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The Pre-Raphaelite Dream: Paintings and Drawings from the Tate Collection This exhibition consists of 70 works, including oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints and major masterpieces such as John Millais' Mariana, Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Proserpine and William Holman Hunt's The Awakening Conscience. This is the first exhibition Tate has offered to a New Zealand gallery and Dunedin is The Pre-Raphaelite Dream's only New Zealand venue. Sponsored by the National Business Review and supported by the Dunedin City Council and The Community Trust of Otago. Indemnified by the New Zealand Government through the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Runs Until 15 February 2004

Pre-Raphaelite Dunedin This exhibition of works of art, letters, books and manuscripts features material drawn from three Dunedin collections, the Alfred and Isabel Reed collections of the Dunedin Public Library, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and the Special Collections, University of Otago Library. Runs Until 15 February 2004

Lionel Bawden: The Spring Tune The Dunedin Public Art Gallery's second visiting artist for 2003 is Sydney sculptor Lionel Bawden, whose signature material is the humble coloured pencil. The resulting shapes rise up like miniature landscapes and branch like coral. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery Visiting Artists Project, supported by Creative New Zealand. 6 December 2003 to 29 February 2004

Truth's Mirror Witty and thought-provoking juxtapositions of treasures from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery's permanent collection. Curated by Tony Green, formerly Head of Department of Art History, University of Auckland. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Ongoing Exhibition

Ardour for Art: Frances Hodgkins' Path to Modernism Ardour for Art is the first exhibition in the new Perpetual Trust Gallery permanently devoted to the works of one of Dunedin's most famous daughters, Frances Hodgkins. Curated by Linda Tyler, it offers the viewer an insight into the artist's life and work. 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

Cleveland Living Arts Centre

Artists in Residence Working and exhibiting in the Centre; Heather Jennings is a specialist spoon maker and pole lathe turner, combining with hand carving to create astonishingly beautiful spoons from a variety of fruit woods. Jane Pearce uses seagrass, cane, tree prunings and found materials to make baskets and sculpture based on basketry techniques. Runs Until 8 December 2003.

Aid Awareness Week Artists display works in a variety of mediums with the aim of trying to shed light on and extinguish lingering misconceptions and stigmas attached to all people living with HIV/AIDS. Proceeds are will be donated to Dunedin's local AIDS organisation. Runs Until 6 December 2003

Aaron Parkin Commanding large scale nudes are created using conté and sculpted with sand, landscapes and abstracts similarly are created with painting on sand. Aaron's fascination with metal is reflected in the presentation. 10 - 24 December 2003

The Affordable Art Fair The Affordable Art Fair is timed to offer art enthusiasts the perfect Christmas gift - to spoil them self or kick-start their own art collection. Local and regional artists are invited to submit works for this artistic feast. In true Art Fair style, sold works are replaced with new works each day and brings something new. 4 December 2003 - 9 January 2004

Cleveland Living Arts Centre, 1st floor, Dunedin Railway Station, Anzac Avenue, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Kari Morseth, phone (03) 477 7291

Metropolitan Club - Rock 'n Roll Cabaret 2003 Featuring Tom Sharplin The Malcolm Charitable Trust Christmas Cabaret features celebrated singer Tom Sharplin and backing band. Proudly presented by Mark Laughton Motors. 5 - 6 December 2003, 8.00pm Metropolitan Club, 5 Melville Street, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Fortune Theatre - A Slice of Saturday Night - by the Heather brothers Audiences are invited to put on their dancing shoes for A Slice of Saturday Night - perfect for all those "rockers" out there, young and old. This long running West End musical hit makes its professional debut in Dunedin with a whole lot of feel good favourite tunes in tow. It's the 60s again - boy meets girl, boy loses girl, but the blue suede shoes won't stop tapping all night. It's an ideal evening for families, and a great night out to remember. Runs Until 13 December 2003 Fortune Theatre, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: (media) Lisa Scott, phone (03) 477 1695 or Box Office (03) 477 8323

