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.

Wave, whip, rise, roar: The art of Mata Aho Collective

A collective of four wāhine Māori artists, Mata Aho Collective work together to transform human-scale Māori weaving practices into atua-scale contemporary artworks.

Along the mangroves: The in-between space of Jack Trolove’s paintings 

Tulia Thompson talks to Paparoa painter Jack Trolove and considers her new body of work, Mangrove. 

Swimming from our comfort zones: The fabric art of Maungarongo Te Kawa

Wrapping everyone in a blanket of love, whakapapa and mauri: the brave, exuberant and generous fabric art of Maungarongo Te Kawa

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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.

Now is the time to invest in the creative arts

An even more substantial investment in the creative arts will help drive our post-Covid recovery.

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.

Courtney’s Place: Te Papa’s CEO on leading the national museum out of Covid

New Te Papa CEO Courtney Johnston on her vision for the museum, the impact of the pandemic, the return of taonga and making good on the Treaty. 

Art in the waiting room

There is art at the hospital, even in intensive care – but the price of seeing it is everything. 

The future of art is not on a screen, it’s with people

What makes Zoom so exhausting? And where to for art? For Auckland artist Cushla Donaldson it’s about work that embraces the social and physical in new ways. Increasingly in Zoom meetings, …

Facial gash: The troubling self-portraiture of Meg Porteous

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

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.

While the creative sector hurts, the power of making carries us through

Today, the best art is coming not from our museums or galleries, but from bedrooms, garages and kitchen tables.

The centre will not hold: Aotearoa at the Sydney Biennale before lockdown

Nirin, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, remained open in March while many other exhibitions closed. Now one of Australasia’s most important art events is going online.

To queer or not to queer: What can galleries do to address homophobia?

Writer Samuel Te Kani tracks the issues and digs into the complications below the surface of the erasures of a queer NZ art history.

Your taxes support artists, and that’s OK

Go on, imagine your lockdown without art. Just try.