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A Spark of Life: James Greig, Potter


Wed 18 Oct 2017, 5:30pm–6:40pm
Thu 19 Oct 2017, 5:30pm–6:40pm
Fri 20 Oct 2017, 5:30pm–6:40pm

Where: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $5.12 ($5.00 + $0.12 fees)
  • Eventfinda tickets no longer on sale

This documentary, made by the TVNZ Arts Unit for the Inspiration series, looks at the potter James (Jim) Greig and his search for the “spark of life” found in clay. Directed by Peter Coates, the documentary interviews Greig in his Wairarapa studio. The film also captures the visceral process of making large works for a Wellington City Gallery exhibition.

When Greig died of a heart attack, aged 50, the programme was only partially completed but was finished following a trip by the director to Japan, where Greig's importance as an artist was discussed with critics, dealers and friends. It was originally broadcast on 27 November 1987.

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About the 'Inspiration' series
The TVNZ Arts Unit was set up in the TVNZ Features Department in 1984-85. Production of the popular weekly arts programme, Kaleidoscope, was brought into the Arts Unit. After a year or so of successful Kaleidoscope production, the lack of in-depth stories on New Zealand artists saw the development of the Inspiration concept. Where Kaleidoscope centred on news/magazine/short-length profiles, 'Inspiration' allowed documentary-length “director’s essay” on New Zealand artists.

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