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Dunedin Events Leading up to Christmas


Dunedin Town Hall

Royal Dunedin Male Choir - Christmas Concert The Royal Dunedin Male Choir present their Christmas Concert, along with special guests 'Sunny Side Up' charismatic cappella singers, "The Three Altos" Old Time Favourites, plus Christmas Carols with the audience. 2 December 2002, 7.30pm

Christmas Feast of Brass and Beast The City of Dunedin Choir together with St Kilda Brass will present a fun family Christmas concert. This is an opportunity to combine the boldness and pizzazz of brass with the rich full sound of a large choir. The theme of the first half of the concert is dragons and includes "The Dragons are Singing Tonight" music composed by New Zealander David Hamilton, with poems by American poet Jack Prelutsky. St Kilda Brass will perform "The Year of the Dragon" by Englishman Philip Starke. The trombone solo will be played by NZSO lead trombonist David Bremner. The second half of the concert will be Christmas carols with some new and a number of old favourites. Children will be encouraged to participate in a Make-A-Mechanical-Dragon competition from Jack Prelutsky's poems. 11 December 2002, 7.00pm

Dunedin Town Hall, Moray Place, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Otago Settlers Museum

Seamless - costumes from the Royal New Zealand Ballet Seamless exhibition includes 24 costumes from the Royal New Zealand Ballets' productions of Swan Lake, Hamlet, Alice and 1001 Nights illustrating classical, theatrical and modern ballet

design. Also included are concept drawings, costume sketches, props and production photographs. The exhibition is toured by Te Manawa, Palmerston North 7 December 2002 - 24 March 2003

Windows on a Chinese Past The Otago Settlers Museum presents the story of the region's Chinese community from their first arrivals in Dunedin in 1865 to present day life. The exhibit includes life on the Otago goldfields, the move into towns and cities and the eventual assimilation of a generation of Chinese refugee children into a New Zealand way of life. Windows on a Chinese Past is illustrated with a rich array of artefacts and with short biographies of Chinese identities, such as Choie Sew Hoy, the merchant who pioneered gold dredging in Otago in the late 19th century. Once a despised group on the margins of society, the Chinese community today has risen to be one of New Zealand's most highly regarded ethnic minorities. This is their remarkable story. Ongoing Exhibition

The Smith Gallery The Otago Settlers Museum opened in 1908 with just one room for displays. Now known as the Smith Gallery, it was a memorial to Otago's Scottish pioneers. Stern Presbyterian faces glowered down from rows of photographic portraits amidst artefacts of daily life from our region's early days. Today, the Smith Gallery emphasises the importance of the Early Settlers in the story of Otago and still features the stern portraits, but they are now arranged in order of their arrival. The Gallery also exhibits a variety of furniture and other artefacts drawn from the pre-gold rush era, adding character to this historic gallery Ongoing Exhibition

Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Val-mai Shaw, phone (03) 474 2728

Regent Theatre

Bic Runga's Beautiful Collision Tour Following the outstanding success of her highly anticipated second album "Beautiful Collision", Brent Eccles Entertainment is thrilled to announce an extensive Bic Runga nationwide tour for December 2002. Bic's touring band will consist of Bic herself (vocals, guitars, piano, drums); Milan Borich (drums and vocals); Tim Arnold (guitar and vocals) from Pluto; Ben King (Bass and vocals) from Goldenhorse; and from the USA David Garza (guitar). For the first time ever in New Zealand, Bic will be joined on stage during her set by her sister Boh Runga from Stellar. Australian legend Paul Kelly will open for Bic Bunga's tour. 11 December 2002, 8.00pm

The Mayor's Carols Join the Mayor of Dunedin, Sukhi Turner, for a fun-filled hour of music and carol singing. Early attendance is advised as this is a popular event. 15 December 2002, 4.00pm

Regent Theatre, 17 The Octagon, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Nation-wide Robbie Burns Poetry Contest 2003 On Saturday 25 January 2003 New Zealand will be celebrating the Scottish Bard's birthday in Dunedin with the inaugural Burns Poetry Contest. Entries are invited with the poem topic being Dunedin and is open to three entry categories including published and unpublished poets and McGonagall. One entry per person only. Winners will be announced on Chris Laidlaw's "Sunday Morning" programme on National Radio broadcast live from Dunedin on 26 January 2003. Winners will be published in 27 January 2003 Listener and each will receive a 1125 Litre bottle of the legendary Scottish Grants Whisky. In association with the New Zealand Listener, Radio New Zealand, Grants Whiskey and the Dunedin City Council's Events Unit. Entries Close 16 December 2002 Robbie Burns Statue, Octagon, Dunedin

