Grassroots Mixer #3 // tooo cool!

26 05 2011

The third and final NiuFM Grassroots Mixer concert was held on Saturday 21 May here in the Otara Town Centre, from all accounts – it went OFF!!

Otara’s own, Pele – completely at home on this stage!

The beautiful Ria…

There is only one… STKX!

Headlining was the EXCELLENT Mangere-based Anonymouz crew…

Thank you thank you thank you NiuFM, the EXCELLENT musicians and the audiences who enjoyed the NiuFM Grassroots Mixer concert series. NZ Music Month in Otara will be remembered long time!


Vinaka vakalevu Tagata Pasifika!

22 05 2011

Very happy to have some of the Pacific Arts Summit events profiled on Tagata Pasifika [TVNZ] this week. Vinaka vakalevu Marama Papau and team!

The Ancient Mariners

22 05 2011

Wellington-based Samoan artist, Sheyne Tuffery’s solo exhibition The Ancient Mariners has opened at Papakura Art Gallery and it’s BEAUTIFUL!

Becoming a Matai (Samoan Chief) was the catalyst for Sheyne Tuffery’s multimedia exhibition The Ancient Mariners. Tuffery said he responded to the significance of being given the title of Matai by taking a fresh look at Polynesian history.

“The Ancient Mariners is an exhibition depicting my perpetual fascination with Polynesian antiquity and the incredible seafaring of our ancestors. My new work is an artist’s depiction of Island life when the Polynesians were searching of new lands to start new cultures 2000 years before the first missionaries began to even think about coming down here.”

Tuffery, based in Wellington, works predominantly in mixed media painting, moving image and printmaking. Perhaps best known for the dynamic style of his prints and woodcuts, Sheyne describes himself as a paper architect, using his work to create and represent his own cultural context and sense of belonging.

Images courtesy of Papakura Art Gallery

What: The Ancient Mariners // A solo exhibition by Sheyne Tuffery
Where: Papakura Art Gallery, 10 Averill Street, Papakura, South Auckland
When: 14 May – 11 June
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 2pm

US Ambassador Huebner in the house!

19 05 2011

Today the US Ambassador David Huebner visited Fresh Gallery Otara! He checked out Gary Lee’s solo exhibition, gorgeousness and met with Fresh Gallery Otara artists Tanu Gago, Rebecca Hobbs, Leilani Kake and Cerisse Palalagi.

Ema gushing about gorgeousness 😛

Curating Pacific Art Forum PROGRAMME

18 05 2011

This is the official programme for the Curating Pacific Art Forum taking place THIS Saturday 21 May at the beautiful new AUT University Manukau Campus. Registrations is free and still open, contact Nicole Lim on 09 271 6019 or // Limited spaces!

Curating Pacific Art Forum

9.30am Doors open // Tea + coffee served
10am Welcome + Opening Address
Ema Tavola
Pacific Arts Coordinator, Arts + Culture South, Auckland Council
Albert Refiti
Senior Lecturer in Spatial Design, School of Art and Design
AUT University
10.30am The Soul, The Image and The Voice
Dionne Fonoti

National University of Samoa // Ivilasi Films
Morning Tea
11.50am  Curating Yourself: The Curator as the Point of Departure
Leafa Wilson
Concept Leader / Curator Visual Arts, Waikato Museum – Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
12.35pm Open Forum: Questions for Dionne Fonoti + Leafa Wilson
2pm Close Encounters
Bruce E. Phillips
Curator, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts
2.35pm VASU: Pacific Women of Power
Luisa Tora

Independent Curator
3pm Open Forum: Questions for Bruce E. Phillips + Luisa Tora
3.20pm Afternoon Tea
Open Forum: Questions + Discussion
4.30pm Closing Remarks
Ian Wedde
Department of Art History, University of Auckland
5 – 7pm Cocktail Reception

Curating Pacific Art Forum programme coming TOMORROW!

17 05 2011

The much anticipated programme for the 2nd Curating Pacific Art Forum will be posted here tomorrow!

The Curating Pacific Art Forum was developed for the 2010 Manukau Pacific Arts Summit and held at the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple in Flat Bush, South Auckland. This year’s Forum has been developed in partnership with AUT University, whose newly opened Manukau City campus provides a beautiful and tranquil setting for dialogue and discussion around the curating of Pacific art.

The keynote presentation is programmed to provide an insight into the ways Pacific voices have emerged and become visible across different disciplines. In 2010, Professor Konai Helu Thaman, the Suva-based Tongan poet, educator and Pacific education advocate, discussed the emergence of Pacific voices in literature and the importance of representation.

This year, the keynote presenter, Dionne Fonoti, an Apia-based anthropologist, lecturer and film maker, will discuss racism and representation in Pacific film. Again, raising the importance and politics of representation of / for Pacific people and experience.

The 2010 Forum aimed to paint a picture of the role of curator. Speakers discussed curating within and outside of institutions. Speakers included Pacific Island museum curators, Sean Mallon (Te Papa Tongarewa – Museum of New Zealand) and Fulimalo Pereira (Auckland Museum) and freelance curators, Jim Vivieaere, Faumuina Felolini Maria Tufuna’i and Kolokesa Māhina-Tuai. The Forum inspired some excellent discussion, exposing tensions and challenges for Pacific curators.

This year’s Forum will push the dialogue further investigating the act of curating in relation to communities and audiences. Speakers will discuss curating within museum, university and gallery environments, engaging with specific communities.

There is ample time for questions, discussion and debate; this is a Forum to push the understanding and inspire the growth of the Pacific curatorial sector.

The Curating Pacific Art Forum is absolutely free for registered participants!

What: Curating Pacific Art Forum
Where: AUT University Manukau Campus, 640 Great South Road, Manukau
When: 10am – 5pm + Cocktail Reception 5-7pm, Saturday 21 May
Cost: FREE!!

The Forum programme will be posted here tomorrow!

Grassroots Mixer Concert Series ONNN n almost gone!

17 05 2011

The NiuFM Grassroots Mixer concert series has been bringing LIVE and FREE Pacific music to Otara audiences for the past two weekends and this weekend is the last in the series!

Last weekend FMC VXN, Devolo, Rosita Vai and Malcolm Lakatani were amazing… this weekend’s line-up is hot hot hot!

Giveaways, breakfast, LIVE n FREE Pacific Music this Saturday from 10.30am – 12.30pm // Check it OUT!

Vinaka vinaka vinaka vakalevu NiuFM!