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Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Feature Artist of the Week


"My impetus for creating came from sadness. I have lost the apple of my eye in 1998 and this artwork gave me a chance to know who I am. I often use subdued color against the traditionalism in this field. Have a look considered lighting effect and designing to ensure adequate strength with artisan spirit of Japan. Hope my artwork could heal your pain someday."

ORLI Stained Glass Studio

Ph : +64 9 358 5866
Fax: +64 9 358 5867
Mob: +64 21 0206 0260 / +64 21 0231 5531

Saturday, 23 May 2009

National opportunities

The Molly Morpeth Canaday 3D Award
(Application deadline: Friday July 17, 2009)

The Molly Morpeth Canaday 3D Award has been established as an annual event to encourage and recognise the quality of creativity found in the area of three-dimensional applied arts. This year we aim to promote excellence in glass design and craftsmanship. Previous years have focussed on works by those in the ceramics and jewellery communities and in years to come other media may be chosen, but always with a three-dimensional focus.

These Awards have been made possible through a trust fund established by Frank Canaday in memory of his wife, Molly Morpeth Canaday. The trust has been a major supporter of the Arts in Whakatane and the Whakatane District Museum & Gallery would like to offer their thanks for the Trusts continuing support of these awards.

There is a maximum of 2 entries per artist at $25 per entry.Works chosen for the exhibition will be selected from entries received. Winners will be determined by a sole judge, and the awards will be presented at the opening of the exhibition on Friday 21 August 2009, 6pm.

All works must be original and must have been executed in the 12 months prior to August 2009. All entries must have been made within New Zealand. No international entries will be considered for this award.

All entries must take the form of high resolution images on CD (300 dpi jpeg format). The images must be of high enough quality to be used in a publication and must be a true and accurate representation of the work/s. Please include a minimum of 2 images per entered work to aid in the judging and publication process.
Entries need to be accompanied by the following information: title, media, dimensions (when installed) and a short statement about the ideas and/or processes behind the work/s (1 paragraph max).

Entries may be any size; however, consideration needs to be given to the cost of transport to and from Whakatane if your works are selected for exhibition.

If your entry is selected for exhibition it will need to be suitably boxed or crated in rigid reusable packaging with the return address and name of the sender clearly marked. Personally delivered works must also meet these conditions as all works will be returned by courier at the expense of the Whakatane Museum & Gallery. Cost of delivery to the Whakatane District Museum & Gallery will be at the cost of the artist.
Please include any specific instructions for display with your packed work.

If your entry is selected for exhibition the insurance during transit to and from the Whakatane District Museum & Gallery is the responsibility of the artist. Insurance cover will be provided by the Whakatane District Museum & Gallery whilst works are on site. No liability for any loss or damage will be accepted by the Whakatane District Museum & Gallery, nor any of its officers or assistants.

Works selected for the Awards must be for sale and a commission of 30% will be retained by the Whakatane District Museum & Gallery in respect of any works sold during the exhibition. Artists will be paid, for any works sold, within two calendar months of the closure of the exhibition. Please include wholesale price with your work and GST number if you are GST registered.

For any enquiries relating to these conditions please contact:
Karl Chitham (Project Co-ordinator)

Rangipai Eruera (Customer Services Officer)
Phone: (07) 306 0505


Submissions sought for the 2009 UNICEF Christmas card designs
(Application deadline: Not Specified)

Each year, for the last 60 years, UNICEF has sold Christmas cards to raise funds for their work with children around the world. In New Zealand UNICEF have a long history of highlighting the work of local artists, who over many years have contributed to the wellbeing of children through their donation of the rights to reproduce their artworks.

UNICEF are currently looking for submissions for their 2009 range of cards.

This is an opportunity open for all and may appeal to tertiary students, emerging artists and designers, it is something that can be added to an artist or designer's portfolio. UNICEF give each successful artist a supply of their printed card.

There are guidelines available on the UNICEF website -


McCahon House Trust Residencies Call for Applications
(Application deadline: Not Specified)

Ten years ago the McCahon House Trust in association with architect Graeme Burgess started to realise a dream to restore the little kauri-clad cottage in Titirangi where New Zealand's foremost contemporary painter Colin McCahon and his family lived during the 1950s.

