The Depot Newsletter, June 2012
This month The Depot will focus on encouraging new members to become a part of its rich, multidisciplinary community.
To this end we are asking you to help us reach potential new members by coming into The Depot to pick up a membership form (or go to our website to download one). Make sure whoever is signing up writes who referred them and, at the end of June, we will find out which of you referred the most new members. The winner will receive:
First prize: Your choice of either a) a watercolour and indian ink illustration by Sarah Bing or b) a recording package at Depot Sound (call or come into the gallery for details), a $25 voucher for Small Dog, and a hand-printed, hand-sewn Small Dog cloth bag!
Second prize: a hand-printed, hand-sewn Small Dog cloth bag, %10 off on any purchase over $50 at Small Dog, and $5 off your next membership renewal!
Your membership is invaluable in supporting the Depot to fulfill its eternally unfolding mission of:
PEACE IS NOT MERELY THE ABSENCE OF WAR
Kia Ora, I’m Ruby Watson, the new curatorial assistant at The Depot. The Peace map: ‘Peace is not merely the absence of war’, will be my little nook of the upcoming August exhibition ‘Sum of the Parts.’
I am really excited about celebrating New Zealand being a nuclear free nation for 25 years and look forward to sharing your stories through this exhibition.
We are still researching and gathering information and ephemera. If you, or someone you know, have anything that might be of use, information, stories, images, artwork, please get in touch, I would love to hear from you!
CURENT INSTALLATION AT THE VERNACULAR LOUNGE
The Depot’s Vernacular Lounge has changing interactive installations. At the moment you can learn how to make an origami peace crane, design your own logo for peace, vote for your favorite logo design by artist Nigel Brown (see below) and of course add your hot tips about local creatives to the map ‘A Place Like Devonport’.
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE LOGO (BY NIGEL BROWN)
Coinciding with the Cultural Mapping Project exhibition ‘Sum of the Parts’ in August is the launch of the Museum of the Vernacular.
Nigel has supplied 13 bold design concepts for the logo (thank you Nigel!) and you can help decide which one will be used as the logo for the Museum of the Vernacular by voting for your favourite. Vote now at The Depot in the ‘Vernacular Lounge’, or visit www.nzculturalgenealogymapping.wordpress.com to cast your vote online.
Jam Radio's design and architecture show "The Object" will be back in mid-June with a look at the history of a photo album from the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum in Devonport. The images in the album, taken by Gordon Graham a former cook in the HMS Achilles, focus on Japan -including Nagasaki- months after the disastrous atomic bombs were dropped there in 1945. "The Object" sat down with Gordon to reminisce about what he saw there, discuss his album as a legacy of history, and a tactile reminder of the need for peace. Pictured here: Gordon Graham and Nagasaki resident collecting debris after the city w as bombed (left). Shack built from debris of the atomic bomb (right). Images taken in December 1945. Used here courtesy of Gordon Graham and the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum.
A PEACE MORPH
As you have undoubtedly realised, MORPH is making its way into your hearts and minds this August by way of a BAGAZINE! Yes, in partnership with the Cultural Mapping Project’s “Peace Map”, and in commemoration of Auckland becoming a Peace City, MORPH is releasing a goody-bag filled with goodness. Delicious treats, thought-provoking content, retina delighting images, and lovingly handmade activism-themed bits and pieces encased within a crisp friendly paper bag. As MORPH is a non-profit, advertising free production we will be charging only enough to cover the costs of production. Order your very own Peace MORPH now to ensure you don’t miss out. $10. Yours.
- This last Saturday 26th May Depot Sound held its annual Recording Studio Open Day. For the last couple of years this has been a nationwide event. However, this year we're the only studio in Auckland, possibly NZ which maintained the tradition by holding an open door recording session with two jazz bands coordinated by Auckland jazz keyboardist Ben Fernandez.
- Our Peace song collaboration with Beach Haven School has begun. We'll be using our mobile recording rig over the next couple of months to produce a short album of songs with the theme "what does peace mean to you?". Stay tuned.
- The final masters for Josh's band Strayhound have been completed and sound amazing (of course)! Look out for their independent release entitled "Nocturne" (album cover pictured here) or visit the studio to preview or purchase a copy.
