Monday, February 26, 2018

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This week's stories


Early journalist James Boswell

Eassayist, poet, editor, wit and lexicographer - Dr Samuel Johnson was undoubtedly one of the leading lights of Eighteenth Century England. And Scottish writer James Boswell's greatest hit was his comprehensive biography of Doctor Johnson. But Otago University Senior English lecturer Dr Paul Tankard became curious about Boswell's less recognised journalistic writing for the British press in the late 1700s. Boswell wrote more than 600 items for 14 newspapers and magazines of London and Edinburgh - most of them anonymously, as was the norm. Dr Paul Tankard's been awarded the William L. Mitchell Prize for Bibliography or Documentary Work on Early British Periodicals or Newspapers for his new book Facts and Inventions: Selections from the Journalism of James Boswell. Lynn Freeman discovered that many of the stories hadn't been republished for more than 200 years.
Feb 25, 2018 02:40 pm

The Mystery of the Missing McLoughlin

In the mid 1970s, a painting by American artist John McLoughlin went missing while it was moving between art galleries in New Zealand. Not only did it disappear. Before that, it had been badly damaged - even spat at by a member of the public. Now Los Angeles based Kiwi artist Fiona Connor has turned detective and created a film and exhibition - Object Classrooms - that trace the movements of John McLoughlin's long-lost painting. The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth, which organised the exhibition in the first place, commissioned Fiona's film and opened up its archives to her.
Feb 25, 2018 02:26 pm

Behind the scenes - CSO volunteers

Continuing our series on people who work behind the scenes of the arts, Lynn Freeman meets two Christchurch Symphony Orchestra volunteers. They may be separated by about 50 years in age but they're totally united in their love of music and the orchestra. Meet Philippa Graham, in her early 70s, and 24 year old Caitlin Godfrey.
Feb 25, 2018 01:47 pm

20 years of the challenging work of painter Graham Fletcher

An exhibition representing 20 years of Graham Fletcher's paintings - some rescued from obscurity in his mother's garage - is about to go on show in Auckland. The Third Space: the Art of Graham Fletcher, which is part of the Auckland Festival programme, opens March 2 2018 at the Gus Fisher Gallery and is curated by Linda Tyler.
Feb 25, 2018 01:32 pm

Getting up close to the Southern Cross Cable

Artist Bronwyn Holloway-Smith spent years getting enough scuba-diving experience so that she could touch the Southern Cross Cable on the sea floor. It's New Zealand's mainline internet connection cable, running across the top of the North Island. But while there was a huge fanfare when it was commissioned in 2000, Bronwyn's found it's now heavily protected - to the point where she wasn't allowed to create public art works around the key logistical sites. She's taken a different direction in The Southern Cross Cable : A Tour, opening March 3 2018 at City Gallery Wellingon.
Feb 25, 2018 12:46 pm

Virtual Reality film-making?

Will virtual reality, VR, help filmmakers craft a new kind of experience for film fans? That's being explored by some of the next generation of filmmakers at Victoria University's new Miramar Creative Centre. Director of the Centre is award-winning film director and producer Dr Paul Wolffram.
Feb 25, 2018 12:34 pm

Unearthing evidence of New Zealand's early inhabitants

It's taken two years of work so far and there'll be more years ahead as archaeologists sort though almost 10-thousand objects unearthed from a swamp at the Waitaki River mouth more than 50 years ago. The Willetts Collection takes pride of place in the North Otago Museum where it was donated by the family of the farmer who lovingly collected the stone tools, flakes and artefact fragments. Richard Walter and Chloe Searle from the North Otago Museum discuss why the Willetts collection is so remarkable.
Feb 25, 2018 12:16 pm

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