Summer 2012-2013 newsletter
Welcome to the summer 2012-2013 edition of the Cultural Icons newsletter.
PREVIEW THE LATEST EPISODE: Nigel Brown interviewed by Richard Wolfe
CULTURAL ICONS NORTH
Peter Lange and Richard Fahey
November saw one of the busiest weeks we have had in a while in the Cultural Icons' calendar. We are pleased to announce the recording of three new episodes (with more to come) to this series. This time, and with the generous support of Auckland Council's Arts North, Cultural Icons has focused on un-earthing and celebrating the lives of icons, which you nominated, who live in the Northern suburbs of the Super City or whose artistic influence has impacted on this area.
The interviews have so far included:
• Terry Stringer interviewed by Dr Mark Stocker: Terry Stringer a leading New Zealand sculptor who graduated with Honours in 1967 from New Zealand's premier art school, Elam School of Fine Arts. In the following years he received virtually every significant scholarship and award available to New Zealand artists. He is a key figure in the history of art in New Zealand, a sculptor with an established reputation. This was acknowledged in 2003 when he was the recipient of the ONZM (Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit).
• Robert Ellis interviewed by Claudia Pond Eyley: Robert Ellis is one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent artists. Throughout his life, he has taken on a variety of roles: adventurer, explorer, artist, teacher and family man. He is a great communicator and storyteller, which is evident from his work. Born in England, Ellis combines many elements of European and Pacific cultures while exploring New Zealand's national identity.
• Peter Lange interviewed by Richard Fahey (pictured above): Peter Lange is a ceramicist, sculptor and potter whose CV is testament to a life well-lived: freezing works labourer, gold prospector, salt-firing in Italy, silver-cleaner at Buckingham Palace, director of the Auckland Studio Potter's Teaching Centre and once built a 2 tonne, 6 metre long brick boat that floated in the Auckland Harbour (it featured in "Believe it or Not").
• Also Warwick Freeman was recently interviewed by Damian Skinner: Warwick Freeman is a - largely self-taught- jeweller. He regularly exhibits in New Zealand and Australia, as well as in Europe and the USA. His works are held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; Auckland Museum; the Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt; the Danner Stiftung, Munich; the Helen Drutt Collection, Philadelphia; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand, Wellington. In 2002 he was recognised by the Françoise van den Bosch Foundation, based at the Stedelijk Museum, who named him their 2002 Laureate, in the same year he received an Arts Foundation Laureate Award.
Keep and eye out for announcements of when these discussions will be live on Cultural Icons.
The hugely successful Cultural Mapping exhibition in August, Sum of the Parts showcased many of our Cultural Icons. The work of Margaret Lawlor-Bartlett, Riemke Ensing, Gil Hanly, Denys Trussell, Helen Pollock, Dean Buchanan and Nigel Brown was represented between the three venues at Mangauika/North Head Barracks, the Depot and the Museum of the Vernacular at Kerr Street. You can check out a write up and images from the impressive opening by clicking here.
The Museum of the Vernacular opened with exhibition Lounge on 17 November 2012 to coincide with the Devonport Arts Festival. As part of this, recently interviewed Cultural Icon Miriam Cameron exhibited in the recent Peace Space exhibition. Miriam’s VAANA work ‘The Oarsmen’ joined the likes of Nigel Brown’s Parihaka and Peace Note works. Nigel Brown now has two Cultural Icon interviews, the first with writer and musician Denys Trussell and the second with author and curator Richard Wolfe.
CULTURAL ICONS PUBLICATION
Falls the Shadow, by Cultural Icon Helen Pollock
The Cultural Icons project will feature in the Depot’s upcoming publication In Search of the Vernacular. In Search of the Vernacular is a collaborative publication documenting the response of New Zealanders to these three driving questions that underpin the whole of the Depot’s Cultural Mapping project:
- What comprises Aotearoa New Zealand’s cultural identity?
- What is it about Aotearoa New Zealand and New Zealanders that sets us apart?
- What is culturally significant to you as a New Zealander?
Cultural Icons Nigel Brown, Barry Brickell, Helen Pollock, Tony Watkins and Dean Buchanan will feature in In Search of the Vernacular with their own perspectives on Aotearoa New Zealand’s identity.
MUSEUM OF THE VERNACULAR
The Museum of the Vernacular's emblem (above - designed by Nigel Brown) has recently been transformed DIY-style using, as Nigel Brown says, “rusty obsolete machinery and buckled weathered timber, corrugated iron, old rope, lead paint, binder-twine…” into a 1300mm x by 3000mm (approx.) representation by Robyn, Ruby and Neville. It now resides on the front of the Museum of the Vernacular at Kerr Street. Thanks Mitre 10, Nigel, Robyn, Ruby, Neville and Baxter!
We would like to pass on to Rodney and Maureen Wilson our best wishes as they settle into their new home in Mt Wellington.
And our warm wishes and thanks to each of you for your continued contribution to the unique cultural landscape of New Zealand Aotearoa
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