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Thursday, 13 October 2011

House 18 ~ Open call to Artists


Let's celebrate NZs cultural diversity.
Let's celebrate the myriad peoples that shaped this place.
Let's build a structure that brings together kiwi-ana, toi maori, pacifica, everybody else who's here in New Zealand through having multiple New Zealand artists contributing..

This is a call for New Zealand artists to contribute to "House 18''.

Painters: Artists to paint old testament bible stories on panels that will make up the inside of a building.

NZ artists to paint something like "David and Goliath","Adam and eve", "moses parting the sea", "baby moses in the bulrushes", "Josuha bringing down the walls at Jericho", "singing a song by the rivers of Babylon" or the hundreds of other bible stories).

To contribute to this you'll need to paint your piece on a 1200mm x 900mm 9mm MDF panel (available from mitre10 and other building supplies stores) and remember to use portrait layout (taller than it is wide) so it fits into the finished building.

You'll have until the end of January to courier the finished piece to Auckland, but since places are limited please advise be ASAP if you are going to contribute.
(contact me if you want more info).. Click here for email

Carvers / Painters: Artists to carve and/or paint "ancestor posts" for the building that represent that artists heritage.

These "ancestor ribs" will be 2.4m tall and 300m x 300m section any carvers who wish to contribute should email RifRaf so he can co-ordinate regarding choice of timber and other details (spaces are VERY limited). Click here for email

Cabinet-maker and Furniture maker: A Cabinet-maker and A Furniture maker to make the "aron kodesh" (a special cupboard) and a chair.

Financial donations to help toward costs would also be gratefully accepted.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Introducing WRAPT ~ 22 Oct - 3 Nov 2011


an exhibition celebrating

human decoration and embellishment.

22 October - 3 November 2011 at the Depot ArtSpace, Devonport

Sat 22nd - 3pm: Pre-Rugby-Final Opening

Wed 26th - 12-3pm: Meet the Artists

Sun 30th - 2-4pm: Post-Rugby Celebration

Richard Leonard, photographer, and Sally Blyth, artist & mask-maker, have teamed up to create an exhibition that will be a  feast for the eyes. Presented in a variety of media, the images & creations will intrigue and captivate you. Thanks to World  Rugby (not that anyone is complaining as long as the AB’s win!), there will be two exhibition “openings” & more than usual opportunities to meet the artists (see schedule above).

As a photographer, Richard is pushing the boundaries of his craft, using the human form as living canvas. He shies away from being called an ‘artist’, but some of his works draw on his art education, touching on the language of cubism and modernism. Layering images of body art on top of body painting, using light not computer trickery, you will be challenged, then fully engaged. This is a unique technique, never before seen in New Zealand.

Trained as an architect in London & with a career in advertising & publishing, Richard has returned to his passion fulltime, drawing on his creative roots and his years of travelling for ideas. Working with talented body artists has broadened the scope of his inspirational photography.

Sally presents a range of her work exploring the adornment of the body & soul. Her exquisite masks can be examined up close & enjoyed as captured by Richard's camera. Using canvases and other more unusual backgrounds, Sally expands the concepts of decoration and style, wrapping the human form in elegant simplicity. As a 2011 WOW double finalist, Sally's exquisite garments have been wow'ing audiences in Wellington & her captivating skill will now be on display in Devonport.

Sally has always had a creative streak since childhood, but a professional career lured her to work with not-forprofit organizations near & far. Learning & developing her artistic style through her own observation, research and experimentation during her adult years, Sally now happily focuses on her creative passions full-time. Drawing on experiences of countries and cultures she has encountered, she enjoys exploring beyond the known, striving to create the exceptional.

Take the short trip to historic Devonport & soak in the charming & relaxed atmosphere. Visit the many cafes, galleries, restaurants & stroll the fabulous Harbour-side walk after the exhibition. Travel back in time at North Head, where WW2 gun emplacements can still be explored. The ferry from downtown Auckland takes only 10 minutes!
The Depot ArtSpace can be found at 28 Clarence Street, Devonport, Auckland.

For more information, contact Richard Leonard on 09 476 8210 or 027 410 8280

or email .
Sample images & further information can be obtained from .
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Sunday, 9 October 2011

Group exhibition involving NZ Art Guild Member Kylie Law

Painting lessons with NZ Art Guild Member Dennis Clark

Painting lessons with Dennis Clark

2nd Saturday of each month, throughout the year.

Starts 8th October 2011, 9am to 4pm. Students to bring their own lunch and materials (Dennis will also have materials available at a reasonable price).

Oils or acrylics ok. The first 3 paintings are set, to learn important techniques and thereafter students choose any subject.

Fees: $85/month or $70/month for pensioners.

Please contact Dennis Clark on 09 473-3402 or

Orakei School Art Exhibition and Sale