The Orchid and the Crow

5 October, Blyth Performing Arts Centre Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival 2017 Storyteller, rock musician, teller of Jewish parables, gospel singer and cancer survivor… Daniel Tobias brought a slick, funny, yet serious theatre show to Iona’s Blyth Centre. And received a thoroughly deserved standing ovation at its end. The performance began informally with Tobias sauntering onto…

Almost Serious, Fane Flaws

 25 September – 14 October 2017, Arts Inc, Hastings Flaws’ curiously titled multi-media exhibition, which launched the Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival in Hastings on Monday night, provides a fascinating  glimpse into the life of an artist better-known for his music. Yet the former Crocodiles guitarist, who penned the evergreen epic 1980 Kiwi pop song…

Hastings Blossom Parade

16 September, Hastings City The tradition of a public procession to mark the turn of the year from Winter to Spring is an old one. From Brazil’s Carnaval, to Ireland’s St Patricks Day; Japan’s Sakura Matsori to India’s Holi to Nigeria’s Ikeji, the urge to take to the streets and delight in the annual miracle…

Keramika

29 August – 16 September, Hastings Community Art Centre, Scott Brough, Piers Greenaway and Karen Greenslade, students of Keirunga Arts & Crafts Centre and Otago Polytechnic With more than 100 works in the exhibition, it is the larger works that immediately spring to attention, reinforced by the placing of the very powerful ceramic form by…

Rave Ia E To Matou Rima

Created By Our Hands 1-13 August, Hastings Community Arts Centre This community gallery fulfils its role best when it offers a setting for community-owned showings of work. When the stories of how and why and who are as visible as the work itself. When process is as respected as product. When community can stand alongside…

Jan FitzGerald & Beneath the Static

3-15 July 2017 – Arts Inc. Heretaunga Arts Inc. Heretaunga has two exhibitions running at their airy and bright gallery on Russell Street South, Hastings. Downstairs holds Jan FitzGerald’s untitled exhibition featuring mixed media illustrations of birds and wildlife. FitzGerald’s work seems to live at two ends of a spectrum – at one end her…

Messines

19 June – 1 July 2017, Arts Inc Heretaunga I went to the Hastings Community Arts Centre on Tuesday to see ‘Messines’ an exhibition by David Guerin. It is a sculptural investigation inspired by letters sent home to Dunedin by New Zealand Artilleryman Alfred Owen Wilkinson over a six week period in 1917 during the…

SKETCH n the MIND & Creative Connection

Until 17 June, Hastings Community Art Centre, John Boyd-Dunlop, Mary Jesse Sullivan and Kathleen Pickering Two exhibitions with three varying artistic practices in an impressive gallery space in the historic Harvey’s Building in Hastings. Before looking closely at the work on show, the building itself deserves some credit as an impressive backdrop. An example of…

The Rebel Pink

20 April 2017, Arts Inc., Hastings Footnote New Zealand Dance has had long-standing influence on the maturing of New Zealand’s excellent and well-established contemporary dance scene, so it gave me great pleasure to welcome them to Hastings for a one-off performance of their recent 2017 touring season, The Rebel Pink. This body of work by…