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Saturday, 17 January 2009

Opportunities for Artists

The following opportunities, exhibitions and awards are currently calling for participants. Please refer to the website or contact details in each listing for more information.


Art Workshops - Express Stationary New Lynn

Express Stationary New Lynn will be holding a couple of art workshops and a calligraphy demonstration in February. These are designed to cater for beginners.

Also if you know of anyone with artistic talent and/or enthusiasm who would like to share their passion with others with a 1-2 hour demo please contact Dianne
Xpress Stationery New Lynn
2/25 Veronica St
New Lynn
Ph 826 4646


The Original Art Sale 2009 Registrations for this annual event open on 19th January 2009. You can apply online from this date at


New Zealand Affordable Art Show 2009 Registrations for this annual event are currently being called for and are open until the 1st May 2009. For more details and entry forms go to


Tongan Cultural Heritage Exhibition

The Tongan Ministry of Education, Women’s Affairs, & Culture in conjunction with The Tonga Traditions Committee presents Au Mei Moana – Returning Tides: The Tonga Cultural Heritage Exhibition. Hosted at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, from July 27 – August 1, 2009.

The Ministry and the Traditions Committee seek to help the public understand Tongan cultural experiences and in this instance are using objects and ideas to interpret the past, document the present, and explore the future of the Kingdom of Tonga. The goal is to strengthen ties between the local and overseas Tongan communities by presenting artistic examples of quality, diversity and spirit from our society for locals and visitors of all ages.

This exhibition will be a point of contact between the public, artists and museums. The stories shared through this exhibition and performances will highlight who we are as individuals within a local, national and global Tongan community.

Tongan artists are invited to submit artwork for consideration in the exhibition. The theme of the exhibition is ‘Au Mei Moana – Returning Tides’ seeking to forge between the island and the diaspora. It is a celebration of Tongan culture by Tongan artists through contemporary media including the visual arts, dance, and music.

Deadline for submission is February 28, 2009.

Please contact the following people for more information or to submit works:

Christina Jeffery
Artist Liaison Officer
Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust
Tel: 09 3761665

Hilary Scothorn
Exhibition Advisor
Tel: 09 5255964

Filipe Tohi
Exhibition Co-ordinator
Tel: 09 5255964


HAMILTON GARDENS SUMMER FESTIVAL - art & craft stalls wanted

The Right Bank Arts Festival is part of the Hamilton Gardens Summer Festival. It will be held 10am - 4pm Saturday 28th February at Hamilton Gardens.

Always popular, the Right Bank Arts Festival is the one day a year when Hamilton Gardens turns into a market for all things arty and crafty. Featuring an extensive range of stalls by local and national artists including sculptors, potters, painters, weavers, jewellers and more. Registration is free for "working artists" who demonstrate their art or craft at their stand during their day.

Applications due by Friday 13 February 2009

Contact Nadine Lee
07 859 1317


Estuary Artworks Competition 2009

This competition aims to raise the profile of the Tamaki Estuary and encourage the people of Auckland to protect the Estuary against all forms of pollution. All entries must be in response to this theme and supported by a brief explaination. Up for grabs is $4,000 cash for First Prize and $1,000 cash for People's Choice Award.

Applications due by Wednesday 4 February 2009

All works must be received by Wednesday 4 February 2009. Evening preview and announcement of winner will take place Thursday 12 February 6.30pm and the exhibition will run until Monday 2 March.

For more information and an entry form contact
Melissa Guy
(09) 535 6467

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