Art

Five young artists tell us what they’ve been making in lockdown

If you're not an essential worker, there's plenty of time to spare while we stay at home. Arwen Sommer talks to five Kiwis who are using…

A poem to help us process our frustration and anxiety right now

In just a few weeks, many of us went from feeling more or less secure in our livelihoods to losing them. The rest of us are…

One poem for every day I've been in isolation

After going into self-isolation on the 16th of March because he and his flatmates all have autoimmune diseases, poet Dominic Hoey decided to write a poem…

  • 26 Mar 20

The dance epidemic that infected an entire town

A dancing plague once overtook Strasbourg during the middle ages. Throughout the city, people were "using dance to get to some transcendent state to get out…

Jang Huddle is telling 1.5 generation stories through dance

Cindy Jang is extending the possibilities of what dance can be with her collective Jang Huddle.

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How to stop being afraid of the word 'fat'

Ema Tavola first learnt about BMI when she was at school. “We went around the class. Everyone got weighed, and then we looked at everyone on…

Backstage on a giddy night at the Pride Gala

We handed Freya Finch, the director of OurGala, and Hugo Grrrl, drag king and effervescent MC of the night, a disposable camera each to take photos…

How this year’s Pride is different

In the past, Pride felt like a space mainly for white, gay men. People involved in Pride 2020 tell us how that's changing.

Illustrations of decolonisation

As part of our series Rediscovering Aotearoa, we asked illustrator Virginia Ngaio to visualise some of the statistics and quotes we featured. They speak of love,…

A cartoon about Samoa with love

"As a Samoan, I feel what happens to other Samoans." Comic artist Michel Mulipola talks about the illustration he's created to process the Samoan measles epidemic.

Exploring queer identity through stripping

"Honey is soft, Honey is sweet," and Honey is a performer at Bodyhaus, a collective of queer strippers. Honey AKA Logan Collis talks about undermining the…

Illustrator Ruby Jones on Going Viral and the Power of Drawing Kindness

After the Christchurch terror attacks, Ruby Jones illustrated two people hugging with the words, "This is your home and you should have been safe here." The…

Rediscovering Aotearoa: Takatāpui | LGBTQIA+

Gender diversity was an accepted part of Māori and Pacific societies before colonisation. But European Christian values brought stigma and shame. Jaimie Waititi and Falencie Filipo…

Crafting a cartoon: Tales of Nai Nai

The new animated show Tales of Nai Nai needed over 400 mouth shapes to be digitally drawn, and most of them appear on their characters face…

Michel Mulipola is the 'Bloody Samoan' comic book artist

Michel Mulipola is the 'Bloody Samoan'. It's a derogatory term he heard a lot growing up, but he's now reappropriated it as a moniker in his…

What does inclusive Aotearoa look like?

What does inclusive Aotearoa look like? Recreate NZ and Auckland students work together on an art project that asks this question.

World of WearableArt: Fashioning a friendship

Having gone from kindy to uni to flatting together, Renee and Kayla are besties for life. And, for the last 10 years, they've both been creating…

I cannot write a poem about China

Sherry Zhang reads her poem 'I cannot write a poem about China'.

Words from Sherry about her poem:

How do you navigate disagreement? I've been struggling with this…

Regarde Moi: an exhibition by three siblings making art for themselves

When Synthia Bahati’s Burundian family first moved from Tanzania to Auckland’s North Shore as refugees, they were a source of fascination. “People would come up to…

The Others Way Festival

K’Road made a strong argument for being the home of music in Aotearoa. 

The Others Way Festival hit Karangahape Road on Friday night for an evening of eclectic…

Carving a space for Chinese artists at Auckland's Mercury Plaza

Growing up in Auckland, Ross Liew didn’t think he was brought up Chinese. “But turns out,” he says, “it just didn’t look Chinese or sound Chinese.…

Evan Woodruffe - artist and collector

Artist and collector Evan Woodruffe thinks of art as an "anti-weapon". "There are weapons in this world," he says, "but art is the antithesis of that.…

Sex workers portray themselves the way they want to be seen

Art has been obsessed with sex workers for centuries. From Picasso to Dostoyevsky to Satine the courtesan from Moulin Rouge!, sex workers have long been a…

The incredible puppets that bring War Horse to life

The head, the heart and the hind. These are the three puppeteering roles required to bring Joey the horse to life in the theatre production of…

Gui Taccetti explores gay spirituality through his art

"I compare my journey through anxiety as this journey through the circles of hell." Gui Taccetti's photography series delves into his experience with anxiety and gay…

Snapshots of trash

“It’s really hard to ignore the issue of garbage and consumption when you’re laying in it”Photographer Gregg Segal turned the camera on himself and his family.…

Glen Innes artist Gary Silipa

Transforming the public spaces of Glen Innes one wall at a time, meet Gary Silipa: artist extraordinaire.

Bradley Lane Illuminated is on April 13th 2019 and is presented by…

Paul Walsh paints power boxes

Thanks to Paul the streets of Tāmaki Makaurau are becoming brighter. He's one of the artists painting the utility boxes around our fair city, giving local…

Nude Dudes

In the buff goes next level with these nude dudes. We get underneath the robes of the Bare Butlers, getting to the bottom of what it's…