00-9.30pm. 
The Exhibition runs from Saturday 11th February to Sunday.

A Fine Line Gallery
17 Sharp Rd, Matakana,
RD2, Warkworth 0982
09 422 7942 / 021 1508820

8 January 2012
9 Degrees of Happiness

From A Fine Line Gallery
We are delighted to have the Auckland Studio Potters return this season after a highly successful show last year.

Exhibition opening is on Saturday 14th January at 2.00pm and the show runs through to Sunday 5th February.

The Art of Seven, 101 Pulham Rd, Warkworth

5 January 2012

A Fine Line Gallery: Matakana Valley Artists' Exhibition 2011

6 December 2011
The annual Matakana Valley Road Artists' exhibition runs from 9th December to 7th January 2012, opening on Friday 9th, from 5:30pm.

Artist exhibiting are: Mark Lewington, Gary Horton, Di Halstead, Mike de Hahn, Vicki Fanning, Louise McRae, Tabea Salewski and Virginia Leonard.

A Fine Line Gallery is situated at 17 Sharp Rd, Matakana.

Ph: 09 422 7942.

A Fine Line Gallery: mindmirrormap

7 September 2011
From A Fine Line Gallery: As our first exhibition of the season we are proud to have a show that has been booked in to the gallery space for two years. This is an exciting exhibition from three new talented artists: Phillip Ball, Carlie Blanchett-Burton, and Elke Finkenauer. And you are invited to the opening this Saturday 10th September 5.30-7.30pm. Look forward to seeing you then or any time that the exhibition is on – it runs until Sunday 2nd October. Cheers, Heather and Charlie

Charlie's Gelato Garden
A Fine Line Gallery
17 Sharp Rd, Matakana,
RD2, Warkworth 0982
09 422 7942 / 021 1508820

Cultural Icons: Conversations with People

2 September 2011
From the Cultural Icons website: The Depot's Cultural Icons project celebrates people who have contributed significantly to New Zealand's creative landscape. It is a series of recorded interviews and programmes whose aim is to share the histories, stories and experiences of some of our most significant visual artists, architects, publishers, entrepreneurs, writers, musicians, arts commentators and philanthropists. [Read more...]

There is a 
directory page of recorded interviews.

Photographer John Miller is a recent interviewee.
 He started in documentary photography with the 1967 anti-Vietnam War protests and has continued to photograph protest since then. He has won the Media Peace Price Lifetime Award and the Marti Friedlander Photographic Award.

Arts Foundation has a biographical page on John Miller and there is a lengthy autobiographical piece on the photoforum nz website.

Garry Currin: 'Smoke and Dreaming'

26 August 2011
23 Aug-11 Sept 2011 

Renowned Mahurangi painter Garry Currin's latest show is now on at
Whitespace Contemporary Art Gallery, 12 Crummer Rd, Ponsonby.

From the Whitespace website: Currin's landscapes are not allegories conveying meaning through symbolic representation, nor do they seek to imitate reality. Rather they employ, in the fashion of lyrical abstraction, the emotive and expressive qualities of colour, shape and brushwork to capture first the artist's feelings, and subsequently the viewer's. [Read more...]