Excited! Art Week Auckland is nearly here and I have already put the events and exhibitions in my diary. The organisers of this now yearly event have done an amazing job pulling together and hosting over 100 free art events during 13-23 October 2011. They are showcasing the city’s vibrant art scene with a visual arts extravaganza ranging from exhibitions, artists talks, performances, late nights at galleries, guided art tours, art speed dating, art cycle tours and the list goes on.“The 10 days will provide a fun way for the public to be introduced to and to interact with art in their city – engaging them and encouraging them to enjoy looking at art in their local communities. This year Art Week Auckland has expanded from the inner city to include Waitakere, Manukau and Devonport. It will offer even more opportunities to engage, learn, be uplifted and challenged by the wealth of great New Zealand Art in Auckland.” Art Week Auckland has been developed by the NZ Contemporary Art Trust, the charitable body behind the highly successful Auckland Art Fair. The aim of the event is to grow Auckland’s visual arts audience through discovery and discussion.
Go to their WEBSITE and have a look at the programme. A few of the events and exhibitions I am particularly looking forward to are:
- McCahon House Residency open studio and museum tour (not at all biased as I volunteer at the house each month)
- Art Speed Dating – I have already registered for this event as I missed out last year
- Field Essays – Curated by Andy Gomez, Michelle Beattie and Yolunda Hickman with consideration to art making as a form of research, observation and investigation. You can also check out their website here.
- Collection Highlights at the Auckland Art Gallery – there are a series of talks about the gallery’s collections – Colin McCahon, Toss Wollaston, Rita Angus and Ralph Hotere.
- ART BITE: Sarah Hillary – Conserving the paintings of Marco d’ Oggiono and Andrea Vicentino.
- Artfeast at Whitespace – Join Philip Trusttum and special guests for dinner and fine wines. You can win tickets for 2 valued at $200 each. Check out the link for more details on how to enter.
- Artist Talk with Yvonne Todd at Gus Fisher Gallery. Then one with Jessica Pearless at the Artists Alliance offices.
- Joe Sheehan, New work at Tim Melville Gallery, Newmarket
- Goodnight Wanganui – Richard Lewer at Orex Gallery.
- Tāwhirimātea by Tanya Ruka at Highwic
There are so many great events and exhibitions on during Art Week, I hope I can get to all of them…it’s going to be an action packed 10 days!