Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Dunedin Arts and Cultural Events June July 2005

MEDIA RELEASE

Issue date: 27 May 2005
Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin Arts and Cultural Events
June 2005 to July 2005

Following is a schedule of confirmed events in the City of Dunedin. The Dunedin City Council (DCC) City Marketing distributes the information on behalf of the attractions that appear below.

June 2005

Regent Theatre

Ross Noble - Noodlemeister Ross Noble is the supreme master of spontaneous stand-up and the most exciting comic in the world. Although just 28 years old, Ross has been performing since he was smuggled into his local comedy club at the age of 15. He is the most brilliant stand-up of his generation. 1 June 2005, 8.00pm

More Fm Dunedin Classic Bodybuilding Champs

The New Zealand Federation of Body Builders is affiliated to the International Federation of Body Builders. Its purpose is to provide competitions for NZ Body Building athletes to qualify for International Competition. The event consists of two shows pre-judging (morning show) and evening show. 4 June 2005, 10.00am (pre-judging) & 6.00pm (evening show)

Stars On Stage

The aim of Stars on Stage is to give all primary school children the opportunity to perform on a large stage using any of the four arts made up of Music, Visual Art, Drama and Dance. Not everyone has the opportunity to be involved in performances like this; it is usually only those who take private lessons. When you see the children's enthusiasm and excitement on the night you know all the hard work was worth it. For some it will be remembered for the rest of their life! 13 - 15 June 2005, 7.00pm

The Don Cossacks

Direct from their sell-out USA tour The Don Cossack's unique tradition empowers this sensational stage show with breathtaking timing and accuracy reflecting their absolute joy of life! 16 June 2005, 8.00pm

Regent Theatre, 17 The Octagon, Dunedin

Contact for bookings: Regent Theatre Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597 Contact for enquiries: Regent Theatre Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

University of Otago - Lunchtime Theatre: Bite size Shows

Lunchtime Theatre is celebrating its thirty years innovation of Theatre Studies at the University of Otago and has been pleasing audiences ever since its conception. There are a huge variety of performance styles - from improvised theatre to naturalistic plays, to simply the most bizarre material encountered.

Monologues by William Shakespeare, coordinated by Hilary Halba

Can this cockpit hold the vasty fields of France? Exotic locations on a bare stage! Better than being on holiday! Inspired interpretations of Shakespeare monologues, performed by students of THEA306: Performing Shakespeare. A different programme each day. 2 & 3 June 2005, 1.00pm

Allen Hall Theatre, University of Otago, Union Street, Dunedin

Globe Theatre - The Seagull by Anton Chekhov

The Seagull is a play directed by Andrew Morrison. Is it love or just an illusion? Is the play really the thing - or just so much sound and fury? Chekhov's comedy (Russian-style) explores the nature of the relationship between a son and his mother, the son a playwright, his mother a theatrical star, and does so by examining the nature of the creative process itself. Does the actor continue to live when the play is ended, does the writer exist outside his created characters? Do artists work to live - or live to - and through - their work? 2 - 11 June 2005, (excluding Monday 6th) Globe Theatre, 104 London Street, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Globe Theatre Box Office, phone (03) 477 3274

Moray Gallery

Guten Händen

Exhibition featuring works from Kaia Ariel, Monica McConnel and Louise Schumacher. Runs until 3 June 2005

New Paintings Exhibition featuring works from Eion Shanks. 4 - 25 June 2005

Moray Gallery, 55 Princes Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Jennifer Hopkinson, phone (03) 477 8060

Dunedin Public Libraries Network

Jodi Picoult Live Author Jodi Picoult is the best selling author of eleven novels. We are proud to announce her visit to Dunedin City Library to promote her latest novel, Vanishing Acts. In 2003 Jodie was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction. 3 June 2005, 6.30 pm

Discovery Tours Take a free tour of the City Library every Tuesday and every last Saturday of the month. Ongoing Service - Tuesdays, 10.30am & 1.00pm; Last Saturday of the month, 2.00pm. Stack Trek Tours Go where few borrowers have gone before. Visit the City Library's basement area and find those long lost "oldies but goodies" every last Saturday of the month. Ongoing Service - Last Saturday of June, 1.00pm

Dunedin City Library, Moray Place, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Liz Knowles, phone (03) 474 3317, email lknowles@dcc.govt.nz

Milford Galleries

Dick Frizzell - Works on Paper Figurative still-lifes, comic book characters and witty parodies of modernist abstraction - Dick Frizzell's work is exuberant, satirical and full of baby-boomer nostalgia. Commercial artist, animator, illustrator, Frizzell allows his art to cross the boundaries of his commercial work - at times poking fun at the angst of New Zealand "high art". Indeed, every Kiwi knows a Frizzell work. He is the creator of the "Four-Square" man and the illustrator of many of our learn-to-read children's books. 4 - 23 June 2005

The Southern Landscape The Southern Landscape - the mountains of the central divide, the lakes and hydro schemes, the hills around Dunedin, the streets of Christchurch, the plains of Marlborough. This land, where we grew up, where we still linger, where we have come back to, is the ever-present backdrop to our memories. Is it little wonder that many of New Zealand's major artists come back to it time and again as a subject? In this group show, artists Kathy Barber, Wayne Barrar, Nigel Brown, Peter Cleverley, Mark Cross, Garry Currin, Simon Edwards, Michael Hight, Scott McFarlane, J S Parker, Elizabeth Rees and Peter James Smith respond to the landscape that we live in. 4 - 23 June 2005

Elizabeth Rees - Mood & Memory Elizabeth Rees' brooding landscapes and solitary figures hold the viewer within an intriguing limbo where space, light and epiphanies play. Early dawn, or maybe those few moments when day becomes night, is depicted with a pared back, gestural language. Simplicity abounds in these works, showing both Rees' skill as a painter and her ability to let a work speak for itself. These works are of places we may have been, people we may know - evoking memories and past lives. Elizabeth Rees was born in Palmerston North in 1959. She completed a Diploma in Fine Arts, Queen Elizabeth College in 1976 and a Diploma in Fine Arts (Painting), University of Canterbury in 1980. She has exhibited regularly since 1989 and is represented in major private collections nationally and one of the most significant collections in the USA. 25 June - 14 July 2005

Milford Galleries Dunedin, 18 Dowling Street, Dunedin

Cleveland Living Arts Centre

Members Show

With over 90 artists members ranging from students, new artists of all ages and established artists the Centre for the first time hosts an exhibition for members to show their latest work. This is sure to be an eclectic and entrancing mix of subject and media. Runs until 6 June 2005

Margaret Campbell - Windows of Dunedin

In Margaret's first ever solo show she presents her latest miniatures. These tiny depictions on historic and contemporary scenes are popular nation wide with her work appearing regularly in group shows and charity art auctions. 7 - 18 June 2005

Otago Girls High School - Students

A selection of Year 9 - 13 works in all visual mediums, including a selection of last year's NCEA Level 3 portfolios. Performances included during the week from music, drama, dance and kapa haka students. 14 - 25 June 2005

Robert Piggot - Renewal

Renewal is the first Solo exhibition since 1999 for experienced Dunedin artist Robert Piggott. During the past seven years he has been working quietly in his Carpet Court studio patronised by only the small circle of those who know his portfolio. Robert would now like to reintroduce himself and extend his work to the wider public. Renewal is a starting point, which will offer the viewer a small glimpse into the abstract world of this art. 21 June - 2 July 2005

Cleveland Living Arts Centre, First Floor, Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin. Monday - Friday, 10.00am - 4.00pm; Saturday, 10.00am - 2.00pm

