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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.

 

 

 

 

 




Grassroots and Change



Kuini Karanui speaks at the Turangawaewae: Sense of Place exhibition at Depot Artspace

‘Grassroots’ is defined as ‘community-engaged’; grassroots are the people in and of a community, as contrasted with those at the top, ‘the leadership or elite of a private or government organisation.’

Depot Artspace is proudly grass roots. From this point it keeps an ear to the ground, the place where people stand – their turangawaewae – and from which, if nurtured, things grow and are sustained.

Over nearly more than two decades, the Depot has developed facilities, services and new initiatives that respond to the needs and interests of the creative community, both local and beyond. These include: galleries; recording and rehearsal studios; ArtsLab, the biggest professional development programme for artists nationally; creative internships research and development; Cultural Icons, a filmed interview series (78 interviews so far) with people who have been significant in the cultural landscape; Depot Press, including ‘The Vernacularist’ journal, W’akaputanga, Turangawaewae/Sense of Place and LOUD magazine.

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MāoriGrl in the Context of Atua Wahine [Videos]



On Sunday 8 July we were privileged to have renowned researcher and author Dr Aroha Yates Smith and her daughter Kahurangiariki Smith hosting a special artist talk discussing the development of the video game MāoriGrl in relation to Yates-Smith’s thesis Hine! E Hine! Rediscovering the Feminine in Maori Spirituality (1998).

Together they expanded on the story of Hine-nui-te-pō and other atua wāhine (Māori goddesses) presence in today’s world, the reciprocal interaction of ancestors and descendants taking care of the environment, and the relevance of atua wāhine in Aotearoa’s society today.

 

Here is Part One and Part Two of the Artist Kōrero: MāoriGrl in the Context of Atua Wahine that was live streamed on our Facebook page – Sunday 8 July 2018 [1pm – 2:30pm]




MEDIA RELEASE: Aotearoa forest, flora and whenua enrich Depot Artspace gallery for Matariki 2018



Two thought-provoking exhibitions honouring the natural environment will be on display at Depot Artspace from 14 to 25 July for the Matariki Festival 2018.

Forest has the Blues is a printmaking installation project that draws the unique plant life of Aotearoa into the gallery space to boldly question the limits of plant regrowth and regeneration in a high density urban environment like Auckland.

In keeping with this theme, the exhibition Whenua: Land curated by Depot Artspace Māori Liaison, Jermaine Reihana, celebrates distinctive perceptions of and relationships to whenua of artists both past and present.

 

Click here for the full media release. 

 

Image credit: Celia Walker (top artwork), Takuranga by Richard Joughin (bottom artwork)




Kerr St Artspace becomes Whare Toi with unique blessing ceremony



Tuesday, July 3, Takarunga Mt Victoria

6am, and the maunga wears its fading korowai of night. There are stars still and the moon at half-mast. Below us the baubled city stands to attention.

 

We are gathered in the arms of Takarunga, mana whenua, manuhiri, kaitiaki, community, those for whom the maunga is home, guide, companion and seer, to bless Kerr St Artspace with a new name, Whare Toi which signifies our relationship with Tupuna Maunga Authority and honours our attachment to Takarunga.

Among us are Roger Giles of the Bunker, Jan McEwan and Tania Stewart of MKWC, David Wright, Director of the Navy Museum, Council and Local Board representatives, Chris Darby, Richard Hills and Mike Cohen, TMA members Paul Puru, Dominic Wilson and Nick Turoa and Depot Artspace whanau, represented by Jermaine Reihana who speaks to the kaupapa of the Depot which brought us to Takarunga more than 15 years sgo.

Whare Toi is blessed by kaumatua Jim Rauwhero and kaikaranga caller Dolly Tai Rakena both gifted by ancestry tupuna with the whakapapa of the maunga.

Each of us follows them through the building, touching its wooden bones, acknowledging its presence on Takarunga for 7 decades or more, and its constant service to this community; as a post-war transit house for those waiting to be re-homed, as one of Auckland’s early community houses, as a youth employment centre and now as an arts hub offering arts classes and a professional development programme for creatives.

As the sun rises we share kai and some good conversation with our community of friends, old and new, and with hearts warmed and bellies content we take our leave from Whare Toi.




Kahurangiariki Smith interviewed by Radio New Zealand for MāoriGrl exhibition



The very talented Kahurangiariki Smith was interviewed by Te Manu Korihi reporter John Boynton from RNZ last week about her #debutsoloshow MāoriGrl!

“Kahurangiariki made the game over a year as part of an art project, and with a limited background in gaming and programming she found the process tough.

I just wanted to bring back this knowledge about atua wāhine like Hine-nui-te-pō – her in particular because she’s been kind of demonised over the years.

I’d love to expand on this story and expand more on mum’s thesis and the atua wāhine she mentions there.”