Regent Theatre - The Mayor's Carols The Regent Theatre is proud to present The Mayor's Carols held on Sunday 14 December. Entry is free to the public although donations will be accepted for the Mayor' Can Help Appeal. Father Christmas will be there and children will be invited onto the stage to listen to him read a story - this year a New Zealand story about Christmas. As usual there will be the opportunity for everyone to sing carols - including our MP's and City Councillors who are becoming quite professional in their performance. The Mayor's Carols is much-celebrated event and audiences are encouraged to arrive early to ensure a good seat. 14 December 2003, 4.00pm Regent Theatre, 17 The Octagon, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Otago Settlers Museum

Fabulous Frocks! 19th Century Gowns from the Otago Settlers Museum Collection This fascinating display of 19th century wedding dresses, ball gowns and stylish street wear has been extended by popular demand. An Otago Settlers Museum exhibition. Runs Until 15 February 2004

Water Like Wine: A History of the Kaikorai Valley and Stream The Kaikorai stream defines Dunedin's western margins. Its catchment is a border zone where town meets country and industry holds the middle ground. Water Like Wine is about the places that flank the stream, from Halfway Bush and Wakari down the Valley to Burnside, Green Island and Fairfield. The exhibit features old, established suburbs as well as more recent housing schemes of Brockville, Helensburgh and Kenmure. It explores the impact of human settlement on the Kaikorai Valley from the Maori explorers who first passed this way, through the historic concentration of industry, market gardening and mining, to contemporary efforts to rejuvenate the eco-system of the stream. Explore one of Dunedin's more interesting edges, where history and nature come together. 14 December 2003 - 22 March 2004

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

Milford Galleries Dunedin - Overview - Notions of the Figurative Overview is a major survey exhibition of contemporary New Zealand Art in three parts. This is the exhibition marks the second part of Overview, entitled Notions of the Figurative and features artists Joanna Braithwaite, W.D. Hammond, Lisa Reihana, Tony de Lautour, Robert Ellis, Terry Stringer, Jeffrey Harris, Ross Ritchie, Paul Dibble, Julia Morison, among others. What may seem disparate at first is actually the collision (and collusion) of idea, purpose and visual intention through utilisation of the representational language that unites a central core of our country's contemporary Art. Incisive and decisive: this exhibition presents a powerful portrait of interior and exterior intellect. 6 December 2003 - 13 January 2004 Milford Galleries Dunedin, 18 Dowling Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Diana Hennessy, phone (03) 477 7727

Temple Gallery

The Power of Protest Artists react to the impending desiccation of the Waitaki River with this exhibition titled The Power of Protest. First shown as Artistes against Aqua the Dunedin showing of this exhibition includes powerful works by many of the country's' leading artists including, Bing Dawe, Donna Demente, Ralph Hotere, Trevor Moffitt, Sam Mahon, John Mitchell, Marilynn Webb, Mary McFarlane and many others. Runs Until 13 December 2003

The Ordeal of St. Lucy The Temple Gallery is proud to present the annual exhibition of artist Donna Demente, titled The Ordeal of St. Lucy. "In the end, the work speaks for itself. It either speaks to you or not...Some people who have looked at a lot of art see in her the leading New Zealand exponent of a new direction, the first to genuinely post-date Modernism." - Peter Entwisle. 16 December 2003 - 31 January 2004

Temple Gallery, 29 Moray Place, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Victoria Timpany, phone (03) 477 7235

Blue Oyster Gallery

Excesskin Cameron Bishop wants to break the logic of the tourist, to release it from its perfected, paid-for-in-advance and on credit image. Excesskin he recognises a different kind of tourist: the one that never quite makes it, the tourist that is constantly threatening the body/state's margins but is never allowed entry. These tourists are the asylum seekers, the indigenous, the poor and the absent of this world. Bishop will approach these issues with his inflated absences: a series of latex baths, each more decayed than the other, each of them floating in the space and moving with the rhythms of the atmosphere. Runs Until 6 December 2003

