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Outside our doors & within our walls



 

There are several upgrades happening right now at Depot Artspace.  Clarence Street is getting a full spruce up which includes the pavement outside the Depot being re-laid with a design by Jermaine Reihana, artist and Depot Artspace Maori liaison.  Jermaine’s design represents the 3 maunga of the Devonport Peninsula and takes the form of a Maori triangle weaving motif.

Depot Sound is also undergoing changes to its studios which will allow two separate recording/mixing/editing projects to be undertaken at the same time without interference to the other.  This is a fantastic opportunity for the growing studio which has recently added multimedia production to the services they offer.  http://www.depotsound.co.nz

 




Depot Artspace 2019 – questions, concerns and devolopments



“We employ the transformative capacity of the arts to engage, inspire and challenge the community”

This Mission informs our decisions and we almost daily hear stories of how artists, visitors and those using the many Depot services experience meaningful engagement, are inspired in their creative practice and often challenged. Last year we undertook a review of the use of our facilities to determine how fit for purpose they were in relation to our Mission. The Board of Trustees also considered research findings by Linda Blincko concerning changes in the arts and creative sector over the past decade. As a result, we are implementing three changes to our facilities, largely funded by a much-appreciated grant from Lotteries, that will keep the depot in step with the opportunities and challenges of the creative environment both now and into the future. Below is the new internal layout for the Depot and details of these changes that will take place mid-January to early February.

A critical question explored was the viability of galleries, given the development of secondary markets and significant changes in primary arts markets, away from galleries and towards art fairs, charity art auctions, online sales from artists’ personal websites and national and international sites. In our experience, exhibitions that remain popular have most of the following characteristics; they convey meaning, tell a story, build a sense of cultural/historic/local/national identity across a variety of themes, and involve audience participation. We are excited about our 2019 exhibition programme and have accepted proposals from artists that meet these characteristics and we will also be reconfiguring the gallery space in January to better facilitate these exhibitions. The Art Room will be better position and furnished providing a variety of price accessible work from our members for visitors to explore and purchase.

A concern was the off site location of the ArtsLab programme, which has been operating at Whare Toi – Kerr St Artspace for a number of years. Our conversations with creatives tell stories of isolation and a desire to belong to a creative community and network
with other creatives. The Whare Toi is distant from the creative and supportive environment of the Depot with all the creative services and facilities we offer. In response, we are shifting the ArtsLab programme to the Depot Artspace February 2019 and reconfiguring the current Art Room space to provide a workroom for ArtsLab seminars that will also be available for hire by artists and the community. A Hub area for networking and conversation will be established at the rear of the Main gallery with a moveable wall to provide for expansion for events. The high wall in the middle of the gallery, built for the Rembrandt Remastered exhibition will be removed to provide better flexibility of use for the main Gallery

A development need was upgrading Depot Sound Studio 2 to provide for both Studio 1 and 2 operating concurrently. Studio 2 was built in 1997 and sound leakage into Studio 1 occurs through the hay bale walls and lack of ceiling insulation limits its use. The upgrade will provide both a better operational layout and greatly improved insulation so that both Studios can operate concurrently. This will expand the volume and range of work we can do and provide a better workflow for our engineers Dave Rhodes and Morgan Allen.




Our Cultural Icons Re-Homed



The Depot Artspace’s Cultural Icons project brings the wisdom, histories and lives of our most treasured cultural contributors into your own home and now, they too have a beautifully updated new home.

Through the generosity of a Depot Artspace member donation, the support of an ArtsLab website developer and award winning Iceberg website builders, we have been able to rebuild the Cultural Icons website to include a greatly improved user interface and all interviews as fast streaming podcasts. 

It is now even easier to explore the stories of 80 iconic and emerging New Zealand creatives including Nigel Brown, Alison East, Helen Pollock, Terry Stringer, Peter Peryer, Fatu Feu’u, Stanley Palmer, Tony Watkins, Peter Scholes and Mary McIntyre.

The Depot’s Cultural Icons project celebrates people who have shaped New Zealand’s arts & culture scene. A valuable, informative and accessible series of recorded interviews and talks, conducted between contemporaries, with the aim of sharing the histories, stories and experiences of some of New Zealand’s most significant arts and culture contributors.  The project also brings into view those creative contributors who are establishing their place as Icons in the Emerging Icons series.  Emerging Icons include Jermaine Reihana, Drew Hill and Simon Kerr among others.

