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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. 




Standing the test of time and integrity: PACE/ArtsLab



Well-known and widely quoted politicians are often haunted by a past of broken promises which competing parties and mischievous reporters are wont to exploit. George Bush’ famous “watch my lip…no new taxes” is such an example, never to be forgotten or lived down.

If there’s someone who can’t be faulted when it comes to standing by their commitment, especially in the creative sector which is often under-represented and overlooked, it’s Helen Clark….Read More…

Photo credit: Fairfax Media https://www.radionz.co.nz/programmes/the-9th-floor/story/201842639/the-commander-helen-clark




Missing the Mark: The choice of locations for sculptures honouring women’s suffrage in Aotearoa New Zealand.



This year, 2018, marks the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.

While Council is honouring this significant event, we are bemused by their omission of Devonport as a site for a commemorative sculpture since Devonport has been recorded as the first place women voted in Aotearoa, and from 2013 local women have been advocating for a sculpture here. Read More…




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.




The continuing Auckland University Library debacle: Why it’s such an important debate



Since the shocking announcement last month that Auckland University was about to burn books in its specialist libraries there has been a deluge of collective opprobrium at what amounts to an outrageous attack on democratic values and represents the zenith of philistinism.

Professor Stuart McCutcheon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland, infers that the objections are misguided, unnecessarily disputatious and tantamount to hysteria in his recent response to the issue in the NZ Herald, April 30, 2018. Read more…

Greer Twiss centre, Peter Siddell and Richard Killeen. Photographer Gil Hanly




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. 




Reflections on the implications of size: Pt 1 Small is Beautiful



Why is small beautiful when everything promoted as powerful, spectacular and worthy of respect in society – motor vehicles, buildings, personal appendages, bank balances – seems to mock the statement? Super yachts, super powers and, more lately, super cities all proclaim the glory of size. Read More…




Save the Arts, Our Last Bastion of Freedom



The Depot has a sibling arts centre in Rawene, comprising gallery, café and bookstore, Erewhon Secondhand Quality Books. We travel between places as often as time allows, to pick up and drop off artwork as part of a creative exchange, and to restock the bookshelves.

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Eating Big Fish



In the giant ocean small fish swim more safely in schools. There is no desire amongst them to draw attention to their presence as personalities; it would more than likely mean danger, the possibility of being picked off by creatures larger and more predisposed to mischief.

Better to live in a less self-interested manner; in making sure that survival for everyone, not just a privileged few, is easy. Standing out is not an issue for small fish. Read More…




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 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. 




Liberation Arts and its place in Peace Making



Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.

Jawaharlal Nehru (1889 – 1964)

Being nuclear free is a defining component of New Zealand identity, celebrated by cities across the country who have adopted peace city status. What a fantastic characteristic to know ourselves, and for the world to know us by!

It is a bold declaration for cities to make because commitment is necessary to bear the fruits of peace. Commemoration is great, and reflection also, but action is essential. Read more…




Liberation Arts and the Creative Revolution



“The essence of a revolution is the direct intervention of the masses in the political life of the nation. It represents a radical break with the normal routine of existence, where the masses leave the key decisions affecting their lives in the hands of the powers that be. Such a break only occurs at a point when the majority draws the conclusion that the existing order is incompatible with their very existence. A revolution is a situation where the masses take their destiny into their own hands.”

Alan Woods and Jorge Martin in “Revolution in Bolivia” 2005

Revolutions are usually messy things and in a ‘civilised’ society not the sort of activity one wants to be involved in, unless it’s a sanitized misrepresentation of the term in which technology or some other corporate phenomenon is promoted as a mass movement that changes our lives.

But this has little to do with being driven by the masses; usually the masses are further manipulated into believing that they are the major beneficiaries of whatever has been sold to them. Read more…




A Small Word



 

Art – such a small word; unprepossessing, uninspiring even. If you repeat it over and over, it sounds like nothing more than stone in a rotating tyre. There is nothing in its form or sound that supplies it with the gravitas that is its just due.

Yet, like 2 words of similar form and substance, I am, it may be compared to a stellar phenomenon, a ‘white dwarf’.  White dwarfs are very small and thus very hard to detect, yet they are very dense, their mass comparable to that of the Sun, while their volume is comparable to that of the Earth.

