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Coming Soon: The Giant Peace Poppy Project



The Giant Peace Poppy Project by Tony McNeight is a participatory exhibition in honour of ANZAC Day, opening on Monday 23 April, 6:30pm. [Please Note: the dates indicated in this article are incorrect]. Here’s an article from the April 6 issue of Devonport Flagstaff magazine:

For the full exhibition listing click HERE.




Depot Sound launches Beats Vs. Vocals!



Depot Sound Recording Studio are excited to launch their new project for producers and vocalists: Beats Vs. Vocals. 

Here’s some info from Depot Sound music producer and audio engineer (and the brains behind this project!) Morgan Allen:

If you are producer/beatmaker looking for a vocalist to collaborate with, or likewise a singer looking for an instrumental to write to, this project is for you!

This is a project we’re super excited about and thanks to Auckland Council Creative Communities we’re able to offer our services to those involved free of charge!

So what it is? 

Beats Vs. Vocals is a collaborative project looking to bridge the gap between vocalists and producers (those making beats or production based music) by providing an opportunity for emerging artists to collaborate with one another and create new works. Those selected for the project will be able to meet and work with like minded musicians resulting in a recording session at Depot Sound.

How do I get involved?

Send us an email telling us your story. The more the better. If you have any existing work or demo’s we can listen to, send those through too. Let us know what it is you’d like to do, the kind of work you’d like to create and why your music is important to you.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can to discuss how this project might work for you.

Send your email to .zn.o1524651949c.dnu1524651949ostop1524651949ed@na1524651949grom1524651949 We’re also happy to chat and answer questions about the project anytime, so feel free to give us a call on (09) 963 2328

Stay connected with Depot Sound on Facebook and Instagram or visit www.depotsound.co.nz for more information about the services they currently offer. 




Depot Artspace encourages submissions for Auckland Plan 2050



Why have the arts, culture and creativity been excluded from the Auckland plan’s strategic priorities?

Arts activist Elise Sterbeck points out that, “this plan replaces the previous Auckland Plan and the “liveable city” vision, and removes one of the guiding principles for our sector, the goal of “integrating arts and culture into the everyday lives of Aucklanders.” Without this objective, the policies (Toi Whitiki – Council’s Regional Arts and Culture Strategy) and resources dedicated to supporting our sector are at risk.”

We cannot over-emphasise the need to make a submission regarding the essential part the arts play in the life of a city and that Auckland Council has a responsibility to ensure its sustainability.

To make a submission to the draft Auckland plan and 10 year budget go to: shapeauckland.co.nz and give your feedback under the “Any other feedback” sections.  Submissions close Wednesday 28th March, 8pm. 

Depot Artspace is a passionate advocate for community arts. In 2014, we wrote an alternative action plan in response to Auckland Council’s Arts Strategy which was thin on the ground in relation to art in the community, focusing more on structured and institutionalised activities and facilities. You can read our Alternative Grassroots Arts and Culture Action Plan HERE.

 




The Reed Pen’s Tale featured in Office of Ethnic Communities newsletter!



During his hugely successful debut solo show, Master Calligrapher Sayed Ali Karam Jawhary’s exhibition The Reed Pen’s Tale was featured in the Office of Ethnic Communities newsletter!

The Office of Ethnic Communities is the government’s authoritative advisor on ethnic diversity in New Zealand. They also provide information, advice and services to, and for, ethnic communities in New Zealand and administer funds to support community development and social cohesion*.

Principal Advisor for the Office of Ethnic Communities, Abigael Vogt attended Ali’s opening, held on 8 December 2017. Follow this link to read the full article.

*Source: https://ethniccommunities.govt.nz/story/about-us




Three female artists take on contemporary social themes in three thrilling exhibitions!



We have 3 incredible exhibitions in our Main Gallery and Vernacular Lounge right now – Jacqueline Macleod’s Memory for $ale, Robyn Gibson’s Solace in Familiar Things and Beatrice Carlson’s Unwearable: 2010-2017 WOW Retrospective. Here is an article from Stuff courtesy of the North Shore Times and the official media release. All 3 exhibitions are available to view until Wednesday 29 November!




20 Poets in Devonport celebrate National Poetry Day in style!



Friday night saw a packed (wall to wall packed!) Main Gallery for the National Poetry Day event – 20 Poets in Devonport – which we co-hosted with the Michael King Writers Centre.

The poetry was exceptional, some pieces were read to honour those who are no longer with us (Barry Brickell, A.R.D. Fairburn, Janet Frame, Lee Dowrick, Denis Glover, R A K Mason & Alan Curnow), other pieces were contemporary and experimental, by poets young and old.

Each reader had the room captivated with their unique literary compositions – the perfect way to celebrate 20 years of National Poetry Day!




Gum Sarn on Chinese TV(WTV)!



Margaux Wong – curator of Gum Sarn: Evolving notions of the ‘Sweet Earth’ was interviewed for Chinese TV (aka WTV, broadcast on Freeview 28) last week, and below is the video to the news segment that her interview was included in. This channel is specifically targeted towards New Zealand Chinese, Chinese migrants and/or refugees and Chinese tourists, and we were thrilled to have Gum Sarn included in their news segment! Many thanks to Abby & Ivan from Chinese TV for coming out to visit us and sharing the Gum Sarn story with their audiences!

Margaux’s interview runs from 13.15 – 16.06 and here’s the link: http://video.936.nz/watch_video.php?v=8XYSAWWBR9R7 




Gum Sarn: Evolving Notions of the ‘Sweet Earth’ – Opening Event



Here are a few pics from our hugely successful opening event for Gum Sarn: Evolving notions of the ‘Sweet Earth’! Visitors to the exhibition were enthralled by the history and culture on display, and we think that most people went away with a renewed appreciation of New Zealand Chinese. For the full album of photos, check out our Facebook page.




Gum Sarn on Radio New Zealand!



We had a fantastic opening event for Gum Sarn: Evolving Notions of the ‘Sweet Earth’ on Saturday (more photo’s to follow!). Margaux Wong (curator of the exhibition and Depot team member) was interviewed on Radio New Zealand’s show Standing Room Only with Lynn Freeman, which aired on Sunday 20 August at 1:46pm.

Follow the link to listen to the interview: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/standing-room-only/audio/201855421/generations-of-chinese-new-zealanders