Marama Hall - Marama Strings Project Gala End-of-Year Recital Project violinists and special guests perform in Marama Strings Project Gala end-of-year recital. 14 December 2002, 12.00pm Marama Hall, University of Otago Campus, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Dorothy Duthie, phone (03) 479 8885

Hocken Library

Perfect Masterpieces: The Arts and Crafts of Dunedin's Wimperis and Joachim Families Painter Susanna Wimperis, (known for her early flower studies were admired by the critics as "perfect masterpieces of drawing and colouring"), and husband emigrated to Dunedin in 1876 bringing their daughter Mary Eleanor and son. Mary Eleanor later became an accomplished arts and crafts book binder. Susanna's artistic sisters Fanny and Jenny Wimperis followed the Joachims to Dunedin in 1880. Each of the three sisters had her individual inclination in art. Fanny worked as a teacher at Otago Girls' High School for fifteen years and preferred to paint portraits and flowers. While Susanna and Jenny found their principal delight in landscape and occasionally painting the same subject. This exhibition celebrates the artistic legacy of three sisters and Susanna's daughter Eleanor Joachim - four women who were all born in England, yet who made Dunedin their home, becoming significant figures in its cultural history. Runs Until 14 December 2002

Eana B. Jeans: Painter Of The Dunedin Bush Well-known for her watercolours of the bush, Eana Blyth Jeans (1890-1986) began her artistic studies under Fanny Wimperis at Otago Girls High School, before attending the Dunedin School of Art and becoming a teacher herself. In her thirties she learned photography and took up studying art again with Mabel Hill and A.H.O'Keeffe in their Barn Studio. In 1934 Jeans travelled for the first time to England and gained admission to the painting studio at the Slade School in London, with vacations spent in Venice, Paris and Florence. The result paintings were hung in the Paris Salon, Royal Institution of Watercolourists, Women Painters, the Royal Society of British Artists Salon and the Chelsea Art Society. Returning to New Zealand, she dedicated the next fifty years to painting and exhibiting intimate views of the bush around Ross Creek and the Leith Valley where she lived. She wrote of her inspiration in the 1960's: "Having had the privilege of living in the Leith Valley where ferns, trees, brooks and streams abound, one could not do other than come under their spell. Fortunate is New Zealand to have this unique and beautiful vegetation as a reserve of strength and life from which to absorb physical and spiritual powers." Runs Until 14 December 2002

Scott Eady - Frances Hodgkins Fellow 2002 and Michele Beevors, Lecturer in Sculpture - New Sculpture Australian Michele Beevors carves oversized Disney figures in polystyrene, in her critique of Western materialism and the commercialisation of art worlds. She is joined by Scott Eady, the

current Frances Hodgkins Fellow at the University of Otago, whose work examines masculinity in New Zealand culture. 20 December 2002 - 6 April 2003

Hocken Library, cnr Anzac Avenue & Parry Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Pennie Hunt, phone (03) 479 5648

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Southern Heat - Ewan McDougall and Wayne Seyb Southern Heat brings a blast of texture and colour from two well-known southern expressionists. Dunedin painter Ewan McDougall and Christchurch-based Wayne Seyb fill the Trustbank Galleries with their rowdy, high-intensity canvases. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery Exhibition. 7 December 2002 - 23 February 2003

Peter Siddell: Landscape One of New Zealands foremost and best-loved realist painters Peter Siddell returns to the Southern landscapes he explored as a young man, and also revisits some of New Zealand art historys formative scenes. The exhibition is organised and toured by Artis Gallery, Auckland. 7 December 2002 - 9 March 2003

John Edgar: Calculus Featuring 100 altered stones, John Edgars exhibit Calculus reflects this artists two decades of work with greywacke stone. Using glass, jasper, lapis lazuli and marble to intercut the greywacke with mathematical precision, Edgars has created a series of exquisite abstract miniatures. Toured by The Dowse, Lower Hutt. Sponsored by The Friends of the Dowse, Custance Associates Ltd and Aesthetics Lighting. 16 December 2002 - 16 February 2003

