Standing Room Only for Sunday 30 September 2018
This Sunday's Standing Room Only features arts and culture that are short. Frankie McMillan talks about a new anthology of Bonsai super short New Zealand writing, on The Laugh Track Mark Prebble previews this year's Show Me Shorts Festival and we are playing short songs, songs from short albums and a band with the shortest band name - text us 2101 if you can guess who it is.
We're also visiting the Manawatu: talking to photographer Tony Reddrop and to art commentator and artist Fran Dibble about the collection exhibition brought together in the reopened art gallery building at Te Manawa, We get a sneak peak at an exhibition of photographs collected by the late art dealer Peter McLeavey at Adam Art Gallery, we talk about the issue of bullying in ballet with documentary maker Scott Gormley and have At the Movies with Dan Slevin. Nic Lowe talks about his his book on the Southern Alps, and Nancy Schroder on how she gets thousands of children into the theatre. Finally at three, part two of Sonia Sly's Suffrage series, Beyond Kate.
12:15 PETER MCLEAVEY'S PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTION
An exhibition coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Wellington's McLeavey Gallery opening, offers us an insight into the late renowned gallerist Peter McLeavey's extensive and significant private collection of photographs. So private that it has come as a surprise to everyone, including his family. The exhibition Still Looking: Peter McLeavey and the Last Photograph has been curated by Deidra Sullivan and Geoffrey Batchen for the Adam Art Gallery and they took Lynn Freeman on a tour on Friday during installation.
Peter established New Zealand's longest running dealer gallery, which continues to champion New Zealand art and artists after Peter's death in 2015. The Alexander Turnbull Library announced recently that it has acquired Peter's extensive archive of documents and letters, which it says charts the development of New Zealand's contemporary art scene during the second half of the 20th century.
At the same time, Peter was an avid, though discerning collector of work by national and international photographers.
12:30 FRAN DIBBLE - TE MANAWA REOPENS MANAWATU'S ART GALLERY
Palmerston North's newly renovated art gallery has just reopened, about seven months earlier than expected. Te Manawa houses an outstanding New Zealand art collection and when it closed in June, renovations and repairs were expected to take 10 months. Following widespread public concern about the building and the gallery's future, the Palmerston North Council has reopened it, but with surprisingly little fanfare. There on Thursday night for the big reveal and to look at the first exhibition in the renovated space was Manawatu artist and art commentator Fran Dibble.
12:45 BULLYING IN BALLET - SCOTT GORMLEY
A recent survey in the United States revealed that nearly 95% of male ballet dancers faced physical or verbal attacks because they dance. Danseur, a film documenting the toll this takes on the dancers is about to premiere in New Zealand. Lynn talks to Scott Gormley who directed and produced the film and is heading to New Zealand for a screening. The New Zealand School of Dance and NZ Royal Academy of Dance are hoping the film will get dancers and other creatives talking about any obstacles they face pursuing their careers. You can view a trailer here.
1:10 At The Movies
Dan Slevin talks about Christopher Robin, Johnny English Strikes Again, Searching and a Japanese anime about the emotional fragility of early childhood, Mirai.
1:33 NIC LOWE IN THE SOUTHERN ALPS
He's spent much of his life tramping and climbing the Southern Alps and the past four years also researching their history. now Nic Lowe is writing the story of the formidable mountain range. Nic whakapapa's to Ngai Tahu, and won the $25,000 CLNZ Writers' Award for 2018. For the book he's retracing ten historic mountain journeys. He says the award will allow him to dedicate the next year to finishing the writing process, and vetting his years of research. As well as writing he's an installation artist and arts organiser based in Melbourne. Nic Lowe - Uprising will be published by Text Publishing.
1:50 TONY REDDROP'S DAILY PHOTOGRAPHY
Palmerston North-based photographer Tony Reddrop spent every weekend for a year, in the same spot, asking passersby to pose for a portrait. Now he's about to reveal his Random Portraits, printed to lifesize, for the inaugural Palmerston North Fringe Festival. They reflect Palmerson North's multi-cultural make up as well as the personalities of the people who agreed to pose for the photograph. There are more than 40 images on show at different locations during the Fringe Festival, and they're all being projected in the Central Library window where they'll be five times lifesize. We have a big selection of them for you to look at on the Standing Room Only webpage. Tony Reddrop's exhibiting his Random Portraits as part of Palmerston North's First Fringe Festival starting on Saturday.