University of Otago Department of Music - Masterworks of French Chamber Music

A concert featuring Donald Armstrong (violin) and Terence Dennis (piano). Programme includes Debussy's Sonata for Violin and Piano (1917), Fauré's Sonata No 1 in A major, opus 13 for Violin and Piano and Franck's Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano. 9 June 2005, 7.30pm Marama Hall, Central University of Otago Campus, Dunedin

Fortune Theatre

Lulu: Drop dead, gorgeous by Peter Barnes from Frank Wedekind - a NZ premiere

Bodice-ripping Victorian gothic, this sex tragedy has it all: lust, decadence and obsession. Lulu is a beautiful, narcissistic young woman - both a sexual predator at the height of her powers and a moral innocent. A femme fatale with fatal guile, Lulu bewitches those who cannot resist her siren's call, while the shadow of evil lurks in the background. This cautionary tale against sexual repression opens a 'Pandora's Box' of social taboos. A gloriously savage exercise of comedic callousness, Lulu is a cross between a silent movie vamp and a grown-up - Lolita. Corrupted in childhood, she retaliates in maturity by exploiting and enjoying men, until the dark figure that watches in the gloom plays his destructive hand. Lashings of sex without love or commitment - don't try this at home. Runs until 11 June 2005 Fortune Theatre, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Box Office, phone (03) 477 8323

Dunedin Centre

Southern Sinfonia - Basically Baroque

The Southern Sinfonia's Basically Baroque programme is set to transport audiences to early eighteenth century Europe, featuring works from France, Germany and Russia. Representing the great French operatic tradition of the period are samplings of music by Rameau and. From Germany comes a cello concerto by CPE Bach (son of the more famous JS Bach), and Handel's Water Music Suite No 1, one of the most famous of all Baroque works. The concert will conclude with Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite, based on a popular melody the Baroque era, and which Stravinsky compiled from the music he had composed for the full ballet. Dunedin-born conductor Tecwyn Evans, now freelancing in London, returns to direct the orchestra for this one concert, which will also feature cello soloist Euan Murdoch, Interim Director of the recently formed New Zealand School of Music in Wellington. 12 June 2005, 3.00pm Glenroy Auditorium, 1 Harrop Street, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Regent Theatre Ticketek, phone: (03) 477 8597

Chamber Music New Zealand - Shanghai Quartet

Audiences loved the Shanghai Quartet when they last toured for Chamber Music New Zealand in 1998, and they return to perform as part of the 2005 Celebrity Season. Known for passionate musicality, astounding technique and multicultural innovations, the quartet have an elegant style of melding Eastern music with Western repertoire. Included in their programme are works by Beethoven, Brahms, Shostakovich and selections from Chinese folk melodies arranged by the quartet's second violinist, Yi-Wen Jiang. The quartet consists of Weigang Li, violin, Yi-Wen Jiang, violin, Honggang Li, viola and Nicholas Tzavaras, cello. Included in their programme are Beethoven's String Quartet in B flat Opus 18 No 6 and String Quartet in C sharp minor Opus 131 as well as selections from China Song, Chinese folk melodies arranged by the quartet's second violinist, Yi-Wen Jiang. 20 June 2005, 8.00pm Glenroy Auditorium, 1 Harrop Street, Dunedin

Royal Dunedin Male Choir

The Royal Dunedin Male Choir's first subscription concert for 2005 features guest artists Penny Muir, Matt Landreth and David Burchell will play "Norma" the Town Hall organ. 20 June 2005, 7.30pm Dunedin Town Hall, Moray Place, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Regent Theatre, Dunedin, phone (03) 477 8597

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

On his sixth NZSO tour, French pianist Pascal Rogé makes a welcome return with his first ever performance of Grieg's Piano Concerto preceded by NZSO Principal Oboist, Robert Orr, premiering NZ composer Michael Williams's Piercing the Vault. Post-interval, the moods of Rachmaninov's Third Symphony alternate between power and nostalgia from the blazing brass opening to the alluring melodies, along with an inevitable touch of the Dies Irae. Concert conducted by Stefan Sanderling. There will also be a pre-concert talk on Rachmaninov hosted in the Fullwood Room at 7.15pm. 22 June 2005, 8.00pm Dunedin Town Hall, Moray Place, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Regent Theatre, Dunedin, phone (03) 477 8597

Otago Arts Society - 129th Annual Art Exhibition

The annual Otago Art Society Exhibition will feature entries from the Greenslades Art Awards and Lula Currie Awards. 12 - 26 June 2005. Open weekdays, 12.00pm - 4.30pm; weekends, 1.00pm - 4.30pm Otago Art Society, Corner Great King & Albany Streets, Dunedin

Hocken Library

Das Endeavour: sculpture by Evan Jones with Art from Captain Cooks Voyages curated by Anne Harlow An installation of figurative sculpture and artefacts in which Evan Jones (completing his Master of Fine Arts) engages ideas associated with the museum, colonial heroism and the collection of heritage. Insignificant details in history are distorted and re-presented by Jones as fact, with particular reference drawn to James Cook, Bernini and Wedgwood. Painstakingly crafted and Neo-classical in style - yet made from the hobbyist material "Das" (an air-hardening polymer clay) - Jones' work in humorous and intimate. These works are combined with prints, paintings and books from the Hocken Collections related to Captain Cooks voyaging in the Pacific. Runs until 18 June 2005 Hocken Library, Corner Anzac Avenue & Parry Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Pennie Hunt, phone (03) 479 5648

Blue Oyster

Gala Opening ...all new Blue Oyster

Blue Oyster is closed for relocation at the beginning of June, reopening in Moray Place on 21 June with previews of the three shows listed below. Blue Oyster took the opportunity when moving premises to rethink evolving and diverse exhibitions needs, initiating two new programmes as well as continuing with the two exhibition programmes developed in 2004. The gala opening on 21 June will see the launch of two exciting new programmes. The first is a purpose built gallery, which they have named the Dark Side. It will be equipped with new technology especially for 'new media' work (video and sound work) and will run on a three-week exhibition cycle the same as the existing spaces. The second addition is a permanent video lounge called Blue Movies that will have an open programme on a monitor, the idea is that we will show whatever is brought in (possibly only once!) on the condition we can have a copy...with a view to building up a library. New address is Basement, Moray Chambers, 30 Moray Place, Dunedin. Postal address is PO Box 5903, Dunedin, 9001. 21 June 2005, 5.30pm

Chris Baldwin Husk

The first project in the Dark Side of the new Blue Oyster is Husk by recent fine arts graduate Chris Baldwin. His project is an immersive multimedia installation that pushes the idea of digital art into and through several popular culture clichés. The Dark Side will be like a black and white Matrix using digital printouts as the environment, data projection, and monitors built into the wall and sound work. Baldwin provides the following two references as an insight into his project. The first reference is from Stephen Pfohl Death at the parasite café, "A seemingly endless flow of informational bits and pieces, fragments of a world that never existed, electronic [fascinations] that have no substance independent of the simulative re-structuring of experience." The second reference is from Critical Art Ensemble The Electronic Disturbance, ''the economy of desire can be safely viewed through the familiar window of screenal space. Secure in the electronic bunker, a life of alienated auto-experience (a loss of the social) can continue in quiet acquiescence and deep privation. The viewer brought to the world, the world brought to the viewer. This is virtual life in a virtual world." 22 June - 7 July 2005 Blue Oyster Dark Side

Fiona Lascelles Natura Stupet.

