Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Toi Whenua presents Te Taumata O Matariki Exhibition Series 2010 featuring Tracey Tawhiao

Te Taumata is conceptualized in the English language as a mark of excellence and is the threshold at which a level of quality and distinction can be identified. Within the context of this exhibition series, Te Taumata is a level by which we regard those artists who, throughout their art career, have consistently striven to offer outstanding work, and who are esteemed in profile and career achievement. With this series of exhibitions we honor their contribution to contemporary Maori art at a time of Matariki, in celebrating the arrival of the Maori New Year, it is also fitting that we celebrate such artistic achievement.

The artists exhibiting in 2010 are: Fred Graham and Brett Graham at the Nathan Homestead Gallery Manurewa; Lonnie Hutchinson at Artstation in Auckland City; Tracey Tawhiao at the Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson; and Arnold Wilson at NorthArt Gallery in Northcote.

This inaugural series will take place over the next three years and promises to develop further over this duration.

Nigel Borell

Tracey Tawhiao exhibition shows at CEAC until the 11th July
10am – 4:30pm daily entry is FREE

Matariki Music Night - He Po Whakanui

A supportive crowd ventured out on a wintery Friday night to celebrate Matariki and honor the great Music Composer Dr Hirini Melbourne. The concert is part of a project to make a CD of Hirini’s music, led by his niece, Peata Melbourne and Ngatapa Black. Peata and Ngatapa are also making a documentary about the process of bringing together a range of musicians to interpret Hirini’s music for today’s generation.

An atmosphere was set in the warehouse area known as the Projectspace, transformed with splashes of colour reflected off the white walls and flickering orange fire lights. The lineup of talent was exceptional with outstanding musicians Anna Coddington, Tama Waipara, Awanui Reeder (Nesian Mystic), Maitreya, Ria Hall, Katera Maihi, Majic Paora and Mel Davis. It was a unique experience with each of the artists performed a waiata composed by Hirini and a couple of their own compositions. Horomona Horo’s haunting koauau accompanied many of the compositions. Even Jason from Op Shop was there as part of Maitreya’s group The Babysitters’ Club’. Peata Melbourne was our delightful, elegant and sometimes cheeky MC.

Thank you to all those who got behind making this such a memorable occasion:- Ngatapa, Aroha, Peata, Kelly, Mei and Mikki-tae.


Photographs by Max-
Projectspace stage

Horomona Horo

Peata Melbourne with Majic Paora

Awanui Reeder with David Atai

Awanui Reeder with Peata Melbourne

Mel Davis

Mel Davis with Anthony Pirihi

Supper break

The Waitamata Maori Wardens

Katera Maihi

Anna Coddington

Tama Waipara with Anna Coddington

Jaime Greenslade (aka) Maitreya, Jason Kerrison, and Selwyn Leaf

Jaime Greenslade (aka) Maitreya and Selwyn Leaf

Puawai Cairns

Ria Hall

Puawai Cairns and Rangi Rangitukunoa

Tama Waipara

Tama Waipara with Horo Horomona

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Survive & Thrive 2010

We told you they have big ideas at The Big Idea. This is one of them: Survive & Thrive 2010 | fuelling the business of creativity. Its a combination of forum, expo and workshops with some great networking opportunities thrown in.

Date: Thursday, July 8, 2010
Time: 10:30am - 7:00pm
Location: The University of Auckland | School of Business
Street: 12 Grafton Rd
City/Town: Auckland, New Zealand

An initiative of the Arts Regional Trust Te Taumata Toi-a-iwi (ART) in partnership with The Big Idea, Survive & Thrive is a public forum, expo and series of workshops for people working in the creative sector.

Our theme is 'fuelling the business of creativity' by connecting with creative producers and entrepreneurial people from across the region, learning from and being inspired by home-grown success stories and arming people with practical tips and tools to make their creative projects and businesses fly.

Ticets payable by Paypal or Internet Banking

* Early bird entry fee is $25 inc GST
* $30 from 1 July
* Discount for Unwaged $18 inc GST [a current community services card or student ID required]. Limited spaces available.
* Discounted Group Bookings. Buy four full price tickets and the fifth ticket is FREE Complete the group names box below – see payment details

You can register online HERE

In The Big Idea they not only have big ideas, they also have fashionable ones.

Margaret Lewis whose tag tag is 'where craft meets couture' has had some of her work shown the current edition of NO magazine [check out the mexican photo shoot, you're looking for the socks] as well as M2 for Women.

No magazine

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Alison Milne reports back on World Wide Knit in Public Day at CEAC

I think it was because I took a spare brolly, change of clothes and a towel, that the forecast wet did not eventuate until after the last window went up!

Saturday 12 June was fun... mostly, we didn't have time to knit on the day, although Liz wandered around doing her bit (on our behalf) for the World Wide Knit in Public Day.

We covered a lot of 'out the front' of CEAC - goodness knows what else we could have done if we planned it! Bernie and Donna included us in their photographic essay of the day, and we did have bemused visitors snapping away too.

Thanks so much to Judy, Kara, Sandra, Lyn, Maureen, Chris, Karen, Maxine, Glen, Marlynne, Tom as we have knitted and crocheted our graffiti since February. And thanks to Martin and CEAC staff for encouragement....and trust that we wouldn't be 'inappropriate'!!

We don't intend stopping now, and have a new project in mind. So, if anyone out there would like to join us, in our respectful disrespectful use of 'soft' graffiti in public spaces, please turn up to the CEAC Meeting Room on alternate Fridays (starting June 18) 9.30am-12.30pm.


Friday, June 11, 2010

Timbers Fortune

Next Week at the Corban Estate-
A talk by Lisa Truttman for the West Auckland Historical Society;
Extracting the riches of West Auckland Kauri through Henderson Mill.
7:30 pm 15th June at the Old St Michaels Church on the Corban Estate.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

World Wide Knit in Public Day

Saturday 12 June 10am-1.30ish

World Wide Knit in Public Day is also celebrated at CEAC as the Public Outing of CEAC's Knitted Graffiti group that has been planning and plotting (in a softly subversive way) for a few months.
Much knitting and crocheting, and fortnightly appearances of knitted graffiti (just to check the fit) have kept us amused,intrigued and excited. So do come and see what we've been up to (photos next week-we wouldn't want to spoil the surprise), and bring your own knitting needles, crochet hooks, threads and join us for our dual celebration.Some needles etc will be available should you forget/ don't posses any/ have forgotten how.
We'll be there whatever the weather....with the Meeting Room available should it be really, really nasty.

Alison Milne

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Golden Axe - Free Time Video

Recently filmed over a weekend in the Corban Estate Arts Centre’s Cellar Theatre, Golden Axe’s new music video ‘Free Time’ goes online at the beginning of June.

The eye-popping music video is directed by Simon Ward (Shihad, Disasteradio, Bang! Bang! Eche!, Thought Creature, the Fanatics). See below – with special thanks to Mark Wintle from the Waitemata Theatre for lighting assistance.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

CEAC Studio Artists Upcoming Exhibitions

CEAC Studio artists Tony Brown, Donna Sarten, Bernie Harfleet and Ingrid Dubbelt are exhibiting work in various galleries & sites around Auckland this month. Invites are below.


Tony Brown at the Upstairs Gallery Titirangi
10 June - 4 July

Bernie Harfleet & Donna Sarten
Waitakere City Council Chambers 4 - 10 June
Waitakere Central Library 11 - 17 June
New Lynn Library 18 - 24 June
Glen Eden Library 25 June - 2 July

Ingrid Dubbelt at Uxbridge Arts Centre
4- 17 June