Truth's Mirror Truth's Mirror features buried treasures from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery's storeroom and old favourites from its permanent collection. This exhibition is drawn from the Gallery's collections and curated by Tony Green, formerly Head of Department of Art History, University of Auckland. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Ongoing Exhibition

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 The Octagon, PO Box 5045, Dunedin Contact for enquires: Tim Pollock, phone (03) 474 3243

Otago Museum

Lindsay Crooks' Sketching Classes If you are left wondering "How does he do it?" after viewing Lindsay Crooks' artwork in Voyages the Museum is offering you the chance to find out. Crooks will be taking a sketching class for adults and a later class for children will also be offered. Adults Class, 1 December 2002, 10.00am-1.00pm Children's Class, 12 January 2003, 10.00am-1.00pm To book for classes contact Amanda Taia at (03) 474 7474 ext 842.

Christmas in Animal Attic Santa Claus will visit the Otago Museum's Animal Attic where children and families can have their your picture taken with Santa. An Otago Museum communicator will be in the gallery telling stories and running activities for the children. 11am -1pm and 1:30 - 3:30pm 14,15,20,21 & 22 December 2002

The Innovation Story - Bright Ideas, Brilliant Products This touring exhibition is designed to give New Zealanders opportunities to celebrate and better understand innovation. The Innovation Story will offer visitors many exciting stories about successful New Zealand companies operating in the international market. Discovery World, 21 December 2002 - 26 January 2003

Southern Land, Southern People Tours Take a Guided tour of Southern Land, Southern People in December, January or February and you might just end up in Australia. The Otago Museum is giving away two return tickets from Dunedin to your choice of Freedom Air's Australian Destinations (if you're a backwards Aussie you can even do it the other way round!). Ongoing Service, Tours available 3.30pm daily - Permanent Gallery

Communicator Presentations Each day, the Otago Museum Communicators present fascinating 15 minute presentations on objects or themes of particular interest from the Museum's galleries. Ongoing Service, 2.00pm Daily

Search Centre Weekend Presentations The Museum's Search Centre Communicators have developed a series of Search Centre Weekend Presentations designed to help familiarise people with the excellent resources provided by this facility. Each presentation runs for about 20 minutes and will be repeated for a month before the next presentation begins. Weekends at 11.30am and 2.30pm

Ongoing Exhibitions The Museum's timbered Victorian gallery, the Animal Attic, houses an extensive collection of natural history specimens from around the world, re-displayed as they would have been in the late 1800s. A 'museum within a museum', this gallery is unique in New Zealand. Explore the Tangata Whenua Gallery with its impressive displays of Maori Cultural artefacts, including a stunning collection of Southern Maori material. The Pacific Culture Galleries display outstanding collections from Polynesia and Melanesia. People of the World has world archaeological treasures including ancient Greek pottery; a mummy and other fascinating artefacts from Ancient Egypt; a striking collection of swords; exquisite decorative arts from Asia and Europe and a superb array of costume and textiles. Walk the length of the giant Fin Whale in the Maritime Gallery, then take in the intricate detail of a wealth of nautical artefacts. Come face to face with the extinct giant moa in the Extinction and Survival area and see one of the few complete moa eggs in the world.

Search Centre Otago Museum's Search Centre research facility, provides an inviting opportunity for visitors to engage in further research on objects or themes in the galleries of interest to them. It will also be the first stop for the identification of items members of the public bring into the Museum, a service which annually attracts a huge number objects or specimens. Well resourced with swift new computers, microscopes, modern journals and a great variety of new books the Search Centre offers a variety of options for seeking further information. Set in a comfortable and relaxing environment the Search Centre is the perfect place in which to think, read, study, or research. Ongoing Service

Lunchtime Music A range of musicians will liven up the atrium with live performances each week. This is now a regular fixture but is subject to change according to function demands. To get everyone into that festive spirit the lunchtime music for December will be the Choristers singing carols. Museum Foyer, Fridays between 12noon and 1.30pm

Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Gareth Lyness, phone (03) 474 7474 ext 845

