Artbank is a weekly arts magazine show run as a collective by artists and writers active in the Auckland arts community and beyond. We are independent of any art institutions, galleries or funding bodies. We therefore aim to provide a unique and engaged perspective with a view to proving our audience access to a few of the multiple voices of the arts communities in Aotearoa.
This week we speak to Kathryn Aucamp and Gyorgika Farrelly, two Elam Fine Arts Students who have exhibitions on at the two Elam student galleries in response to the proposed closure of the Fine Arts Library and Creative Arts libraries at Auckland University. Kathryn's In An Attempt to Disguise a Door at Projectspace is a personal response to the emotional weight and labour of finding oneself fighting a faceless institution. Gyorgika represents a group of 11 second year students in their collaborative group show WOWee. The show celebrates the possibilties of community that spaces of collabortive learning like the Elam library can engender. Wowee is on at The George Fraser for one more week. On friday a group of 89 students peacefully occupied the Fine Arts library as a symbolic act of protection for the space and communities attached to it. On monday 30th April AUSA is holding a public rally against Library closures at the Univeristy of Auckland.
Lucy Meyle is in this week to chat about her exhibition 'does a flower rehearse for spring', on now at St Paul ST Gallery three. Plus we keep you up to date with whats happening in art around Tāmaki-Makaurau and the #savefineartslibrary campiagn
First up this week Connor Crawford and Diva Ford chat to us about their collaborative exhibition You Saw Sound, I heard Colour opening this friday at Lowtide space, then Erena Shingade chats to us about issue 8 of Minarets poetry journal launcing on the 28th of April! Plus we update you on the #savefineartslibrary campaign: you can send your thoughts about the proposed closure of the Fine Arts Library at Elam to https://savefineartslibrary.com
Painter Claudia Edwards speaks about her upcoming exhibition Mother Daughter on Hiatus at Sanderson Contemporary Art Gallery. Plus Rachel spoke earlier in the week to writer Marian Evans about This Joyous, Chaotic place: He Waiata Tangi-ā-Tahu, an exhibition about the life and work of poet Heather McPhearson on at Mokopōpaki space on Krd. Also we talk about the proposed closure of Elam School of Fine Arts Library: if you want to have your opinion heard email the Elam Students' Association email@example.com
Sam Longmore from the Audio Foundation talks to us about German experimental sound composer Hanno Leichtmann, who is performing at the audio Foundation on Friday 6th April presented by Audio Foundation and the Goethe Institut NZ.
Auckland based artist Jim Speers is in studio this week, speaking to us about Feild Recordings, a group exhibition by the artist collective of the same name currently on at St Paul St Gallery. Feild Recordings is made up of the artists Guo Zixuan, Li Xiaofei, Tu Rapana Neill, Jim Speers and Clinton Watkins.