Avoiding another cultural brain drain
How much more could NZ achieve in the creative sectors, how much richer could our country be culturally, if professional structures could be put in place, with decent amounts of central and regional funding? asks James Tibbles
Taonga: The original social distancers
Museum-held taonga became accustomed to a lifestyle of restriction long before Covid-19 forced us to isolate ourselves from one another, writes the University of Otago’s Jamie Metzger.
Music industry blues
New Zealand’s music scene is starting to open up again, but without international acts, it’s a limp back to normal.
Hamish Coney: Necessary Protection
The Virtual Auckland Art Fair 2020 which launches today at www.artfair.co.nz is the online reboot of the traditional earthbound format. Its urgent goal is, says Hamish Coney: to save artists and galleries.
Champion of actors is NZ’s champion
Actor Jennifer Ward-Lealand Te Atamira, a long-time champion of the arts, and te reo Māori is the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year for 2020. Mark Jennings reports on the night that honours the best of us.
Why the arts debate is binary and repetitive
Anna Rawhiti-Connell laments the slow erosion of arts and culture writing in this country by writing about arts and culture.
Taika Waititi - the toast of Toronto
Film critic Kate Rodger talks about the kiwi director causing controversy - and garnering both acclaim and harsh criticism - for his latest project.
‘I was free ... I could paint’
Louise Henderson occupies a distinctive niche in NZ’s art history. Pat Baskett revisits an interview she did with the painter in 1991.
Hamish Coney: Context is everything
The recent news that Hinemihi o te Ao Tawhito, one of NZ’s most important offshore taonga, will soon return to Aotearoa after more than 120 years in England is cause for celebration.