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Upstairs Art Gallery: Invitations, Events & Other Arty Info

Upstairs Art Gallery: Invitations, Events & Other Arty Info

It's The Weekend !!!


Rosanna Smith – Unnatural Selection. 14 fascinating specimens on exhibition until 3pm Saturday 31st.

An intriguing collection of highly detailed drawings in graphite pencil on exhibition until 3pm Saturday 31st. Rosanna Smith is from Lower Hutt and is currently in her final year at Elam school of fine art. Her practice is primarily drawing based, although this set of works first began as collages.

Meet Our Artist …

Rosanna Smith will be on-site at the gallery TOMORROW, Saturday 24 August, from 1pm until 3pm. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet her and talk about her work.

Coming Up …

Once Was Mud. Titirangi Potters 18th Annual Exhibition. Opens on Thursday 5th September from 7-9pm (note that this is not our usual opening time), and on public display until 3.00pm Saturday 28th September 2013.

Brand new works from brand new (and more experienced) potters: recent work from members of Titirangi Potters' club - an exciting range of thrown and sculptural pieces from this talented group of diverse artists.

Our Next Life Drawing Session…

NEXT Thursday evening, August 29th. The sessions are for 2 hours – from 7-9pm. The cost is $25 per person. Our model this week is Fred. Limited beverages are available in exchange for an additional ‘gold coin’ koha – tea, coffee, etc. Participants are asked to bring their own media and supports. We need to order them in for you, so make sure you let us know you want one when you book. We ask that you do not bring wet mediums. Please note - bookings are only firm once payment is received. (The current maximum number of participants is 10). Thanks to Gordon Harris, the art and graphic store, we are able to offer a special drawing kit at a discounted price of $30. Click here to email your request for full details of the session.


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On the Upside-Down of the World. At The Playhouse Theatre, Glen Eden. 29 – 31 August 8 pm. Written by Arthur Meek and directed by Colin McColl for ATC, On the Upside-Down of the World stars Laurel Devenie as Lady Mary Ann Martin, a crippled English woman who came to New Zealand in 1841, the young wife of New Zealand's first chief justice. Intrepid, intelligent and possessing a great sense of humour, she disregarded her personal disability, set about learning Te Reo, established a makeshift hospital for Maori on the beach at Judges Bay and dared to dream of all that was possible in this brave new world. It is a story that will resonate with Aucklanders; so relatively close in time yet so many worlds away from the metropolis we call home. Written and perceived from a 21st century perspective, the play packs a political wallop because all the evaluations and judgements concerning Mary Ann's attitudes and behaviour are left for us to grapple with. Whether we are imbued with Pakeha guilt or Maori radical sensibilities, or place ourselves somewhere between – or even outside – those extremes, I doubt any sentient New Zealander or any visitor with any interest in colonial history can watch this production as a passive observer.  Click here to book.


The Annual Going West Books & Writers Festival 2013Click here to download your programme of events for this exciting festival.

The Going West Festival Poetry Slam is on now!  Free those phrases from their pages and take part in one of the country’s top poetry slam competition.  GREAT PRIZES! HEATS: 1) Wed 21 August, 7.30pm. The Tool Room at the Hardware cafe, 404 Titirangi Road, Titirangi. FREE ENTRY. 2) Fri 23 August, 7.30pm. The Thirsty Dog, 469 Karangahape Road, Auckland. FREE ENTRY. 3) Wed 28 August, 7.30pm. The Tool Room at the Hardware cafe, 404 Titirangi Road, Titirangi. FREE ENTRY. HEAT 4 AND FINAL: 4) Sat 7 September, 7pm. Titirangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Titirangi Road, Titirangi. Free for slammers, $10 entry. CASH BAR AND CAFÉ. Registrations on the door from 7pm (heats 1 – 3), heat 4 registrations from 6.30pm  – limited to 15 registrations per heat. 

Daffodil Day is the flagship fundraising initiative for the Cancer Society. The money raised from Daffodil Day helps fund research into the causes and treatment of all types of cancer, as well as raising awareness and supporting people affected by this disease. One in three New Zealanders are affected by cancer. ANZ have supported Daffodil day since its inception 23 years ago. In that time, they’ve raised almost $15 million for the Cancer Society, through the myriad of fundraising initiatives organised by ANZ staff right around the country.  On that note, they invite you to join them at their annual Quiz night fundraiser on the evening of Daffodil Day: Venue: ANZ New Lynn North, 3029 Great North Rd, New Lynn. Time: 30/08/2013  5.30 onwards. Cost: $10 a head, 12 per table.  $110 per table. A light supper, wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks will be available by gold coins donation.  If you are interested in booking a table and or booking a ticket, contact Samantha McGuire. ANZ Business Banking Manager. Business Banking.

The Schools’ Trash to Fashion Finalist Showcase fuses art, fashion and performance, for a high-octane catwalk event that promises to explode with colour, movement and music. The 130 finalists selected as the top designers in this year’s competition will be showcasing their entries. The event, which has been running for seventeen years, sees young Aucklanders challenged to create fashion or wearable art entirely from recycled materials. The theme this year is Celebrate Individuality, giving entrants the opportunity to explore how they see themselves, what makes them unique and their diversity. The production is directed by the award-winning team from Auckland’s Red Leap Theatre. This is your only chance to see this remarkable showcase event, featuring New Zealand’s future upcoming designers. Tickets pricing from $13.50 to $30 (+booking fee) click here to book . Saturday 24 August, 3pm. Saturday 24 August, 7pm. Sunday 25 August, 3pm - SOLD OUT. All performances held at Corban Estate Arts Centre, Henderson. People’s choice – cast your vote. Come early to view the foyer display of entries into the Clutched Competition, where designers have made bags from recycled materials. Choose your favourite bag and cast your vote in the People’s Choice competition.   Plus be wowed by some of the top designs from the 2012 competition on display in the foyer.

Gypsy Jazz and Tango Concert. We're really excited about our next concert, which will reunite a chamber group from the Orchestra with West Auckland's best kept secret, the Gypsy Strings. Join us for a night of rousing gypsy music paired with the intoxicating tango rhythms of Astor Piazzolla. Soloists: Miro Duna (violin, guitar), Elena Abramova (violin), Eddie Giffney (accordion) andLiliya Arefyeva (‘cello). 8pm, Saturday 7 September. Performing Arts Centre, Massey High School. 274 Don Buck Road, Massey. The last time we paired with Gypsy Strings, it was a sellout, so don't miss out on a ticket! This will be a great value night out, with tickets at only $25 full price, $15 concession (students, over 65s), and $10 children. If you haven't been to the Performing Arts Centre at Massey before, it's a contemporary and inviting space with great acoustics. Tickets are available from iticket on the door. Eftpos will be available.

Other Arty News ....

Click here for the latest copy of online magazine Gallery36

Click here for Gordon Harris' latest newsletter.

Click here to see what's on at Lopdell House Gallery - off site.

Click here to see what's on at Corban Estate Arts Centre.


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