Our final episode of Election Murmurs featued an exclusive interview with Green MP Chloe Swarbrick, and a fiery arts panel discussion with former Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Christopher Finlayson KC and Theatre Lecturer at Te Herenga Waka Dr Kerryn Palmer.
Austin sat down with award-winning performer, director, clown and educator Sean Burnett Dugdale-Martin for a wide-ranging conversation on Arts and Culture as a part of our national identity and how the arts benefits education.
Episode three of Election Murmurs was a colourful and robust affair. An exclusive interview with New Zealand First candidate Andy Foster traversed arts administration barriers, pro-am production models, and a bizarre bathrooms policy.
DAFT, the Disabled Artists’ Festival of Theatre is quietly one of the most radical projects in Aotearoa theatre. From the ground up, DAFT’s approach to supporting both its artists and its audiences is a thumb in the eye of the political establishment, a revolutionary act of giving a damn. I had the joy of sitting down with festival co-director (or as she and her team put it, co-dictator) ‘Creatif’ Kate Spencer, who gave me the full inside scoop. Here’s how DAFT are taking on the world.
Our second episode of Election Murmurs features an exclusive interview with the National Party's Arts, Culture and Heritage spokesperson Simon O'Connor reveals that a change of government would have no plans to invest further in the arts.
In our first episode of Election Murmurs Austin Harrison interviews incumbent Minister for arts, culture and heritage Carmel Sepuloni about how her government has overseen the sector over the past three years, and where she sees policy progress in the future.
It’s been a hectic couple of months at Te Herenga Waka–Victoria University of Wellington as the University announced a $33 million deficit, and a proposal to cut 229 full-time staff. Among these proposed cuts comes the gutting of the VUW theatre department, reducing it from 10 academic staff to four, disestablishing a technician and folding the department into English and Creative Communications, from which the department was born 40 years ago and has since created it’s own programme, academia, and made it’s own mark on Aotearoa New Zealand theatre. I’m a VUW theatre grad, and here is why I firmly believe we must #saveVUWtheatre.
I joined Art Murmurs near the end of 2016. I was a fresh-faced writer in the theatre scene, and I believed that reviewing theatre would be good for my own writing practice. Reviewing also presented an affordable way to see more shows, something very appealing to me and my theatre-practitioner income. It didn’t take me long to realise what made being a reviewer challenging.
Who is this young, strong wāhine who's taking the New Zealand theatre world by storm? Emilie Hope decided to find out a little bit more about her.
When choosing a perky spot for a portrait, Eleanor Strathern’s first suggestion was the yellow wall in Milk Crate. I wasn’t waiting long before she promptly walks in with a chirpy “Hi!” and our simultaneous gift of the gab began, covering things like humble beginnings, obstacles, balancing multiple jobs, mental health, and the theatre industry.
Twenty-five year old Eleanor is the woman behind the award-winning theatre production company A Mulled Whine. She’s the BATS of Wellington theatre producers, the champion of the pick-n-mix and the indie. She’s been on my radar ever since I reviewed Discharge is Rotten to the Core for the 2018 Fringe Festival, although she’s been a familiar face in the Wellington scene for a lot longer. The quality of shows Eleanor has produced reflects her much deserving awards, both essentially telling us to keep an eye on this budding producer, and I have been. Enough to be intrigued to ask her a couple of questions, taking time out of her busy schedule. Quite literally. Eleanor has put on a show in February, six in March, two more in April and May respectively, another in June, and we’re only halfway through the year. So how did it all start?
Last week I had the privilege of interviewing three Wellington creatives behind the entirely-female produced short film The Girls.
Running late to interviews isn’t ideal, especially when the brownie bar you suggested to meet at is closed. We settle on meeting at the library. The one with books not booze. Between the Mysteries and Graphic Novel sections we lament lack of brownie and discuss the ambitious project. I’m meeting with The Girls’ director Tabitha Arthur, script writer Courtney Rose Brown and producer Bethany Grace Miller. Changing plans on the fly breaks my Capricorn heart but I quickly relax into the part kõrero, part compliment battle and am enthralled to be a tiny fragment of this inspiring project.
At Art Murmurs, we aim to provide a safe and open space to discuss the arts in the Wellington Community.