Talks high­light city’s art scene

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

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.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

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.

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