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  • Gallery Weekend Beijing February 23
  • BOOSTED February 22

    Have you heard of the kiwi based

  • VIDEO: Upcycling Ideas February 21

    Y'all know how I like to repurpose

  • Interview: Ko Injae February 20

    Currently showing at Noeli Gallery in Shanghai,

  • HKwalls – Open Call for HK Artists February 18

    HKwalls returns this March for a nine-day

  • VIDEO: Bamboo Decoration Ideas February 18

    Hola people! I've been looking around the

  • The Artists of Waiheke Island February 16

    So, as you may know

  • VIDEO: Styling Thailand  February 15

    Hong Kong lifestyle brands enjoy strong

  • Singapore Biennale 2016: An Atlas of Mirrors February 15

    The Singapore Biennale 2016, is arguably one

  • Interview: Takeru Toyokura February 14

    Currently showing at Noeli Gallery in Shanghai,

  • Auckland Explorer

    Have you heard of the kiwi based arts-crowdfunding platform ‘Boosted’? Well maybe it is time you check it out! This awesome organisation, set up as a Charitable Trust, has recently reached a significant milestone, namely raising over NZ$3 million dollars for arts and creative projects! How awesome is this?!! And this in a sector typically dominated by competitive funding bodies.---------------------- The NZ$3 million contribution equates to over 22,857 donations across 568 projects in fine-arts, film, theatre, music, dance, writing, fashion, gaming and photography...

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    Wednesday, 22 February, 2017
    Auckland Explorer

    Karangahape Road, or more commonly referred to as K Road is one of the most well known streets in Auckland. Formerly a red light district, and considered a both seedy and quite dangerous place, it is today full of cool art galleries and little shops and eateries. Isn't that always the case? Red light districts are the places to be!The area is also teeming with great street art (check out a previous article on that here), but much of the old architecture still stands. Did you know that you can go on a guided tour of the areas heritage buildings and history?   Edward Bennett, K Road Historian, will take you on a fascinating guided walk through the superb heritage district which is Karangahape Road regaling walkers with not only facts but amusing anecdotes about Karangahape Road...

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    Monday, 06 February, 2017
    Auckland Explorer

     Yesterday, Friday Jan 27th was the start of headland Sculpture On The Gulf on Waiheke Island. I headed out last night, as the sun was starting to set, to check out all the cool sculptures, 35 of them, on this 2km long walk along the coast. It was a gorgeous night and I can highly recommend for everyone to head out and do this, it is great for families and dogs too!Guided by terrain and place, both highly respected senior and more recently established New Zealand artists has transformed a two kilometre section of headland from Church Bay towards Te Atawhai Whenua Reserve and Matiatia with ambitious and striking art works...

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    Saturday, 28 January, 2017
    Auckland Explorer

    A visit to the Bay of Islands normally involves the sea with perhaps a bit of sailing and dolphin watching. But there is so much more! Of course the area houses the site of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the treaty of New Zealand was signed by Māori Chiefs and British soldiers, which is well worth a visit. But there is one more spot, in the cute seaside town of Russell that really should be on everyone's agenda. It is the Pompallier Mission and Printery.-------------------- Situated on the waterfront, in a gorgeous setting in the Bay of Islands, this French-style printery and tannery combines important Māori and Paheka (a Māori language term for non-Maori or for New Zealanders who are "of European descent") history, glorious gardens, as well as hands-on fun...

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    Monday, 09 January, 2017
    Auckland Explorer

    Recently opened at Auckland Art Gallery, the new exhibition of Gottfried Lindauer's famous Māori portraits is something very unique. Read the sister article about art restoration, and the preparation of some of the artworks for this exhibition here--------------------- Until February 19th, 2017, explore Aotearoa New Zealand’s rich history through more than 120 historical portraits of Māori and Pākehā by the country's most prolific professional colonial painter, Gottfried Lindauer. Experience for yourself the power of Māori chiefs and leaders whose images are forever recorded in oil, and see how artist Gottfried Lindauer captured the practice of tā moko (facial tattoo)...

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    Tuesday, 22 November, 2016
    Auckland Explorer

    This weekend I ventured out to Waiheke Island, just half an hours ferry ride away from Auckland. This is no ordinary island, in 2016 Lonely Planet awarded this little island #5 out of the Top 10 Regions to visit IN THE WORLD. You get it. The place has everything - gorgeous beaches, over 30 vineyards and it is also home to a large number of artists and creatives.This weekend it was the Waiheke Garden Safari, and 12 island residents opened up their well-manicured gardens to allow the public to come and enjoy them - and to take home some inspiration...