Blue Oyster Gallery

Susan Ballard and Sarah Pink - A Sort of Wing A Sort of Wing is a new collaboration by Susan Ballard and Sarah Pink. The installation will explore the mutation of collaboration, and the way in which the practice of each artist inhabits the not-quite-invisible. In an attempt to find the sort of wing that links their practices, they will push the processes of collaboration further than they have previously. Living in different cities, Ballard and Pink will create texts and images that will explore aspects of enforced distance. The works will be generated through repeated making and re-making, writing and re-writing, but time and space will temper the immediacy of their collaboration. A Sort of Wing will encourage movements across space, situating the viewer as a foreign body. Viewing the installation will be a process of sensory imagination as well as experience. Runs Until 7 December 2002

Judy Darragh - Christmas Show Judy Darragh's previous works, 'Dreamweavers', consisted of fluorescent sheets of commercial day-glo showcard, layered with stickers and paint and massed together as one work. The effect was dazzling like a large day-glo science formula or an op-art chemical crystal. Judy Darragh expands on this, the processes used and re-commission elements she had eliminated over the past four years - colour, image and three dimensions. This work for the Blue Oyster will have an intensity of labour and process, the obsessive, hand drawn and stitched; a cottage industry approach. The overall installation will be an overwhelming mass of image, colour, surreal and hallucinogenic, a revisiting of the excesses once present in her work. 10 - 21 December 2002

Blue Oyster Gallery, 137 High Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Melanie Hogg, phone (03) 474 9583 or (025) 908 187

Fortune Theatre - Noises Off This will be a twentieth anniversary production of one of the most popular comedies of all time at the Fortune (and everywhere else it has been staged throughout the world). Noises Off is now running again simultaneously in the West End and on Broadway, delighting new audiences and those who want to exercise their laughing gear one more time. Who could forget the hilarious on-stage and backstage goings on as a bedroom farce gets more and more out of control. Runs Until 21 December 2002 Fortune Theatre, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: (media) Clare Dorking phone (03) 477 1695 or Box Office (03) 477 8323

Arc Café

Arthur Amon 'Safety Matches' Auckland based performance poet, Arthur Amon, reads from his second book of published poems, Safety Matches. His works showcase a unique New Zealand voice, original in its description of our country's domestic minutiae and their relationship to ever present universal themes. Whether it is well known Grey Lynn resident Dave Dobbyn's nightly encounter with a family of snails or the beautifully romantic ode to Gwenitauri. Apart from being witty and expansive in his style Amon is quite simply very clever with words. Safety Matches is exceptional reading material, but it's Amon's crafted performance skills that make his slightly askew vision of New Zealand a refreshing delight to encounter. 2 December 2002

Del Girl - T & D Bigger Band Arc presents two-all girl three-piece bands for a night of performance. The later are a 'Three piece acoustic bunch of girlies' who named their first album after the Dunedin Street they lived in (Hillingdon). Guitars to the fore and three piece harmonies supporting well structured melodies and delivered in a style with a definite leaning to the more rootsy side of folk. 7 December 2002

Arc Café/Arc Venue, 135 High Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Gareth McMillan, phone (03) 474 1135

SITE 2002 Otago Polytechnic School of Art is transformed into a series of exhibition spaces. All members of the public are invited to view the works, which are available to purchase. SITE 2002 features ceramics, textiles, jewellery, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and digital computer-art. Festival day is a day to enjoy visiting the Art students with their innovative work close at hand. Take part in interactive performances, relax with live music or rest the senses with coffee and local delicacies. Maps of SITE will be available, including the additional exhibition space, within the Minerva studios. Runs Until 5 December 2002 Otago Polytechnic School of Art, Harbour Terrace, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Julie Goldsack or Pat Jackson, phone (03) 479 6056

JANUARY 2003

Blue Oyster Gallery- The Graduate Show This will be the second Blue Oyster curated exhibition showcasing the work of premier 2002 BFA graduates from the Otago Polytechnic School of Art. A fresh and exciting exhibition that reveals the innovative trends of young contemporary artists. 21 January 2002 -1 February 2003 Blue Oyster Gallery, 137 High Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Melanie Hogg, phone (03) 474 9583 or (025) 908 187

Milford Galleries - Glass Invitational NZ - A Biannual Survey of Contemporary New Zealand Glass Art The Glass Invitational NZ is the premier glass exhibition in New Zealand. Showcasing sixteen of New Zealand's leading glass artists, this exhibition demonstrates the international significance of our contribution to contemporary glass art, and establishes a strong visual representation of glass as a powerful medium. The exhibit will focus on sculptural scale and artistic achievement, and include such prominent artists as Gary Nash, Ann Robinson and Emma Camden. The Glass Invitational NZ will continue on to Pataka - Porirua Museum of Arts and Culture, and Rotorua Museum of Art & History in the new year. Runs Until 16 January 2003 Milford Galleries, 18 Dowling Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Diana Hennessy, phone (03) 477 8275