natura stupet - nature is dumbfounded. Mars Pathfinder mission touched down in the Ares Vallis region of Mars in July 1997 taking many images of the surrounding area. Analysis of the images revealed two areas that have the spectral signature of chlorophyll. According to experts it might be highly significant - or could be just a patch of coloured soil. Underscored by desire for an elsewhere - an outer realm of the unknown where there is to behold a great source of wonders - natura stupet explores Eden as a quixotic construct, both abstracted and romanticised, driven by colonising impulses, and overshadowed by the threat of exploitation and ultimately expulsion. Current space exploration exists as a search for life, for oxygen, for water, for chlorophyll. The green cargo in the work is ambiguous, it could either be scientific samples taken or specimens intended as part of a new colonial propagation effort. This work is strangely and hauntingly beautiful, capturing the wistful longing for asylum. Despite all uncertainties and improbabilities, we allow ourselves to be drawn in and become witness to yet another extravaganza of speculation. The Victorian theatre of the spectacle continues its process with simulated travel. As voyeur, we are privileged the journey of the explorer and experience the thrill of discovery or self-delusion for ourselves altering worlds via the "audacious projections from our deepest dreams and visions". 22 June - 7 July 2005 Blue Oyster Lower Gallery

Kim Swanson, Hood

Hood is an exploration of identity and disobedience, whether it is real or just perceived. Kim Swanson is using the idea of the artist's self-portrait and extending it: portrait as mug shot and artist as anonymous thug. Swanson's portrait of the Hood arises primarily from questions about identity, especially the tensions between the subject and the collective or the group. She is particularly interested in the way people renegotiate the effect of their relationship with established institutions. As part of the opening there will be a street performance by the Hoodlums involving a less than legal car parked outside the gallery premises. Using a vehicle that apparently hasn't got the institutional stamp of approval as a publicly displayed part of the project also tests the limits between art and public obedience; is it sculpture or is it a citation waiting to happen? 22 June - 7 July 2005 Blue Oyster Upper Gallery

Naomi Lamb

Naomi Lamb is the first artist to use our new Blue Movies facility. She is showing a video work using imagery from a recent visit to Antarctica. 22 June - 7 July 2005 Blue Oyster Blue Movies

Blue Oyster Gallery, Basement, Moray Chambers, 30 Moray Place, Dunedin

Larnach Castle - Annual Larnach Castle Winter Ball

Once a year the Castle comes to life as it did over 100 years ago. Enter a different world, dress up in Victorian costume, enjoy a delicious supper and dance the night away in the Castle's Ballroom. 25 June 2005 Larnach Castle, Pukehiki, Otago Peninsula, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Larnach Castle, phone (03) 476 1616.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery - Exhibitions

Walters en Abyme

A selection of artworks by one of New Zealand's most famous artists, Gordon Walters. Walters en Abyme is a study of a significant, if little-known, aspect of his work, the composition en abyme, or image within an image, which Walters first investigated in the 1950s, and continued to explore in his art for forty years. A Gus Fisher Gallery touring exhibition Runs until 3 July 2005

Shirin Neshat: Tooba

Renowned contemporary artist Shirin Neshat, whose videos and photographs draw upon her Iranian heritage for inspiration, uses her artwork to explore her very sensitive and complex relationship to her country of origin. Tooba is inspired by Shahrnoush Parsipour's contemporary novel, Women Without Men, and drawn from the story of the Tooba tree in the Koran. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to experience an immersive visual environment created by one of contemporary art's most acclaimed figures. An Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki exhibition Runs until 10 July

Frank Carpay

This is an exhibition that explores the innovative designs of Frank Carpay. Influenced throughout his life by European artists such as Picasso, Carpay fused Continental modernism with Pacific pattern to produce unique designs on a variety of media. Frank Carpay focuses on Carpay's work at Crown Lynn between 1953 and 1956, and his vibrant textile designs of the 1960s and 1970s. Initiated and toured by the Hawke's Bay Cultural Trust Runs until 17 July 2005

James Morrison: The Great Tasmanian Wars

Dunedin is the only New Zealand venue for this extraordinary cycle of fifty-five paintings by Australian artist James Morrison. Across a surface more than sixteen metres in length, Morrison infuses the old genre of history painting with intricate detailing, tropical colour, truly marvellous inhabitants, and a profusion of encounters in which fact and imagination merge. Courtesy of TarraWarra Museum of Art and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney Runs until 6 August 2005

1955: A Living Legacy

The Dunedin Public Art Gallery's collection has been built up over more than a hundred years largely by gifts of art works or purchases using donated funds. 1955 was a particularly good year for additions to the collection. This cabinet of curiosities-style exhibition features paintings, furniture, ceramics and objets d'art acquired by the Gallery fifty years ago. Runs until 28 August 2005

Art to Express New Zealand

Curated by Anne Harlow, this exhibition explores perceptions of the New Zealand landscape through a selection of paintings, works on paper, photographs and installations from the permanent collection of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition Runs until 28 August 2005

For the Love of Christ

The Christian faith and Christian themes are expressed in many ways in this exhibition drawn from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery collection. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition Runs Until 28 August 2005

Sites for the Eyes: European Landscapes from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Collection

Sites for the Eyes is an exhibition curated by Peter Stupples, formerly Associate Professor of Art History, at the University of Otago. The exhibition features works from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery collection that trace the history of the European landscape tradition. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition Runs Until 28 August 2005

Frances, France and the French

Frances, France and the French explores one thread in Frances Hodgkins' life in Europe. Through a selection of works made in France between 1901 and 1930, it identifies her favoured subjects - fishing villages, markets, landscapes and people - and suggests evolutions in her relationship with the country and its inhabitants. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition Runs until 30 October 2005

Sara Hughes: Love Me Tender

Sara Hughes brings colour and life to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery's Otago Daily Times Gallery with her distinctive variations on the Paisley patterns that Scottish settlers brought to Dunedin. Cut from pre-painted sheets of sticky vinyl, Hughes' Paisley shapes stretch and flex as if manipulated on a computer screen - nineteenth century forms refreshed by twenty-first century technology. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition Ongoing exhibition

Dunedin Public Art Gallery - Visitor Programmes

Phaidon Art Video - Raoul Dufy: Painter and Decorator (1987, 55 minutes G) - The art of Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) is epitomised. Courtesy of Roadshow Entertainment Ltd 4 & 5 June 2005, 3.00pm

The Great Tasmanian Wars features visiting Australian artist James Morrison who talks about his painted frieze. 11 June 2005, 3.00pm

Dr Art Buehler, Senior Lecturer, Religious Studies, Victoria University of Wellington introduces the work and world of Iranian artist Shirin Neshat. 12 June 2005, 3.00pm

Phaidon Art Video - The Fundamental Gilbert and George (1998, 104 minutes M) - Artists and living sculptures whose life is also their art, Gilbert and George from a unique and enduring partnership. Courtesy of Roadshow Entertainment Ltd 18 & 19 June 2005, 3.00pm

Soma Songs

A multimedia performance project from Daniel Belton and Good Company brings together a group of renowned artists and designers from New Zealand, Britain and Holland. 24 & 25 June 2005, 8.00pm; 26 June 2005, 3.00pm

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 The Octagon, PO Box 5045, Dunedin

Otago Settlers Museum - Exhibitions

Vikings in our Midst - Nordic Connections in Southern New Zealand Connections have been forged between the people of the Nordic region and the people of southern New Zealand for more than 150 years. The story told in this exhibition begins with tales of Nordic sailors and gold seekers and with the arrival of an immigrant ship named Palmerston. Then in the 1920s and 1930s it was visits by a fleet of Norwegian whaling ships hunting in the icy waters of the Southern Ocean that added to our connectedness. The post-World War Two era brought further Nordic migrants and today the connections continue to be fostered, thanks in part to a thriving community of Scandinavian students. There are indeed Vikings in our Midst. June - October 2005

Across the Ocean Waves

What was it like crossing the oceans to come here in a sailing ship? The core of this new display is an accurate recreation of the steerage quarters of an immigrant ship bound for Otago in the days of sail. Visitors are welcome to climb into a bunk or sit at the central table and imagine what life would have been like cooped up for 100 or more days at sea. Short video presentations bring the era to life. Death and disaster, fun and romance, the misery of seasickness and the excitement of arrival are all showcased. A baby dies, fighting breaks out among the single girls, and there is dancing and a stolen kisses. This is an interactive exhibit, which will seize the imagination and transport you back to the epic voyages made by Otago's nineteenth century ancestors. Participants can climb aboard and see for themselves what the great migration was all about. Ongoing Exhibition