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    Thursday, 17 November, 2016
    Auckland Explorer

    Showing at the Gus Fisher Gallery in Auckland until November 5th, the Intellectual Fashion Show takes a different approach to fashion and costume design, as a tool to hide or enhance oneself, and to cope with the reality surrounding us. ---------------------- How did it all start?Co-curator of the show, Janie van Woerden did her masters in art history on New Zealand ceramist, designer and creative extraordinaire June Black. She wanted to lift her forward, and give her a place within an Art History context, as Duneas felt that no one really knew about Black, despite her fascinating contribution to the art and ceramic movement in New Zealand...

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    Friday, 28 October, 2016
    Auckland Explorer

    I headed down to Auckland Viaduct Waterfront on the weekend to catch a glimpse of the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2016 exhibition. Apologies in advance for the camera light "dots" in the images below. Head to NZ Geo's website to see better resolution of all the images. And of course, vote for your favourite for the People's Choice Award!---------------------- The 47 finalists of this years award are all in one way or another sharing their sparkling visions of the New Zealand environment and society over six categories, each vying for the coveted title Nikon 'Photographer of the Year', the Tamron Young Photographer of The Year Award and the Resene Colour Award...

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    Friday, 21 October, 2016
    Auckland Explorer

    Last night it was time for Late Night Art again in Auckland. The whole city was buzzing with people out to enjoy the streets, the galleries and the museums. Plenty of temporary art installations and events were complimented with late open galleries and free entry to the museums. I took to the streets to give you a glimpse of what was on offer. If you are in town but couldn't make it last night, there is another chance tonight at K Road! See you there!  These was all the venues and event spaces participating last night, along with just "normal" galleries open late, and impromptu events and happenings on the street - the map was free and available at all locations, along with volunteers helping to guide you...

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    Thursday, 13 October, 2016
    Auckland Explorer

    Last weekend I decided to go on a road trip. Said and done, my partner and I got in the car and headed up to the wine region of Matakana, and more exactly to Brick Bay Vineyard. Not only do they have great wines, the vineyards owner has made a decision to support the local arts as well (yey!). Outdoor sculpture entails considerable expenses, as the materials, the scale and the technical support frequently are beyond the resources of many artists. A charitable trust has therefore been set up that supports the arts in two ways: they commission art from more well known artists, and they also accept applications from lesser known ones, for artworks to put in their sculpture park...

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    Wednesday, 12 October, 2016
    Auckland Explorer

    Did you miss New Zealand Fashion Week a few weeks ago? Don't worry, you can see the (organisers) highlights in this video.Want to find out more about New Zealand Fashion Week? Read this article

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    Wednesday, 28 September, 2016
    Auckland Explorer

    Recently visiting the small town of Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand, I was very surprised to learn that the town is literally bursting with street art! Who would have known? A bit of background: Dunedin, situated on the South Island of New Zealand, is largely a university town, with a little over 100,000 inhabitants. Perhaps because its big student population, there seems to be quite a lot of culture around. For instance, the place houses New Zealand's first art gallery (established in 1884) and the Symphony Orchestra is well regarded too...

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    Friday, 23 September, 2016
    Auckland Explorer

    The Walters Prize 2016 – A showcase of outstanding New Zealand artThe Walters Prize is New Zealand’s most prestigious contemporary art prize and 2016 marks the eighth round of the biannual award at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. The prize awards the most outstanding contribution made to contemporary art in New Zealand by an artist in the period (two years) preceding the prize.For the first time ever,  The Walters Prize 2016 is focusing on lens-based and moving image works that will offer captivating experiences - all of the four finalists are presenting photography or video works...

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    Thursday, 01 September, 2016
    Auckland Explorer

     Seriously, I am not sure what it is up with New Zealand and ... TOILETS?!Or does every place on earth have this strange obsession with them? I doubt it. I have to give it to good ol' NZ though, I mean, they ARE trying to make them nice at least. I am talking about public toilets.Everywhere I travel in NZ, I seem to see toilets with (often rather pretty) art on them. And I can't help but wonder, how did this start? Is it something the city counsels have decided on, or is it more an attempt from the city's inhabitants to beautify their surroundings? If it doesn't smell nice, at least it could look nice - right?!?!?!??? I don't know...

