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Colour us alert level 1, as artists and art lovers come out to play for the Queen City’s per­fectly timed Auck­land Artweek

- Arts · Photography · New Zealand · Auckland Region · Ruapuke

While the city went into lock­down, art flour­ished in iso­la­tion. Now Auck­lan­ders’ first week­end in level 1 will be marked with a splash of colour.

The city’s 10th Artweek starts to­day and cel­e­brates lo­cal artists. The fes­ti­val ex­tends across the re­gion and fea­tures paint­ing, photograph­y, sculp­ture, work­shops, light shows, cy­cling and walk­ing tours and pop- up events. Here are some high­lights.

CRL

Four con­struc­tion sites for New Zealand’s largest trans­port in­fras­truc­ture pro­ject — Auck­land’s City Rail Link — have been given makeovers.

Spaces where the Link Al­liance is build­ing the pro­ject’s sta­tions and tun­nels at Aotea ( cen­tral Auck­land), Karanga­hape

Rd and Mt Eden have been trans­formed, and free, guided walk­ing tours will ex­plain more about the artists and their work.

At the fourth CRL site — on the cor­ner of Al­bert and Wolfe Streets in the cen­tral city — sto­ry­teller- artist El­liot Collins will on Wed­nes­day re­veal a textbased ac­ti­va­tion that uses wooden mon­u­ments made from sal­vaged CRL con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als.

“CRL’s usual pal­ette is con­crete and steel. We are now go­ing to add some vi­brant colour into the mix by turn­ing the hoard­ings and fence lines around our con­struc­tion sites into open- air gal­leries to show off the work of highly tal­ented cre­atives,” says Dr Sean Sweeney, chief ex­ec­u­tive of City Rail Link.

Work­shops on the Wa­ter­front

Get the kids out­doors, ac­tive and cre­ative with drop- in work­shops at Wyn­yard Quar­ter. Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude arts and crafts, prac­ti­cal skills and sports- based ac­tiv­i­ties.

Work­shops run next to the playspace in Silo Park from 11am to­mor­row and next Sun­day.

Wa­ter­front Fam­ily Art Walk

Ex­plore di­verse forms of art in the city’s streets, squares, and laneways on free guided walk­ing tours.

This fam­ily- friendly tour takes in the city cen­tre’s Viaduct, Silo Park and Wyn­yard Quar­ter. Book­ings must be made for the tours to­day and next Sun­day. They run 11am- 1pm.

A Year in Aotearoa

Wit­ness the won­der of Aotearoa in this ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing images from the New Zealand Ge­o­graphic Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year 2020 com­pe­ti­tion. Look through the lens of some of our top pho­tog­ra­phers at the Mar­itime Mu­seum across a range of cat­e­gories in­clud­ing aerial, land­scape, wildlife, so­ci­ety, and pho­to­story.

You can cast your vote in per­son or on­line for the Peo­ple’s Choice Award.

Images of Ta ¯ maki Makau­rau

Ans Wes­tra i s renowned for her pho­to­graphs of ev­ery­day life. Her images of Ta ¯ maki Makau­rau be­tween 1963 and 1984 show old build­ings, and Auck­lan­ders go­ing about their lives.

Also in the ex­hi­bi­tion are a series of large- scale vi­brant images of flow­ers made in the early 2000s.

{ Suite} gallery direc­tor David Al­sop will present floor talks on Wes­tra’s life and works on Wed­nes­day at 11am and next Satur­day at 2pm at { Suite}, 189 Pon­sonby Rd.

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From above: Paul X Walsh work­ing on his mu­ral at the CRL Karanga­hape site; Ans Wes­tra’s 1963 study of a Queen St pa­per­boy; chil­dren play­ing at Silo Park.
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Photo / Si­mon Runt­ing From the New Zealand Ge­o­graphic Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year ex­hi­bi­tion, a gan­net preen­ing at Muri­wai.

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