Vol - 22 | 22 August 2018


Kia ora and welcome to the August edition of our newsletter. Spring is around the corner and we hope you are enjoying the lighter, brighter mornings and hopefully renewed energy levels.
If you have something to share, or would like to contribute to the editorial, please contact any one of our friendly facilitators. They would love to hear from you.
•           Sally Waanders – Art History
•           Bridget Blair – Visual Arts
•           Patrice O’ Brien – Dance
•           Ryan Benjamin – Drama
•           Martin Emo  - Music – Sound Arts

Ngā mihi nui

Maria Lute
On behalf of the Arts Online team.


Theatre and Performing Arts
The first sod has been turned for a $26 million dollar development at Otago University. A new two-storey recording studio and performing arts centre is due to be completed near the end of 2019.
Music Education New Zealand Aotearoa (MENZA) has signed a contract with the Ministry of Education to be a Network of Expertise for the next two years. They will deliver Professional Learning and Development around the country, including in regional centres. Two part-time Kaiārahi will be appointed shortly to support this network.

Visual Arts
The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Arts Educations (ANZAAE) has revised the original constitution for the association. In addition to organising the bi-annual conference it is now also engaged in the process of linking with regional associations and providing a folio-sharing platform.
If you have been lucky enough to visit the new Toi Art gallery spaces at Te Papa then the opening of two new exhibits this month; Curious Creatures & Marvellous Monsters and Tony Fomison: Lost in the Dark will no doubt require a repeat visit.
DSANZ is running a professional learning day in Auckland on 1 September. Topics covered include:
  • Preparing students for writing and external assessment in dance and engaging with DSANZ examination support materials.
  • Think-Tank: the NCEA Review and associated education conversation items from a dance education perspective.
  • Raising the standard of choreography in student assessments.
  • Integrating performance skills, technique, and conditioning of student dancers as regular classroom practice.  
Registrations for this PLD day are now open here.
A dance scholarship workshop was held in Auckland recently for teachers and students to find out more about approaches to scholarship.  Another workshop will be held in Wellington on Monday 17 September.  Contact Donna Montgomery for details.

Assessment specifications for Art History
Links to the assessment specifications for the external Art History examinations for 2018. Note the changes that have been made to Level 3 AS 91483 (Meaning) and AS 91484 (Context) for this year’s examination.
External examination timetable:
  • Level 1 Art History – Friday, 30 November - am
  • Level 2 Art History – Thursday, 22 November - am
  • Level 3 Art History – Wednesday, 7 November - am

Arts events

  • The Big Sing Finale will take place 30 Aug to 1  Sept at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington.
  • Drummer Steve Gadd will be touring NZ in October. One of the most influential drummers of all time. With a résumé that boasts sessions and tours with the likes of Chick Corea to Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Paul McCartney, James Taylor and Paul Simon - Steve Gadd has contributed his indelible stamp of rock, jazz, blues, fusion and pop.
  • DSANZ (Dance Subject Association) AGM and awards on Saturday 1 September, 2018. 4pm, at Ormiston Junior College, 285 Ormiston Rd, Flatbush, Manukau, Auckland. 
Gallery Events around NZ

Auckland City Art Gallery
  • Wi Taepa: Retrospective - Sat 28 Apr 2018 — Sun 30 Sep 2018: this exhibition celebrates the life and work of senior Māori clay artist Wi Taepa as it looks back at over 30 years of his art practice.
  • The Māori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand – Te Hokinga Mai. Sat 14 Apr 2018 — Sun 2 Dec 2018. Gottfried Lindauer (1839–1926) is one of New Zealand’s most prolific portrait painters of the late 19th and early 20th century.
  • Tony Fomison: Lost in the Dark - Tony Fomison: E ngaro ana i te pouri.18 Aug – 4 Nov 2018. An exhibition featuring monsters, misfits, and medical deformities that explores what it means to be an outsider.
  • Ko Rongowhakaata: The Story of Light and Shadow - Ko Rongowhakaata: Ruku i te Pō, Ruku i te Ao. Long-term exhibition: Explore the land, people, and stories of Rongowhakaata, an iwiiwi tribe whose unique art reflects their innate creativity, rich history, and innovative spirit.
Christchurch City Art Gallery  Dunedin City Art Gallery
  • Robert George - The Embrace of Night (Go to Sleep) - 30 July- 16th Sept 2018 - A Rear Window Project.
  • John Vea - Two recent works - 14 July  - 22 Oct 2018. John Vea (b. 1985, Aotearoa/Tonga) is a Tämaki Makaurau-based contemporary artist whose work explores narratives surrounding Moana Nui a Kiwa (Pacific) migration, labour and employment.
  • Australian radio station, Triple J, have made a 15-part series on music. The first 5 videos  include the science and physics behind “Why do we sing?” The fifth video is titled “What does a DJ actually do?” and offers a really great overview of what is involved from a variety of genres.
  • Roimata Smail is a lawyer but in her spare time she writes songs in Te Reo for teachers to use in primary schools. She came up with the idea after her husband, a teacher, complained that he didn't have any good resources to teach Te Reo. 18 tracks later, Roimata has created an online resource, Wai Ako that is used to teach by about 2000 pupils in New Zealand. She's just completed recording her latest six tracks and in this interview on Radio NZ, she talks through how the songs work in the classroom and how they are being used.
  • A unique partnership integrating local iwi into re-build projects is evident in a new large-scale artwork adorning the Christchurch Central library. It is just one example of the cultural narratives being woven into the re-build of the city as these artists explain.
  • Art education is more important than ever in the visual world according to Prof David Bell from the University of Otago (for his inaugural lecture see the Professional Readings section below).
  • The recent reduction of arts reporting by news companies in Aotearoa is disappointing but we should be thankful for kernels such as this Maho: the work Gordon Walters wouldn’t sell.
Art History Level 3 – Area 3 – Early Modernism
  • Rene Magritte at the MOMA: René Magritte was a Belgian painter who passed away in 1967.While he left the world after the middle of the twentieth century, he certainly made an indelible impact on art and culture. A short commentary about his work and a major show on his work at the Museum of Modern Art. 
  •  How To Be an Artist, according to Henri Matisse: in the early 20th century, a Frenchman named Henri Matisse shocked the Parisian art world with his painting Woman with a Hat (1905). His application of radically expressive colours to his subject made no logical sense, leaving viewers and critics scratching their heads. Matisse used strange, vivid colours to render not what he saw in reality, but what he felt. This approach would lead to the development of Fauvism - one of the first modern art movements and would cement Matisse’s place as one of the greatest painters in modern art history.
Reviewed resources Professional readings Teacher Resource Exchange (TRE)
The commercial resources section on Arts Online have been updated, including the addition of Melodics.

The Music-Subject organisations section has also been updated, including the addition of Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music -  ANZARME.

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