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    Saturday, 20 August, 2016
    Auckland Explorer

    The Rotorua Bath House, which today houses Rotorua Museum, was once a famous spa which offered therapeutic treatments to visitors from all over the world. At its height the spa gave 60,000 to 80,000 baths annually and about 30,000 special treatments. We look at the architecture of this, one of New Zealand’s most iconic heritage buildings.------------------------ Thermal baths have been used in Europe for centuries for the treatment of a wide variety of illnesses. Spas became fashionable during the 18th and early 19th centuries as relaxing meeting places for royalty and leading society figures, as well as places to ‘take the cure’...

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    Monday, 27 June, 2016
    Auckland Explorer

    As part of the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) 14-31 July 2016, The First Monday in May is shown, a behind-the-scenes documentary which covers Anna Wintour's oversight of the Oriental-themed 2015 Met Gala, a celebrity extravaganza that raised $12,000,000 for (and at) New York’s Metropolitan Museum and launched the Met Costume Institute’s blockbuster exhibition, ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’. First Monday also touches lightly on the cultural and political quandaries negotiated by the curators of a show that celebrates Orientalism in Western fashion...

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    Friday, 17 June, 2016
    Auckland Explorer

    By Kate Brettkelly-Chalmers for Ocula.com. An excerpt of the original article is provided below, republished with full permission. You can read the full article here ------------------- Following a three-year hiatus, the Auckland Art Fair is returning at the end of May with a suite of galleries from New Zealand, Australia, Latin America and the wider Pacific region. With a distinctly global outlook, the art fair is emphasising a fresher, more contemporary aspect in promoting emerging artists and galleries, inviting the participation of non-profit art organisations and offering a new purchasing scheme aimed at young collectors...

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    Wednesday, 25 May, 2016
    Auckland Explorer

    Less than a week to go to Auckland Art Fair! With thanks to Art Collector, find below some of the highlights of the art fair, taking place 25 to 29th of May at The Cloud on Auckland’s Queen’s Wharf.By Camilla Wagstaff for Art Collector. Read the original article here----------------------- There’s only one week to go until Auckland Art Fair 2016 opens its doors at The Cloud on Auckland’s Queens Wharf. It’s been three years since the last iteration of the fair and this edition sees 40 galleries from the Asia Pacific Region and beyond showcasing work from hundreds of local and international, emerging and established artists...

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    Thursday, 19 May, 2016
    Auckland Explorer

    This is a story about how the small town of Napier in Hawke's Bay New Zealand rebuilt a town in ruins into the largest concentration of Art Deco buildings in the world – right in the middle of the Great Depression.-------------------  It was 10 o’clock in the morning of February 3rd, 1931 in the town of Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. The air was dull, warm and heavy, some say foreboding of the disaster that was about to happen. The town, promoted as the Nice of the Pacific, with its Mediterranean climate and tree-lined promenade, styled in the image of a 19th century English seaside resort was about to get a make over...

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    Tuesday, 17 May, 2016
    Auckland Explorer

    Hi guys, just wanted to share an article I came across a bit earlier, about a wonderful initiative and some fantastic craftsmanship in the small community of Hohepa, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did! A stop at Hohepa just outside of Napier will definitely be on my agenda on my next trip down south from Auckland! 

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    Wednesday, 11 May, 2016
    Auckland Explorer

    All the travel brochures and companies are screaming that New Zealand is the hottest travel destination this year.Contrary to what many people outside of New Zealand think, the country have many great designers, brands and cool places.Want to go, but don't really know what to expect? Or where to go, or what to see? Start by following these Instagram accounts, and your doubts will be swept away in no time.(A small warning needs to be issues however, following these accounts may lead to a drastic decrease in work efficiency...

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    Thursday, 05 May, 2016
    Auckland Explorer

    When traveling Northland, New Zealand recently I wanted not just to take in the "normal sites" of sightseeing, but I also wanted to make sure I visited some of the local arts and crafts stores and galleries. Therefore I went online, and did a bit of research.Soon I found out that not a lot was needed, as I quickly stumbled upon the Northland Art Trail. If you do a trip up north, do what I did and print out this guide. It comes complete with a map and contacts to the places. For some of the places it is worth to call ahead, as some galleries are only open on appointment...

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    Wednesday, 16 March, 2016
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