On the Move: Road Transport in Otago

One hundred years ago Thomas Sullivan invented the tea bag, Charles Menches invented the ice cream cone and vehicles were becoming increasingly familiar sights on Dunedin streets. To find out more about local motoring and transportation milestones check out On the Move: Road Transport in Otago - an exhibition of vehicles, photographs and memorabilia recalling not only the dawn of motoring in Otago but also the heydays of horse-drawn coaches and drays, tramcars and cycles. Be sure not to miss a ride on the penny-farthing. Ongoing Exhibition

The Smith Gallery

The Otago Early 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 Otago's early days. Today, the Smith Gallery emphasises the importance of the Early Settlers in the story of Otago. The portraits on the walls have been rearranged in order of arrival; and a variety of furniture and other artefacts, all drawn from the pre- gold rush era, add character to this historic gallery. Ongoing Exhibition

Otago Settlers Museum - Visitor Programmes

Your Family, Your House and Your Treasures

Attend a series of three tutorials on how to research the central topics of your family, your house and your treasures. The first tutorial discusses how to research your family history with tutor Bob Matthews. The second tutorial details how to research the history of your house as discussed by tutor Michael Findlay. In the final tutorial tutor Sara Guthrie explains how to care for paper, textile and other treasures in your possession. 2, 9 and 16 June 2005, 5.30pm

Women of Dunedin

Enjoy a guided walking tour that allows visitors to enter into the lives of some of the women of Dunedin's past; the wealthy and poor, respectable and disreputable. 7 June 2005, 2.00pm Contact for bookings: Otago Settlers Museum, phone (03) 474 2728

Walk the High Street

This guided walking tour enables visitors to view some of Dunedin's amazing residential architecture whilst discovering part of Dunedin's intriguing social history. 16 June 2005, 2.00pm Contact for bookings: Otago Settlers Museum, phone (03) 474 2728

Walk The Inner City

An experienced guide will takes visitors on a 90-minute stroll while experiencing the character, history and beauty of Dunedin, New Zealand's first great city. Enjoy this wonderful insight into Dunedin's architectural and social past. Ongoing Service. Begins 21 June 2005, 11.00am weekdays Visitor Information Centre, The Octagon, Dunedin

Introductory Tours of the Museum

Experience a guided tour of the Otago Settlers Museum. Each tour lasts approximately 30 minutes. Ongoing Service, 11.00am weekdays (except public holidays)

Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin

Otago Museum

Photo Lightscapes

The Otago Museum is proud to present the vibrant exhibition Photo Lightscapes. This exhibition is the result of collaboration between photographers from Switzerland, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand. They were invited to participate by Swiss photographer, Charles Weber, after attending one of his workshops on the creative use of artificial light in landscape photography. This exhibition of 80 large colour works show how these photographers applied techniques ranging from the use of coloured filters over flashguns at night, painting with torchlight and candlelight to off-camera flash in daylight. Charles Weber said: "What delights me in these pictures is the simple poetry which so well reveals and unites us, irrespective of any differences in cultures, opinions and technical resources". Runs until 26 June 2005 Special Exhibitions Gallery

Snail Mail - Wish You Were Here

Snail Mail - Wish You Were Here is a unique exhibition of unique postcards and is a co-operative venture with Macandrew Intermediate School and the Arts Quest Trust. Over 300 postcards by local, national and international artists, as well as by students from Macandrew Intermediate School are on display. Featured artists include Jenny Dolezel, John Pule, Judy Darragh, Lindsay Crooks, Cilla McQueen, Ewan McDougall, Peter Cleverly, Donna Demente, Janet De Wagt, Pamela Brown, Marilynn Webb, and many others. Snail Mail - Wish You Were Here also reveals the history of postcards and features items from the Otago Museum collections, including original postcards dating back to the beginning of the 1900s. Don't miss this celebration of old-fashioned correspondence! Runs until 10 July 2005 People of the World Gallery

Guided Tours

Take a 'Highlights of the Museum' guided tour and learn some inside knowledge about various aspects that the Museum has on offer and/or take a guided tour of 'Southern Land, Southern People' and gain a greater understanding, of the Southern region. 'Highlights of the Museum' guided tours are available at 11.30am and 'Southern Land, Southern People' guided tours are available at 3.30pm (and other times by prior arrangement). Ongoing Service, 11.30am and 3.30pm daily

Lunchtime Music

A range of musicians will liven up the atrium with live performances each week. This is a regular fixture but is subject to change according to function demands. Museum Foyer, Fridays and Saturdays between 12 noon & 1.30pm

Discovery World Science Shows These excellent shows are now run by the Museum's Science Communicators. Discovery World, Saturdays & Sundays at 11.00am, 1.00pm & 3.00pm

Gallery Talks

Each day, the Otago Museum Communicators present fascinating 15-minute gallery talks on objects or themes of particular interest from the Museum's galleries. Ongoing Service, 2.00pm daily

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 that annually attracts a huge number of 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

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. Ongoing Service, Weekends at 11.30am & 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, and 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.

Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin

JULY 2005

Cleveland Living Arts Centre

Robert Piggot - Renewal

Renewal is the first Solo exhibition since 1999 for experienced Dunedin artist Robert Piggott. During the past seven years he has been working quietly in his Carpet Court studio patronised by only the small circle of those who know his portfolio. Robert would now like to reintroduce himself and extend his work to the wider public. Renewal is a starting point, which will offer the viewer a small glimpse into the abstract world of this art. Runs until 2 July 2005

New Zealand International Science Festival - Unseen Worlds - New Dimensions

Scientists routinely observe and create amazing images during the course of their every day research work, but these often remain unseen and hidden away in laboratories. Now is your chance to enjoy the extraordinary splendour that scientists encounter in their research. The Unseen Worlds exhibition reveals some of the extraordinary shapes and colours of nature from the scale of galaxies down to individual cells in the human body that are so small they can only be seen through electron microscopes. Portrayed in 40 large format photographs are images ranging from migrating cells within the human body to deep-sea marine species and delicate micro-fossils. A project of Benson & Associates and The National Science-Technology Roadshow Trust 13 July - 6 August 2005

Cleveland Living Arts Centre, First Floor, Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin Monday - Friday, 10.00am - 4.00pm; Saturday, 10.00am - 2.00pm

Moray Gallery

Looking Way Down South An exhibition of works from Janet de Wagt. 2 - 22 July 2005 Moray Gallery, 55 Princes Street, Dunedin

Regent Theatre

30+ Singles Mid-Winter Dance

The 30+ Singles Mid-Winter Dance has become an annual event in Dunedin and includes supper with music provided by the Spectrum Band. 2 July 2005, 8.00pm Oval Lounge Metropolitan Club Contact for bookings: Regent Theatre Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597 Contact for enquiries: Regent Theatre Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Telecom 29th Dunedin International Film Festival

Founded in 1977, this Festival presents a highlights package of fifty features - plus shorts - in the small and beautiful South Island university city of Dunedin. A superbly preserved venue, Dunedin's Regent Theatre combines the spacious elegance of a '20s movie palace with state-of-the-art projection and sound. The world's southernmost Film Festival is not only a very popular local event; it is also one of the best places in the world to see and hear your film! Festival Booklets are available early July. 22 July - 7 August 2005 Regent Theatre, 17 The Octagon Contact for bookings: Regent Theatre Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Cabaret