 

The interviews are freely available at www.culturalicons.co.nz

 




DEAR BARACK OBAMA: A LESSON FOR LEADERS



When Barack Obama took office he committed to reading 10 letters a day from the 10,000 he received daily from the American people, becoming the first president to put such a deliberate focus on constituent correspon­dence. ‘Late each afternoon, around five o’clock, a selection would be sent up from the post room to the Oval Office. The “10 LADs”, as they came to be known – for “10 letters a day” – would circulate among senior staff and the stack would be added to the back of the briefing book the president took with him to the resi­dence each night. He answered some by hand and wrote notes on others for the writing team to answer, and on some he scribbled “save”.’

 

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Opening Event of the 2018 Depot Members Exhibition



We enjoyed a fantastic turn-out at the event opening the much loved Depot Artspace members exhibition ‘Big Little Show’ on

Saturday 3 November.  The walls and gallery are laden with wonderful small works, all available for under $250.




Memories and Promises



Jacinda Ardern at the Labour Party Arts Policy launch at Depot Artspace in 2011. The launch included the commitment to the continuation of PACE and the establishment of Creative Apprenticeships, which the Depot had been advocating for, hence the launch here. MP Steve Chadwick, Arts and Culture Spokesperson, now Mayor of Rotorua, led the event. MPs Darien Fenton and Maryan Street were also in attendance. It was exciting to have so many Labour Party MPs support the Arts and Culture Policy




Depot Artspace Members Exhibition – CALL OUT



 

Depot Artspace Members Exhibition – CALL OUT

Depot Artspace extends an invitation to all Members to present works for Big Little Show: Members Exhibition 2018, a curated exhibition of small works. See details here or give us a call on on 9632331 to find out more.




PulseArt: Potpourri Opening



 

At the opening of Potpourri, an exhibition by PulseArt at Depot Artspace, 6 – 24 October 2018

Lesbian art collective PulseArt was formed in 1999 and while only one of the original artists remain in the group, their objective remains;

“We wanted to have a way of expressing our identity without constantly arguing for it. This wasn’t an intentional political act although we are very aware that ‘the personal is political’, nor was it a deliberate act of separatism, but rather a desire to exhibit together in a comfortable and safe space. We wanted greater lesbian visibility.

Our reason for being a lesbian group remains the same; identity is important to us. Some labels are more acceptable than others. Identity politics is now seen as anachronistic. Our desire to maintain it in our current climate of equality has often been seen as unnecessary when we’ve achieved so much. We feel strongly that without asserting our identity we will disappear.

Labels exist. As lesbians we exist. Our art is an important vehicle for claiming who we are – for labelling ourselves ‘lesbian’. It speaks out for us”. PulseArt 2018




BiblioHub – book launches and celebrations



BiblioHub: September 28 – October 3

As part of celebrating Devonport’s rich and diverse literary community, BiblioHub brings together local booksellers, book-makers, book writers of all genre, and book lovers.

BiblioHub events at Depot Artspace included book launches by local authors Geoff Allen and Mickey Smith; Michael King:  A Commemoration by the Michael King Writers Centre in the Vernacular Lounge;  Frank Sargeson – 70th Anniversary of the Sargeson House and displays from Paradox Books, Devonport Library Associates, Flagstaff, Bookmark and Depot Press.

BiblioHub is Depot Artspace’ inaugural celebration of Devonport’s rich literary community; its writers, writing collectives, readers clubs’, book outlets and bibliophiles .

Devonport may have the biggest population of writers, aficionados and affiliates, along with its significant literary heritage, in Aotearoa and BiblioHub is here to celebrate this phenomenon.

This is our first event and we have hardly touched the surface of this fertile field, but we hope to have planted a small garden which, by this time next year will have borne more splendid fruit.

Guests enjoyed launching Mickey Smith’s latest book,  As You Will: Carnegie Libraries of the South Pacific at Depot Artspace on Saturday, as part of Depot’s BiblioHub.

As you Will is available online through the publisher Te Tuhi and at selected bookstores.

http://shop.tetuhi.org.nz/products/mickey-smith-as-you-will-carnegie-libraries-of-the-south-pacific

 

Depot Artspace, publisher Makaro Press, Geoff Allen and guests celebrate his new publication Fairies of Down Under and other Pakeha Fairy Tales.  The book is available through Makaro Press and selected bookstores.