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Thu 22 Feb 2007

Where: Lecture Theatre B15, Library Basement, 5 Alfred Street , Auckland Central

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  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: Emma Timewell

Ian Wedde, 2007 recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of Auckland, is giving a public lecture on 22 February.

Ian, an Arts alumnus, is a poet, novelist, curator, art writer, anthologist and public intellectual. He is widely acknowledged as one of New Zealand’s most important writers.

Ian is currently researching a book on New Zealand-born artist Bill Culbert, a sculptor and photographer who has been exhibiting internationally for more than 40 years. Now based in the UK and France, Culbert uses common household items such as plastic bottles and fluorescent tubes to explore the physics and politics of light.

Ian's public lecture, "Bill Culbert’s light touch: Making life with art", will focus on how to make artistic practice (visual or written) the focus of one’s life and work and on the resulting relationships between the artist and formal institutions (such as universities), the state and other individuals.

Ian graduated from The University of Auckland in 1968 with a MA (Hons), emerging soon after as a poet of unusual eloquence and breadth of vision. From his debut collection, Made Over (1974) to his most recent Three Regrets and a Hymn to Beauty (2005), Ian’s work is praised for drawing on great poetic traditions, from Virgil and the Elizabethans to contemporary New Zealand and American poets.

Ian’s reputation as a writer and anthologist has been secured through a variety of short stories, novellas and novels, and through the publication of two important anthologies co-edited with Harvey McQueen: The Penguin Book of New Zealand Verse (1985) and The Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Poetry (1989), also co-edited by Miriama Evans. Ian has also worked as an art writer and curator, and his novels, including Dick Seddon’s Great Dive (1976) Symmes Hole (1986), Survival Arts (1988) and most recently The Viewing Platform (2006) have been widely admired. He has won New Zealand Book Awards for both poetry and fiction. At various times a Burns Fellow (1972), a Literary Fellow at Victoria University, a Katherine Mansfield Menton fellow, and this year an Arts Foundation Laureate, Ian also became a leading public intellectual through his role from 1994-2004 as Concept Leader - Humanities at Te Papa Tongarewa The Museum of New Zealand, and through publications such as Making Ends Meet: Essays and Talks 1992-2004 (2005).

Pay and display parking is available on Princes and Symonds Sts. Alternative parking is in the Owen G. Glenn Business School building (still under construction). Access is from Grafton Rd. It is signposted as a "CARePARK". It is $4 per hour before 6pm.

For more information on this event, please contact Pauline Sheddan: email, phone +64 9 373 7599 ext 8446. No RSVP is required.

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