art & about with naomi mccleary
indefatigable and self-centred quest for power, this message is still relevant today. On Thursday, September 12 at 7pm, in a special after-hours gallery event, as part of the Going West Festival, Peter Simpson will be interviewed by Wallace Chapman against the backdrop of Gate III. Peter is currently working on a two-volume book about McCahon. Volume one will be published in October in conjunction with the McCahon centenary year and this session will offer an exclusive preview of that project. It will consider what it means to dig deep into the story of an already well-known and often written about artist, and what new perspectives can be found from a contemporary viewpoint. How relevant is McCahon in the 21st century? You may think that Wallace Chapman is an unlikely candidate to interview one of New Zealand’s most esteemed cultural writers and commentators? But, in fact, he has a long-standing, in-depth and personal interest in the arts. He is a former member of the Artspace board and was co-founder of the Blue Oyster Gallery in Dunedin. Book through the Going West Festival iTICKET site. $10. Refreshments will be served. Keep an eye out for further Gate III related events at Te Uru, including a panel discussion with artists and curators, organised by McCahon House, on Saturday, September 21. Check McCahon House and Te Uru websites closer to the date for further details. Looking ahead, the McCahon House Trust will be hosting another fund-raising visit to the Gibbs Farm sculpture park on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Tickets are on sale now (iTicket). There is a limit of 1,000 visitors and all previous events have sold out. At the Corban Estate on September 28, the curtain is drawn back to reveal the hidden life of a working arts centre. So much of what goes on at Corban’s is not visible on a day to day basis, but it is varied and fascinating. See page 14 for more detail.
Artist of the Month
Local resident and Auckland professor of psychology, Niki Harré, has won this year’s $10,000 Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Book Award for The Infinite Game: How to Live Well Together, a book that teaches us how to live and work co-operatively, for the good of ourselves and the planet. Niki is the author of numerous scholarly papers on community psychology, youth development and social change, as well as the book Psychology for a Better World: Working with People to Save the Planet. She has conducted numerous ‘infinite game’ workshops in New Zealand and overseas; memorably, one at the 2018 Going West Writers Festival. She asks, is life really a finite game; a game of selection and rules, winners and losers, players and spectators? In The Infinite Game, she asks us to Niki Harré: Imagine our imagine our world anew. What if we are all world anew. part of a different type of game entirely; a game in which playing matters more than winning; a game that anyone can join at any time; a game in which rules evolve as new players turn up – an infinite game? Niki looks at our society (are people pawns or participants?) and at us as individuals (what kind of player would you like to be?) to offer an inspiring vision of how we might live well together. Deeply informed by psychological research and a life of social activism, Niki Harré’s provocative book teaches us all how we might live life as an infinite game.
A Place to Paint Colin McCahon in Auckland Featuring major works by Colin McCahon from the 1950s to the 1970s and drawing upon Auckland Art Gallery’s extensive collection, this exhibition considers McCahon’s sustained relationship with Auckland and the significance of the physical, spiritual and cultural landscape on his painting.
Sat 10 Aug 2019— Mon 27 Jan 2020
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Colin McCahon May His light shine (Tau Cross) 1978–79, Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki 1994. Courtesy of the Colin McCahon Research and Publication Trust.
The Fringe SEPTEMBER 2019
Formerly the Titirangi Tatler, The Fringe is a community magazine serving West Auckland