Dunedin Public Art Gallery- Mark Braunias - First-Time Caller Auckland and Kawhai based artist Mark Braunias is the second of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery's Visiting Artists for 2002. Combining the traditions of abstract art with those of the comic book, Braunias's paintings have been called 'comedies of shape and tempo'. This exhibition will feature works created by Braunias, some executed on the walls of the Gallery itself, during his six-week stay in Dunedin. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery Visiting Artist's Project, supported by Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa. Runs Until 26 January 2003 Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 The Octagon, PO Box 5045, Dunedin Contact for enquires: Tim Pollock, phone (03) 474 3243

Otago Museum

Lindsay Crooks' Sketching Classes If you are left wondering "How does he do it?" after viewing Lindsay Crooks' artwork in Voyages the Museum is offering you the chance to find out. Crooks will be taking a sketching class for adults and a later class for children will also be offered. Children's Class, 12 January 2003, 10.00am-1.00pm To book for classes contact Amanda Taia at (03) 474 7474 ext. 842.

The Innovation Story - Bright Ideas, Brilliant Products This touring exhibition is designed to give New Zealanders opportunities to celebrate and better understand innovation. The Innovation Story will offer visitors many exciting stories about successful New Zealand companies operating in the international market. Discovery World, Runs Until 26 January 2003

Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Gareth Lyness, phone (03) 474 7474 ext 845

- end - For further information, please contact Dunedin City Council City Promotions, Kerry MacKenzie at phone (03) 474 3409, email kmackenz@dcc.govt.nz - or Jennifer Hooker at phone (03) 474 3815, email jhooker@dcc.govt.nz

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MEDIA ALERT!

Issue date: 20 November 2002

Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin Arts and Cultural Events February 2003 to March 2003 ___________________________________________________________________________ Following is a schedule of confirmed events in the City of Dunedin. This list was prepared by the Dunedin City Council (DCC) City Promotions on behalf of the attractions that appear below. Please contact event organisers directly for further information and confirmation of dates and times.

FEBRUARY 2003

Otago Settlers Museum

Windows on a Chinese Past The Otago Settlers Museum presents the story of the region's Chinese community from their first arrivals in Dunedin in 1865 to present day life. The exhibit includes life on the Otago goldfields, the move into towns and cities and the eventual assimilation of a generation of Chinese refugee children into a New Zealand way of life. Windows on a Chinese Past is illustrated with a rich array of artefacts and with short biographies of Chinese identities, such as Choie Sew Hoy, the merchant who pioneered gold dredging in Otago in the late 19th century. Once a despised group on the margins of society, the Chinese community today has risen to be one of New Zealand's most highly regarded ethnic minorities. This is their remarkable story. Ongoing Exhibition

The Smith Gallery The Otago Settlers Museum opened in 1908 with just one room for displays. Now known as the Smith Gallery, it was a memorial to Otago's Scottish pioneers. Stern Presbyterian faces glowered down from rows of photographic portraits amidst artefacts of daily life from our region's early days. Today, the Smith Gallery emphasises the importance of the Early Settlers in the story of Otago and still features the stern portraits, but they are now arranged in order of their arrival. The Gallery also exhibits a variety of furniture and other artefacts drawn from the pre-gold rush era, adding character to this historic gallery Ongoing Exhibition

Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Val-mai Shaw, phone (03) 474 2728

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

John Edgar: Calculus Featuring 100 altered stones, John Edgars Calculus reflects this artists two decades of work with greywacke stone. Using glass, jasper, lapis lazuli and marble to intercut the greywacke with mathematical precision, Edgar has created a series of exquisite abstract miniatures. Toured by The Dowse, Lower Hutt. Sponsored by The Friends of the Dowse, Custance Associates Ltd, and Aesthetics Lighting. Runs Until 16 February 2003

Southern Heat - Ewan McDougall and Wayne Seyb Southern Heat brings a blast of texture and colour from two well-known southern expressionists. Dunedin painter Ewan McDougall and Christchurch-based Wayne Seyb fill the Trustbank Galleries with their rowdy, high-intensity canvases. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery Exhibition. Runs Until 23 February 2003

