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When:

Wed 7 Dec 2011, 11:00am–2:00pm
Thu 8 Dec 2011, 11:00am–2:00pm
Fri 9 Dec 2011, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 10 Dec 2011, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 11 Dec 2011, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Wynyard Quarter, Corner of Halsey & Jellicoe Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

The Wynyard Quarter Arts Series is produced in partnership with Waterfront Auckland and in conjunction with the inaugural Macquarie Private Wealth New Zealand Arts Awards. The series runs from 25 November to 11 December and will provide the public an opportunity to be involved in the celebration of New Zealand arts across disciplines.

The Series kicks off with Arts Foundation Laureate Alastair Galbraith's extraordinary Wires project. On 25 November Alastair will attach a wire to the side of a large silo at the west end of the Wynyard Quarter, using the wire to turn the silo into a sound chamber. This sound installation will be performed on the half hour from 6pm to 8pm on the opening day and again on Saturday 26th from 11am to 1pm, weather permitting.

An Arts Foundation Information Hub, in a red container located next to the Viaduct Events Centre, will be open during the series. People can learn about Arts Foundation Awards recipients and can view the TVNZ 7 series, The Artists on LG smart TVs. The Information Hub will be the source of arts information about the Wynyard Quarter Arts Series and the Arts Foundation.

Events include Silo Cinema; featuring films, short films and music videos by Taika Waititi - 25 November, Oscar Kightley - 2 December and Florian Habicht - 9 December. Their films will be screened onto the side of a large Silo. There will also be free outdoor concerts by Warren Maxwell (Dec 3) and Turnaround Crew (Dec 10).

Nine writers have donated phrases or poems for display in the Wynyard Quarter throughout the series. Words will be located on silos, walls, containers, a fishing boat and under sand. Writers include Arts Foundation Icons Patricia Grace, Margret Mahy and Hone Tuwhare, Laureates Kate de Goldi, Elizabeth Knox, Bill Manhire and Ian Wedde and New Generation recipient Eleanor Catton. There will also be words displayed from a 2011 Award recipient. However, this artist will not be credited until after the award announcement on 29 November.

Arts Foundation Icon Margaret Mahy's poem, Down the Back of the Chair will feature in an interactive children's sandpit. In the poem ‘Dad' finds all kinds of wonderful treasures down the back of the chair. Children will dig in the sandpit to find the treasures. The sandpit is being built by Arrow International for children of all ages. Schools' visits and parents are welcome to bring children to the sandpit.

The Arts Foundation is also working on a programme of evening events with Stoneleigh Wines in their pop up container bar from 7 - 11 December.

The flagship event, the Macquarie Private Wealth New Zealand Arts Awards, will be held on 29 November. The Arts Foundation will donate $360,000 to artists at a glamorous red carpet event at the Viaduct Event Centre on Auckland's waterfront. Ten of New Zealand's finest artists will receive awards for excellence including five $50,000 Laureate Awards, three $25,000 New Generation Awards, the $25,000 Marti Friedlander Photographic Award and the inaugural $10,000 Mallinson Rendel Illustrators Award. Tickets are $250 and can be purchased at www.thearts.co.nz.

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