Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Open Studio Weekend 2013
Arts and energy at Corban Estate

Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 March 2013, 10am - 4pm

A live weekend of free arts activities at Corban Estate Arts Centre

Open Studio Weekend is a rare opportunity to get a glimpse of Corban Estate Arts Centre’s artists in action!

With more than twenty open onsite artists’ studios, contemporary art exhibitions, dynamic performing arts groups, Pacific arts and culture, a brand new Coffee Studio café, a gallery shop and much more, Corban Estate Arts Centre has become a hub for the thriving arts in West Auckland.


Come and see how established and emerging artists work in their studios. View a showcase of contemporary artists’ works at the art galleries in the Homestead and various art exhibitions including our popular Neighbourhood.

Get a taste of  Maori contemporary dance by the increasingly edgy Atamira Dance Company; a performance of the emotionally charged Blood in Water by Phoenix Performing Arts and experience a further injection of youth energy with Fresh Movement, a newly established street dance collective.  Teenage film director brothers, Chris and Robbie Peters (ages 17 and 15), will present their strong and sensitive short film, The Contender. Mixit performers, including young refugees, migrants and locals will present a film. Performances over the weekend will be followed by a Q & A with the artists.

Experience the traditional arts and crafts from the Pacifica Mamas at the must-see Pacifica Arts Centre; and create unique artworks in the free drop-in, hands-on workshops over the weekend.

Watch internationally renowned TMD (The Most Dedicated) crew update the graffiti wall at the outdoor spaces of the Estate.

Indulge yourself at our brand new Coffee Studio café over your favourite beverage and taste delicious home baked muffins, pies, sandwiches, salads, biscuits and cakes. The menu also includes brunch from 10am – 2pm.

Browse in the gallery shop with its hand-crafted art for sale or purchase original art pieces from the artists.

All this and much more only at Open Studio Weekend!

Location: Corban Estate Arts Centre. 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson, Auckland
Date: Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 March, 10am - 4.30pm
Performances: Starting from 11am - 3pm (both days) 


Friday, February 8, 2013

Visual cultures influence visual artists
in Corban Estate Art Centre’s exhibitions

Corban Estate Arts Centre presents three new exhibitions each influenced by distinct visual cultures, from the Tongan lashing art form, to research into China’s contemporary art scene and a symbol of New Zealand’s colonial identity on display from 1 March to 7 April 2013.

Internationally recognised artist, Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi bases this contemporary exhibition on lalava, the traditional Tongan art form of lashing. Tohi’s exhibition Hau Kihe Poini - Come to a Point, features lalava forms in many materials, including stone, wood and wool. Visitors will be invited to explore lalava by adding to Tohi’s ever changing interactive work throughout the exhibition.

Bonfires of 1986 by Wellington based artist, Kate Woods features a new series of photographs developed on an Asia NZ Foundation residency in Beijing. During the residency Woods investigated the establishment of China’s contemporary art scene focused on the performance art group, Xiamen Dada.  Woods reassembles elements of their infamous artworks into unique photographic arrangements that combine photography, painting and sculpture.

In LAST, West Auckland based artist Jason Hall carves pickets out of marble to honour his uncles lost in World War I.  Hall works with the picket fence to examine the colonial identity of being Pakeha. Hall will give a tour of Opanuku Bridge, his public artwork based on local picket traditions as part of his artist talk on Saturday 16 March, 11am.

All three artists will present a variety of exhibition talks for the public. Visit for further details.

Image captions:
Hau kihe boini - Come to a point: Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi, Haukulasi series (detail).
Bonfires of 1986: Kate Woods, Bonfire, 2012, C-type print, (detail).
LAST: Jason Hall, Somewhere in France, 2012 (detail).

Exhibitions details:

Hau kihe boini - Come to a point
Artist: Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi   
1 March – 7 April 2013

1 March – 7 April 2013
Artist: Jason Hall               

Bonfires of 1986
Artist: Kate Woods           
1 March – 7 April 2013

Public programmes:   

Exhibitions opening:                                                         Thursday 28 February, 6pm
Exhibition talk with artist Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi:        Thursday 7 March, 7pm
Exhibition talk with artist Jason Hall:                               Saturday 16 March, 11am
Exhibition talk with artist Kate Woods:                             Saturday 23 March, 11am
Entry:                                                                                Free, all welcome

If you'd like more information about these exhibitions or for media inquiries please contact the curator, Kathryn Tsui: 09 838 4455 extension 203 or

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Gary Henderson
Writing Theatre

Gary Henderson was born in Geraldine in South Canterbury, and gradually spiralled his way north to Auckland where he has lived for eight years.