White Lines : Woodblock Engravings from the Collection >From Eric Gill to E. Mervyn Taylor, this exhibition charts the growth of the woodblock engraving tradition. It draws especially on the group of prints gifted to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery by Rex Nan Kivell in 1953. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Runs Until February 2003

Parihaka: The Art of Passive Resistance This exhibition explores the political and spiritual significance and artistic legacy of Parihaka. A range of historical material is included in the exhibition in addition to works commissioned from 15 contemporary New Zealand painters and ten leading poets. A new component Te Iwi Herehere, Nga Mau Herehere Torangapu. Political Prisoners. The Story of the Maori Prisoners from Taranaki in Otago 1869-1982 has been developed especially for Dunedin audiences and will explore the historic links between Ngai Tahu, Otakou Marae and Parihaka. A partnership project between City Gallery, Wellington and Parihaka Pa Trustees. Generously supported by: New Zealand Millennium Office; The New Zealand Lottery Grants Board; Creative New Zealand Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa; Wellington City Council; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa; Taranaki Museum. Generously sponsored by: Bell Gully Barristers and Solicitors; Wakatu Incorporation; Tohu Wines; Parininihi Ki Waitotara Incorporation; The Dominion Post; Saatchi & Saatchi; City Gallery Wellington Foundation. Runs Until 16 February 2003

Scott Eady: Honeymoon on the Pigroot 2002 Frances Hodgkins Fellow Scott Eady creates a witty sculptural variation on the myth of the Southern Man. The gallery becomes a site for a boy's-own catwalk, with styling by Nicholas Blanchet. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. 8 February - 6 April 2003

Truth's Mirror Truth's Mirror features buried treasures from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery's storeroom and old favourites from its permanent collection. This exhibition is drawn from the Gallery's collections

and curated by Tony Green, formerly Head of Department of Art History, University of Auckland. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Ongoing Exhibition

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 The Octagon, PO Box 5045, Dunedin Contact for enquires: Tim Pollock, phone (03) 474 3243

Otago Museum

Voyages - The Art of Lindsay Crooks Voyages - The Art of Lindsay Crooks is now in the Otago Museum's Special Exhibitions Gallery. Bold and colourful paintings feature alongside objects of inspiration and thematic reflection. This retrospective exhibition features a selection of paintings from the period 1978 to 2002 and is accompanied by objects from the Museum collections. Crooks' work has been influenced by human activity in the New Zealand environment. Local history and his close relationship to the sea are reflected in his paintings through coastal themes depicting snapshots of everyday life. Until 2 February 2003

James Stewart: Collector This touring exhibition from the Southland Museum and Art Gallery features the collections of avid collector/inventor James Stewart. His remarkable collection of keys and locks from around the world has been delicately reconstructed in its original form complete with hand written notes by James Stewart himself. James Stewart: Collector is now in the People of the World Gallery. Admission is free. Runs Until 2 February 2003

ANZAC: The New Zealand Story This exhibition, opened by Prime Minister Helen Clarke on the 18 September 2002 explains the historic military links between Australia and New Zealand, and emphasises the kiwi component of ANZAC. It highlights key events and people who shaped the ANZAC tradition and its impact on our nationhood. It explains New Zealand's contribution, and demonstrates the common bond between these two neighbouring countries. Runs Until 2 March 2003

Army Band Performance The New Zealand Army Band Brass Quintet will perform in the ANZAC exhibition. This promises to be an emotional performance. 1877 Gallery, 21 February 2003

Southern Land, Southern People Tours Take a Guided tour of Southern Land, Southern People in February and you might just end up in Australia. The Otago Museum is giving away two return tickets from Dunedin to your choice of Freedom Air's Australian Destinations (if you're a backwards Aussie you can even do it the other way round!). Ongoing Service, Tours available 3.30pm daily - Permanent Gallery

Communicator Presentations Each day, the Otago Museum Communicators present fascinating 15 minute presentations on objects or themes of particular interest from the Museum's galleries. Ongoing Service, 2.00pm Daily

Search Centre Weekend Presentations The Museum's Search Centre Communicators have developed a series of Search Centre Weekend Presentations designed to help familiarise people with the excellent resources provided by this facility. Each presentation runs for about 20 minutes and will be repeated for a month before the next presentation begins. Weekends at 11.30am and 2.30pm