Portable: The Blue Oyster Import/Export Company This exhibition sees our travelling show return home from a tour of Enjoy Public Art Gallery in Wellington and High Street Project in Christchurch. Portable features work by Trust members as well as by invited Dunedin-based artists and is part of a three-way swap with these two galleries. The exhibition looks at Dunedin's history as an industrial Port and extends these issues to encompass the transient nature of the City that is known today. Although Gallery often imports, they are now proud to present Blue Oyster's latest export. 9 - 20 December 2003

Blue Oyster Gallery, 137 High Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Robyn Dold, phone (03) 479 0197

Globe Theatre - Prisoners of Mother England by Roger Hall, Directed by Nigel Ensor Roger Hall's play about the experiences of a group of immigrants from Britain into New Zealand follows his characters from the 1950s through several decades of New Zealand's history. Although some of their experiences would not be repeated today, many more will have immediate relevance to anyone who has come to this country in recent years. Newly arrived immigrants may also have experienced the same sense of dislocation, of homesickness mixed with excitement for the opportunities offered by this new life, of the sense of being divided by a common language. In Prisoners of Mother England the playwright is full of empathy for his characters (indeed, Hall freely confesses to having based one of the characters on his younger self) as he follows them through their various problems and delights while settling into (or fleeing from) their new home. 4 - 13 December 2003 (excluding, Monday, 8 December 2003) Globe Theatre, 104 London Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Rosemary Beresford, phone (03) 479 7273 or Box Office (03) 477 3274 Contact for bookings: Box Office, phone (03) 477 3274

Botanic Gardens - "Permaculture - a holistic approach to gardening" A free public talk by Trish Korth, permaculturist. Find out more about his sustainable practice with links to the past. 5 December 2003, 12.00pm Botanic Garden Centre, in upper Lovelock Avenue, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Clare Thomson, phone (03) 474 9469

Dunedin Town Hall

Royal Male Choir Second Subscribers Concert The Royal Dunedin Male Choir's second subscription concert for 2003 features guest artists, the Dunedin Star Singers and Stephen Chambers (Baritone). 1 December 2003, 7.30pm

Messiah - City of Dunedin Choir Handel's Messiah, performed world wide, is greatly admired, well loved and the most frequently performed oratorio. This performance features conductor by David Burchell, the choir's Musical Director, accompanied by the Southern Sinfonia. Performing will be Anna Leese and Kate Spence, two exciting young New Zealand soloists returning from their UK studies, together with David Hamilton (leading Australasian tenor) and Howard Harvey (bass). This promises to be a marvellous Messiah. 9 December 2003, 7.30pm

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

JANUARY 2003

Hocken Library

McCahon: A Typeface by Luke Wood University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts lecturer Luke Wood has developed a typeface based on a series of McCahon's paintings which have the now familiar theological narratives scrawled across New Zealand landscapes and abstract grounds. McCahon: A Typeface attempts to play with the relationship between an artist's signature style when it is reconfigured into a generic set of shapes, and what happens when a designer starts selecting only a particular aspect of an artwork so it can be used in a new set of contexts. The question Wood addresses is: "Does the designer, through his editing and stylising of the painter's handwriting, remove the heart of this artist's work". Commercial success is not a motivational factor for Wood; the typeface is not licensed or available for sale. However, it has been named: 'McCahon', as, according to Wood, an honest indicator to its origin. Runs Until 17 January 2004