2:06 THE LAUGH TRACK - MARK PREBBLE
2:25 LEARNING TO CODE
A New Zealand gaming company hopes a game it's created to help children learn how to code will boost the number of Maori children signing up at school to study technology. Auckland company Metia Interactive is behind Takaro to equip school children with a skill that may well be an essential one for them in the future.
Seven years ago Metia Interactive released Sparx, an award winning self-help e-therapy tool that teaches young people skills to help them combat depression and anxiety. Maru Nihoniho is the company's founder and managing director and she's a guest speaker at the upcoming Creative Futures 2018 event in Wellington. Victoria University and Miramar Creative Ltd are bringing together movers and shakers in the creative industries for two days of talks.
Maru set up Metia Interactive back in 2003.
2:40 FRANKIE MCMILLAN - SHORT SHORT STORIES
A limit of 300 words in which to tell a story is a tall order but the editors of a collection of ultra short stories had more than enough to choose from for the new anthology Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand.
It encompasses some of our highest profile writers, like past and present poet laureates Bill Manhire, Michelle Leggott and Selina Tusitala Marsh as well as work by novelists and short story writers. There are 200 stories.
Novelist Frankie McMillan is one of three editors who've brought together the anthology - she reads one of the entries by co-editor Michelle Elvy - it's called Antarctica. Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand is published by Canterbury University Press. Frankie McMillan, Michelle Elvy, and James Norcliffe are the editors.
2:50 NANCY SCHRODER - BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
At a time when it's hard to pry children away from their screens, more than 30,000 a year are going to see professional shows created by Auckland theatre director, actor, dancer and choreographer Nancy Schroder. Beauty and the Beast is the latest but this fairy tale, that dates back to 1740, is getting a makeover. Nancy is the artistic director of the Stage Company as well as being the principal director of The Auckland Academy of Dance. It opens at TAPAC in Auckland on Tuesday.
3:06 BEYOND KATE
In the second episode of Beyond Kate, Sonia Sly explores politics, Victorian attitudes and looks at why New Zealand was the first nation to grant women the vote. Plus, Labour MP Kiri Allan shares why women are pivotal in leadership roles, and Roderick Alley shares a story of his grandmother, Clara Alley –a Kiwi suffragist who worked closely with Kate Sheppard, she’s also the mother of New Zealand activist and writer, Rewi Alley. See more online.
Artist: The Beatles
Song: I Will
Album: The Bealtes
Played at: 12.12pm
Artist: Napalm Death
Song: You Suffer
Composer: Napalm Death
Played at: 12.13pm
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Song: Fell in love with a Girl
Album: White Blood Cells
Label: XL Recordings
Played at: 12.30pm
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Song: Pink Moon
Composer: Nick Drake
Album: Pink Moon
Label: Island Records
Played at: 12.58pm
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Song: Lull 3 A Minor Place
Composer: Will Oldham
Album: The Bairns
Played at: 1.10pm
Artist: The Chills
Song: Brave Words
Album: Brave Words
Label: Flying Nun
Played at: 1.35pm
Song: Blue Spark
Album: Under the Big Black Sun
Played at: 1.55pm
Artist: Magnetic Fields
Song: Ukelele Me
Album: 69 Love Songs
Label: Merge records
Played at: 2.10pm
Artist: Eddie Cochrane
Song: Cut Across Shorty
Album: Eddie Cochrane
Played at: 2.36pm
Artist: The Royal Teens
Song: Short Shorts
Album: Original Short Shorts & Others
Label: Tru-Gems Records
Played at: 2.58pm
Artist: Proud Scum
Label: Ripper Records
Played at: 3.06pm
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Song: I am a tree
Composer: D. Gillard
Album: Mag Earwhig
Played at: 3.57pm