Ongoing Exhibitions The Museum's timbered Victorian gallery, the Animal Attic, houses an extensive collection of natural history specimens from around the world, re-displayed as they would have been in the late 1800s. A 'museum within a museum', this gallery is unique in New Zealand. Explore the Tangata Whenua Gallery with its impressive displays of Maori Cultural artefacts, including a stunning collection of Southern Maori material. The Pacific Culture Galleries display outstanding collections from Polynesia and Melanesia. People of the World has world archaeological treasures including ancient Greek pottery; a mummy and other fascinating artefacts from Ancient Egypt; a striking collection of swords; exquisite decorative arts from Asia and Europe and a superb array of costume and textiles. Walk the length of the giant Fin Whale in the Maritime Gallery, then take in the intricate detail of a wealth of nautical artefacts. Come face to face with the extinct giant moa in the Extinction and Survival area and see one of the few complete moa eggs in the world.

Search Centre Otago Museum's Search Centre research facility, provides an inviting opportunity for visitors to engage in further research on objects or themes in the galleries of interest to them. It will also be the first stop for the identification of items members of the public bring into the Museum, a service which annually attracts a huge number objects or specimens. Well resourced with swift new computers, microscopes, modern journals and a great variety of new books the Search Centre offers a variety of options for seeking further information. Set in a comfortable and relaxing environment the Search Centre is the perfect place in which to think, read, study, or research. Ongoing Service

Lunchtime Music A range of musicians will liven up the atrium with live performances each week. This is now a regular fixture but is subject to change according to function demands. To get everyone into that festive spirit the lunchtime music for December will be the Choristers singing carols. Museum Foyer, Fridays between 12noon and 1.30pm

Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Gareth Lyness, phone (03) 474 7474 ext 845

Blue Oyster Gallery

The Graduate Show This will be the second Blue Oyster curated exhibition showcasing the work of premier 2002 BFA graduates from the Otago Polytechnic School of Art. A fresh and exciting exhibition that reveals the innovative trends of young contemporary artists. Runs Until 1 February 2003

Crowd Scene - Mitch Robertson Witty Canadian artist Mitch Robertson examines the interactions of people. >From the brief crossing of paths with a stranger on the street or seen on television, to his own public school class in the 80s, Robertson acknowledges and glorifies what we as the general public accept and have learned to ignore; the general public. This exhibition will celebrate the single encounters with strangers forgotten before they were ever really known, mock the concept of '15 minutes of fame' with an organised archive of these brief moments and reassert the truth in the phrase, 'out of sight, out of mind'. 4 - 15 February 2003

Blue Oyster Gallery, 137 High Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Melanie Hogg, phone (03) 474 9583 or (025) 908 187

Regent Theatre - Regent Theatre Open Day Members of the Otago Theatre Trust will conduct tours of Dunedin's beautiful Regent Theatre where visitors can tour behind the scenes and see the areas not normally seen. 1 February 2003, 10.30am to 2.30pm Regent Theatre, 17 The Octagon, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Dunedin Town Hall - Southern Sinfonia - Last Night of the Proms Dunedin will celebrate the success of one of its own when Mobil Song Quest winner Anna Leese takes the stage at the Sinfonia's concert. To be held on St Valentine's Day, the concert will have a romantic leaning, while also retaining the traditional Proms items at the end of the concert. Audience is encouraged to enter into the spirit of the occasion by waving flags and balloons, and participate with their usual enthusiastic foot-stomping, whistling and rousing singing. An ideal way to celebrate Dunedin's Summer Festival. Support from Dunedin Events. Friday 14 February 2003, 7.30 pm Dunedin Town Hall, Moray Place, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Media: Philippa Harris phone (03) 477 5623, Bookings: Regent Ticketek phone (03) 477 8597

Globe Theatre - Joyful and Triumphant - by Robert Lord, Directed by Louise Petherbridge Joyful and Triumphant was Robert Lord's last, and, in the opinion of many, his best play. In the 10 years or so since its publication the play has been staged at theatres throughout the country, particularly during the pre-Christmas period. The public's affection for this play is easy to understand. Quite apart from Lord's skilful use of language and sense of theatre, his characters reflect the changing nature of New Zealand itself. Its characters are family members and friends whom we see grow and develop through three eventful decades in their lives, as the country itself grows and develops from dependence into something approaching independent nationhood. Joyful and Triumphant is about ordinary lives from love, passion, humour and happiness to grief and despair to the recognition of people's need for each other and their personal development through each other. 13 - 22 February 2003 (excluding 17 February) Globe Theatre, 104 London Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Rosemary Beresford, phone (03) 479 7273 or (03) 478 0248 Contact for bookings: Box Office, phone (03) 477 3274