 

Click here to read the full article on the RNZ website! 




Auckland City Mission: Life & This Is Where I Live



Read the full article HERE

Life by Auckland City Mission opens Saturday 23 June, 2pm in the Main Gallery.

Many thanks to Stuff journalist Matthew Rosenberg for sharing this meaningful story.




MEDIA RELEASE: Emerging artist brings atua wāhine (Māori Goddess) story to life with immersive digital installation for Matariki 2018.



“It feels fitting to open my first public show during Matariki, celebrating atua wāhine, Māori knowledge and community within such a transformative time. I hope our old stories can resonate with people of all ages and backgrounds. To be able to share these stories is an honour.”

 

Kahurangiariki Smith is many things; fine arts student, artist, storyteller, video game developer and most importantly, advocate for indigenous art.

Her debut solo exhibition, MāoriGrl, combines installation and a role-playing platformer video game that reinvents the story of Hine-tītama /Hine-nui-te-pō, the woman who became the goddess of death in Māori mythology.

Click here for the full media release.




MEDIA RELEASE: Auckland City Mission and Depot Artspace host mixed-media exhibition with a global twist.



“Our previous collaboration with Auckland City Mission succeeded in deconstructing stereotypes at all levels. Homelessness is not a defining characteristic of a human being, it’s a situation some people are going through,” says Depot Artspace Creative Director, Linda Blincko. “The exhibition produced significant work. These artists have lives aside from the identity they are given. It’s important to continue to remind people of this.”

 

Depot Artspace is thrilled to once again host artists from the Auckland City Mission Arts Activities programme in a unique mixed-media exhibition.

Opening Saturday 23 June in Devonport, Life will feature art works from some of Auckland’s inner-city rough sleepers and marginalised people, as well as the global art exchange project, This Is Where I Live.

Click here for the full media release.

 




MEDIA RELEASE: Anarchism features large at Depot Artspace for the 2018 Auckland Festival of Photography.



“More often than not, art is about pushing the boundaries, breaking the rules and exploring infinite creativity. Depot Artspace is celebrating the 2018 Auckland Festival of Photography by hosting two exhibitions that challenge its theme of Control.”

 

Here is the official media release for our latest exhibitions; Walk: An antithesis to the decisive moment and Out of Control, both included in the 2018 Auckland Festival of Photography programme.




Linda Jarrett interviewed for Devonport Flagstaff magazine!



Our current exhibiting artist, Linda Jarrett was interviewed by Emelia at Devonport Flagstaff for the June 1 edition. Her debut solo exhibition officially opens tomorrow evening (Fri 1 June, 5:30pm). Alongside Linda J, our Creative Director Linda Blincko was also interviewed about our participatory photography exhibition, Out of Control. Read the full magazine here. 




Submission Shout Out for Arts in Action blog



The arts provide a powerful platform for raising and addressing issues that face humanity, our wellbeing, our planet.  Arts in Action is part of the Depot Artspace community where we offer commentary, opinion and alternative solutions on a variety of issues. And now we’d like to hear from you!

 

Arts In Action is offering an opportunity for you to highlight your concerns and creative solutions to them, from changing the health system in Aotearoa to advocating for the arts as a beacon for freedom.

We are keen to receive submissions for Arts In Action from utopians, iconoclasts, activists, basically anyone  impassioned about making a difference to this world of increasing inequity and injustice. For inspiration check out the articles we’ve published so far this year and our latest LOUD Magazine.

Send your submissions to Linda Blincko, Creative Director of Depot Artspace in Word.doc format with accompanying images (including image credits). Please note that selection & publishing of submissions will be at the Creative Director’s discretion.




Fauze & Fiona host vibrant opening event!



Last Saturday 12 May saw the opening of Fauze Hassen’s debut solo show, Yellow Street Light Madness and Fiona Gray’s solo show, Flight of Light. Both artists were thrilled with the turnout and we were lucky enough to have live music for part of the event from Coromandel based duo Let’s Go Descarrego who just recently recorded songs at Depot Sound.

Here’s a few pics from the event, the full album can be found on our Facebook page. Make sure you visit both of these shows before they close on Tues 29 May.




A Moving Tribute & The Giant Peace Poppy featured in The Devonport Flagstaff



We were thrilled to have the opening of our 2 latest exhibitions, ‘A Moving Tribute’  by Helen Pollock (ONZM) and The Giant Peace Poppy by Tony McNeight featured in The Devonport Flagstaff (May 4 issue)!

A huge thanks to reporter Emelia Lake, from The Devonport Flagstaff for such a brilliant summary of what was a very moving and aroha filled event.

The opening event took place on Monday 23 April, 2018 in the Main Gallery. 




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.o1569086711c.dnu1569086711ostop1569086711ed@na1569086711grom1569086711 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