State of the Arts

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Art am­bi­tion

Since the in­au­gu­ral an­nual event in 2010, Artweek Auck­land has pre­sented free ex­hi­bi­tions, art tours, work­shops and artist talks across the Auck­land re­gion, en­cour­ag­ing au­di­ences to ex­plore and cel­e­brate the city’s di­verse and vi­brant con­tem­po­rary art scene. The 2016 Artweek Auck­land fes­ti­val presents the work of more than 1000 artists, in more than 100 venues, over 10 days from Oc­to­ber 8-16. ‘‘My aim for this week­long fes­ti­val was to grow Auck­land’s vis­ual arts au­di­ence through dis­cov­ery and dis­cus­sion,’’ says founder Deb­o­rah White. ‘‘Artweek is all about broad­en­ing the scope of who appreciates art – break­ing down those bar­ri­ers and de­mys­ti­fy­ing the no­tion that the art world is a se­cret/closed/elit­ist com­mu­nity. I want to grow the art au­di­ence here in Auck­land!’’

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