Thursday June 28, 2018
Internship sees graduate appointed to curator role with National Portrait Gallery The New Zealand Portrait Gallery has a new curator fresh out of university after he was named as the recipient of the gallery’s Liz Stringer Curatorial Internship for 2018. Robert Laking, of Mt Cook, recently completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours from Massey University where the bilingual student developed a fundamental interest in language, conceptualised in art. Robert, 23, says he is proud to be placed in the internship, which will support his goal of working internationally as a studio artist and curator. “The goal is to establish myself as an artist, writer and curator and to work in galleries in New Zealand, England or Germany,” Robert says. New Zealand Portrait Gallery Director Jaenine Parkinson says Robert was selected because they saw significant potential in his ability to bring a fresh perspective and clearly articulate interesting ideas for broad audiences. Robert is currently working on his first exhibition for the New Zealand Portrait Gallery, titled Worn Identities, which will be presented at Wellington’s Shed 11 in October, displaying por-
Ferns sculpture to be re-installed The iconic Ferns sculpture was re-installed in Civic Square on Wednesday, almost exactly three years after the original was deemed to be unsafe and taken down. Wellington Sculpture Trust chair, Sue Elliott said: “It has been a long journey since the original Fernscame down – a tale of earthquakes, engineers, building consent exemptions, fundraising and other commitments for virtually all the parties. The new Ferns is as close as possible to the original, but has a stronger internal structure and is cut from stainless steel, which is more robust than the original aluminium.
Cemetery Bus Service Karori & Makara Cemeteries This bus service is sponsored by Lychgate Funerals. It operates on the first Tuesday of each month. (If the first Tuesday is a Public Holiday then the bus trip will take place on the following Tuesday). The cost of the return trip is $5.00 per person.
Tuesday 3rd July 2018 The pick up points and approximate times are as follows:
Robert Laking is now a curatorial intern with the National Portrait Gallery.
traits where the subject’s personality and identity is conveyed in some way through their clothing or attire. “I’m putting the show together using collection works as well as works from private collections and potentially works from other institutions.” Robert looks forward to sharing his passion for art during the in-
ternship through interactions with visitors, staff and artists. “I think it’s important that people are able to experience culture, which is not so common anymore.” Robert will work part-time as a curator for seven months alongside his work as a studio artist based at Wellington’s MEANWHILE gallery on Willis Street.
Depart opposite 38 Onepu Rd, Kilbirnie Miramar Library Newtown Library (opposite) Bus stop – Medway St (outside New World), Island Bay Courtenay Place (Outside 11 Courtenay Place) Lambton Bus Interchange - (Platform C) Rutherford House KARORI CEMETERY (Outside 93 Karori Road) Karori Library MAKARA CEMETERY
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The bus will leave Makara Cemetery at 3.15pm for return trip and will pick up Karori Cemetery visitors from the bus stop opposite 93 Karori Road at approximately 3.30pm. Wellington: Ph 385 0745 | Johnsonville Ph 477 6855 | Karori Ph 4766472
Cook Strait News 28-06-18