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Wed 14 Oct 2015, 5:30pm–6:30pm

Where: Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: Studio One

Studio One Toi Tū plays host to a free, connective Open Nights, offering a glimpse into the mind and process of one of Auckland’s prominent creative community talents. Octobers edition of Open Nights is an engaging conversation with James King and Erwin Van Asbeck on Outsider Art, what it means from an artists perspective and the work that Toi Ora promotes.

James King (Tainui and Ngati Tuwharetoa)
James King was born on a cold winters’ day in 1975. According to legend, when he entered the world the torrential rain stopped and the clouds parted revealing a strong warm shaft of light to the Auckland region. King has many talents, including public speaking and the ability to eat with a spoon. He has a background in journalism and talkback radio where he worked for Newstalk ZB for six years as an overnight host and as a producer at National Radio.

Politics, society, the place of the individual, freedom of speech and psychological warfare are all elements of James King’s paintings. Colour, texture, composition, construction and deconstruction are also elements to be manipulated by King in his drive to crash through his personal and society’s prejudices. His work is charged with humour and wit, naked sarcasm and emotion, but the key interest for James is the person who views the work.

Erwin Van Asbeck
General Manager of Toi Ora, an award winning art organisation providing innovation and leadership in the field of creativity in mental health recovery. Toi Ora's aim is to promote social, intellectual, artistic and creative pursuits that enrich people's lives, improve capacity and contribute to the destigmatisation around mental health thus encouraging social change.

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