The Auckland Arts Festival is on full swing and a treasure trove of jewellery, craft, talks, and performance art.
Highlights as I see it:
MARCH 12 – White Night. For the first time the festival offers White Night, a special one night only evening which sees the city turned into a bustling outdoor gallery, adapted from the popular French Nuit Blanche where museums, public and private galleries open their doors throughout the city until midnight with special programmes of performance, music and other art events.
My top picks include:
MARCH 12 – Jim Allen @ Artspace 6pm
“Contact, Parangole Capes. At its core Contact speaks about a release from social alienation through collective activity—literally ‘making contact’. The three elements—Computer Dance, Parangole Capes and Body Articulation/Imprint—deploy formal structures in which the interplay of bodies use movement, form, sound and light to strive for transcendence. Parangole Capes begins from a point of restraint as bodies cocooned in fabric slowly move towards each other to find release.” (text care of Artspace)
MARCH 12 – Ross Malcom talking @ Fingers 7-8 pm
From 7-8pm Ross Malcolm will be in the gallery conducting an informal discussion about his new work on display,
‘Home Sweet Home’
MARCH 12 – Niki Hastings-McFall @ ArtStation:..Make lei with Niki on Saturday 12 March 6pm to
midnight, for one of her infamous ‘Polynisation’ installations that
will be in Artstation. Then help the ‘Knitterati’ knit for the
‘Beanies for babies’ charity in a glow-in the dark knit off. These two
events are part of White Night presented by Auckland Arts Festival.
MARCH 12 – Anna Miles Gallery open
MARCH 12 – Objectspace open
Other highlights include:
13 March: 4pm, Public Talk: Dr Rachel Carley on ceramics, still life and the floral. Plus Afternoon tea.
@ Letting Space
14 March 14 – Easy Listening: Francis Upritchard in conversation with Tessa Laird 6.00pm
@ Elam Lecture Theater
16 March: 6.30pm, Public Talk: Anna Miles on the invented and imaginary world of flowers on textiles.
@ Letting Space
19 March – Jim Allen Performances
@ Artspace 6pm