These ten years of effort has now been recognised with the restored McCahon House this month winning a national New Zealand Institute of Architects Award for heritage.

The dream has now grown to include not only the sensitive restoration of the bach and its surrounding garden but also the building of a Pete Bossley designed apartment and studio next door. These are both now NZIA national award winning projects.

Since its launch in December 2006, an alumni of eight artists have now had the chance to live and work in the natural and historic environment that surrounds the McCahon House. (Artists have been Judy Millar, Andrew McLeod, James Robinson, Gavin Hipkins, Rohan Wealleans, Richard Lewer, Luise Fong and currently Eve Armstrong. Residents for the remainder of the year are Lisa Reihana and Ava Seymour)

The Trust is now calling for applications from professional artists for residencies between March 2010 and March 2011. Applications are available on the website,

The little cottage at 67 Otitori Bay Road Titirangi where New Zealand's greatest contemporary painter lived and worked in the 1950s has now been visited by over 4,700 people since it opened two and a half years ago and is open on Wednesdays and the weekend between 10 and 2pm. Eve's residency exhibition will be held next door and will be open from 10am to 4pm from 31 May until 5 June.

Applications are available on the website


Arteries of Aotearoa: A call for young New Zealand artists
(Application deadline: June 3, 2009)

Intersect, a nationwide network of Young Leaders in Sustainability, is calling for young New Zealand artists (aged 18-25) to create an artwork that explores ideas around water and cultural diversity. One talented artist will be awarded $2000.

'Waiora: Arteries of Aotearoa' explores how cultural diversity challenges and unifies our society and what this means for sustaining our most precious natural resource: healthy water. Young artists are invited to submit a proposal for an artwork that is an interpretation of 'Waiora'. The successful proposal will be given $1000 for material costs, and a cash prize of $1000. The artwork will be exhibited in Wellington in July 2009.

Many of New Zealand's art works themed around cultural diversity focus on cultural divides; and the past and future difficulties that the Treaty of Waitangi presents. However we also live in a country where cultural diversity is increasingly celebrated among many young people. Intersect wants this art work to capture how young artists in the early 21st Century view the importance of cultural diversity in working towards a sustainable future for NZ's freshwater resources. We also want to give young people a stronger voice.

Proposals are due by 3 June 2009. Details are available at

The Proposals will be assessed by a panel comprising Megan Tamati-Quenelle - Toi Maori Curator, Te Papa; Wayne Youle - Artist, Ngapuhi, Ngati Whakaeke, Ngati Pakeha; Sophie Jerram - Artist, Filmmaker, Writer and Sustainability commentator; James Blackie - Director at Page Blackie Gallery; Megan Hosking - Sustainability Trust; Sarah Campbell - Intersect Trustee; and Hayden Montgomerie - New Zealand National Commission for UNSECO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation)

'Waiora: Arteries of Aotearoa' has been made possible by the New Zealand Commission for UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) and Intersect. Any queries about this Project may be directed to Megan Hosking on 021 458 845; or emailed to

Any queries about this Project may be directed to Megan Hosking on 021 458 845; or emailed to


Pecha Kucha Night Christchurch - Presenters Wanted!
(Application deadline: ASAP!)

We recieved the following notice from the Pecha Kucha Christchurch organisers. This is a great opportunity to get involved in either as a presenter or as a spectator....


We've confirmed a date and venue (which is, thankfully, much larger!) for Christchurch's fifth Pecha Kucha Night. This will be held on Thursday 28 May 2009 at The Bedford, 46 Bedford Row and again we're on the hunt for people to present at this event. If you're interested in being a presenter, or know of someone who would love to present, then please contact me by email ( or telephone (027 660 6437) with the following details:

- your name- profession/company
- contact details (email address/telephone)
- a short description of what you want to present
- 2-3 exemplary images
- some information about yourself

You probably all know the drill by now but just in case... Pecha Kucha Night is a presentation format for creative work where presenters show 20 images, each of which is shown for 20 seconds, giving a total presentation time of 6 minutes 40 seconds

(027 660 6437)


Trust Waikato National Contemporary Art Award
(Application deadline: Not Specified)

Entries Now Open! Visit

Prize $15000



The Lavinia Fellowship
(Application deadline: Mary 31, 2009)

A new fellowship has been donated to New Pacific Studio in memory of Lavinia Ngawhira Winter, who died in May 2006.

