The Depot Newsletter, July 2012
Exhibitions, events, literature, music, workshops and opportunities.

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Artist’s talk
Thursday, 12 July, 2pm at The Depot
We are pleased to invite you to attend an artist’s talk by artist and Cultural Icon Nigel Brown.
Nigel is one of the exhibitors in the upcoming Cultural Mapping Project exhibition ‘SUM OF THE PARTS’. He will be exhibiting early and recent work about cultural identity and peace in Aotearoa New Zealand which will inform his talk. Everybody is welcome.
This talk coincides with Nigel's visit to Auckland to celebrate his solo exhibition ‘Joe Taihape’ at Whitespace gallery, 12 Crummer Rd, Ponsonby  which opens on the 10 July and closes on the 28 July.
For more information on the artist:
Devonport Chamber Orchestra: Vivaldi
8 July, 2pm, $10 at The Depot

Vivaldi: Concerto for Viola D’amore and Lute
(Rupa Maitra and Owen Moriarty - Soloists)
Vivaldi: Concerto for Guitar (Owen Moriarty - Soloist)
Selected duos for violin and guitar
 “Duo Tapas”  (Rupa Maitra and Owen Moriarty)

Voice & Breathing Masterclass/Workshop
Saturday July 14, 2012 3:00-5:00pm
Kerr St Artspace on access road to Mt Victoria off Kerr St, Devonport
for Singers, Actors, Teachers, Public Speakers (all levels of experience).  Learn how to get the most out of your voice with the least effort. Practical voice techniques and breathing retraining by voice therapist/professional singer. $30 advance. Julia 0221845034
Kerr St Artspace on access road to Mt Victoria off Kerr St, Devonport.
Mt Vic Yoga
Tuesdays, 5.30-6.30pm, $10
Kerr St Artspace on access road to Mt Victoria off Kerr St, Devonport 
Dress comfortably. Bring yourself, a mat and some warm clothing/blanket.
Alieviate chronic pain, improve circulation, strength and balance. Increase self awareness and positivity.

Yoga is for everybody, whatever size or shape.
Ingrid studied Yoga at Wellpark College school of natural therapies and has been teaching for 4 years now. Her classes are a mixture of Hatha Yoga and her own creative style. Classes are general and involve a mixture of Asanas, breath control and finish with a cosy, warm relaxtion.
SUM OF THE PARTS: exploring New Zealand’s cultural identity opens at The Depot on 11 August (time TBC). Sum of the Parts is a dynamic, interactive exhibition which features numerous installations and a comprehensive programme of events. The exhibition and events will take place in three venues in Devonport: The Depot, The Depot’s Museum of the Vernacular on Kerr St and the North Head Naval Barracks.
There are over 20 mapping projects around the country being produced for the exhibition including an online project with multiple contributors. Examples include painted maps by renowned artists Nigel Brown in Southland and Dean Buchanan in Karekare and sculptural installation work by Devonport local Helen Pollock.
The Peace Map is a giant installation made up of smaller installations. It is so large in fact that it needs two sites: The Museum of the Vernacular on Kerr St and the North Head Heritage Barracks. The Peace Map is dedicated to mapping and perpetuating peace. It is a celebration of the many events and individuals who have helped us define Aotearoa New Zealand as a peaceful nation. Challenging peace themed artworks which will be on display from Nigel Brown, Chloe King and many others alongside exhibits and installations from W.I.L.P.F (Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom), Amnesty International, The Hiroshima peace Museum, Torpedo Bay Navy Museum and many more.
THE KIWI NUGGETS ROADSHOW - Polishing up on our manufactured culture
You are invited to bring examples of manufactured products designed and/or made in New Zealand to add to the Kiwi Nuggets installation at The Cultural Mapping Project exhibition Sum of the Parts. You can bring your items into The Depot during opening hours from the 10-16 August. Selected items will be discussed by a panel led by Michael Smythe, author of the award-winning book NEW ZEALAND BY DESIGN: a history of New Zealand product design, at The Depot, Sunday, 26 August, 2pm.
We are currently looking for volunteers to assist with all sorts of exciting developments happening with The Cultural Mapping Project and exhibition Sum of the Parts both online and in the gallery. Helping hands are wanted for online research, gallery assistance, video editing and more. Please email your area of interest (online/gallery/other) to:

Email, drop into The Depot, or visit to find out more.

