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International creators generate sparks in Hamilton

PRESS RELEASE: August 2004

International creators generate sparks in Hamilton

SPARK is a one-of-a-kind, one-week-only, annual celebration of contemporary arts organised by Wintec’s Creative Industries Research Centre and School of Media Arts.

Visitors to SPARK see and hear the latest from a dynamic array of national and international artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, critics, writers and multi-media and inter-disciplinary practitioners. This year’s guests include the artist LISA REIHANA (NZ), artist CHRISTIAN JANKOWSKI (Germany), filmmaker CHRISTINE JEFFS (NZ), designer MATT OWENS (USA), filmmaker HORI AHIPENE (NZ), artist CHERINE FAHD (Australia), writer TIM CORBALLIS (NZ), artists DAVID HAINES & JOYCE HINTERDING (Australia), sound sculptors SARAH DE JONG & PHILIP HOWE (Australia), curator NIKLAS OSTHOLM (Sweden), stunt woman ZOE BELL (USA), artist and art dealer BLAIR TRETHOWAN (Australia), artist STUART SHEPHERD (NZ), and many, many more.

SPARK 04 begins on August 10 and runs until August 14. Cheryl Reynolds, Director of the Creative Industries Research Centre, says SPARK 04 will highlight and promote the diversity of creative practice in New Zealand:

“It’s a fantastic chance to be inspired, to see what’s happening, to find out who’s doing what and how they’re doing it, to foster connections and to start creating some sparks of your own.”

Not just a conference, not just a festival, SPARK 04 offers non-stop performances, exhibitions, talks, discussions and entertainment from the cultural cutting edge, morning, noon and night, five days running. Best of all, by bringing these people together SPARK offers everyone interested or involved in the arts a unique opportunity to fuse their energy and ideas and see what ignites.

SPARK 04 is presented in Hamilton by Wintec with generous support from our partners Creative New Zealand, The University of Waikato - Department of Screen & Media, and Artspace in Auckland, plus our sponsors Rongopai Wines and Red Bull.

What: SPARK 04: A week of international arts, media and culture
Where: Wintec, R-Block, Gate 1, Collingwood St, Hamilton
When: Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 August 2004

For further information please contact the Creative Industries Research Centre at Wintec on 07 838 6386 or go to for speaker profiles and further information.


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