Following the outstanding success of "Encore" in 2004 Dunedin Operatic is producing Cabaret as its show for 2005. With direction and choreography by Douglas Kamo and musical direction by Philippa Hosken, Cabaret promises to live up to the very professional standards that audiences are now used to from Dunedin Operatic. The cast comprises 18 talented performers including Gladys Hope, Geoff Smith and John Gardner. The story tells of a female girlie club entertainer in 1930's Berlin romancing two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them. This musical has a sizzling score with songs such as "Wil Kommen", "Money" (makes the world go round), "Two Ladies" and "Cabaret." 28 July - 6 August 2005, 7.30pm; No performance 1 August 2005 Mayfair Theatre, 100 King Edward Street, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Regent Theatre Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Dunedin Public Art Gallery - Exhibitions

Walters en Abyme

A selection of artworks by one of New Zealand's most famous artists, Gordon Walters.Walters en Abyme is a study of a significant, if little-known, aspect of his work, the composition en abyme, or image within an image, which Walters first investigated in the 1950s, and continued to explore in his art for forty years. A Gus Fisher Gallery touring exhibition Runs until 3 July 2005

Shirin Neshat: Tooba

Renowned contemporary artist Shirin Neshat, whose videos and photographs draw upon her Iranian heritage for inspiration, uses her artwork to explore her very sensitive and complex relationship to her country of origin. Tooba is inspired by Shahrnoush Parsipour's contemporary novel, Women Without Men, and drawn from the story of the Tooba tree in the Koran. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to experience an immersive visual environment created by one of contemporary art's most acclaimed figures. An Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki exhibition Runs until 10 July

Shadowplay

Solids leap up from their own shadows and light is interrupted in fascinating ways in this exhibition of works drawn largely from the Gallery's Collection. Reaching from Bill Culbert's photos of old wheels basking in the light of the south of France to Daniel von Sturmer's video of paper clips dancing on their own shadows, the exhibition also includes work in black, white and nuanced shades of grey by Neil Dawson, Gavin Hipkins, Anne Noble and Ronnie van Hout. Runs until 10 July 2005

Frank Carpay

This is an exhibition that explores the innovative designs of Frank Carpay. Influenced throughout his life by European artists such as Picasso, Carpay fused Continental modernism with Pacific pattern to produce unique designs on a variety of media. Frank Carpay focuses on Carpay's work at Crown Lynn between 1953 and 1956, and his vibrant textile designs of the 1960s and 1970s. Initiated and toured by the Hawke's Bay Cultural Trust Runs until 17 July 2005

James Morrison: The Great Tasmanian Wars

Dunedin is the only New Zealand venue for this extraordinary cycle of fifty-five paintings by Australian artist James Morrison. Across a surface more than sixteen metres in length, Morrison infuses the old genre of history painting with intricate detailing, tropical colour, truly marvellous inhabitants, and a profusion of encounters in which fact and imagination merge. Courtesy of TarraWarra Museum of Art and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney Runs until 6 August 2005

1955: A Living Legacy

The Dunedin Public Art Gallery's collection has been built up over more than a hundred years largely by gifts of art works or purchases using donated funds. 1955 was a particularly good year for additions to the collection. This cabinet of curiosities-style exhibition features paintings, furniture, ceramics and objets d'art acquired by the Gallery fifty years ago. Runs until 28 August 2005

Art to Express New Zealand

Curated by Anne Harlow, this exhibition explores perceptions of the New Zealand landscape through a selection of paintings, works on paper, photographs and installations from the permanent collection of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition Runs Until 28 August 2005

Sites for the Eyes: European Landscapes from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Collection

Sites for the Eyes is an exhibition curated by Peter Stupples, formerly Associate Professor of Art History, University of Otago. The exhibition features works from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery collection that trace the history of the European landscape tradition. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition Runs Until 28 August 2005

For the Love of Christ

The Christian faith and Christian themes are expressed in many ways in this exhibition drawn from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery collection. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition Runs Until 28 August 2005

Home Sweet Home: Works from the Peter Fay Collection

To enter into Home Sweet Home: Works from the Peter Fay Collection is to enter into a sense of adventure. This exciting show of predominantly Australian and New Zealand contemporary art provides the opportunity for new ways of thinking about inventive displays and approaches to collecting art. There are some 240 works in the show, in a wide range of media - painting, drawing, photography, video, domestic-scale sculpture and objects. A National Gallery of Australia Travelling Exhibition Runs until 18 September 2005

Robin White: Island Life

This vibrant large-scale exhibition by Robin White brings together works created over a lifetime in New Zealand and Kiribati. In 1999 Robin White returned to her home country of New Zealand after living on Kiribati, the former Gilbert Islands, for more than ten years. During her time away her imagery transformed from New Zealand Buzzy Bees and green landscapes to the colours and symbols of island life in the Pacific. Exhibition toured by the Hocken Collections, University of Otago. Supported by Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Runs until 24 September 2005

Frances, France and the French

Frances, France and the French explores one thread in Frances Hodgkins' life in Europe. Through a selection of works made in France between 1901 and 1930, it identifies her favoured subjects - fishing villages, markets, landscapes and people - and suggests evolutions in her relationship with the country and its inhabitants. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition Runs until 30 October 2005

Sara Hughes: Love Me Tender

Sara Hughes brings colour and life to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery's Otago Daily Times Gallery with her distinctive variations on the Paisley patterns that Scottish settlers brought to Dunedin. Cut from pre-painted sheets of sticky vinyl, Hughes' Paisley shapes stretch and flex as if manipulated on a computer screen - nineteenth century forms refreshed by twenty-first century technology. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition Ongoing exhibition

Dunedin Public Art Gallery - Visitor Programmes

Matisse and the Problem of Expressionism (1994, 25 minutes G) - Explores the works by Henri Matisse. Mondrian (1994, 25 minutes G) - Highlights the abstract art of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian (1872-1944). 2 July 2005, 3.00pm

Floor-talk in the Gordon Walters exhibition 'en Abyme' - Presented by writer, critic, curator, art historian and exhibition curator Dr Francis Pound. 3 July 2005, 3.00pm

Welcome to Home Sweet Home - Collector Peter Fay and curators Dr Deborah Hart and Glenn Barkley conduct a tour around the exhibition Home Sweet Home. 10 July 2005, 3.00pm

Available Art: Design and Aesthetics in Modern Mass Produced Ceramics - A slide talk by Michael Findlay, Department of Design Studies, University of Otago. In conjunction with the Frank Carpay exhibition 17 July 2005, 3.00pm

Island Life - Artist Robyn White discusses her work and the exhibition Island Life. 24 July 2005, 3.00pm

Panache presents Look Up at the Stars, the Writing of Janet Frame - Features readings of Janet Frame's fiction and poetry accompanied by music, song and visual images. 26 - 31 July 2005, 6.00pm

Floor-talk by Kriselle Baker - Kriselle Baker, curator of Ralph Hotere - Drawings, talks about the exhibition. 31 July 2005, 3.00pm

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

Dunedin Public Libraries Network

Discovery Tours

Take a free tour of the City Library every Tuesday and every last Saturday of the month. Ongoing Service - Tuesdays, 10.30am & 1.00pm; Last Saturday of the month, 2.00pm. Dunedin City Library, Moray Place, Dunedin

Stack Trek Tours

Go where few borrowers have gone before. Visit the City Library's basement area and find those long lost "oldies but goodies" every last Saturday of the month. Ongoing Service - Last Saturday of July, 1.00pm Dunedin City Library, Moray Place, Dunedin

Blue Oyster

Chris Baldwin Husk

The first project in the Dark Side of the new Blue Oyster is Husk by recent fine arts graduate Chris Baldwin. His project is an immersive multimedia installation that pushes the idea of digital art into and through several popular culture clichés. The Dark Side will be like a black and white Matrix using digital printouts as the environment, data projection, and monitors built into the wall and sound work. Baldwin provides the following two references as an insight into his project. The first reference is from Stephen Pfohl Death at the parasite café, "A seemingly endless flow of informational bits and pieces, fragments of a world that never existed, electronic [fascinations] that have no substance independent of the simulative re-structuring of experience." The second reference is from Critical Art Ensemble The Electronic Disturbance, ''the economy of desire can be safely viewed through the familiar window of screenal space. Secure in the electronic bunker, a life of alienated auto-experience (a loss of the social) can continue in quiet acquiescence and deep privation. The viewer brought to the world, the world brought to the viewer. This is virtual life in a virtual world." Runs until 7 July 2005 Blue Oyster Dark Side

Fiona Lascelles Natura Stupet.

natura stupet - nature is dumbfounded.

