26 Nov 2023

Culture 101 Arts News Sunday 26 November

From Culture 101, 2:30 pm on 26 November 2023

 A new minister for arts, culture and heritage has been announced - National Party MP Paul Goldsmith. Before entering Parliament - Goldsmith created his own business as a historian and biographer focused on Aotearoa political and business leaders. 

Loren Taylor's debut feature The Moon is Upside Down has been awarded Best First Feature at the highly regarded Tallin Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia. The jury described the film as "a bittersweet, multi-layered combination of three stories intervening in a perfect way."

Sculpture lovers turned out in their droves to this month's NZ Sculpture On Shore in Takapuna.  A record 21 thousand people visited what organisers tout as the country's largest outdoor art event - back after a five-year COVID-induced five-year hiatus.

Award-winning kaituhituhi or writer Shelley Burne-Field has been appointed as the Te Herenga Waka -Victoria University International Institute of Modern Letters and Creative New Zealand Emerging Māori Writer in Residence for 2024.  A graduate of Auckland University 's Master of Creative Writing - Shelley Burne-Field writes fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. 

This week saw the release by Creative New Zealand of a major report on the state of the arts in the media, which gets described as on the edge of collapse. Researchers Rosabel Tan and James Wenley spoke to artists,  publicists, editors, journalists and decision-makers for their report New Mirrors - Strengthening Arts and Culture Media for Aotearoa New Zealand. They are recommending a dedicated fund for arts and culture media projects and an Arts Media Centre, modelled on Aotearoa's Science Media Centre. We'll return to this story next Sunday.