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New Maori contemporary art gallery sets up in Rangiriri24 January, 2017

Its home to a historical Pā site and the famous Rangiriri Tavern but Te Ahorangi Totorewa hopes to see his new Maori contemporary art gallery become a destination too.

The Huntly 22-year old opened the Tupu te Toi Gallery recently with his father Brad Totorewa, a Ngāti Naho leader in the Waikato area.

Brad's connections date back to his schooling while Te Ahorangi's great grandfather Simmonds [Te Hiwa] Whiunui migrated from Parihaka to the town in 1907 at the age of four.  

Te Ahorangi completed his Te Toi o ngā Rangi at the Toihoukura School of Māori Visual Arts and Design last year.

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32nd Chelsea International Fine Art Competition24 January, 2017

The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition (CIFAC) is marking its 32nd year of celebrating artists and extraordinary art from around the globe on the renowned NYC art stage. For decades, the competition has successfully opened up new opportunities and enhanced the careers of emerging and mid-career artists while promoting the great tradition of art and ensuring its continued vibrancy in our modern world.

Artists are selected by an independent jury to receive awards valued at more than $70,000, including cash prizes, a high-profile collective exhibition, magazine profiles and much more. For the complete list of this year's prizesRead more

Arts for Health offers an open studio space for wellness using creative arts20 January, 2017

Did you know that Arts for Health offers an open studio space for people who are wanting to work towards, or maintain, their wellness using the creative arts?
 
This service caters for all levels of skills from beginners to advanced, with experienced tutors on hand.
 
Open for artists who have experienced, or may be experiencing, some sort of mental, intellectual, physical, medical or accidental disability, or are working towards maintaining their health.  A $4 contribution to help run this service.
 
Please contact Lynda Preest for further information.
 

Arts For Health Celebrate 30th Anniversary20 January, 2017

Arts for Health Community Trust are celebrating their 30th anniversary on Sunday 9th April 2017 at the Rotary Room, Hamilton Gardens. We are looking for people who have been involved with Arts for Health over the past 30 years, either as a Board member or have used our services, and would like to come along to help us celebrate. Please email us at artsforhealth@xtra.co.nz or phone 8382271 to register your interest.

Entries are now open for the Fieldays No. 8 Wire Award20 January, 2017

Entries are now open for the Fieldays No. 8 Wire Award, with nearly $10,000 in prize money on offer.

The annual award, which is hosted by Waikato Museum, challenges artists to create artworks made predominantly from agricultural products including a minimum 50 per cent No. 8 wire.

This year is a milestone for the award, having been established by the New Zealand National Fieldays Society Inc in 1997.
“The 20th year of this event embodies the innovation and pride we Kiwis have in our rural heritage and character,” says Fieldays Society CEO Peter Nation.

“We had a record number of entries in 2016, which shows just how… Read more

Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa - A Must See20 January, 2017

Celebrate the music of our nation with Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa, the first-ever major exhibition of New Zealand music. A homegrown, hands-on, ears-on exhibition, Volume explores the soundtracks of our lives through vibrant and interactive displays.

From 'Loyal' to 'Royals', from C'mon to clubs, from 'Poi Poi Twist' to 'Poi E', Volume is a landmark exhibition about making and performing popular music in Aotearoa. 

Volume takes you on a musical journey, starting with today, and winding back through the decades to the 1950s. Hear the songs that you've fallen in love to, broken up to and everything in between.

Get… Read more