Artweek In Auckland’s Big Little City
In Auckland’s Big Little City
October 26th – November 4th 2012
For the third year running, ARTWEEK in Auckland’s Big Little City seeks to shine a spotlight on our city’s arts community, providing a platform that supports Auckland artists and galleries, both renowned and emerging, to display their creative endowment to audiences to discover, engage and indulge.
Kicking off in October, ARTWEEK encompasses 6 neighbourhoods, 70 venues and galleries, and 100 events. ARTWEEK aims to unite the city’s art community with a cross section of free art exhibitions, art-related talks, special events, late night openings, art tours and exhibitions in commercial and public art galleries and venues around the Big Little City.
ARTWEEK takes place across five Auckland precincts, including Newmarket, Ponsonby, Parnell, Karangahape Road and Devonport. The nucleus of 2012’s festival lies in ‘the heart of the city’: the CBD. From Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and Gow Langsford Gallery to the magnificent Wynyard Quarter and shop-front windows on Queen Street and High Street – the city centre is the hive of activity for 2012.
ARTWEEK’s signature events return this year for the initiated and the curious. Their trademark Speed Dating allows patrons, collectors and creators alike the chance to discuss and network from table to table a la your usual “speed date.” You could find yourself chatting up Melanie Rogers, Hamish Keith, or Scott Gardiner.
Tours on Foot invite participants to not only visit established galleries, but secret pop up spaces across the city. Alternatively, for a longer jaunt, Tours by Bike will guide you through 10km of Auckland’s civic and artistic landscapes.
ARTWEEK 2012 also offers the opportunity to engage in interactive programmes. The Joystick Orchestra allows participants to take part in a visual symphony with a simple shake of a control pad. A trip to the once-elusive Rotoroa Island rewards visitors with not just a spectacular vantage point of the city, but also talks by Chris Booth, Ann Shelton and Sandra Bushby. Closer to home, specialist Masterclasses expand on specific themes in art, while the ARTWEEK Writers’ Sessions teach you skills you didn’t know you already had.
The full ARTWEEK in Auckland’s Big Little City programme will be released September 2012.