News from the Arts Foundation — 05.06.13

News from the Arts Foundation and its award recipients to 5 June 2013

The 2013 Arts Awards selection panel has now met and eight artists will shortly receive that magic phone call.  (Five Laureate artists receive $50,000 each and three New Generation artists receive $25,000 each)   Event details are currently being confirmed - meanwhile, note Tuesday 15 October in your diary.

Arts Foundation Trustee and Chairman of Boosted, Derek Handley, (entrepreneur), has taken up an Adjunct Executive Professorship at the Auckland Univesity of Technology (AUT).

NAMELESS, a long poem by former Trustee Leigh Davis, completed in 2008, was his last work.  NAMELESS/REDUX is now available for purchase on-line.The book is also available at Unity Books in Auckland and Vic Books in Wellington. Laureate Alastair Galbraith is performing in St Pauls Cathedral, Dunedin, 7.30pm, 14 June. Amongst other pieces, he will play the long work he composed for Leigh's book and will also talk about Leigh and NAMELESS/REDUX. 

You may have read the tribute to Icon Dame Gillian Weir in Applause.  In  December 2012 Ivan Hewett of the Daily Telegraph wrote: Celebrated organist Gillian Weir showcased her wonderful gift for making music breathe in her last ever recital, held at Westminster Cathedral. There is nothing like a Dame, says the well-known song, and in the world of organ-playing that's certainly true. There's no organist in the world quite so starry, recorded and honoured as Dame Gillian Weir.  Read a full list of tributes to Dame Gillian and her farewell recital on her website.

Janet Frame's publication Between my Father and the King: New and Uncollected Stories was  Editors' Choice of the Sunday Book Review of the New York Times, on 31 May.

Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor have teamed up with Te Papa to recreate a gritty "trench experience" as part of the WWI centenary commemorations. The exhibit is aimed at deepening understanding of the terror Kiwi soldiers experienced fighting at such close quarters.  The free exhibition will open in time for the centenary of the Gallipoli invasion in April 2015.  Read full item on Scoop .

Sam Hamilton has just released a CD he made with Finnish artist Jan Anderzén while they were working in collaboration at a residency programme in Nijmegen, the Netherlands in 2011.  The CD  has been released through Netherlands label Korm Plastics.  

Cameron McMillan, one of last year's New Generation Award recipients, features inThe Guardian's pick of the best dances for 2013.

Florian Habicht is a big fan of eccentric Britpop band Pulp, and invited frontman Jarvis Cocker along to a London screening of his film Love Story. Good thing he did, too, because not only did Cocker accept, but Florian has become a friend and is now making a documentary-cum-concert film about the band. Coming up for Florian - the Rialto Channel is screening Land of the Long White Cloud, Thursday, June 20, 8.30pm; Love Story, Friday, June 21, 8.30pm; Kaikohe Demolition, Thursday, June 20, 9.50pm, Friday, June 21, 8.40am, Sunday, June 23, 5.20pm   The Love Story  DVD should be available very soon.  Read NZ Herald item.

One of the  six finalists for the recently revealed 2013 New Zealand International Film Festival short film competition is Tom's DairyOscar Kightley is Director and has written the screenplay.  Set in 1981 - a summertime day in the life of a Samoan kid in West Auckland touches on wider conflict and grief.   The Film Festival is currently seeking support through Boosted to bring digital screening to Christchurch's Isaac Theatre.

Image:  Laureate Award statuettes.  These are designed by Terry Stringer and are presented at the Macquarie Private Wealth New Zealand Arts Awards