An interview with author Michael Morrissey conducted by author and psychologist Michael Corballis has been launched on Jam Radio. Morrissey is the author of poetry and fiction books including "Taming the Tiger: A Personal Encounter with Manic Depression"
 A Peace MORPH shall be released for your eager eyes on 1 August, hooray!
Pre-order your sweet ‘bagazine’ (a brown paper bag with the magazine plus other goodies):

Depot members $10
Non-members $14
Place your order via:
Chocka full of delight and peacefulness; what more could you ask from a magazine?
Contributors include: John Minto, Riemke Ensing, Bethanie Bennie, Romelli Rodriguez, Ruby Watson, William Grant Junior Wharakura, Takapuna Grammar pupils, Claire Speedy and more…
  • U3A Devonport (University of the 3rd Age) interviews are now complete and will be presented  on 11 July for the 15th Anniversary of the founding of their group. The interviews celebrate its members who are now 90+ and have focussed on their lives and their involvement in U3A.
  • Strayhound's album is now complete and released, albums available at:
  • Pedro Eguren's album Diversio continues. Pedro started recording in December 2011 and recording is now complete!  We're in the final stages of mixing/mastering this work, due for July release…this is just round the corner. A mix of low-fi punk, acoustic ballads and big 80's rock, this should be an interesting listen. His new website is currently being developed so we'll release this info when we can…
  • Work continues on Tamihana Robin's album. Aka Sinaster and Mr Robin, he's also an active graphic artist and his work is well worth checking out. Not to mention the recording and mixing of his music is top notch !  Check out these links for his music and Artwork Performing live : with his partner Jaim (Jaimee Edwards),
  • Our Open Day for Music Month went well, a consistent flow of people came through, and it was great to have Ben Fernandez and friends in the studio playing fine jazz music. Always a pleasure… till next year! We've just recorded and mastered his solo piano CD also. Here's the link to "Memories are Made of This" released June 2012:
  • Come and check out our new Peace Playlist streaming live from the studio each day in our Soundlounge. While you're here also have a listen to Martin Dillon's Seeker installation if you're a fan of anything electronic, you'll relate to this! All just outside the Depot Sound studio door at the back of the Depot.
As usual check or for music, links and info.
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:

Miriam Cameron interviewed by Denys Trussell
Hellen Pollock interviewed by Rodney Wilson
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 4 August 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.
 Small Dog, retail gallery of loveliness, is online! Yes, ONLINE! That means long evenings trawlling through our tempting collection of original art, object, homewares, jewellery, prints and photographs. You can find us tucked all snug for the winter months within The Depot’s website: SMALL DOG GALLERY!

July’s Artist of the Month: George Hughes
Devonportian George Hughes' paintings remind one of sunshine and warmth. Memories of childish summers whiled away perusing the undergrowth for the tiny beings that lurked there, and of languid expansive holidays at the beach, where nasturtiums rambled on forever and thickly petaled hibiscus bloomed freely. Using oils and canvas, Hughes infuses the tidbits of everyday objects and scenery with a life and vitality which reaches beyond the canvas, lingering in the mind and leaving one with an impression of sunniness, relaxation and peace.
George Hughes’ paintings are available at Small Dog.
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 – 5 July ($40)
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.

Vision to Viablity – Creative Practitioners Toolkit - Two Day Workshop  July 18/19 ($80)
This practical workshop provides tools to establish and maintain your creative vision.  You will learn how to set realistic and achievable goals, creative management of yourself and projects within the opportunities and constraints of time, crafting an elevator pitch that captures the attention of your audience.  A guest speaker gives practical advice on successfully taking on challenges and opportunities as a creative practitioner.

