Mark Amery

Mark Amery is the co-editor of The Spinoff Arts and a writer, critic and arts broadcaster.

Art
Jun 27, 2020

The debasement of art in schools

The Creatives in Schools programme just received a $4 million boost, but arts educators say the programme falls far short of creating lasting change.

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Art
May 30, 2020

In the garden – and with the PM – with artist John Ward Knox

Artist John Ward Knox introduces his Karitane home and garden, and various projects – bees, pond, a portrait on silk of the prime minister from a live sitting.

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Art
May 23, 2020

Bubble art: A socially distanced new show of videos from lockdown

From a Ronnie Van Hout take on The Breakfast Club to James Oram carving a rendition of his own face out of soap, Christchurch Art Gallery’s show of new video art in response to Covid-19 isolation is worth championing.

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Art
Apr 29, 2020

Facial gash: The troubling self-portraiture of Meg Porteous

Mark Amery shares words and images with Auckland artist Meg Porteous across bubbles, via screens.

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Art
Apr 25, 2020

The conflict over conflict of interest: On the Walters Art Prize judging process

Questions are being asked about the judging process for New Zealand’s most prestigious art prize, the Walters Prize.

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Art
Mar 19, 2020

Come on in? NZ galleries and museums remain open despite coronavirus

New Zealand's museums and galleries are still open, despite similar spaces closing in cities across the world.

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Art
Feb 22, 2020

The great contemporary art road trip

Yes, it’s still summer and still the season of the road trip. We run down some of the best North Island art stopovers, and the mavericks behind them.

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Art
Nov 30, 2019

Things I learned from not going to art school: Yuki Kihara, New Zealand’s next artist in Venice

Lessons in life and art from Samoan New Zealand artist Yuki Kihara, Aotearoa's representative at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2021.

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Art
Nov 20, 2019

A visit to jewellery artists Lisa Walker and Karl Fritsch in a cottage by the sea

Spinoff Art editor Mark Amery and photographer Ebony Lamb pay a visit to the internationally celebrated jewellery couple at their colonial cottage above Island Bay.

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Art
Oct 26, 2019

The bravery of being a sissy: Owen Connors’ SISSYMANCY!

A remarkable quilt project at Wellington’s  Play_Station, Sissymancy! references the AIDS Quilt project while laying new ground for current and future generations of queer artists, writes Mark Amery.  

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Art
Oct 12, 2019

Deal with it: The Great Auckland Art Dealer Questionnaire

It's Auckland Artweek (12-20 October) and we're doing our bit by shining a light on the people behind the city's commercial galleries.

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Art
Oct 5, 2019

Portrait of an Artist Banging on a Cabin Bread Tin

Tongan New Zealand performance artist Kaisolaite Uhila is current visiting artist in residence at Dunedin Public Art Gallery. His work involves a drumstick and many, many tins of cabin bread.

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Art
Oct 3, 2019

Things I Learned at Art School: Bob Jahnke

In this the fourth instalment of Things I Learned At Art School, Bob Jahnke on Māori identity, education and, on the occasion of the Tuia 250 commemorations, "getting Cooked".

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Art
Sep 18, 2019

The art of work: Invisible labour on show at Dowse Gallery’s The Future of Work

The Future of Work at Hutt City's Dowse Art Museum makes visible our changing work conditions. Mark Amery took a tour, and even got some work done himself while he was there.

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Art
Aug 30, 2019

Flow like water: Yuk King Tan on Hong Kong artists’ response to the protests 

Hope, censorship, the Hong Kong protests and their threads across Asia and the Pacific: a conversation with artist Yuk King Tan, whose show Crisis of the Ordinary is at Starkwhite gallery now. .

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Art
Jul 27, 2019

The woman reviving the art of Māori Aute

Nikau Hindin is reviving a contemporary form of Māori art largely lost after the extinction of the aute plant in Aotearoa. Photographer Sait Akirrman visited Nikau in studio.

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