It is open to New Zealand artists and writers under the age of 30.

It provides the fellow with a two-week free residency at NPS, in order to pursue their creative work. Applications deadline: May 31, 2009

For further details please contact the Director, New Pacific Studio Mt Bruce, RD1 Masterton; tel 06 375-8441.


Sculptors wanted for Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens
(Application deadline: 1st July 2009)

Artists throughout New Zealand are invited to submit proposals for exhibiting at the Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens new exhibition opening in November 2009.

Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens is a tranquil, peaceful oasis set in gardens on a rural property looking out to the Kaipara Harbour. It features selected contemporary sculptures, created by established and emerging New Zealand artists.

The sculpture gardens have been developed in conjunction with Kaipara Coast Plant Centre which has been owned and operated by David Bayly from this site since 1988. The site was developed so that visitors to the gardens can stroll along the sculpture trail and find inspiration for selecting sculptures and plants to enhance their gardens and property while enjoying great views of the rural setting.

The sculpture gardens are only a 35 minute drive from Auckland on the scenic SH 16 route, making it readily accessible to a large public and to potential clients.

You are invited to submit a proposal for a new or existing work(s), to be exhibited on a sale or return basis for a period of approximately 6 months unless sold prior.

New sculptural works are sought that make the most of the rural landscape with a mix of grassy slopes, ponds, wetland area, formal gardens, native plantings, an orchard, pine planting and views to the Kaipara Harbour.

Sculptures in a range of sizes, mediums and price ranges, including static, kinetic, utilising light, sound or water, ephemeral or conceptual in nature that reflect contemporary sculptural practice will all be considered.

Artists need to take into account that work must be sufficiently strong and of weather resistant materials to remain installed at the site for six months and to have longevity for the purchaser.

This project is seeking sculptures for installation between 17th and 22nd of October 2009 with the opening of the exhibition to the public in November, so please return your proposals by Wednesday 1st July. You are welcome to submit more than one proposal.

Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens will advise you of your acceptance or not by 15th July so you have plenty of time to create your pieces.

This is a great opportunity for your work to be displayed in a setting that will create excellent exposure for you and will be conducive to generating sales of your sculptures

Dates to Remember
*Proposals received by Wednesday 1st July.
*Notification of acceptance by Wednesday 15th July.
*Installation by artists between Saturday 17th and Wednesday 22nd of October.
*Exhibition opening November 2009. Date to be confirmed.

The closing date for proposals is Wednesday 1st July 2009 and should be sent either as an email attachment to

Please email or phone Sally Lush the curator on 027 260 9486 to request an application


Call for submissions - Matariki exhibition
(Application deadline: Not Specified)

Te Mārama o Matariki – The Light of MatarikiA
Matariki exhibition for 2009 conceived by the Corban Estate Arts Centre

Matariki is the Māori name for the small cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades or the Seven Sisters, in the Taurus constellation. In New Zealand it comes into view low on the north-eastern horizon, appearing in the tail of the Milky Way in the last days of May or in early June, just before dawn. This heralds the Māori New Year and the beginning of the Matariki celebrations.

This year, the Auckland regions are celebrating Matariki from the end of June to the end of July and the Corban Estate Arts Centre is creating a range of festival events, classes and an exhibition, Te Mārama o Matariki – The Light of MatarikiCEAC would like Maori artists to submit ideas for works that centre around light, keeping in mind the main themes of Matariki – star clusters and the night sky, heralding the New Year, rebirth and growth, harvest and celebration and the cycles of life and death.

The medium is broad – CEAC would like predominantly sculptural work of all types and materials as well as some of a more ephemeral nature that can be shown outside on the night of the opening (a large event to launch the entire festival), but would also like to have installations, paintings, textiles etc to complement the main sculptural works.

Please contact Lisa Rogers by email in the first instance and include a bit about yourself as well some images of your past work if possible. CEAC also have a small budget available to assist with materials or production costs for a selected number of works. CEAC hope to also team a few artists up with local manufacturers if the chance eventuates. CEAC are very open to ideas and welcome the chance to discuss your work.

