The Arts Menagerie with Day I of their Night Circus photoshoot, a day that rained out Art in the Dark around the corner and kept most people away, but we still went ahead. It was an open space to play around with vague ideas to see what happens when creatives come out to play in the dark! Sculptures, paintings, dressup and relive the magic of the photoshoots. We could go all the way from Dali to Fellini with a touch of the Bauhaus.
The Arts Menagerie NIGHT CIRCUS coincided with Art in the Dark in Western Park, 50 metres from one of the few Artists Studio remaining in Ponsonby and probably the largest creative collaborative in Auckland.
Chan Andreassend & The Arts Menagerie proposal to create a theatre in front of our gallery in Rose Road, a parade of characters interacting in the park, street and a performance based installation encompassing the people, stories and history of Ponsonby was enthusiastically accepted then rejected, due to no trees being available and lack of funding. The enthusiam was due in part to encouraging Ponsonby businesses to get involved as well.
This was despite our 23 year connection to the area and who we represent and the fact that we would be building our own structure and providing our own funding.
However there was a request from the organisers for our artists to walk along Ponsonby Road to connect the Galleries and Restaurants to the Park.
I am in business too, so why Chan Andreassend would fund and give away PR value to others, as well as promote Ponsonby businesses instead of our own ,still escapes me.
One of The Arts Menagerie core philosophy is to allow anyone to particpate in the arts and break down those politics and barriers which get in the way. Unlike many things it is free to join.
I don`t want the Creative Industry in New Zealand to always be seen as a charity case or a closed shop.
Just give us the tools and opportunities to do what we are good at and trained for.
The irony in it all: Chan Andreassend helped pay for it.
Art in the Dark is funded by Auckland rate payers and a special grant from Ponsonby Businesses Association of which I am on the Executive Board.
So we did it anyway and called it Night Circus
3 nights of spontaneous creative happenings- doing things we do well.
It was hard work with a different concept every night. It was an explosion of creativity, exploration in video, lighting, performance, artworks and most importantly co-operartion
This is what happens when some creatives collaborate and support each other.
Imagine how much better things would be if we all co-operated in society.
Screen Industry Forum
14 November 1-5 pm Mt Eden War Memorial Hall
487 Dominion Road, Balmoral, Auckland
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Film Auckland Inc. a screen industry leadership group is organising the Screen Industry Forum.
As our screen industry finds itself in a critical position fighting for its survival, Film Auckland is committed to working hard to create momentum for our screen industry.
Among its various initiatives and lobbying work done since early 2013, the Screen Industry Forum aims to galvanise our industry into a unified voice across all interest groups (whether Auckland based or elsewhere).
This will allow our screen industry to speak with more force and become an important block of electoral vote.
The Event will have two parts:
1. Highlighting of industry successes and industry value to Government and the wider public. Why are we an important contributor not just to business but also to the arts and cultural identity of our country? By highlighting these successes, our screen sector can tell a more compelling and effective story.
2. Discussion of major Issues and a statement developed by the industry that will be taken to the Government. This will be mandated by the “unified” audience.
We would love to have you there if you are part of our screen industry or support our screen industry.