Mars Pathfinder mission touched down in the Ares Vallis region of Mars in July 1997 taking many images of the surrounding area. Analysis of the images revealed two areas that have the spectral signature of chlorophyll. According to experts it might be highly significant - or could be just a patch of coloured soil. Underscored by desire for an elsewhere - an outer realm of the unknown where there is to behold a great source of wonders - natura stupet explores Eden as a quixotic construct, both abstracted and romanticised, driven by colonising impulses, and overshadowed by the threat of exploitation and ultimately expulsion. Current space exploration exists as a search for life, for oxygen, for water, for chlorophyll. The green cargo in the work is ambiguous, it could either be scientific samples taken or specimens intended as part of a new colonial propagation effort. This work is strangely and hauntingly beautiful, capturing the wistful longing for asylum. Despite all uncertainties and improbabilities, we allow ourselves to be drawn in and become witness to yet another extravaganza of speculation. The Victorian theatre of the spectacle continues its process with simulated travel. As voyeur, we are privileged the journey of the explorer and experience the thrill of discovery or self-delusion for ourselves altering worlds via the "audacious projections from our deepest dreams and visions". Runs until 7 July 2005 Blue Oyster Lower Gallery

Kim Swanson, Hood

Hood is an exploration of identity and disobedience, whether it is real or just perceived. Kim Swanson is using the idea of the artist's self-portrait and extending it: portrait as mug shot and artist as anonymous thug. Swanson's portrait of the Hood arises primarily from questions about identity, especially the tensions between the subject and the collective or the group. She is particularly interested in the way people renegotiate the effect of their relationship with established institutions. As part of the opening there will be a street performance by the Hoodlums involving a less than legal car parked outside the gallery premises. Using a vehicle that apparently hasn't got the institutional stamp of approval as a publicly displayed part of the project also tests the limits between art and public obedience, is it sculpture or is it a citation waiting to happen? Runs until 7 July 2005 Blue Oyster Upper Gallery

Angela Lyon The Real, The Unreal and the Ideal.

Angela Lyons photographic project examines the pressure to be perfect, to live ideal lives in dream homes with ideal husbands and children. She uses a mannequin as the primary subject of her work, using it (her?) to represent a perfect woman. Lyon is specifically interested in a post WWII role defined image of a happy homemaker, setting scenes of pastel perfection in order to also present the impossibility of control. While loosely referencing fractured desire and the contradictions of the real and ideal functioning together, Lyons images remain indefinable. Within this sugar coated veneer darker yearnings lie in the shadows. Rather than representing romantic desire they recoil, fidgety and uncomfortable. Each image holds a literally indistinct subject buffered by a dark background. The exhibition will be a frieze of dark shadowy images, expressly dark but with a lemon and pastel tone. 12 - 30 July 2005 Blue Oyster Lower Gallery

Simon McIntyre and Monique Redmond

Simon Redmond and Monique McIntyre are proposing what they call a parallel collaboration. The starting point for the work will come from subject matter they each already engage with. In Redmonds work the content is focused on a reminiscence of spaces lost and found. These places are transitory in nature; motorways, traffic islands, and gardens that fill empty spaces. In McIntyre's work the starting point might well be a form of minimalism, but one that is given a more human spin through the format of stacking wood, and processes such as squeezing and dripping paint. His wall works explore the borders between the gestural and hard-edge. In both of their practices they take from the everyday, suburban, forgotten, art historical and other sources to explore notions of abstraction. They envisage that by installing seemingly unrelated images and objects in reaction to each other; that from the conversations between the pieces, a dialogue engaging in response, redefinition of site, subject and object will emerge. 12 - 30 July 2005 Blue Oyster Upper Gallery

Blue Oyster Gallery, Basement, Moray Chambers, 30 Moray Place, Dunedin

Otago Museum

City Birds

The Otago Museum is proud to present this stunning exhibition of Dunedin's birds. The exhibition features photographs by Otago Daily Times Illustrations Editor Stephen Jaquiery, who recently won the 2005 Qantas Media Awards Senior Photographer of the Year Award. Mounted birds of the city and its environs from the Otago Museum's collections complement the photographs, including a falcon in flight, a royal spoonbill and the spectacular northern royal albatross. 9 July - 11 September 2005 Special Exhibitions Gallery

Snail Mail - Wish You Were Here

Snail Mail - Wish You Were Here is a unique exhibition of unique postcards and is a co-operative venture with Macandrew Intermediate School and the Arts Quest Trust. Over 300 postcards by local, national and international artists, as well as by students from Macandrew Intermediate School are on display. Featured artists include Jenny Dolezel, John Pule, Judy Darragh, Lindsay Crooks, Cilla McQueen, Ewan McDougall, Peter Cleverly, Donna Demente, Janet De Wagt, Pamela Brown, Marilynn Webb, and many others. Snail Mail - Wish You Were Here also reveals the history of postcards and features items from the Otago Museum collections, including original postcards dating back to the beginning of the 1900s. Don't miss this celebration of old-fashioned correspondence! Runs until 10 July 2005 People of the World Gallery

Cook's Odyssey - Marian Maguire

This intriguing exhibition of Marian Maguire's lithographs and etchings celebrates the heroic tradition of British exploration and indigenous culture in the Pacific. Marian combines imagery from Captain James Cook's voyages with figurative and formal elements of Greek vase painting (circa 500 BC). Marian has been working with the imagery of Greek vases for six years. Don't miss this chance to get a unique view of New Zealand's history! 23 July - 18 September 2005 People of the World Gallery

Guided Tours

Take a 'Highlights of the Museum' guided tour and learn some inside knowledge about various aspects that the Museum has on offer and/or take a guided tour of 'Southern Land, Southern People' and gain a greater understanding, of the Southern region. 'Highlights of the Museum' guided tours are available at 11.30am and 'Southern Land, Southern People' guided tours are available at 3.30pm (and other times by prior arrangement). Ongoing Service - 11.30am & 3.30pm daily

Lunchtime Music

A range of musicians will liven up the atrium with live performances each week. This is a regular fixture but is subject to change according to function demands. Museum Foyer, Fridays & Saturdays between 12 noon & 1.30pm

Discovery World Science Shows These excellent shows are now run by the Museum's Science Communicators. Discovery World, Saturdays & Sundays at 11.00am, 1.00pm & 3.00pm

Gallery Talks

Each day, the Otago Museum Communicators present fascinating 15-minute gallery talks on objects or themes of particular interest from the Museum's galleries. Ongoing Service, 2.00pm daily

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 that annually attracts a huge number of 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

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. Ongoing Service, Weekends at 11.30am & 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, and 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.

Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin

Dunedin Centre

Southern Sinfonia - Celebrity Concert: Shlomo Mintz

The first celebrity concert of the Southern Sinfonia's 2005 series heralds the highly anticipated return of world-renowned violinist and conductor Shlomo Mintz. The programme opens with Overture to Rosamunde by Franz Schubert, celebrated for its 'eternally fresh' melody. Maestro Mintz will then conduct and perform Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, often regarded as a masterpiece of artistic balance and lyrical beauty, and perhaps the greatest of his orchestral works. Concluding the programme is Rachmaninov's Symphony No 2, displaying his trademark dramatic sweep and passionate melodies, combined with a haunting Russian melancholy. 10 July 2005, 7.30pm Dunedin Town Hall, Moray Place, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Regent Theatre Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Chamber Music New Zealand - Dean-Emmerson-Dean

A love of music making brought brothers Brett and Paul Dean together with pianist Stephen Emmerson. Attracted to the unusual combination of clarinet, viola and piano, they form the Dean-Emmerson-Dean trio. A large emphasis within the group is on fun. "If you are having a brilliant time playing the concert, chances are the audience is too" says Paul. Stephen agrees, saying the music is paramount, "we strive to extract the most meaning, beauty and intensity we can from the music we play and to communicate that to our audience as powerfully and convincingly as possible". The programme includes Mozart's Trio in E flat K498 'Kegelstatt', Brahms' Sonata Opus 120 No 2 in E flat for clarinet and piano, Brett Dean's Night Window, and Max Bruch's Three Pieces for clarinet, viola and piano Opus 83. 27 July 2005, 8.00pm Glenroy Auditorium, 1 Harrop Street, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Regent Theatre Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Isla Grant

Scottish treasure Isla Grant will have her first tour of New Zealand as starring artist in July and August. Her husband, Al Grant, also a renowned country singer, will be touring and performing with her, as will her full UK band. The singer/songwriter whose style crosses from country/folk to easy listening last visited New Zealand with Foster & Allen a few years back. Last year she enjoyed a sell-out tour of Australia and is excited about returning to New Zealand to perform for her legion of fans. 27 July 2005, 8.00pm Dunedin Town Hall, Moray Place, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Regent Theatre Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597 Contact for enquiries: Regent Theatre Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Milford Galleries

Elizabeth Rees - Mood & Memory

Elizabeth Rees' brooding landscapes and solitary figures hold the viewer within an intriguing limbo where space, light and epiphanies play. Early dawn, or maybe those few moments when day becomes night, is depicted with a pared back, gestural language. Simplicity abounds in these works, showing both Rees' skill as a painter and her ability to let a work speak for itself. These works are of places we may have been, people we may know - evoking memories and past lives. Elizabeth Rees was born in Palmerston North in 1959. She completed a Diploma in Fine Arts, Queen Elizabeth College in 1976 and a Diploma in Fine Arts (Painting), University of Canterbury in 1980. She has exhibited regularly since 1989 and is represented in major private collections nationally and one of the most significant collections in the USA. Runs until 14 July 2005

Cheryl Lucas

Cheryl Lucas' ceramics are both functional and conceptual; the surface of the pieces are used as a drawing surface for imagery commenting on our social or environmental existence. Recently, her preoccupation with the three dimensions and spatial illusion is now dictating the form of her work and function is more often than not only implied. Cheryl Lucas works from a studio high above Lyttleton Harbour. Much of her work is for commissions and has included pieces for New Zealand Forest and Bird, Canterbury Potters Association and the Ministerial Advisory Committee of the Forest Heritage Fund. She is a tutor at CPIT in Christchurch. 16 July - 4 August 2005

Neil Frazer - Recent Works

In Frazer's large-scale oil paintings, paint is laid in thick impasto so that it protrudes from the canvas. He applies the paint in a variety of ways, including rags, brushes and his own hands. Although the surfaces of Frazer's paintings owe something to the American abstract expressionist movement of the 1950s, he has developed his own deeply personal approach to the medium. Neil Frazer was born in Canberra Australia in 1961 and moved to New Zealand in 1965. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch in 1985. He attended the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, New York, USA in 1986. He graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the College of Fine Arts, Sydney, Australia in 2000. He has received many premier awards and fellowships in New Zealand and Australia, including the 1992 Frances Hodgkin's Fellowship at the University of Otago. His work is included in most major public, corporate and private collections in New Zealand including the National Bank, Fletcher Challenge and the Robert McDougall Art Gallery. 16 July - 4 August 2005

Milford Galleries Dunedin, 18 Dowling Street, Dunedin

Dunedin Events

Cadbury Chocolate Carnival

With each year's Cadbury Chocolate Carnival even more mouth watering than the last, there is only one way to celebrate winter in Dunedin - with chocolate! Thousands of Dunedinites and visitors invade the city to sample such delights as the World's Steepest Jaffa Race, the Chocolate Fair and the Chocolate Climbing Wall. Even the media can't resist these sweet treats, with TV and print coverage of the Carnival and the Dunedin region spreading as far as the United States. The Cadbury Chocolate Carnival started in 2000 and has consistently grown, with highlights capturing worldwide attention. The focus is on family enjoyment, community spirit and innovative events, not on indulgence. The 2005 Cadbury Chocolate Carnival features iconic events such as the World's Steepest Jaffa Race down Baldwin Street, the Chocolate Fair, a Chocolate Climbing Wall and tantalising new offerings including a Chocolate Ball, Chocolate Art and a community Chocolate Breakfast in the central city Octagon. 17 - 22 July 2005

Choc-a-Brunch

Wake up and join the opening of the 2005 Chocolate Carnival with a delicious chocolate breakfast in the Octagon. What a fabulous way to start the day. The Octagon will be closed to traffic giving you the opportunity to wander around and enjoy the chocolate atmosphere. Indulge in wonderful chocolate breakfast treats and best of all see the world's largest Cadbury Moro bar! 17 July 2005, 9.00am The Octagon, Dunedin

Chocol-Art Activities

Fun activities will be held at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery featuring a quiz and art activities organised to coincide with the Cadbury Chocolate Carnival. 18 - 24 July 2005, 10.00am - 5.00pm

Chocolate, Jazz and Shiraz Evening

A decadent chocolate menu, live jazz band and wine - superb! Be treated to an evening of chocolate indulgence in a relaxed atmosphere and beautiful surroundings. The evening includes a three-course meal, chocolate treat and the toe-tapping sounds of the Calder Prescott Jazz trio. 18 July 2005, 6.30pm The Atrium on George, Cargills Hotel, 678 George Street, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Cargills Hotel, phone (03) 477 7983

Choc-Art of Creativity Classes

Three genres of creative classes will be on offer during the Cadbury Chocolate Carnival including sculpting, painting and decorating. The sculpting class will allow creative minds to go wild as chocolate lovers are given the opportunity to chip, shave and smooth a chocolate block into a stunning sculpture. Would-be painters are invited to produce a masterpiece by painting with chocolate during the painting class, an experience not to be missed. Finally, the decoration class will uncover the secrets of creating chocolate decorations and teach the art of moulding your own chocolates. 18, 20, and 21 July 2005, 10.00am & 2.00pm Community Art Gallery, 20 Princes Street, Dunedin

The World's Steepest Cadbury Jaffa Race

This year watch an estimated 15,000 Jaffas roll down Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world. Stare in awe as they come rolling and bounding down on their exhilarating high-speed journey. And the lucky winner is...? All proceeds will go to The Malcam Charitable Trust. 19 July 2005, 12.30pm Baldwin Street, North East Valley, Dunedin

Confessions of a Chocoholic

Live theatre about the melting moments in one woman's life! Karen is a self-confessed chocoholic. Chocolate. She can't get enough its delicious, rich, velvety sumptuous pleasure. Only there's one thing Karen loves more. Today is a very important anniversary. Karen is marking it, as she has for the past 27 years, with a banquet of chocolate bars and a wedding dress. This luscious play by highly acclaimed New Zealand actress and playwright Geraldine Brophy, plumbs not only the depths of "Nana's magic chocolate mud pudding", but also the pain and grief of lost love. 19 - 21 July 2005, 7.30pm Fortune Theatre, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Fortune Theatre Box Office, phone (03) 477 8323