Digital Mosaics: An exhibition by Sara Hughes Frances Hodgkins Fellow 2003 Using a range of methods and materials to create large-scale painting/installations, Sara Hughes is spending her Frances Hodgkins Fellowship year in Dunedin researching textile history in the City. Her imagination has been captured by the story of the weavers from Paisley in Scotland who emigrated to Dunedin to form the settlement of Little Paisley in the south of the city. Sara has been working as an artist for ten years, and in previous exhibitions has reproduced fabric patterns on walls as a metaphor for how structure is applied in all aspects of human existence. Another interest is in the invisible digital transmission of images whereby complex codes of pattern reassemble images across the internet pixel by pixel. Her practice is described as "painting" but not in the traditional paintbrush and easel sense. Through her use of new imagery and site specific locations she is suggesting that painting has entered a new era in the digital age, and it is the modern painter's task to address what painting is and how it can operate. 31 January 2004 - 10 April 2004

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

Milford Galleries Dunedin

Overview - Notions of the Figurative Overview is a major survey exhibition of contemporary New Zealand Art in three parts. This is the exhibition marks the second part of Overview, entitled Notions of the Figurative and features artists Joanna Braithwaite, W.D. Hammond, Lisa Reihana, Tony de Lautour, Robert Ellis, Terry Stringer, Jeffrey Harris, Ross Ritchie, Paul Dibble, Julia Morison, among others. What may seem disparate at first is actually the collision (and collusion) of idea, purpose and visual intention through utilisation of the representational language that unites a central core of our country's contemporary Art. Incisive and decisive: this exhibition presents a powerful portrait of interior and exterior intellect. Runs Until 13 January 2004

Overview - Abstraction and Still Life The third part of Overview is entitled Abstraction and Still Life. Artists include Reuben Paterson, Philip Trusttum, Mervyn Williams, Heather Straka, Jeff Thomson, Judy Millar, Emily Wolfe, Neil Fraser, John Parker, Elizabeth McClure and others. This exhilarating exhibition is a combination of abstract painting, glass and sculpture with that of still life. It demonstrates that while issues of abstraction concerning form, texture and pictorial function are fundamentally different than the traditional concerns of still life painting. If still life is removed from the conventional two-dimensional device of illusion and presented entirely three-dimensionally then there arises a commonality of interests that is as revealing as it is illuminating. 17 January 2004 - 2 March 2004

Milford Galleries Dunedin, 18 Dowling Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Diana Hennessy, phone (03) 477 7727

Temple Gallery - The Ordeal of St.Lucy The Temple Gallery is proud to present the annual exhibition of artist Donna Demente, titled The Ordeal of St. Lucy. "In the end, the work speaks for itself. It either speaks to you or not...Some people who have looked at a lot of art see in her the leading New Zealand exponent of a new direction, the first to genuinely post-date Modernism." - Peter Entwisle. Runs Until 31 January 2004 Temple Gallery, 29 Moray Place, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Victoria Timpany, phone (03) 477 7235

Blue Oyster Gallery - Graduate Show 2004 The Graduate Show 2004 is an exhibit that features a selection of work from the graduating class of 2003 from the Otago Polytechnic School of Art. Curated by the Blue Oyster Arts Trust, this is always an exciting start to the year offering audiences the first chance see the Gallery's newly renovated space. 27 January 2004 - 14 February 2004 Blue Oyster Gallery, 137 High Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Robyn Dold, phone (03) 479 0197

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Paula Modersohn-Becker and the Worpswede Artists - Drawings and Prints 1895-1906 Born in 1876, Paula Modershohn-Becker belonged to a circle of artists at the turn of the century that found them selves in opposition to the strict academic line of opinion on Art. She was greatly influenced by the work of Gauguin, Cezanne and van Gogh, whom she met in Paris. This exhibition is organised by Germany's Institut for Foreign Affairs, Ifa, and is being toured by the Goethe Institut. Runs Until 25 January 2004

Big Country: Australian Landscape from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Collection The Australian landscape is an imaginative property that artists have mapped in many different ways. Big Country draws on works from the Gallery's collection by Arthur Streeton, Sydney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, and Brett Whiteley among others, which surveys a variety of reinventions. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Runs Until 9 March 2004

