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A guide to Late Night Art 2016

Oct 6, 2016 Art

Above: Asylum by Peter Roche.

Naturally, you’re a sophisticate. You love culture and art and speaking French when it’s neither required nor appropriate. Late Night Art, part of Heart of the City’s annual Artweek programme, is hot on your radar. You’ve heard about some of the hotly-anticipated late night “activations”, the galleries that are open late, the food trucks, but you long for an easy to digest guide, for someone to spell it all out to you in list format. So here: your Late Night Art Guide for 2016. What to see, and where.

Begin by exploring this handy interactive online map of the evening’s many activities.

  1. Peter Roche, Asylum dart between silos and experience this multi-sensory art installation. Roche’s work (pictured above) examines such themes as terrorism, genocide, state control and surveillance, drawing inspiration from The Trump candidacy, ISIS and the Panama Papers.  He’ll harness the power of natural elements to create an interactive dystopian reverie on Auckland’s waterfront.
  2. The Kura Gallery on Quay Street is open after hours and showing an exciting clay collection. Inspired by Papatuanuku (our earth mother), see contributions by Papa Stevei Houkamau-Ngati Porou, Rangitane Hera Johns-Ngati Kahu and Jess Paraone-Ngati Kawau.
  3. RE:TRACE – Celebrate the heritage of Takapuna, Northcote, Manukau and Onehunga by taking a sneak peek at some of the city’s archival photos and hearing stories from local residents. Find them in A4 downtown, at the bottom of Queen Street.
  4. Check out the Arting Zones where architecture and planning students of Auckland University will unveil their devised (and sometimes interactive) installations. Try your hand making street furniture at Workshop #59 on High Street, get your own custom bubble sketch outside Area 51 or bust a move on Jean Batten Place, at Micheal McCabe’s pop-up dance floor.
  5. Models will strut their stuff at The Intellectual Fashion Show (a fashion show for intellectuals) in the Guy Fisher Gallery. The show asks: how do we transform ourselves through clothes?
  6. Be wowed by 1000 years of Korean lacquer at SungSoo Kim’s Gus Fisher Gallery show, Into the Layers of the Abyss.
  7. Chancery Square Arts Pop Upa unique selection of arty pop ups. Includes a 90-minute hair removal video screening in Freyburg Place.
  8. Little High Street Pop Up – MORE POP UP ART! there’s free live drawing sessions and an over-sized kaleidoscope, brought to you by Scribble AKL.
  9. The XX factor – nine artists collectively reject the notion of a person’s individual “x factor” and in doing so take back their bodily autonomy.
  10. Dear Stranger at Gow Langsford Gallery a show of painted works by Graham Fletcher examines the relationships which form when cultures collide.
  11. Fingers Jewellery show a collection of painted aluminium treasures on Kitchener St.
  12. Eat art at StreetARTdego on Khartoum Place. Read more about it here.
  13. The Central Library will display a nostalgic exhibition of household memorabilia. While you’re there, have your vintage items valued by an auctioneer, Antiques Roadshow style.
  14. Emerging pixels in the Aotea Centre offers a platform for young digital artists to showcase their work.
  15. Tonight I am the Winter Winds, plays at Basement TheatreIt examines the trade offs we make to get the things we want, using the story of the train line and the Waihorotiu Stream as a vehicle for their message.

Late Night Art, part of Art Week 2016
Oct 12, central city Auckland
Admission prices vary


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