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It’s a wrap party – but not as we know it

Press Release

For immediate release, 1 September 2008

It’s a wrap party – but not as we know it

Last Late Night Session before City Gallery development project

It’s time to party at a special Late Night Session to celebrate City Gallery Wellington’s $4million building development. The Gallery will close at the conclusion of the Fiona Hall: Force Field exhibition on October 19 for major additions by award-winning Wellington architects Architecture+. The enlarged, new-look City Gallery Wellington is due to re-open with a blockbuster international exhibition in September 2009.

So enjoy a sensory during our Late Night Session overload on September 11 with the glorious Fiona Hall: Force Field exhibition and mark the end of Winter with the mellow sounds of Wellington alt-indie band Good Laika. There will be a DJ and bar from 6pm with Good Laika playing from 8pm. Admission is FREE.

Like its ill-fated name-sake Laika, the first dog in space and Russian national hero, Good Laika members Robin Hinkley, Jason Fa'afoi, Matthew Armitage, Ricky Boyd and Nic Marshall say their band “invokes pictures of bitter irony, grim humour and passionate ambition”. Each of the musicians have had successful musical careers with other bands. Robin fronted Bleakhouse, (named after a nondescript Auckland road); accomplished actor and raconteur Jason played guitar in The Stereo Bus (not to mention national fame on TV show What Now); multi-instrumentalist Matthew lent his guitar playing skill to garage-funk outfit Odessa; Ricky kept time for the Accelerants and led the notorious '50s rock n' rhythm Boom Shack sessions; and Nic played with arts festival stalwarts, musical collective Verona.

The City Gallery redevelopment project involves seismic strengthening of the existing building. A new multi-purpose auditorium will be added, while a new gallery space will replace the existing cinema on the ground floor. Walk-through pedestrian access from Civic Square to Harris Street will also be created. Upstairs there will be two new project gallery spaces dedicated to the work of Wellington and Maori and Pacific artists and a reading room / AV space. Keep checking the City Gallery website for special events and updates

Late Night Session at City Gallery Wellington

Thursday 11 September, 6pm ‘til late

City Gallery Wellington

Civic Square, Wellington

Admission: FREE

Principal Sponsor


City Gallery Wellington is managed by the Wellington Museums Trust with major funding support from Wellington City Council.

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