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

Cleveland Living Arts Centre - The Affordable Art Fair The Affordable Art Fair is timed to offer art enthusiasts the perfect Christmas gift - to spoil them self or kick-start their own art collection. Local and regional artists are invited to submit works for this artistic feast. In true Art Fair style, sold works are replaced with new works each day and brings something new. Runs Until 9 January 2004 Cleveland Living Arts Centre, 1st floor, Dunedin Railway Station, Anzac Avenue, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Kari Morseth, phone (03) 477 7291

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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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Issue date: 25 November 2003

Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin Arts and Cultural Events February 2004 to March 2004 __________________________________________________________________________ _ Following is a schedule of confirmed events in the City of Dunedin. This list was prepared by 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

Regent Theatre

Regent Theatre Open Day The Otago Theatre Trust will be conducting tours of the beautiful Regent Theatre, as part of Dunedin's festival celebrations in February. The public are invited to come and see all the areas and features that are never normally seen. 7 February 2004, 10.00am

Pam Ayers - Words, Wit & The Wonderbra - 25th Anniversary Tour Pam Ayers has been a professional writer, entertainer, comedienne, broadcaster and entertainer for over 25 years. In 1975 Pam first appeared on the television show Opportunity Knocks and since then her humorous poems have contributed immeasurably to the wider appeal today of all forms of poetry. The UK Arts Council's report on poetry, Rhyme and Reason (October 2000) identified Pam as being the fifth best-selling poet during the years 1998 & 1999, following Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, Carol Ann Duffy, and Sylvia Plath. One of Pam's best-known poems, I Wish I'd Looked After Me Teeth, was also voted into the Top Ten in a BBC poll to find The Nation's Favourite Comic Poems, and Pam was one of the few poets in the Top Ten who is still alive! Pam Ayres has toured New Zealand regularly since 1980. Recent newspaper reviewer states of he concert: "I have never laughed so delightedly. Her live stand-ups are a treat not to be missed. Sheer blissful comedy." 28 February 2004, 8.00pm

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

Fortune Theatre - Agnes of God, by John Pielmeier "The baby was discovered in a waste paper basket with the umbilical cord knotted around its neck. The mother was found unconscious by the door to her room, suffering excessive loss of blood and brought to trail. Her case was assigned to me, Doctor Martha Livingstone, as court psychiatrist, to determine whether she was legally sane." So begins this remarkable play, Agnes of God, a psychological thriller of the highest order, which won the Tony Award for Best New Play on Broadway in 1982. At the centre, a young novice caught between two worlds. Is she a Saint or Sinner? It's up to one woman - the psychiatrist - to find out, and another woman - the Mother Superior - to engage her in a battle of will and faith she is not prepared for. Agnes of God is a murder mystery that touches the very soul. 13 February to 6 March 2004 Fortune Theatre, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: (media) Lisa Scott, phone (03) 477 1695 or Box Office (03) 477 8323

Blue Oyster Gallery

Graduate Show 2004 The Graduate Show 2004 is an exhibit that features a selection of work from the graduating class of 2003 from the Otago Polytechnic School of Art. Curated by the Blue Oyster Arts Trust, this is always an exciting start to the year offering audiences the first chance see the Gallery's newly renovated space. Runs Until 14 February 2004

High Street Project Swap Show High Street Project Swap Show comes direct from its great success in Wellington's Enjoy Gallery of Christchurch artists. 17 February - 6 March 2004

Blue Oyster Gallery, 137 High Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Manager, phone (03) 479 0197

Cleveland Living Arts Centre

Anne Smith and Julie Reece The Cleveland Living Arts Centre presents oil paintings by emerging artists Anne Smith and Julie Reece whose works depict floral and foliage studies and, seascapes. 9 - 19 February 2004

Fortune TheARTre Award This exhibition presents works that celebrate and reflect 30 years of theatre in Otago. 23 February - 5 March 2004, Monday-Friday, 10.00am-4.00pm