Chocolate Ball

An indulgent night with all proceeds going to the Otago Community Hospice. Enjoy a three-course meal, entertainment, charity auction and a live band. With glitz, glamour and chocolate, the finale of the Cadbury Chocolate Carnival will be a time to remember. 22 July 2005, 6.30pm Dunedin Town Hall, Moray Place, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Otago Community Hospice, phone (03) 473 6005

Dunedin Events, 50 The Octagon, Dunedin

Fortune Theatre

Confessions of a Chocoholic

52 percent of women opt for pleasure of a chocolate kind over sex!! The Fortune Theatre and the Cadbury Chocolate Carnival bring you an absolutely delightful sweet treat with a gooey centre! If your mouth begins to water at the mention of Caramello, if you go all pink thinking of a Pinky or if you have a friend with a sinful addiction to the sweet stuff then this clever and extremely funny play is for you. There will be loads of free chocolate available on the night, thanks to the lovely folks at Cadbury. Confessions of a Chocoholic is a one-woman play written and acted by Geraldine Brophy. 19 - 21 July 2005, 7.30pm

The Graduate

Benjamin's got excellent grades, very proud parents and, since he helped Mrs Robinson with her zipper, an enormous... problem. A cult novel. A classic film. Now a theatrical sensation, Benjamin's disastrous sexual odyssey is brought vividly to life in this terrifically witty play. A social comedy of errors in a fight against suburbia, the life of the perfect student and perfect suburban son, 21 year old Benjamin, spirals out of control when Mrs Robinson offers him her own kind of further education. Benjamin's lusty fall into adultery explodes the structure of two families, in a story of the search for personal identity in the modern world. Based on the novel by Charles Webb, adapted for the stage by Terry Johnson and directed by Rachel More. 29 July - 20 August 2005

Fortune Theatre, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin

Contact for bookings: Box Office, phone (03) 477 8323

Southern Light Salon Culinaire

Teams of hospitality students and works from the southern regions of the South Island compete in various different industry competitions from barista and cocktail making to restaurant of the region and the Great Waiters' Race. 30 & 31 July 2005, 5.00pm Otago Polytechnic, Tennyson Street, Dunedin

Taste Otago Wine and Food Expo

Taste Otago is entering its 15th year as the leading wine and food event in Dunedin. The Taste Otago Wine and Food Expo will comprise of an integrated mix of the best taste sensations that the industry has to offer. The sky's the limit and there are no restrictions as to what stallholders choose to offer. The event aims to be fresh, fun and vibrant and focuses on all things related to the wine and food industry. People who love eating, drinking, cooking and entertaining should attend the event. Tickets to the event include entry, a tasting glass and a glass holder. 31 July 2005, 11.00am - 4.00pm Lion Foundation Arena, Edgar Sports Centre, Portsmouth Drive, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Victoria Bunton, phone (03) 467 7241 or 021 990 040

Otago Settlers Museum - Exhibitions

Family Silver: Collections and Connections

Extended by popular demand! Silver is a magnet for memories. Passed down through families, organisations and institutions, silver carries its history in its many decorative forms, but also through marks, inscriptions and stories. Some objects in this exhibition tell the stories of influential people in the community, including founders of the Otago settlement such as William Cargill and the whaler Johnnie Jones. Others represent the merest traces of people's lives in an initial on the handle of a spoon or a photograph in a locket. The pieces in Family Silver range from sentimental trinkets to examples of full-blown Victorian splendour; all have been selected from the Otago Settlers Museum collection. Curated by Michael Findlay for the Otago Settlers Museum Runs until 24 July 2005

Hiroshima Nagasaki A-Bomb Exhibition

The Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the first to be attacked by nuclear weapons. The cities were devastated and thousands of lives were lost in an instant. The suffering inflicted by the atomic radiation of the bombs' blasts on those who survived still continues. Hiroshima Nagasaki A-Bomb is a collection of photographs and artefacts that depict the consequences of the bombings from 1945 through to the international peace initiatives of today. The Hiroshima Nagasaki A-bomb exhibition was gifted to the people of New Zealand by the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 2003. Runs until 24 July 2005

Vikings in our Midst - Nordic Connections in Southern New Zealand

Connections have been forged between the people of the Nordic region and the people of southern New Zealand for more than 150 years. The story told in this exhibition begins with tales of Nordic sailors and gold seekers and with the arrival of an immigrant ship named Palmerston. Then in the 1920s and 1930s it was visits by a fleet of Norwegian whaling ships hunting in the icy waters of the Southern Ocean that added to our connectedness. The post-World War Two era brought further Nordic migrants and today the connections continue to be fostered, thanks in part to a thriving community of Scandinavian students. There are indeed Vikings in our Midst. Runs until 13 November 2005

Across the Ocean Waves

What was it like crossing the oceans to come here in a sailing ship? The core of this new display is an accurate recreation of the steerage quarters of an immigrant ship bound for Otago in the days of sail. Visitors are welcome to climb into a bunk or sit at the central table and imagine what life would have been like cooped up for 100 or more days at sea. Short video presentations bring the era to life. Death and disaster, fun and romance, the misery of seasickness and the excitement of arrival are all showcased. A baby dies, fighting breaks out among the single girls, and there is dancing and a stolen kisses. This is an interactive exhibit, which will seize the imagination and transport you back to the epic voyages made by Otago's nineteenth century ancestors. Participants can climb aboard and see for themselves what the great migration was all about. Ongoing Exhibition

On the Move: Road Transport in Otago

One hundred years ago Thomas Sullivan invented the tea bag, Charles Menches invented the ice cream cone and vehicles were becoming increasingly familiar sights on Dunedin streets. To find out more about local motoring and transportation milestones check out On the Move: Road Transport in Otago - an exhibition of vehicles, photographs and memorabilia recalling not only the dawn of motoring in Otago but also the heydays of horse-drawn coaches and drays, tramcars and cycles. Be sure not to miss a ride on the penny-farthing. Ongoing Exhibition

The Smith Gallery

The Otago Early 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 Otago's early days. Today, the Smith Gallery emphasises the importance of the Early Settlers in the story of Otago. The portraits on the walls have been rearranged in order of arrival; and a variety of furniture and other artefacts, all drawn from the pre- gold rush era, add character to this historic gallery. Ongoing Exhibition

Otago Settlers Museum - Visitor Programmes

Whalers, Jailers, Poets and More: Extraordinary People from Dunedin's Past This guided walking tour visiting various locations throughout the city centre introduces you to a fascinating range of characters who helped shape Dunedin's history. 5 July 2005, 2.00pm Contact for bookings: Otago Settlers Museum, phone (03) 474 2728

Walk The Inner City

An experienced guide will takes visitors on a 90-minute stroll while experiencing the character, history and beauty of Dunedin, New Zealand's first great city. Enjoy this wonderful insight into Dunedin's architectural and social past. 16 July 2005, 2.00pm; Ongoing Service, 11.00am weekdays Weekdays: Visitor Information Centre, The Octagon, Dunedin Saturday: Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Otago Settlers Museum, phone (03) 474 2728

Relive Across the Ocean Waves

Let professional storyteller Kaitrin McMullan and musician Anna Bowen bring to life the experiences of our first settlers as they voyaged their way around the world to Dunedin. Based upon the actual diaries! 16 July 2005, 2.00pm

Introductory Tours of the Museum

Experience a guided tour of the Otago Settlers Museum. Each tour lasts approximately 30 minutes. Ongoing Service, 11.00am weekdays (except public holidays)

Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin Contact for Exhibition enquiries: Tim Pollock, phone (03) 474 3242 Contact for Visitor Programme enquiries: Robyn Notman, phone (03) 474 3258

- End -


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news