Art – it’s packed tight with myriad forms which in themselves bear a depth and breadth of meaning and emotion that totally belie its evident size.

That’s why art matters; art, the medium by which human consciousness is free to express or embody itself, is therefore predisposed to constant discovery; its vastness is without horizon and it cannot be constrained by social constructs or ideologies which include notions such as time, dualism and the universe.

In this sense the arts are one of the defining factors of an enlightened civilisation and it is in this sense also that the arts are the antidote for the world’s spiritual poisons. They may have succumbed in some hands to commodification and conspicuous consumption, but in large they remain true to their business of teaching, inspiring and opening fettered minds. Art can change hearts and minds, which is why civilisations are celebrated for their continuing cultural legacy.

Art – because it appears small and innocuous, art endures in its subversiveness and in its capacity for liberation.

– by Linda Blincko (Creative Director)




Arts In Action: Various Peregrinations



This essay by Linda Blincko explores the various dimensions of the Arts in Action.

“At the most fundamental level creating is a natural attribute of living beings. It is continuously in motion, limitless in its permutations and infinite in its possibilities.

That is why, when Depot Artspace took over the old Borough Council works depot twenty two years ago, we began what continues to be a work in progress.” Read more…

 




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.

 




Michelle Male



Michelle Male is a Devonport based artist working on watercolour and oil.  Born in Manchester, Michelle began drawing at an early age, studying life drawing and art as a teenager. She immigrated to New Zealand in 1995, and under the guidance of master painters Rob Campion (oil) and Brian Millard (watercolour) she has been learning to master her chosen mediums.

The expression of animals has become the focus of Michelle’s work, resulting in a body of work that captures magical moments of dogs on local beaches. Michelle collects study-photographs on early morning walks around Devonport with her golden retriever, Rhubarb, which is possibly the most painted dog in Devonport! She enjoys painting in a large, realistic, energetic style – reflective of the subject matter.

Michelle is currently compiling an extensive collection of oil and watercolour paintings with a view to a full exhibition in the next year.




Dasul Lee – Sculptor



“Familiarity, stereotypes or preconceived ideas often prescribe our impressions and perception…By manipulating materials and objects that everyone has experiences of, or are familiar with, viewers are invited to reconsider the value and the power of the mundane object, and to realign our relationship to objects and their relation to the world.”

Originally from Korea Dasul Lee moved to New Zealand in 2004.  In 2015 she gained a Masters of Fine Arts from the Elam School of Fine Arts.  Dasul draws inspiration from artists such as Tom Friedman and Tony Feher, who strive to re-articulate and reanimate mundane household items and challenge the states of being and meaning in their existence. Her fascination with ‘everyday sculpture’ stems from her time as a freelance graphic designer, and her natural affinity for observation and interpretation.

“One day I was in my studio and looking at some juxtaposed stationery items on a desk,
when I selected only the black linear items among them to place them in order from small to
big. It was a simple gesture but the way the lined objects show similarities and dissimilarities
caught my eye and I suddenly thought, ‘I get it now. I just made a sculpture out of everyday’.
Then I started to expand my artistic endeavors on the sculptures that play with and
challenge perceptions of the objects and space with daily familiar materials by applying
questions like “What If and could everything perhaps be completely different, what else
could this mean?”

Dasul had an installation at our Woven exhibition in February 2018. You can connect with Dasul via Instagram @dasul.lee




Kauwiti Selwyn – Opera Singer



“Ko te ohonga ake o taku moemoea, ko tera te puawaitanga o te whakaaro”

“The awakening of my dreams, is the blossoming of my aspirations”

-Kauwiti Selwyn-

Kauwiti Selwyn is an opera singer and painter originally from Kaikohe. A proud Maori Cook Islander, Kauwiti has performed opera extensively around New Zealand, including opening for Sole Mio. As a painter he was under the tutorship of Theresa Reihana,  a close relative to Jermaine Reihana.