Cleveland Living Arts Centre, 1st floor, Dunedin Railway Station, Anzac Avenue, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Kari Morseth, phone (03) 477 7291

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

The Pre-Raphaelite Dream: Paintings and Drawings from the Tate Collection The exhibition consists of 70 works, including oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints and major masterpieces such as John Millais' Mariana, Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Proserpine and William Holman Hunt's The Awakening Conscience. This is the first exhibition Tate has offered to a New Zealand gallery and Dunedin is The Pre-Raphaelite Dream's only venue in the country. Sponsored by the National Business Review and supported by the Dunedin City Council and The Community Trust of Otago. Indemnified by the New Zealand Government through the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Runs Until 15 February 2004

Pre-Raphaelite Dunedin This exhibition of works of art, letters, books and manuscripts features material drawn from three Dunedin collections, the Alfred and Isabel Reed collections of the Dunedin Public Library, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and the Special Collections, University of Otago Library. Runs Until 15 February 2004

Lionel Bawden: The Spring Tune The Dunedin Public Art Gallery's second visiting artist for 2003 is Sydney sculptor Lionel Bawden, whose signature material is the humble coloured pencil. The resulting shapes rise up like miniature landscapes and branch like coral. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery Visiting Artists Project, supported by Creative New Zealand. Runs Until to 29 February 2004

Calf and Quill, Scribe and Limner: Medieval Manuscripts from the Reed Collections Step back in time to a medieval world when books were rare, precious, beautifully written and crafted by hand. On exhibition are tenth-to-sixteenth-century illuminated and decorated vellum manuscripts from the Dunedin Public Library Reed Collections. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. 14 February to 9 May 2004

Truth's Mirror Witty and thought-provoking juxtapositions of treasures from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery's permanent collection. 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 Settlers Museum - Fabulous Frocks! 19th Century Gowns from the Otago Settlers Museum Collection This fascinating display of 19th century wedding dresses, ball gowns and stylish street wear has been extended by popular demand. An Otago Settlers Museum exhibition. Runs Until 15 February 2004 Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Val-mai Shaw, phone (03) 474 2728

Dunedin Town Hall - Southern Sinfonia - "Timeless Land" - A Waitangi Day Special Dunedin's professional orchestra showcases the very best of Otago arts in the world premiere performance of a commissioned multi-artform work, Timeless Land. The works consist of Anthony Ritchie's orchestral music, Grahame Sydney's paintings, readings by Brian Turner and Owen Marshall of their writing, as well as a film screening of a production by NHNZ (Natural History New Zealand). All this will be under the baton of Southland-born conductor Ken Young with nationally renowned singer Deborah Wai Kapohe as soprano for Anthony Ritchie's composition, as well as performing the premiere of her own autobiographical work. 6 February 2004, 8.00pm Town Hall, Moray Place, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597 Contact for enquiries: Philippa Harris, phone (03) 477 5623

MARCH 2003

Hocken Library - Digital Mosaics: Exhibition by Sara Hughes Frances Hodgkins Fellow 2003 Using a range of methods and materials to create large-scale painting and installations, Sara Hughes is spending her Frances Hodgkins Fellowship year in Dunedin researching textile history in the City. Her imagination has been captured by the story of the weavers from Paisley in Scotland who emigrated to Dunedin to form the settlement of Little Paisley in the south of the city. Sara has been working as an artist for ten years, and in previous exhibitions has reproduced fabric patterns on walls as a metaphor for how structure is applied in all aspects of human existence. Another interest is in the invisible digital transmission of images whereby complex codes of pattern reassemble images across the internet pixel by pixel. Her practice is described as "painting" but not in the traditional paintbrush and easel sense. Through her use of new imagery and site specific locations she is suggesting that painting has entered a new era in the digital age, and it is the modern painter's task to address what painting is and how it can operate. Runs Until 10 April 2004 Hocken Library, cnr Anzac Avenue & Parry Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Pennie Hunt, phone (03) 479 5648

