There are a huge number of artist talks this Auckland Artweek; prepare to have your mind blown, your ears ringing and your inspiration running wild. From jewellers to musicians, poets to painters, there is something for all kinds of art appreciators.
If you are feeling like your world view needs a bit of a shake up, you won't want to miss PJ Paterson's talk at Sanderson Contemporary Art Gallery. The UK born, New Zealand-based artist will be presenting new photographs and paintings that explore the real and imagined consequences of political and economic overreach. Paterson's work is characterised by images that tease, disturb and disrupt the viewer’s expectations.
Black Door Gallery is hosting glass artist Rebecca Heap. Ever wondered just how they sculpt glass? Well Rebecca is the lady to find out from, she'll even present a behind the scenes video of her glass blowing studio. And while you're there you can check out the Handle With Care exhibition, featuring over 25 local contemporary glass artists.
James Robinson will give a floor talk and poetry performance at Seed Gallery. Working with mysticism and magic, mythology and history and social and ecological concerns, James comments on issues of climate change and the human condition. The accomplished artist was the winner of the Paramount Prize at the 2007 Wallace Art Awards, and has a range of other awards hanging from his artist belt.
Singer-songwriter come artist Sam RB, who just happened to write the 2012 NZ Olympic Song, started painting when she was on tour with her latest album. Now addicted to the form, she's taking a break from the six string and will share some words of wisdom.
And that's just the beginning, check out the full list of artist talks below,
Michael Smither, Rebecca Heap, Sam RB, James Robinson, Reece King in conversation with Ben Abdale-Weir, Peter Raos, PJ Paterson, Jessica Ellis, Neal Palmer, Simon McIntyre and Elliot Collins, Max Patté, EvenWoodruffe, Andrea Daly and Ilse Marie Erl, Jeff Thomson, Ben Pearce, Shelley Norton and Ross Malcolm, Sam Mitchell, Fatu Feu’u, Jasmine Kamante and Jesper Sundwall in conversation with Amy Stewart.
Head to the Artweek website for the dates and details for each event.