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  • Date: 6 July 2017
  • Time: Thursday, 5-10pm
  • Cost: Entry by koha

Art, music, films, books, wine, beer, food.

This month's line-up includes the launch celebration of Black Marks on the White Page, a collection of Oceanic stories for the twenty-first century edited by Witi Ihimaera and Tina Makereti.

Following the book launch, enjoy a live performance from the award-winning Modern Māori Quartet. Featuring James Tito, Matariki Whatarau, Maaka Pohatu and Francis Kora, the group are a Māori Ratpack with a contemporary twist. Weaving acting and music into healthy and hearty Māori storytelling with the Western tradition of showband entertainment.

Supper treats from Nam D and cash bar serving Tuatara beer, Seresin wine and Six Barrel Soda. 

Timetable: 

5–10pm Supper treats from Nam D and cash bar 

5–8.30pm DJ B.Lo

6.30pm Book launch: Black Marks on the White Page edited by Witi Ihimaera and Tina Makereti
Introduced by Tina Makereti. Pati Solomona Tyrell performs FA'AAFA. Readings by Patricia Grace, Anahera Gildea and Victor Rodger.*

7.45pm Exhibition tour of Petra Cortright: RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME

8.30pm Modern Māori Quartet play live

9.15–10pm DJ B.Lo

Black Marks on the White Page is published by Penguin Random House New Zealand. The launch is supported by Toi Māori Aotearoa.

* Regrettably, Witi Ihimaera is no longer able to attend the launch.

  • Date: 19 - 21 July 2017
  • Cost: Charges apply

Craftcamp returns to the Gallery with workshops for creative kids aged 5-14 years.

Choose from three sessions exploring different mediums and be inspired by our current exhibition programme. All workshops suit beginners to more experienced learners from 5-14 years.

Meeting place in the foyer of City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square.

All workshops are held in the Gallery’s Education Studio, upstairs. Craftcamp is run by Wellington artist Gabby O'Connor.

Wednesday 19 July, 10am – 4pm / $50
with supervised lunch, bring-your-own 
Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide
Make soft words, sculptural words and painted words to create your own ‘art-sentence’

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Thursday 20 July, 10am – 4pm / $50
with supervised lunch, bring-your-own 
Petra Cortright: RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME
Explore repeated motifs and fantastic landscapes to create layered box paintings

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Friday 21 July 10am – 4pm with supervised lunch, bring-your-own / $50
Martino Gamper: 100 Chairs in 100 Days
Chair atelier: drawing, making and combining chairs across sizes and formats, from S,M, to L

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  • Date: 19 June 2017
  • Time: Monday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free

We celebrate Matariki with a panel kōrero featuring five emerging architectural designers, artists and thinkers who will discuss what the future of our built environment needs to be: beautiful, inclusive, safe, equitable and providing a platform for generations to come.

Convened by Elisapeta Heta, Architectural Graduate, Ngātiwai, Waikato Tainui, the panel includes Te Ari Prendergast, architectural graduate, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou; Amber Ruckes, architectural graduate, Ngāi Tuhoe; Hana Scott, architect, Ngāti Wakaue, Te Arawa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kahungungu, and Whare Timu, senior architectural graduate, Ngāti Kahungungu.

This kōrero acknowledges the recent loss of pivotal thinker, architect and kaitiaki Rewi Thompson, his significant contribution to the built environment, to the education of architectural students and work with indigenous communities around the world. Moe mai rā e te rangatira.

City Talks is an initiative of the New Zealand Institute of Architects Wellington Branch and presented in partnership with City Gallery Wellington. 

  • Date: 24 June 2017
  • Time: Saturday, 4.30pm | At Ngā Taonga, corner of Ghuznee and Taranaki Streets
  • Cost: Free

Following Laurence Simmons' talk responding to Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide at 2.30pm, he introduces Runaway at Ngā Taonga. Laurence Simmons is Professor of Film Studies at University of Auckland. 

Runaway
1964, Dir. John O’Shea, 1hr 42min
‘The intimate, daring drama of a young killer on the run and the women in his life!’ This thriller-cum-road-movie pits a moody ‘man alone’ against archetypal New Zealand landscapes. With Kiri Te Kanawa and Selwyn Muru.

'Though unmistakably sincere in its romantic vision of the tangata whenua and its commitment to alienated young manhood, the film's enduring impact is in O'Shea's manifest desire to synthesize and translate a head full of European cinema into the wide open spaces of New Zealand'—Bill Gosden, 31st Wellington Film Festival, 2002.