Otago Settlers Museum - Water Like Wine: A History of the Kaikorai Valley and Stream The Kaikorai stream defines Dunedin's western margins. Its catchment's is a border zone where town meets country and industry holds the middle ground. Water Like Wine is explores the places that flank the stream, from Halfway Bush and Wakari down the Valley to Burnside, Green Island and Fairfield. It features old established suburbs as well as more recent housing schemes like Brockville, Helensburgh and Kenmure. The exhibition also delves into the impact of human settlement on the Kaikorai Valley from the Maori explorers who first passed this way, through the historic concentration of industry, market gardening and mining, to contemporary efforts to rejuvenate the eco-system of the stream. Water Like Wine highlights one of Dunedin's more interesting edges, where history and nature come together. Runs Until 22 March 2004 Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Val-mai Shaw, phone (03) 474 2728

Fortune Theatre

Agnes of God, by John Pielmeier "The baby was discovered in a waste paper basket with the umbilical cord knotted around its neck. The mother was found unconscious by the door to her room, suffering excessive loss of blood and brought to trail. Her case was assigned to me, Doctor Martha Livingstone, as court psychiatrist, to determine whether she was legally sane." So begins this remarkable play, Agnes of God, a psychological thriller of the highest order, which won the Tony Award for Best New Play on Broadway in 1982. At the centre, a young novice caught between two worlds. Is she a Saint or Sinner? It's up to one woman - the psychiatrist - to find out, and another woman - the Mother Superior - to engage her in a battle of will and faith she is not prepared for. Agnes of God is a murder mystery that touches the very soul. Runs Until 6 March 2004

Love Off the Shelf, book by Roger Hall, lyrics by A.K.Grant and music by Philip Norman As a part of our thirtieth anniversary celebrations the Fortune Theatre is proud to present a revival of one of Roger Hall's most popular shows - and a musical to boot. First premiered at The Fortune Theatre in 1986 and subsequently staged in Australia and the UK, Love off the Shelf parodies every cliché of the romantic novel genre. John and his assistant, Mary, are working on a project with great literary merit, but one that's hardly a money-spinner. They both dream of what it could be like to be famous and successful writers. To keep the wolf from the door, and possibly to exorcise some romantic demons of their own, both John and Mary, unbeknown to each other, request instructions from True Love Publishers on how to write and sell romantic fiction. The result is a hilarious musical journey where fact and fiction collide. 12 March - 10 April 2004

Fortune Theatre, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: (media) Lisa Scott, phone (03) 477 1695 or Box Office (03) 477 8323

Blue Oyster Gallery - High Street Project Swap Show High Street Project Swap Show comes direct from its great success in Wellington's Enjoy Gallery of Christchurch artists. Runs Until 6 March 2004 Blue Oyster Gallery, 137 High Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Robyn Dold, phone (03) 479 0197

Dunedin Town Hall - Southern Sinfonia - Last Night of the Proms Audiences are invited to join in the fun and singing with the annual Last Night of the Proms - a night of musical mayhem. The Proms features a uniquely Otago flavour and will highlight the musical talent of Dunedin with special focus on the University of Otago's singers and composers. This is also a night for the audience to let its hair down, wave flags and join in the singing of Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia. 13 March 2004, 7.30pm Town Hall, Moray Place, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597 Contact for enquiries: Philippa Harris, phone (03) 477 5623

Regent Theatre

Royal NZ Ballet - The Meridian Energy Season of Saltarello Classical ballet gets a shake-up with an innovative programme of contemporary dance. Mysterious and sensual, Christopher Hampson's 'Saltarello' reveals a sharp, 21st century originality in perfect, classical technique. 'Abhisheka, Sanskrit for initiation', proves to be just that: a new work by Otautau-born Adrian Burnett set to John Psathas' meditative and moving score. Show-stopping in the truest sense, the Celebrated Soubrette is Javier De Frutos' tribute to Las Vegas nightlife. With soul-searching and sequins in equal measure, the work is informed by the gritty true-life stories of people working in the entertainment capital of the world. 9 March 2004