MARCH 2003

Regent Theatre

New Zealand Post "Tutus on Tour" The only Dunedin performance by the Royal New Zealand Ballet on its 2003 nation-wide tour. The repertoire premiers "Milagros" a powerful new work from acclaimed choreographer Javier de Frutos. Other works to be performed are "Paquita Variation" (Gary Harris), "Melting Moments" (Mark Baldwin, and "Frenzy" (Mark Baldwin with music by Split Enz). 14 March 2003, 7.30pm

The Three Irish Tenors "By Special Request" "By Special Request" the Three Irish Tenors return to Dunedin on St Patrick's weekend for what is sure to be one of the highlights presented in the magnificent Regent Theatre. The rafters will certainly ring as these mighty tenor voices combine with the pure sweet voice of soprano Karen Bruce. Making his first appearance in New Zealand is the highly talented Glenn Amer who is also the Musical Director of "This must see" Presentation. To be sure - to be sure they will put a smile on your face and a song in your heart. Two hours of Irish music, song and humour. 15 March 2003 - 8.00pm

Regent Theatre, 17 The Octagon, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Peter Siddell: Landscape One of New Zealands foremost and best-loved realist painters Peter Siddell returns to the Southern landscapes he explored as a young man, and also revisits some of New Zealand art historys formative scenes. The exhibition is organized and toured by Artis Gallery, Auckland. Runs Until 9 March 2003

Masterpeices of Ceramic Art - from Dunedin Collections This exhibition showcases a rich variety of treasures from a number of public and private Dunedin collections. Curated by Wellington-based antiques dealer, connoisseur and collector Peter Wedde. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition for the Otago Festival of the Arts. Runs Until 16 March 2003

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 The Octagon, PO Box 5045, Dunedin Contact for enquires: Tim Pollock, phone (03) 474 3243

Otago Settlers Museum - Seamless - costumes from the Royal New Zealand Ballet Seamless exhibition includes 24 costumes from the Royal New Zealand Ballets' productions of Swan Lake, Hamlet, Alice and 1001 Nights illustrating classical, theatrical and modern ballet design. Also included are concept drawings, costume sketches, props and production photographs. The exhibition is toured by Te Manawa, Palmerston North Runs Until 24 March 2003 Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Val-mai Shaw, phone (03) 474 2728

Glenroy Auditorium

NZSO - Chamber Orchestra What could delight more than Mendelssohn's glorious 'Octet' and the famous 'Four Seasons', introduced by a touch of Shostakovich? Featuring Ian Swensen (guest director/violin). 8 March 2003, 8.00 pm

St Lawrence String Quartet This dynamic and extremely talented Canadian ensemble launches Chamber Music New Zealand's 2003 Celebrity Season. Expect an energetic and stimulating performance. Rich harmonies from Mozart, Techaikovsky paying tribute to a dead friend with a slow movement that moved its first audience to tears, alongside a sensual Argentinian-Jewish work that mixes Latin American dance rhythms with klezmer and more. 18 March 2003, 8.00pm

Glenroy Auditorium, Harrop Street, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Otago Museum - ANZAC: The New Zealand Story This exhibition, opened by Prime Minister Helen Clarke on the 18 September 2002 explains the historic military links between Australia and New Zealand, and emphasises the kiwi component of ANZAC. It highlights key events and people who shaped the ANZAC tradition and its impact on our nationhood. It explains New Zealand's contribution, and demonstrates the common bond between these two neighbouring countries. Runs Until 2 March 2003 Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Gareth Lyness, phone (03) 474 7474 ext 845

Hocken Library - Scott Eady - Frances Hodgkins Fellow 2002 and Michele Beevors, Lecturer in Sculpture - New Sculpture Australian Michele Beevors carves oversized Disney figures in polystyrene in her critique of Western materialism and the commercialisation of art worlds. She is joined by Scott Eady, the current Frances Hodgkins Fellow at the University of Otago, whose work examines masculinity in New Zealand culture.

Runs Until 6 April 2003 Hocken Library, cnr Anzac Avenue & Parry Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Pennie Hunt, phone (03) 479 5648

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