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Issue #6 - August 2014

Maddie Leach. Photograph by Jem Noble

Weather forecasts and radio broadcasts

Walters Prize 2014 finalist Maddie Leach interviewed by Abby Cunnane
Kerry Ann Lee. Photograph by Rebecca Rice.

Paper bridges

An interview with artist Kerry Ann Lee by Rebecca Rice
Martha Graham - 'Ekstasis'

Shade, smoke, texture, flesh

Peter Wells on the photographs in Anonymous Bodies
Kalisolaite ‘Uhila, <EM>Mo'ui tukuhausia</EM>, 2012, from the exhibition ‘What do you mean, we?’ at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts 3 March 2012 – 6 May 2012. Photograph by Bruce Phillips

Roaming all levels

Nina Tonga on Walters Prize 2014 finalist performance art work Mo‘ui tukuhausia by Kalisolaite ‘Uhila
Portrait of Mary Chamot

How to collect great art the ‘wrong’ way

Chelsea Nichols explores four things we can learn from the history of collecting modern art at New Zealand’s National Art Gallery
Adolphe Monticelli, <EM>Self-portrait with felt hat</EM>, about 1860–62, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon.

‘The most astonishing Monticelli’

Mark Stocker on a long underrated early modern artist
Art news from Te Papa's blog

Gordon Walters: Koru in Stratford

Recently I travelled to Stratford to attend the opening of Te Papa’s touring art exhibition Gordon Walters: Koru which is currently on show at the.....

Jonathan Mane-Wheoki (1943-2014): An Appreciation

By the Art Curators at Te Papa: Sarah Farrar, Athol McCredie, Lissa Mitchell, Chelsea Nichols, Justine Olsen, Rebecca Rice, Mark Stocker and Megan Tamati-Quennell The.....

Whale tooth graffiti – Fiji language week 2014 (slideshow)

This is our last blogpost for Fiji Language Week 2014 where the theme has been ‘Noqu vosa, noqu iyau talei’ – My language, my treasure’......

Exhibiting – ‘Being modern’

As a curator, when you develop an exhibition large or small, your heart and mind travels into this particular zone for quite some time. As.....

Young children respond to China: Throne of Emperors and Shi Lu: A revolution in paint

Tai Tamariki Kindergaten have written this great article for the forthcoming ecARTnz magazine about their creative response to the two China exhibitions held recently at.....

Made by kids for kids – the new kids audio guide for Ngā Toi / Arts Te Papa

  On Sunday 24th August we celebrated the launch of our kids audio guide for visitors to the Ngā Toi / Arts Te Papa exhibition......

Where in Whanganui or thereabouts? A curator’s plea for help!

I need your help to identify the buildings and locations in a small selection of early cartes-de-visite photographs which are mostly of Whanganui. These photographs.....

Helen Mason (1915-2014)

It is with sadness that we farewell Helen Mason, potter, first editor of the New Zealand Potter and great friend and mentor of the craft/arts.....

A very reuseable view – Muir and Moodie’s Whanganui River postcards

A special part of Te Papa’s new rehang of Framing the View (part of Nga Toi Arts Te Papa on level 5 of the museum).....

Official photographs and reading Herman Wollerman’s postcard

Can you spot the arrow in the sky? This photographic postcard by photographer, James Daroux, was sent by Herman Wollerman to his father in Wellington.....

Art Media

How to talk about art with kids

Tips from Helen Lloyd, a Senior Education Programmer at Te Papa
Art News from Elsewhere

What is art for?


Alain de Botton's animated guide – video

Exhibit B blockaded


Slavery exhibition featuring black actors chained in cages shut down in London

Illegal art trafficking


A specialist in helping to protect museum and art gallery treasures from natural disasters and illegal art trafficking, Dr Hans-Martin Hinz, has some cautionary tales and lots of good advice for our cultural institutions (9:38)

Arts with Courtney Johnston 24 September


Dunedin is awash in ceramics, and a strange art law case in Texas sees a famous work turned into a one-item museum (11:46)

Beijing's mega-museum


Jean Nouvel’s designs for the new National Art Museum of China revealed



Does 'immersive theatre' mean anything these days when the term has become so ubiquitous?

The slow rise of black cinema


A fascinating new book charts not only the increasing presence and importance of African Americans in film, but also how they have been portrayed on posters by artists in Hollywood and beyond

Vogue's Wellington


Vogue’s Guide to the Coolest Little City in the World: Wellington, including Te Papa

Positively provincial


As Mark Amery's visual arts column for the Dominion Post ends he considers the current position of art criticism and commentary in the mainstream media

Te Papa's leading art scholar receives royal recognition


Te Papa wholeheartedly congratulates Professor Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, Head of Arts & Visual Culture, who received the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) during an investiture ceremony at Government House in Auckland on the 20 August 2014. A

Living rough for art's sake


Walters Prize 2014 finalist Kalisolaite 'Uhila says he turned his life around after starting a family and getting into art

Peter Peryer on a lifetime of looking through a lens


In 1977 the Dowse Art Gallery in Lower Hutt hosted Peter Peryer’s first solo show, just a couple of years after he took up photography. Peter Peryer: A Careful Eye has opened at The Dowse marking the four decades of work since that first exhibition. (12'