- Recording and production continues with Sinaster (aka Tom Robin), John Watson, Pedro Eguren, Ben Fernandez, Melody May, Paul Dixon's Hypnotherapy, Richard Foreman.
- We're doing live sound for Surf Friends at Cassette Nine on Friday June 8…Yeeeoooowwwwww! If you know what I mean.
The Cultural Icons project celebrates people who have shaped New Zealand’s arts & culture scene. A valuable, informative and accessible series of recorded interviews, conducted between contemporaries, with the aim to sharing the histories, stories and experiences of some of New Zealand’s most significant arts and culture contributors.
Programmes soon to be online:
Harry Sangl interviewed by Michaela Sangl
ARTISTS' SUBMISSIONS WANTED
Do you have or would you like to make artwork that explores how you identify with New Zealand or New Zealand’s cultural identity? If so it could be part of the first exhibition at the Museum of the Vernacular in August.
Visit The Depot on Clarence St or online at www.nzculturalgenealogymapping.wordpress.com or email email@example.com for more information about how to submit your work.
DEPOT MEMBERS' EXHIBITION 2012
Ahhh the circle. Its never-ending fidelity so perfectly round and accommodating. Much like the peace symbol perhaps? Well, in homage to all things peacefully creative The Depot’s Members Exhibition will feature alongside the "Peace Map" at Kerr St Artspace in August. Circular, peace themed works must be submitted by August 4th 2012 with name, contact phone number and email address, title and price. Foam dots are available from The Depot for a $5 koha, or circular works on other media may be entered. Maximum size 30cm x 30 cm please.
FIRST NORTH SHORE PECHA KUCHA IS COMING TO DEVONPORT
During this year's Devonport Arts Festival, The Victoria Picture Palace and Theatre will host the first ever North Shore based Pecha Kucha on Thursday November 22.
A Pecha Kucha night is an event format in which presenters (usually from the design, architecture, photography, art and creative fields) show a slideshow of 20 images, each of which is shown for 20 seconds .
The event format has been replicated in more than 400 cities.
We're on the hunt for any North Shore based creative individuals representing themselves or their companies who might be interested in presenting. Please contact Jane Zimmermann firstname.lastname@example.org
SMALL CYBER DOG
Ahh yes, we are so flash now! Small Dog is now ONLINE with unique artwork, object, home wares and more for your couch-comfort purchasing pleasure. Also, Small Dog’s blog now runs through the Depot website, so feel free to drop by and check out our monthly featured artists, loving product reviews and general happenings!
ARTIST OF THE MONTH
This month’s Artist of the Month, Mike Keeling, is a photographer extraordinaire, blending together traditional and contemporary themes and images. His work, as well as being humorous is thought provoking and will be for sale both in store, and online through depotartspace.co.nz/smalldoggallery. Image: The Burden of Being Different (photograph, by Mike Keeling, $250)
JUNE ARTSLAB WORKSHOPS
Kerr St Artspace, Foot of Mt Victoria, Devonport
|Artists across all disciplines have frequently inquired where they might find professional work and practice development workshops designed from a creative and not just business perspective. The Depot has discovered that artists want to develop skills in subjects like networking through social media, book keeping tax and GST, goal setting and presentation, but they want to do this in an environment that respects and approaches these subjects from a creative perspective. The Depot has developed a series of workshops through its ArtsLab programme at Kerr Street Artspace, Devonport, that are designed for creative people seeking to develop their arts practice and generate income. Scheduled workshops -which you are invited to attend- are:
Job Search and Interview Skills – 6 June ($30)
A practical workshop on preparing your CV, portfolio and cover letter as well as interview training which will increase the possibility of gaining that elusive interview and ultimately empower you in the job application process. Tips on finding jobs where no one else looks and how to get your ‘head above the crowd’ to secure an interview.
New Media and Legal Issues One Day Seminar – 13 June ($30)
Lewis Bostock provides practical tools and examples on how to use social media to network and expand your client base and promote your work. Advice and answers to your questions on issues of copyright and privacy by an arts lawyer David McLaughlan.
