Date: 15 February 2013 - 09 June 2013
Light out of darkness. Paintings to the poetry of the Rig Veda is a series of paintings by the Manawatū artist Paul Harvey, that draws on the Rig Veda - a visionary poetic text of ancient India, to address the relevance of the Vedic spiritual tradition to contemporary consciousness. The expressionistic form of these paintings carries a symbolist content in the Vedic gods, who stand for both cosmic forces and qualities in human consciousness.
Harvey began the works under the influence of his own meditation practice, which he claims enabled him to relate to, and verify, the contents of the Rig Veda. As a painter Harvey sees himself as within an ancient and worldwide tradition of 'spiritual art' that is concerned with the deepest levels of human experience. "I paint to free myself from ignorance, to make a light in the darkness"
On Thursday 21 February Paul Harvey will be at Te Manawa for an Artist Talk. It will be an informal and relaxed conversation where the public can listen to Indian music and hear about Indian spirituality as a subject for painting. Tony Martin, meditation teacher and friend of the artist, will be part of the session.
On Sunday 24 March and Saturday 13 April there will be film screenings on an animated version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana. For more details click here.
Date: 25 May 2013 - 26 May 2013
This May sees two of New Zealand’s sonic visionaries, Decortica and New Way Home, take their unique blend of polished alternative rock and metal around the North Island on a nine-stop tour.
This is the first opportunity to see either band touring since the acclaimed releases of New Way Home’s ‘Mirrors’ and Decortica’s ‘11811’ last year. It brings together two of the most exciting and unique acts from our next generation of hard rock. With originality, honesty and brilliant musicianship in common, expect both to deliver engrossing live performances with captivating moments of simple beauty and heavy, complex intensity.
Decortica’s uncompromising, angular alternative rock has drawn fans in for three albums and overwhelmed them at shows in New Zealand, Australia and Japan. Its creative force Mathew Bosher says “we’re excited to be involved in the tour. Both bands play the music they love and revel in the sweat, volume and immersive experience of performing live”.
New Way Home is a perfect union of seasoned musicians, made up of Sommerset and Blindspott alumni, veterans of tours with the Heavy Metal Ninjas and Architects, and performances with Killswitch Engage and Slipknot. The band has reformed for this tour to sate fans itching to hear ‘Tides’, ‘Mirror’ and ‘Chrysalis’ played live. Lead vocalist Rich Simpson says “We are pretty pumped about getting out and about with the Decortica lads. As far as our live show goes, we pride ourselves on sounding polished but with that added vibe that playing these songs live can bring. We've been doing this a long time. Over 10 years as a band. We lock in pretty tight.”
Date: 01 May 2013 - 31 May 2013
Peter Trevelyan is fascinated by logic based constructions; the theories, maps and drawings by which we seek to model, understand and explain our world.
Looping on the screen at Zimmerman is a digital compilation of selected proofs: small graphite constructions, devised by Trevelyan in response to early theories of geometry and perspective. Of primary influence is Gerard Desargues (b. 1593), a French mathematician who invented “projective” geometry. Trevelyan reinterprets Desargues’ theories of geometry and perspective in the form of free-standing, three-dimensional sculptures; structures composed from 0.5mm rods of graphite, that tangibly express and expand Desargues’ early ideas.
A selection of larger Trevelyan sculptures feature in the main gallery space. Intricate and meticulously constructed, the sculptures are formed from graphite and paper. Trevelyan extends these two humble materials, graphite and paper, beyond their original purpose; these base tools for drawing themselves become the material from which the sculptures are formed. The intriguing objects produced range from precise geometrical constructions to more organic, bubbly forms. Several are encased in bell-shaped glasses; precious specimens for collecting and keeping.
On the walls are displayed four of Trevelyan’s photograms. Photograms are negative shadow images produced without the use of a camera. In a darkroom, objects are arranged on top of photographic paper and then exposed to light. Those areas of the paper that receive no light show as white, while areas that receive limited light appear grey. By applying this process to graphite sculptures of varying heights and forms, Trevelyan’s graphite works are elegantly transformed into beautiful, unique photographic images.
Trevelyan graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury in 2000. In 2008, he completed his Master of Fine Arts at Massey University's School of Fine Arts (Wellington). He has worked as a high school art teacher, and is currently completing a PhD.
In 2012 Trevelyan was included in Wellington City Gallery’s Prospect exhibition (a survey of contemporary art practice), and was artist in residence at Te Manawa Art Gallery (Palmerston North). In the same year, he also exhibited major works at Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures (Porirua) and the National Library (Wellington).
We welcome you to call by Zimmerman this month, to view Peter Trevelyan’s sculptures and other works.
Date: 17 May 2013 - 04 August 2013
Discover the hidden world & inhabitants of our southern ocean
Open 10am - 4pm Daily, from Fri 17 May - Sun 4 Aug
In 2012, Gareth Morgan led a group of 50 New Zealanders on a journey to the Southern Ocean. Their goal was to bring back images and stories of this unknown territory to inspire and educate New Zealanders about the vast area to our south.
Stunning, surprising images.
The exhibition is mirrored, at children's eye level with images of Shackleton Bear, who went on the voyage too. Children of all ages will love this voyage of discovery, as Shackleton encounters the wildlife and wonders of this special part of the world.
