Jacinda Ardern: ‘We can’t say we value our art if we don’t value our artists’

To mark Arts Month, the prime minister shares her thoughts on the future of the arts in Aotearoa.

NZ artist Joseph Michael on turning New York’s UN buildings into icebergs

Ahead of the UN's Climate Action Summit, artist Joseph Michael and composer Rhian Sheehan teamed up to create Voices For The Future, a 30-minute installation projected onto the UN buildings.

Things I Learned at Art School: Yvonne Todd

The acclaimed photographer on the appeal of fashion, Madonna's aging process and what photography students never need to photograph again. 

The dank and magical house where Colin McCahon lived

To mark the centenary of Colin McCahon's birth, a weekend of events in August included a bus ride to experience 'McCahon's Auckland' and an ‘open home’ at the McCahon House Museum.

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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. .

1000 words: Pania Newton at Ihumātao

1000 Words is a Spinoff series talking to the photographers behind our most iconic political images. In this instalment, photographer Chris McKeen describes shooting Pania Newton at Ihumātao. 

Subverted symmetry: Karen Walker on framing Frances Hodgkins

Fashion, beauty and modernism all play a part in the exhibition Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys. Megan Dunn talks to fashion designer Karen Walker about her Hodgkins-inspired fashion collection.

The man behind The Hand: Artist Ronnie van Hout on why he made Quasi

The giant hand that captivated and disgusted the nation is now settling into its new Wellington home. Spinoff arts editor Megan Dunn talked to Ronnie van Hout, the man who made Quasi.

The past is a fucked up place: Theo Schoon, reviewed and reconsidered

Split Level View Finder: Theo Schoon and New Zealand Art is the exhibition that sparked a major protest. Schoon is a divisive historical figure – but is his art any good?

How to Live Together: A sprawling art show about a culture at boiling point

Who makes up the royal 'we'? Lana Lopesi reviews a massive show at ST PAUL St Gallery in Auckland that investigates questions of community, culture and conflict.

Things I Learned at Art School: Simon Denny

Things I Learned at Art School is a new series featuring artists discussing how they do what they do and know what they know. In the second instalment, Megan Dunn talks to Berlin-based New Zealander Simon Denny about Michael Parekowhai, teaching and technology, and an idea involving the online shoe store Zappos that didn't work out. 

Stripping for Monet: What it’s like to be a nude model

Caroline Moratti goes all the way undercover to discover the truth about nude modelling for artists and photographers.

Pastorale: an art show about the environment, minus the moralising

The best little art show about the environment is big on charm and low on preaching and you can find it at Robert Heald Gallery in Wellington for one more week. Megan Dunn reviews.

Enter Christchurch, Radiant City: Tony de Lautour’s paintings of the scars of home

David Eggleton considers the remarkable radiance and Canterbury swamp fog of Tony De Lautour's paintings in this mid-career survey at Dunedin Public Art Gallery

The debate over Theo Schoon, who built his career on the backs of Māori artists

An exhibition of Dutch-New Zealand artist Theo Schoon at the City Gallery in Wellington has set off a debate about the place of racially problematic work in public spaces.

The art award that’s been annoying the Waikato (and Paul Henry) for 20 years

A bus stop, a soap dish, beer crates and a pile of rubbish: in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the National Contemporary Art award, we look at the media …