Dawson sphere-ware

Fanfare was an artwork originally created and hung for three weeks on the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 2005 for the celebration of New Year. Donated to people of Christchurch in 2007, it has been stored since.  Now the Christchurch City Council has plans to install and maintain it at Chaney’s corner, near Belfast, north of the city. Fanfare, by Neil Dawson, is a geodesic sphere weighing 25 tons, and has been described as a “massive steel golf ball like structure, about the size of a house”. Metre sized wind powered pin wheels cover its surface, and will light up coloured lights which can be set to correspond with events in the city. It cost Sydney two  million dollars, and has been gifted Christchurch, although  it will cost $848,000 for storage and installation by the time it is on site.


No gnome home

A mix of 23 established and new artists have been selected to exhibit at the fourth Auckland Sculpture in the (Botanic) Gardens exhibition. The supreme award will be announced as the exhibition opens on November 9, and the People’s Choice Award in February 2014 when it closes. More than 360,000 people attended the last Sculpture in the Gardens exhibition.

State of the art

Contemporary art will again feature at the Auckland Art Fair in August.  Visitors will be able to see and buy art from 40 curated exhibitions and projects, be involved in artist talks, and hear panel discussions with national and international speakers. The keenest art hedonists will make the most of the Vernissage which opens with a fashion -has - no - bounds party and get themselves an opportunity to preview the art works before the public gets a look in.

Hodgkins rediscovered

Two previously undiscovered works by Frances Hodgkins are part of the Make Do & Mend exhibition at the Whangarei Art Museum. They are paintings in her distinctive gouache style, both from separate private collections. One entitled The Farm Denham 1943, and the other Untitled – Cornish Landscape with Lake and Urn c 1940 – 43.  They’re there until July 20.

Noble professor

Photographer  Anne Noble has been named as a Massey University Distinguished Professor. Wellington based, Noble is the College of Creative Arts  principal research adviser. She is the first woman from Massey to hold the title.


Hawke’s bay gem

It’s had various names since 1959 when it was the Hawke’s Bay Mechanics Institute, and later the H.B. Philosophical Institute, but what was most recently the Hawke’s Bay Museum & Art Gallery is, after an $18million spend, to reopen at the end of September  as the MTG Hawke’s Bay. The M is for museum, T for theatre, and G for gallery, bringing together the three key parts of the institution. The  MTG will work out of three buildings – ‘an art deco masterpiece, a modernist gem, and light filled gallery that looks out across Hawkes’s Bay’ on the corner of Marine Parade and Tennyson streets in Napier. There’ll be a big increase in gallery space. The money came from both Government and local government coffers.


Ozzie money

Sebastian Goldspink is guest curator for the John Fries Memorial Prize for emerging artists. The Sydney based award is in its fourth year and is open to New Zealand and Australian artists. Registrations for the $10,000 prize are available in March.

Prime time

Writer, painter, poet, editor and curator Greg O’Brien has won the Prime Minister’s award for Literary Achievement in non-fiction writing. Since 2003 the prize has been awarded to a poet, fiction and non-fiction writer. Each recipient takes home $60,000.