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.
Come along to have fun and learn some tricks about becoming the undead.
Learn how to make quick and simple wounds for your Halloween party costume as well as getting the recipe for some easy and edible home-cooked fake blood.
Whether you want to learn about becoming not so warm blooded or how to look like you've just jumped through a window, the tips and tricks are here.
We will have liquid latex and gelatin for you to experiment making a wound with each.
After 2 seasons of 'Zomburlesque', the 'Zombie Gangnam Style' music video and just having done her second 'Zombie Run' event, Zombiefacation is something Lyndsey Garner knows a bit about.
Afterwards Lyndsey will be available to do some additional wounds if you want any.
Tickets are $15 or $10 per person if you bring a friend. Additional make up costs extra.
There is a limit of 20 places so please Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Ph. 0226806035
Location Chan Andreassend Studio 5 Rose Road Ponsonby Auckland
The 5th event in The Arts Menagerie calendar for Auckland Art Week and part of the “You and Me” exhibition
Dress up in costume masks add in special effects, props, backdrops and atmospheric lighting then watch the magic happen! Its after dark in Ponsonby and The Arts Menagerie are out to play, this is what we call hands on Art and lots of fun.
Thanks to Lyndsey Garner for the brilliant masks, photographers and the performers!!
Walking the Art on Saturday Night along Ponsonby Road .............just because!
and some free self promotion for The Arts Menagerie
It was bit of a frosty night but we launched an arts initiative with our first meeting at The Malt in Westlynn. Essentially it will be about exploring dynamic and creative ideas within a collaborative umbrella including artists, designers, musicians, performers, photographers, animators, filmmakers, educators and creative thinkers.
What sparked this idea? Check out White Nights that was just the start.
The lead in to the exhibition was Åste`s new animation projected onto fabric banners moving in the breeze. It explores her first month on arriving in New Zealand from Oslo, a fun idea with lots of possibilities for future projects and collaborations.
Intimate Encounters Be enchanted by sparkling sculptures, dance with viruses and enjoy intimate conversation surrounded by expansive paintings. This White Night, at least 5 Auckland artists invite you to their sleepless night including Ronald Andreassend, Karen Chan, Isla Osborne, Anita Glucina, Kathy Ready, Raynor Dunn, Peter Viesnik and several more to come.
You know its the summer holidays when Ponsonby is hot and empty- its a good time to play around.
Digging out the half finished pieces, rummaging through boxes and flicking through old sketchbooks. Music at full volume drowning out the phone, its self indulgent bliss and a good way to start the year
More murals for the former Soho development. The murals are nearing completion and should be finished before Progressive Enterprise starts construction in April 2013
The enhancement continues with the cartdock roller door getting the treatment. Apart from the side walls and ceiling next up is the roof and a side wall which I can`t get to easily, might just have to dribble paint from the top and see if that works!
Ponsonby`s ever so slow Soho Square construction project has acquired some more murals. Earth moving equipment are back on site despite the rain, though it seems like its at a snail pace. Hopefully Progressive Enterprises now have some plans, its been a year since they bought it off the receivers and about 5 years since the site was excavated.
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Another mural to beautify the `I can`t quite believe its finally happening` Soho Project. At the moment the hole is being filled up with 5000 truckloads of soil. Artists of The Lost are Karl Maughan & Elliot (askew) O'Donnell.