11 Feb 2024

Arts News Sunday 11 February 2024

From Culture 101, 12:54 pm on 11 February 2024

Last week we reported the departure of Whanau Mārama New Zealand International Film Festival programmers Ant Timpson and Vicci Ho. 

This week two further programmers have handed in their notice. 

Square Eyes young audience programmer Nic Marshall, who joined the festival in 2005, and - significantly - Sandra Reid, who has scouted for films in Europe for the festival since 1994. 

The festival told Culture 101 they'll have a big announcement on their future this coming week. We'll be talking to chair Cath Fitzgerald on next Sunday's Culture 101.

A selection of works from one of New Zealand's most iconic private art collections opened Friday at Stratford's Percy Thomson Gallery.

Gathered Voices: Highlights from the Fletcher Trust Collection presents 22 works of national significance, and is touring regionally. Artists include  CF Goldie, Rita Angus, Emily Karaka and Michael Smither.

Auckland Philharmonia is thought to be the first orchestra in the world to introduce an interactive 3D view and virtual experience, including a virtual tour of its Auckland Town Hall stage. 

The experience offers a chance to meet the musicians and discover more about their instruments through a bird's eye interactive 3D view of the stage - as well as hear performances.

The tour takes participants from the Queen Street entrance of the building all the way to the Green Room backstage. To experience head to website - aucklandphil.nz 

In Hawkes Bay four local artists have been selected for the inaugural Gwen Malden Te Matau-a-Māui Contemporary Art Commissions, a new biennial programme. 

The four artists, Leslie Falls, Nephi Tupaea, Kezia Whakamoe, and Bernie Winkels, each receive $10,000, to develop a new body of work. It will be exhibited at Te Whare Toi o Heretaunga - Hastings City Art Gallery in July this year.

This week saw the death of a much-loved actor of stage and screen, Desmond Kelly, aged 95. 

He was known for his work at Wellington's Downstage Theatre, and many screen roles including films Smash Palace and The Scarecrow. 

He is said to have enjoyed a long and creative life encompassing geology, teaching, acting, writing, singing and chocolates.

Finally, the director's role at the internationally renowned Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth will be axed - as well as about 12 full-time equivalent jobs across New Plymouth's cultural institutions - if a proposed restructure is adopted by the New Plymouth District Council. 

A "cultural experiences team review" seen by RNZ also includes museum-library space Puke Ariki. 

This is a proposed restructure in line with undertaken controversially to Experience Wellington three years ago. 

The gallery director's role - one known for its international reach in the contemporary art world - would be changed to Manager Cultural Experiences, overseeing all the institutions.

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