Hue & Cry Issue Six

Great launch last night for Issue Six of Hue & Cry with readings from Sarah Bainbridge, Hera Bird and Gigi Fenster, and screening of new art video by Amy Howden-Chapman. Not to mention, fantastic design by International Office.

Issue Six
An Exercise in Optimism

Edited by: Chloe Lane, Andrea Bell, Amy Brown
Designed by: The International Office
Published 25 May 2012
Purchase from the store

Includes new fiction by Gigi Fenster, Lawrence Patchett, Pip Adam, Gemma Bowker-Wright, new poetry by Sarah Jane Barnett, Chris Price, Amy Brown, new art by Andrew McLeod, Simon Denny, Kushana Bush & lots more.


Call for Applications: Art Writing and Criticism Workshop at Enjoy

I’m really excited to be part of the first workshop in an ongoing series on art writing and criticism that will be hosted by Enjoy Gallery in June. See below for further information and don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions!

Enjoy’s Art Writing and Criticism Workshop encourages emerging art critics in Wellington and explores the relationship that quality criticism has to the quality of art being developed. The workshop will consist of a group of selected applicants who will be mentored by established art critics and writers. The mentors and tutors will give a one hour talk about art writing and feedback to two participants each about their writing. Emerging writers will have the opportunity to strengthen their work through one-on-one email consultations with leading art critics.

Appropriate candidates for this workshop are those who wish to improve their art writing skills, develop complex ideas clearly and situate art works within their broader contexts. The applicants who are most likely to benefit from participation in the workshop will be chosen. Participants will attend all sessions with mentors and workshop sessions are in the evenings.

Please send a short cover letter stating your goals for the workshop experience and two sample texts of no more than 500 words each. Texts can be (but are not limited to,): short reviews, essays or experimental responses to an art work or exhibition, or excerpts from a larger body of work.

Workshop Dates:

June 19th – July 10th Tuesday June 19th Jon Bywater and Louise Menzies

Tuesday June 26th Rachel O’Neill

Tuesday July 3rd Mark Amery

Tuesday July 10th Megan Dunn

Another workshop will be organised with other writers from around NZ and new participants in October 2012.

More details here.


All the Cunning Stunts’ publication SO GAY! is now available for purchase online from Clouds Publishing.

SO GAY! is a fresh, magazine-style art publication by All the Cunning Stunts (artists Liz Allan, Rachel O’Neill, Clare Noonan, and Marnie Slater) that documents their recent self-titled public light box exhibition. All the Cunning Stunts launched the cultural wing of the 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames and audiences viewed the eye catching, street savvy and laugh-out-loud works in Wellington’s Courtenay Place Park from December 2010 – April 2011. SO GAY! critically extends the conversation around the themes of the work and features documentation of the project’s development and its in-situ public presentation.

Best New Zealand Poems 2011

It was very exciting to learn that my poem ‘Early Growth’ was selected for Best New Zealand Poems 2011, along with 24 other poems deemed worthy by this year’s editor Bernadette Hall. Check out Best New Zealand Poems 2011 here. One of the most moving poems chosen is Michele Leggott’s ‘Olive’, a tribute to those who lost their lives and who lost loves ones in the Pike River mine disaster.

Leggott comments: ‘The Pike River coalmine exploded 19 November 2010 with consequences that will persist in the tightly knit communities of the West Coast for a long time to come. Twenty-nine miners lost their lives, and the voices of investigators into the causes of the disaster are still in our ears and on our screens. The guide dog who arrived as the horror of the explosions played out is my loyal companion in a world that darkens physically but does not crush or sever living bonds. My poem walks the first two weeks of Pike River, which were also the moment of her arrival.

Read ‘Olive’ here.

The 2012 editor of BNZP will be New Zealand’s current Poet Laureate Ian Wedde.