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Keep Yourself Safe From Online Art Scams 13 June, 2017

Paul Bradley, a Waikato based artist and Creative Waikato employee, recently received an email that seemed too good to be true. A buyer wanted to purchase his paintings and was willing to pay top dollar. However, something didn't seem quite right, and through a bit of research, Paul discovered he was a target for an art scam.

The email came from "John Davidson", who claimed to be very keen to buy one of Paul's paintings as a surprise for his wife. He would send a cheque, arrange the courier, and would pay very well for Paul's work. Great news right?!
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Peter Dornauf: Street art rejuvenates urban landscape18 April, 2017

OPINION: Apparently Christchurch is listed in the Lonely Planet Guide as one of the top cities for its street art, along with London (famous for Banksy), and New York.

Obviously, the people who make these calls have not visited Hamilton recently. If they had, they'd have seen that the city is blooming with bold, brightly coloured graphic images both in the CBD and in Hamilton East. This is a fairly recent phenomenon promoted by people associated with BOON, a biannual street art festival involving Creative Waikato, to animate the precincts by way of street art on a spare wall near you.

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Kathryn Tsui from Corban Estate Arts Centre takes up key Curator role with Mercury Bay Art Escape11 March, 2017

The Mercury Bay Art Escape Trust has appointed Kathryn Tsui to the position of Administrator/

Curator in time to be part of the Trust’s 10 year celebrations which commence with the 2017 Studio

Tour opening on March 3.

Kathryn and her family moved to Tairua in November from Auckland where she has spent the last

four years as Exhibition Manager and Curator at Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson. Having a

degree in the Visual Arts, she has spent 10 years working in public and private galleries including

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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.