Part of a film programme exploring New Zealand race relations in the 1960s and 1970s. A joint project wth Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision in association with Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide

  • Date: 24 July 2017
  • Time: Monday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free

Prophet Rua Kenana's followers believed that God had revealed to him the presence of a large diamond on Tūhoe's sacred mountain, Maungapohatu. Jeff Sissons (Victoria University Wellington) explores this diamond's significance for Rua's movement and its vision of political and economic independence. 

Cash bar. 

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Part of the Deane Lectures series, presented in association with Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide and supported by the Deane Endowment Trust.

  • Date: 20 May 2017
  • Time: Saturday, 2pm
  • Cost: Free

Following the popularity of Roger Walker's talk on Monday 15 May, City Gallery and NZIA Wellington Branch are thrilled to announce that the Gold Medal winner will deliver a second talk.


Winner of the 2016 New Zealand Institute of Architects Gold Medal, renowned Wellington architect Roger Walker talks about his work and life in architecture.

Few figures in the history of New Zealand Architecture are as synonymous with a place and time as is Roger Walker with Wellington in the 1960s and ‘70s. Roger’s buildings helped to define an era in New Zealand architecture and he is one of the few architects, along with Ian Athfield, to have received recognition in the wider culture.

  • Date: 10 May 2017
  • Time: Wednesday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free

Architect Rana Haddad and artist and designer Pascal Hachem, both based in Beirut, talk about working in cities during a time of war, where architecture often becomes a temporary intervention in contested territory.

Haddad and Hachem say: 'We are the product of the war ... We choose to look at Beirut as it stands today: a city riddled with danger, yet ripe with potential. Learning to embrace whatsoever experience that comes to us.'

Haddad and Hachem are in Wellington on a residency hosted by public-art programme Letting Space. 

About the speakers
Rana Haddad, Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut, is an established architect. Pascal Hachem is an artist and designer. Their work responds to their everyday life experience and shifting conditions, culminating in temporary installations. Highly politicised, it takes on bold issues through provocative installations, objects and performances. After 20 years of experience within public institutions, they have been working in found public spaces in Turkey, Lebanon and Italy.

This talk is presented in partnership with Letting Space and supported by the New Zealand Institute of Architects Wellington Branch.

  • Date: 8 July 2017
  • Time: Saturday, 4.30pm | At Ngā Taonga, corner of Ghuznee and Taranaki Streets

Introduced by Val Irwin, the film's male lead.

To Love a Maori
1972, Dir. Ramai and Rudall Hayward, 1hr 43min, PG
To Love a Maori tells the story of Tama and Riki, two young men who leave their rural marae for Auckland and the racial discrimination they face there. Intended as a dramatic documentary highlighting the problems and successes of Māori urban migration, the film portrays many of the social problems of the times. The film centres on the love story between Tama and Penny, a privileged Pākehā, and their struggle against intolerance.

Screenings take place at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, corner of Ghuznee and Taranaki Streets.

Part of a film programme exploring New Zealand race relations in the 1960s and 1970s. A joint project with Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision in association with Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide.

  • Date: 1 July 2017
  • Time: Saturday, 4.30pm | At Ngā Taonga, corner of Ghuznee and Taranaki Streets
  • Cost: Free

Introduced by film historian Lawrence McDonald.

The Governor: Episode 6, To the Death
1977, Dir. Tony Isaac, 1hr 15min
The final episode of the epic TV docudrama on the life of George Grey, New Zealand’s early Governor, which featured laudanum, lechery and land confiscation. It cost a million dollars to make and, unusual for the time, featued Māori dialogue—often without subtitles. Auckland Star reviewer Barry Shaw trumpeted: ‘If Pākehā now have a better understanding of the Māori point of view ... it stems from The Governor.’

Screening takes place at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, corner of Ghuznee and Taranaki Streets. 

Part of a film programme exploring New Zealand race relations in the 1960s and 1970s. A joint project with Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, in association with Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide

  • Date: 22 May 2017
  • Time: Monday, 6pm
  • Cost: $40 / $35 Concession, Friends and Litcrawlers

Chris Kraus is author of I Love Dick, Aliens and Anorexia, and the recently re-released Torpor. The New Yorker says this of her novels: 'Taken together, Kraus’s books summon “contradictory, multiple perspectives” … they approach a recurring consciousness from different angles, dip into the trajectory of a life at different moments.’ The moments, the emotion and the perspectives explored through and across her writing include allusion and reflection on a migrant life in Wellington, where she graduated from Victoria University and had an early career as a journalist at the Sunday Times and Evening Post before leaving for New York to become an artist.

Author and artist Chris Kraus returns to Wellington for a one-off, intimate conversation about her life and work. She talks with Claire Murdoch, Leader, Product and Audience at Radio New Zealand and previously Publisher at Te Papa Press.

Refreshments served.

Presented in partnership with Auckland Writers Festival and Pirate & Queen.

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