Images by Bob Zuur & John McCrystal.
Bob Zuur is a photographer, marine biologist, and manager of WWF’s (World Wildlife Fund) Antarctic Programme.
John McCrystal is a Wellington based writer. He photographed and wrote a book of Shackleton Bear’s escapades
The Our Far South Exhibition is an extension of the Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival, in association with Te Manawa Art Gallery and Our Far South.
Date: 13 April 2013 - 25 May 2013
Six strangers, two hotel rooms, one eventful Aussie weekend.
Three couples embark on an epic misadventure on a trip to Melbourne over Bledisloe Cup weekend.
There’s Lizzy and Noeline, in town to splurge their hard-earned dollars on the shopping trip to end all shopping trips, Boxer and Swanee, lads with only two things (beer and rugby) on their minds, and Rose and Clifford, who only want to get to Clifford’s conference on time.
Unfortunately, things start to go awry for these couples from the get-go, as they are thrown together in a jumble of dodgy airline food, double bookings and predatory taxi drivers.
Date: 24 February 2013 - 26 May 2013
As well as being an historical archive of New Zealand's rural past, Steam Machines reveals the unexpected aesthetic of the Steam Traction Engine, which industrialized farming in New Zealand at the beginning of the 20th century. The use of horse power was forever overtaken by these mammoth beasts of metal, which revolutionised agricultural production. Run on nothing but fire and water, these cumbersome machines possess a poetry of motion and sound, their gears and pistons rhythmically pulsing like a heartbeat.
Steam Machines captures this aesthetic while also portraying the men who keep these historic machines alive. Included in the exhibition will be a short video piece, still images, scaled models and an authentic Steam Traction Engine on loan from the Steam Traction Society of Feilding.
The film and images in the exhibition are from Mel Edmon, a UCOL lecturer in Film Media.
Date: 17 March 2013 - 09 June 2013
Your body is a machine! How does it work? Why do we smell and feel? What is behind our senses? How do our muscles work? What happens when we work out? Lot's of questions and more will be revealed in this body focused exhibition.
Date: 25 May 2013
New Zealand Comedy Trust presents 2degrees Comedy Convoy, hosted by Ewen Gilmour.
This two-hour comedy showcase brings a selection of the Festival's best international & local comedy stars to your city, and promises to be crammed with laughs.
Leader of the pack Ewen 'Westie' Gilmour plays host to a stonking line-up of: Guy Williams (Jono & Ben At Ten, 2012 Billy T Winner), Jesse Griffin (7 Days, Golden), American world-travelling stand-up comedian Tom Rhodes, and the UK's Chris Martin.
"...a totally awesome night, we were in tears by the end of it" - Jo Donoghue [actual person]
This Chris Martin is not currently, nor ever has been, in Coldplay.
Please note, Fiona O'Loughlin, has regretfully had to withdraw from the tour due to serious health issues. She will be replaced by US Stand-Up Comedian and Huffington Post Travel Writer Tom Rhodes.
"A natural intellect with a knack for reporting the harsh realities of life with a dark and absurdly optimistic cynicism" - New York Times
Date: 23 March 2013 - 14 December 2013
Hot-Whitu Chicks is a relaxed walking group for ladies meeting at Hokowhitu Village and raising money for the Breast Cancer Foundation. Local personal trainer Lauren Parsons has set the group up to be a fabulous way to build friendships and promote optimal health while supporting a great charity.
The group meets at Hokowhitu village outside Vautier Pharmacy 9am every Saturday rain or shine.
Join a great group of ladies for a lovely flat 5km walk along the river/lagoon for approximately an hour then back to Cocoricco Cafe opposite Veronica Jayne Hairdressing for a cuppa afterwards. Stride it out or just stick to a comfortable pace - you choose.
A gold coin donation goes directly to the Breast Cancer Foundation. All ladies are welcome no matter their walking speed; buggys welcome too so invite your friends along for some good company, supporting a great cause!
Huge thanks go to Veronica Jayne Hairdressing, Vautier Pharmacy & Lauren Parsons.co.nz for their kind sponsorship which has allowed us to provide t-shirts for participants!
Hot-Pink V neck t-shirts are available for a donation of $20 or more with a beautiful message on the back;
"Always Remember You are BRAVER than you believe, STRONGER than you seem, SMARTER than you think and twice as BEAUTIFUL as you'd ever imagined"
For more details see http://www.laurenparsons.co.nz/hot-whitu-chicks.html
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Date: 18 May 2013 - 04 August 2013
Ceramic artist, Kirsty Gardiner's latest exhibition focuses on birds and builds on her experiences working with collections.
The centre piece of the exhibition is Barcode, an installation featuring 77 ceramic ‘huia skins', created as a commentary on the extinction of our native birds. Other works are make-believe species of vanished birds, inspired by the sort of fantastic creatures found in cabinets of curiosities, in days gone by.
Kirsty Gardiner was the winner of the "Premier Award" in the 2010 Portage Ceramic Awards and the "Merit Award" winner of the 2011 Portage Ceramic Awards with her artwork.
Image courtesy: Kirsty Gardiner (2012), Detail from Conus Avarius, Neopatra