Contact Lynn Lawton at or 9632328
for more information or to register.
28 Clarence St, Devonport, Auckland
Whitu, Whatu, Whetu: Seven, Stitch, Stars
23 June- 5 July 2012


Seven weavers explore the attributes of the seven stars of Matariki. Works are 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
Tania Reihana (Te Waiti)

Group Show: Paint-talk
7-19 July

Opening on 7 July, 3-4.30pm in the Main Gallery
This exhibition brings together four friends each of whom reflect their own individuality through their use of paint and pastel to portray the beauty of New Zealand’s landscape. While enjoying each other’s company these artists are happy to take up the challenge of working with their chosen media to evoke a mood, to draw attention to detail or to build on the potential of what they see around them. With Donna Allen, Yvonne Mackley, Cynthia McKenzie, Paddy Stafford-Bush.

Robyn Gibson; CAR- I -CATURE - New works
6-13 July 2012

Opening in Outerspace Gallery 3-4:30pm Saturday 7 July 2012

“While driving on our busy Auckland roads and endlessly waiting at traffic lights I have discovered within the car next door to me a delightfully diverse array of characters”.
Robyn’s show is a painterly pictorial chuckle about the eternal internal traffic dilemmas we face while in the comfort of our vehicle’s interior; a humorous look at the individual driver and their strange passengers heading out on another intrepid suburban journey.

PAV-LOVA : Primitive Truth
14-19 July 
Opening in Outerspace Gallery
Pav-lova calls his art ‘Primitive Truth’ and says that for him “art should always tell a story that has deep value…that society longs deeply to view – to see the hidden truth, or revealed truth that they overlook”. An in-depth catalogue will be exhibited alongside the painted works which features over 100 works in the order of their creation, each accompanied by a personal insight. The works exhibited and in the catalogue have been produced during the artist’s incarceration and represent an intense period of development for the artist. Still serving his time Pav-lova continues to paint with the encouragement of his wife despite the many challenges. This is the first public exhibition of his work.

James Oddy: Walking Over Rocks
21 July - 9 August 2012

Opening in Outerspace Gallery 3-4:30pm Saturday 21 July 2012

“I start painting a picture and I finish it.  I don’t think about art while I work, I try to think about life.” Jean-Michel Basquiat
James’ art is created as he sees it unfolding in front of him; it is not planned but evolves from a brush stroke or pencil line and takes a journey, through layers and textures of paint and pencil.  As a self-taught artist the process of mark making and decision making run hand in hand as we too are taken on this journey.

Robin Purllant: The Magpies Said  
21 July - 9 August 2012

Opening in Main Gallery 3-4:30pm Saturday 21 July 2012

With a representational style, Robin’s loosely autobiographical approach combines many
different mediums. The starting point is either a literary or a musical source, both
of which are combined with a personal life event to produce an artwork that is
multi-dimensional, often metaphorical and full of memorable detail. Robin does not
attempt to purely illustrate any of the sources, but focuses on and brings out the emotional aspects of a situation or event.

Satellite Gallery 136 Newton Road, Newton, Auckland

Antoinette Ratcliffe: Cauterizing Schrodingers Cat
5-28 July 2012

Opening at Satellite Gallery 5:30pm Tuesday 3 July
The artist and Satellite Gallery’s live-in curator Justin Jade Morgan will be giving a talk from 5pm. All welcome

Antoinette’s installations have been described as being “like a graphic novel we’ve all read at some point in our lives, but can’t quite find that copy of it.” Antoinette explores thematic narrative derived from contemporary animation, comedy, hybridity, horror conventions, banal situations and anthropomorphic association.
Recent works have been shown at: Call and Response at the Sculpture Park Waitakeruru Arboretum, Tauwhare, Satellite Gallery, The Waikato Museum of Art and History, Ramp Gallery and numerous artist-run spaces.
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