“From the moment Kauwiti Selwyn begins to sing O Sole Mio (in Neopolitan dialect) onlookers are spellbound by the young tenor’s confidence and poise and captivated by a presumably professionally trained voice of undeniable maturity and quality. It’s staggering to discover he’s only just turned 16. If a comparison is made (and quite a few make it) this young man sounds like the nearest thing to Luciano Pavarotti to be found in the Antipodes.” – New Zealand Herald, April 2014

Kauwiti performed at the Woven opening event and displayed 3 paintings in the Woven exhibition in February 2018.  You can stay connected with Kauwiti via Instagram @atiu_prince




Pascal Harris – Pianist & Photographer



Pascal Harris started playing the piano at the age of eleven and soon became immersed in music on acquaintance with the work of Bach, Mozart and other great composers.  You can see a preview of his performance style with this video we filmed of Pascal rehearsing on the Depot Sound piano.

From 2001 to 2005 Pascal studied classics and piano at the University of Otago. During his studies he won several significant New Zealand music prizes including the Simon Gibson Memorial Prize, for outstanding Honours students. After graduating with a First Class Honours degree in Piano Performance under Terence Denis, he continued his studies with Gordon Fergus-Thompson at the Royal College of Music, London.

Fascinated by Japanese culture, he then moved to Tokyo, Japan where he lived as a pianist since 2007. During his time in Tokyo he received kind advice from pianists such as Vladimir Ashkenazy and Jörg Demus. In 2013 he returned to New Zealand and has since been based in Dunedin.

Pascal performed a piano set alongside projections of his photography at the Woven opening event in February 2018.

Stay connected with Pascal via www.pascalharris.com or follow him on Instagram @pascalharris




Vanessa Wood – Freelance Photographer/Fashion Stylist/Digital Artist



“Fantasy has always been my inspiration, because as a child it fuelled my imagination, enriched my soul, forged friendships and made me forget my troubles… and it still does; only now I use my skills to transform others and create art from the photographs I make. Now with a child of my own, I am all the more aware of how true the saying is, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.”

 

Vanessa is a freelance photographer, fashion stylist and digital artist who specialises in fashion and fantasy portraits. She does both commercial work and private commissions. 

Prior to becoming a photographer, she graduated with a Diploma of Fashion Design from the Fashion and Interior Design College of New Zealand. Vanessa also has a Performing and Screen Arts Degree from Unitec, with a major in camera and lighting.

In 2009 Vanessa started her own company called Suede Studios, which is the only photography studio in New Zealand to offer fantasy portraits to children of all ages.

Vanessa exhibited photographs in Woven: The Exhibition, February 2018. Stay connected with Vanessa via @suedestudiosnz on Facebook and @suede_studios on Instagram.




Moe Laga – Performance Artist



Moe Laga is a Performance Artist from South Auckland. Her practice includes movement and activation and a large number of stage and screen productions, as well as collaborative visual arts work that has been shown in Australia and at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China.

Moe has a diploma from the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts and recently completed her Bachelor of Creative Arts at Manukau Institute of Technology. She is also part of the LGBT arts collective FAFSWAG (since 2012), as well as the Mother for the house of COVEN.

Moe performed at the Woven Exhibition opening event – February 2018. Stay connected with Moe via Instagram @Mistress_supreme




Woven: The Exhibition



A special multi-disciplinary exhibition celebrating 17 years of Artslab by showcasing the work of ArtsLab creatives both past and present.




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




Rewa Walia: Abducted



Abducted explores the possibility of the blurring of cultural identities and a newly formed universal identity which everyone can relate to, by adapting the old New Zealand icons, and fusing them with the global icons of the digital world.




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!




Wilson Family: Drawn to Paint



Devonport local Scott Wilson returns to the Depot along with his daughters Leah and Erica for their first family exhibition, Drawn to Paint, which explores and celebrates the natural environment and its interconnection with humanity.




Robyn Gibson: Solace in Familiar Things



Solace in Familiar Things explores our self-indulgent consumerist society where the products designed for an apparently innocent domestic market are often, ironically, the source of human suffering.




Jacqueline Macleod: Memory for $ale



Jacqueline Macleod’s focus on the effects of digital media within female identity challenges our reliance on and captivation with technology.