Gary's plays have been professionally produced around New Zealand, in South Africa, Australia, Great Britain, Canada and the United States. His most well-travelled play is Skin Tight which won a coveted Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1998 during a sell-out season at the Traverse Theatre. It was also produced in New York in 2006, UK in 2007 and Canada in 2008.

Gary received a Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for the best new short play in 1996 for Mo & Jess Kill Susie, and a Fringe Award for Excellence for The Big Blue Planet Earth Show at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 1992.

Home Land, commissioned and produced by Fortune Theatre in Dunedin (2004) and Peninsula, commissioned by the Christchurch Arts Festival and directed by Gary at Court Theatre (2005), were written in Dunedin while Gary was resident in the Robert Lord Writers Cottage, and teaching at Allen Hall, the home of the Otago University Theatre Studies Programme.

Other commissions include Lines of Fire for Wow! Productions, a site-specific work presented at the Dunedin Railway Station in the Dunedin Festival of the Arts 2006 and Stealing Games for Capital E National Theatre for Children.

Gary has also directed the work of other New Zealand playwrights; in 2000 he directed Ken Duncum's Horseplay for Dunedins Wow! Productions at the Fortune, and in 2003, Carl Nixon's The Book Of Fame based on the novel by Lloyd Jones, at Downstage in Wellington. He has also served many times as a director and mentor in the development of scripts by new writers.

From 2006 - 2012 Gary taught playwriting at Unitec's School of Performing and Screen Arts in Auckland.

Writing Theatre
Gary Henderson


You have stories to tell that can change the world!

Writing Theatre is a year-long programme with NZ playwright and teacher Gary Henderson, beginning at introductory level.

Learn the art and craft of writing for live performance, using the spoken word, action, light, sound, and design. Discover your own unique voice and create stories that will touch and move an audience. In this class, you’ll learn skills which you can easily adapt to other forms of writing or storytelling.

The programme consists of four eight-week terms during which you'll write and workshop three scripts of increasing length and complexity. You’ll have a two-hour class each week and an online component through which you will interact with your colleagues and tutor between classes and terms.

Gary Henderson is a New Zealand playwright whose work has been produced throughout the country and worldwide. His play Peninsula was produced by Circa Theatre for the NZ International Arts Festival in 2012, and won the Playmarket and Capital E National Theatre for Children Outstanding New Zealand Play of the Year Award at the 2012 Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. Also in 2012, his play Skin Tight was produced by various companies in Exeter, Chicago and in New York where it was well reviewed in the NEW YORK TIMES. From 2006 to 2011 Gary taught the playwriting pathway at Unitec Institute of Technology.

The programme can accommodate twelve participants.

$1,200 (for the year)
Fee must be paid in full before the start of the course

Thursday evenings 7 – 9 pm

Term 1 : Feb 21 - Apr 11
Term 2 :May 16 - Jul 4
Term 3 : Aug 8 - Sep 26
Term 4 : Oct 17 - Dec 5

For more information please visit:
New Grads Show
Alexa Mickell

By Anna Doran-Read

“I hope the viewers interpret the intimate and strange exercise that is recreating childhood images once adults.” - Alexa Mickell for New Grads Show

Alexa Mickell graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Whitecliffe College of Art and Design in 2012. Her series, Wondering as Opposed to Understanding is currently being exhibited in New Grads Show, on at Corban Estate Arts Centre until 24th February. 

The main themes in Alexa’s photographs are memory, the archive and autobiography. She sees herself as a modern-day storyteller, reconstructing memories from her childhood to display them from an adult perspective. The photographs work in an autobiographical way, yet they are anonymous and also completely random, so the viewer can take their own personal stories away from them. Of the viewer’s reaction to the photographs, Alexa said, “I hope the viewers interpret the intimate and strange exercise that is recreating childhood images once adults.”

A work from this series was bought by the James Wallace Arts Trust from Alexa’s graduation exhibition. Alexa lives in West Auckland and this year she received a scholarship to continue her study at Whitecliffe to gain her Masters in Fine Arts.

Alexa Mickell, Bubble beard (2012)

View more images from this show on our Facebook. More information about this exhibition: