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Images of Te Manawa at the MA17 conferenceMUSEUMS FOR ALL: Palmerston North’s Te Manawa, Museum of Art, Science and History is the recipient of the inaugural Arts Access Museum Award 2017 for its commitment to putting access and inclusion front and centre stage. The award was presented on 23 May at MA17, Museums Aotearoa’s national conference on in Palmerston North. Read more about Te Manawa

ACTIVE youth in concert with Julian Raphael

24 May 2017
Julian Raphael and ACTIVE in rehearsalComposer Julian Raphael and community group ACTIVE will present a new work, We’re Gonna Get Along, in concert on Saturday 27 May. The song cycle was composed by Raphael as the 2016 SOUNZ Community Commission for the young people’s singing group. Read more about Julian Raphael and the ACTIVE project 

Shrigley exhibition inspires Room 5 artists

Room 5 artists (detail) Photo: Janneth Gil24 May 2017
Drawings by Christchurch artists, inspired by the David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind exhibition, will be displayed in the gallery of the Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA) until Sunday 4 June. The display follows a visit to CoCA by twelve artists from Ōtautahi Creative Spaces’ Room 5 art studio in Phillipstown and includes more than 80 drawings in response to Shrigley’s work. Read more about Room 5 artists

Making good things at Te Manawa’s NOA

Jonathan Kan22 May 2017
“Making good things in life is what I like doing,” says Anaru Davis, co-facilitator of an art space situated in the sun-lit foyer of Palmerston North’s Te Manawa, Museum of Art, Science and History. Called NOA Open Studio, the space has been running in the museum foyer since November 2016. It’s a place where anyone in the community can join in and be creative. Read more about NOA Open Studio 

Audio described musical at Circa Theatre

26 April 2017
Penny Ashton in Olive CopperbottomCirca Theatre in Wellington will present a touch tour and an audio described performance of Penny Ashton’s new musical, Olive Copperbottom, on Sunday 21 May. Following the sold-out successes of Promise and Promiscuity, Ashton swaps Austen for Dickens and brings orphaned hero Olive and a squalid gaggle of Victorian characters to pox-ridden London life. Read more about Olive Copperbottom 

Living in a creative hub

30 March 2017
Puppets created by Graham LalorGraham Lalor lives right in the middle of a creative hub in the Christchurch suburb of Philipstown. Three blocks from his house in one direction is Ōtautahi Creative Spaces' Room 5, where he goes every Monday to make art. Three blocks in the other direction is the Eastside Gallery, where he volunteers two days a week. Read more about Christchurch artist Graham Lalor

Coffee and art, the perfect partners

28 March 2017
Shingo Enari, Fred Sesun, Bev Lowen and Gary Buchanan at the Circa CafeCoffee and art go hand-in-hand at Circa Café in the Christchurch suburb of St Albans, where regular exhibitions feature work by artists from The White Room creative space.The exhibitions are the result of a “fantastic partnership” with Circa Café, says White Room co-ordinator Bev Lowen. Since the partnership was formed in 2015, 11 artworks have been sold. Read more about the partnership between The White Room and Circa Cafe

Rose Kirkup debuts first solo work

20 March 2017
Rose KirkupUsing American pop star Beyoncé as her inspiration, Rose Kirkup will perform her first solo work I Am Tasha Fierce at BATS Theatre in Wellington from 28 March to 1 April. The play tells the story of Tasha, a small-town girl who moves to the big city to follow her dreams and live as a strong independent woman. Read more about Rose Kirkup 

Relaxed performance at The Court Theatre

14 March 2017
Christopher Boone, played by Tim EarlThe celebrated theatrical adaptation of Mark Haddon’s award-winning novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, will run at The Court Theatre in Christchurch from 18 March to 22 April, with a relaxed matinee performance on 25 March. The Court are delighted to be working with Autism NZ to present this relaxed performance as part of the season. Read more about the relaxed performance at The Court Theatre

Northland prisoners see creative writing in print

22 February 2017
Cover of ReflectionsA competition asking prisoners at Northland Region Corrections Facility to write a 100-word short story has resulted in weekly creative writing classes and a publication called Reflections. Printed in late 2016 by the Corrections Print Shop in Rimutaka Prison, Reflections contains 43 pieces of work. There are poems about freedom, friends and family; short stories often with a Northland setting; memories of life on a farm; and insights into growing up. Read more about creative writing classes for Northland prisoners



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