Lisa Rogers
ph: 8384455


CALL FOR PROPOSALS - Connells Bay Sculpture Park
(Application deadline: May 31, 2009)

Submissions are sought for the 5th Temporary Sculpture Installation project at the Connells Bay Sculpture Park on Waiheke Island. Proposed projects must be ephemeral in nature and not simply pre-built objects for sale.

Proposals up to a maximum of $10,000 will be considered.

Final date for submissions: 31 May 2009
Award notified by: 31 July 2009
Work to be installed by: 14 October 2009

Application details at under Sculpture Park/Temporary Sculpture Installation or telephone 09 372 8957 for more information.


(Application deadline: Various)


Artstation toi tu, Auckland City’s community visual arts facility is currently calling for exhibition proposals for the Artstation Gallery in 2009.

Proposals are sought from the following groups:
• Artists and curators working in a community context
• New and emerging artists, including tertiary students and recent graduates
• Tangata whenua arts and culture
• Cultural groups

Please note priority is given to group exhibitions.

• Friday 13 February 2009
• Friday 8 May 2009
• Friday 31 July 2009
• Friday 25 September 2009

Proposals can be submitted outside of these dates please contact Kathryn Tsui at Artstation for more information.All proposals are assessed by the Artstation curatorial group.

For more information and or to obtain a copy of the exhibition proposal guidelinesplease view the Artstation website:
Or contact:
Kathryn Tsui, Gallery coordinator, Artstation Tel: (09) 376 3221, Email: or visit Artstation, 1 Ponsonby Road, Newton, Auckland.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

NZ Art Guild Art Challenge #1

Every fortnight a challenge is issued to our guild members and also to members of our facebook group.

These challenges are completely voluntary. Submissions must be original and be completed during the 2 week time-frame. Participants may choose to interpret the theme in any way they wish.

For this, the first of our new challenges, we asked everyone to create an artwork using the following image for inspiration:


Marlene Faithfull - "Sprouting Highrises"


Cath Sheard - "Where is the key?"

Other Challenge Entries:

Aisling Bourne - "All that glitters"

Marlene Faithfull - "The Gift"

Rifraf - "White City"

The second challenge is available now via our Facebook Page - check it out for yourself and give it a go!
(you must be logged into facebook to view this page, if you are not currently a member of our group or facebook please feel free to join)

Monday, 4 May 2009

NZ Art Guild Art Challenges Go Global!

The NZ Art Guild has revamped the fortnightly challenge and opened it up to all those who are artistically minded via our Facebook Page

If you are already registered on facebook, please join our group. If you are not registered to facebook please feel free to do so, it is free to join and a great networking tool - visit

Challenges will vary each time and will be loaded every second Monday between 8-10am (NZ time) - The first one is waiting for you NOW!

Participation in our challenge is free, open to everyone (reguardless of skill or media preference), strictly voluntary and a whole heap of fun!

If you are looking for some inspiration, or want to break free of your comfort zone and try something a little different why not give it a go!

The Wild Things Exhibition - Wellington

Wild Things in focus

Janet Andrews started out as geologist who drew in her spare time and has ended up an artist who dabbles in geology.

The Eastbourne painter is exhibiting a series of natural history artworks at Wellington’s St James gallery from May 6-16. She will donate half the sale price of each painting to Forest & Bird.

Each artwork features a wilderness landscape in vibrant watercolours and a line drawing of a creature found in the landscape. There’s a touch of whimsy to many works, such as the beak-to-bottom chain of oystercatchers above a rocky shore.

All creatures great and small have caught Andrews’ imagination. There’s a giant land snail with a beech forest, a dragonfly from a wetland and a kea with a braided river. Sometimes Andrews puts the flora rather than the fauna into sharp focus, for instance a Marlborough rock daisy from a rugged coastline.

“The series has been fun to do,” Andrews says. But there’s a serious conservation message, too. “It’s great to show what needs to be protected in each landscape.”

The Wild Things exhibition will be launched with a gala opening at 6pm on May 6 and the Guest speaker is Grant Tilly.

If you are in Wellington, come along to see some great artwork and help us raise funds for Forest & Bird services. Bring your friends and family as well.

What: Wild Things exhibition
When: May 6-16, 2009
Where: St James gallery, Courtenay Place, Wellington
More information: Forest & Bird Fundraiser Ruchika Jayatilaka, 04 801 2213