Unfinished Business: Group Show
26 May - 7 June 2012
Opening in the Main Gallery on: Saturday 26 May 3-4.30pm
Stephen, Erin, and Ann McWilliams, members of the same family, all products of the Bachelor of Visual Arts, Auckland University of Technology, attempt to address “Unfinished Business” in this collaborative exhibition.
“We will bring together our diverse but complementary art practices, exploring our differences and similarities within a unique, artistic and family relationship”.
They will share their intergenerational differences, possible rivalries, support mechanisms in hopes to find an answer to the question: “does familiarity breed contempt?”
Julia Durkin, Elaine Smith: Occupy
1-15 June, 2012
Opening in Outerspace Gallery on Saturday 2 June, 3-4.30pm
From the excesses of Wall Street and the global financial crisis, a protest movement known as Occupy was born. Protesters around the world demonstrated, camped and chanted “We are the 99%”. This exhibition looks at the well-organized street theatre of our Auckland protests within an international globalisation of protest.
Mareea Paterson: Boy Sees Light (2011 winner)
Looking at Auckland through the windows of Devonport
1-24 June, 2012
Throughout Devonport during the Auckland Festival of Photography
Multiple works by artists from the 2011 Nikon Auckland Photo Day events in collaboration with the Auckland Photo Festival Trust. The Depot is introducing photography into public/commercial spaces via a unique window project that celebrates Auckland.
With access to over 5000 photographs taken during the 2011 Nikon Auckland Photo Day competition, this initiative brings together Devonport businesses, the creative community, locals and visitors to Devonport.
Camille McCawley: 365 Commercial Rd - Squatter Series
Opening in Sidedoor Gallery on Saturday 2 June, 3-4.30pm
A photographic exhibition that looks at the cold, damp and unstable conditions of a squat in the heart of London. Locked away, the squatters keep to themselves, separated from society yet in the middle of it all. They live communally as an estranged family where they have their individual roles in their “home”, until they get evicted and have to start again.
Group Show: Inner Nature - Art Therapists as Artists
9-21 June, 2012
Opening in the Main Gallery, Saturday 9 June, 3 – 4.30pm
‘Inner nature’ is defined as a person’s mental attitude; state of mind, psyche.
As a group of art therapists, this exhibition focuses on the essence of our inner natures: our experiences, our feelings, our perceptions and imagination - the part that we rarely expose in our professional presentation. Inner Nature is the practice of what we preach and believe, an opportunity to delve into our own personal stories. With: Catherine Spence, Agnés Sigley, Carrie Skeen, Jean Parkinson, Morgan Libeau and Sara Smallman.
Clare Goodwin: Picnic at Waiau Pa
16 - 28 June 2012
Opening in Outerspace Gallery, Saturday 17 June, 3–4.30pm
“There is an element of magic in the process of an image being transferred from one medium to another...”. Drawing on her creative talent as a photographer and printmaker, and building on the experience of immigrating to New Zealand from England as a child, Clare’s new body of work examines New Zealand’s culture in the 1960’s and 70’s from the perspective of a child, whilst exploring the reasons behind the nation’s confusion of identity.
Whitu, Whatu, Whetu: Seven, Stitch, Stars
23 June- 5 July 2012
Opening in the Main Gallery, Saturday 23 June, 3–4.30pm
Seven weavers will explore the attributes of the seven stars of Matariki. Works will be constructed with a foundation of traditional weaving techniques, in a combination of natural and man-made materials and woven into a contemporary aesthetic.The weavers in this exhibition are: Peggy Glover (Ngati Pukeko, Ngati Awa) Muna Lee (Niwa - Te Ati Awa Te Iwi), Ruth Woodbury (Ngapuhi, Te Hikutu), Bethany Matai Edmunds (Ngati Kuri, Pohotiare), Te Atiwei Ririnui (Ngati Rangi, Ngati Ranginui) Bernadette Papa (Ngati Whatua, Ngāpuhi, Te Hikutu), and one other star yet to be announced.
Group Show: Natural Light
9-20 June 2012
Opening at Satellite Gallery Friday 8 June 6pm 2012
A collaborative exhibition of personal works by three very different photographers. Leon Rose and Wendy Brandon show their passion for the landscape, while Geoff Hedley is showing his collection of inspiring macro floral works.
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