Cirque Dreams Some theatrical phenomena reach, simply, beyond any single definition. They are not traditional musicals with characters or plots, nor are they ballets or operas. Cirque Dreams is such a show. It is simply a phenomenon. Since its debut as a casino theatre attraction in 1995, the production has enthralled millions of people around the world. Now it brings its magic to the theatre stages of New Zealand. 12 - 13 March 2004, 8.00pm

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

Cleveland Living Arts Centre

Fortune Theatre Award This exhibition presents works that celebrate and reflect 30 years of theatre in Otago. Runs Until 5 March 2004, Monday-Friday, 10.00am-4.00pm

Under the Skirts of Mt Erebus Dunedin Fashion Designer Fieke Newman created six 'frocks' and a series of photographs when on location as an Artist in Antarctica in 2003. Under the Skirts of Mt Erebus exhibition will be accompanied by a slide talk by the artist. In associated with Antarctica New Zealand. 8 - 19 March 2004

Cleveland Living Arts Centre, 1st floor, Dunedin Railway Station, Anzac Avenue, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Kari Morseth, phone (03) 477 7291

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Big Country: Australian Landscape from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Collection The Australian landscape is an imaginative property that artists have mapped in many different ways. Drawing on works from the Gallery collection by Arthur Streeton, Sydney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, Brett Whiteley and others, this exhibition surveys a variety of those reinventions. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Runs Until 9 March 2004

Calf and Quill, Scribe and Limner: Medieval Manuscripts from the Reed Collections Step back in time to a medieval world when books were rare, precious, beautifully written and crafted by hand. On exhibition are tenth-to sixteenth-century illuminated and decorated vellum manuscripts from the Dunedin Public Library Reed Collections. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Runs Until 9 May 2004

Milford Galleries Dunedin - Overview - Abstraction and Still Life The third part of Overview is entitled Abstraction and Still Life. Artists include Reuben Paterson, Philip Trusttum, Mervyn Williams, Heather Straka, Jeff Thomson, Judy Millar, Emily Wolfe, Neil Fraser, John Parker, Elizabeth McClure and others. This exhilarating exhibition is a combination of abstract painting, glass and sculpture with that of still life. It demonstrates that while issues of abstraction concerning form, texture and pictorial function are fundamentally different than the traditional concerns of still life painting. If still life is removed from the conventional two-dimensional device of illusion and presented entirely three-dimensionally then there arises a commonality of interests that is as revealing as it is illuminating. Runs Until 2 March 2004 Milford Galleries Dunedin, 18 Dowling Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Diana Hennessy, phone (03) 477 7727

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Any ‘best of list’ has to be an exercise in wishful thinking, given the splintering of everyone’s listening habits... But maybe… it could be time for the re-discovery of the lost art of listening to an entire album, all the way through. Just putting that idea out there. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Ten x Ten - One Hundred of Te Papa's Best-Loved Art Works

An idiosyncratic selection by ten art curators, each of whom have chosen ten of their favourite works. Handsomely illustrated, their choices are accompanied by full-page colour prints and brief descriptions of the work, explaining in straightforward and approachable language why it is of historical, cultural, or personal significance. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Portacom City - Reporting On Canterbury Earthquakes

In Portacom City Paul Gorman describes his own deeply personal story of working as a journalist during the quakes, while also speaking more broadly about the challenges that confront reporters at times of crisis. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Christopher Pugsley’s The Camera in the Crowd - Filming in New Zealand Peace and War 1895-1920

Pugsley brings to life 25 exhilarating years of film making and picture screening in a sumptuously illustrated hardback published by Oratia that tells the story through surviving footage unearthed from the national film archives. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

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