Talks highlight city’s art scene
WITH a calendar well and truly bursting at the seams even the most clued-up art enthusiast could use a helping hand to get to grips with Auckland’s contemporary art scene this year.
That’s where the Eden Artspeak series will be stepping in with evening talks to highlight what’s on offer for art lovers in the coming months.
Departing Auckland Art Gallery director Chris Saines will be opening the series on February 26 discussing the gallery’s upcoming Auckland Triennial of Contemporary Art which opens in multiple venues on May 10.
Eden Artspeak’s Sue Gardiner says the opening even- ing will be a great chance to hear Mr Saines speak before he leaves Auckland to become director of the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane in March.
Mr Saines established the triennial in 2001 and this year’s three-month festival will be the gallery’s largest to date.
‘‘It will be an energising event for the gallery and city itself,’’ Mr Saines says.
The triennial titled If you were to live here . . . is the fifth in the programme’s history and is designed to invite discussion.
Its curator Hou Hanru will be asking Aucklanders to come together and share ideas on the future of the city.
Mr Hanru has invited 35 New Zealand and international artists, collectives and architects to respond to the diverse cultural, architectural and urban characteristics of Auckland in their work. The triennial will include works exhibited in the Auckland War Memorial Museum and in and around the city including Silo 6 in Wynyard Quarter.
Mr Saines will speak along with Auckland Arts Festival visual arts manager Ariane Craig-Smith and Auckland Art Fair director Jennifer Buckley about upcoming major arts events at the University of Auckland Epsom Campus, Epsom Ave, gate 3, Lecture Room J3 on February 26 from 7pm till 9pm.
Entry costs $12 at the door. Go to edenarts.co.nz/artspeak to see a full line-up of speakers.
Art speak: Auckland Art Gallery director Chris Saines will introduce the fifth Auckland Triennial of Contemporary Art at an Eden Artspeak talk on February 26. The triennial will include innovative works in the gallery space and a video projected on the walls of the gallery’s spiral staircase.