Synth Birds of Dawn: take two

Well, this particular Wellingtonista thought the Synth Birds of Dawn sounded great. Nic McGowan and his two fellow theremin players waved their arms about half an hours worth of other-worldy noise making early on Tuesday morning, creating sounds that at times sounded like the gibbon cries heard from the zoo in Newtown every morning, to […]

Synth Birds of Dawn

Residents of Island Bay, do not be alarmed. Those weird, spacey tones reverberating around your suburb next week will not be signalling the impending invasion of Wellington by aliens, but will be, in fact, The Synth Birds of Dawn. Local composer/producer Nic McGowan is co-ordinating a three-piece theremin ‘band’, who will be located one-a-piece on […]

World of Wearable Arts

The World of Wearable Arts extravaganza draws closer every day, as can be seen with the excellent Kirks display that Tom at Wellurban was so kind to photograph and upload to flickr. The show itself starts tomorrow (Fri 23 Sep), with the Awards evening at the Queens Wharf Event Centre, and subsequent shows on the […]

Whale tail no fluke

Terrible headline pun lifted directly from the Hutt News, which this week reveals more about the man behind the fake whale tail that is currently flipping and flapping amonsts the waves in Wellington Harbour. Turns out Phillip Waddington, a noted local potrait artist, created the fake tail (made of bamboo, inner tubes and black PVC) […]

The young Mephistopheles

Construction wall, Waitangi Park Originally uploaded by taniwha. As keen observers of the built environment we note that Wellington has its fair share of graffiti and graffiti artists. But someone Wellington has that the other homes of massed humanity does not is Mephisto Jones. You’ve seen his work, even if you haven’t known who was […]

A flag for our time

A weekend trip to the outer reaches of Wellingtonist coverage ended with a cracking visit to Pataka at Porirua and in particular the comprehensive and thought provoking ‘Symbols of Sovereignty‘ series. Outlining the extraordinary evolution of flags in New Zealand this a series of five exhibitions all with a flag theme: JACK OR BLACK – […]

The New Cool

The New Cool – an exhibition that celebrates the achievements of some of New Zealand’s small but successful creative companies – started this week at the Dowse Art Gallery out in the Hutt, and, having seen a wee sneak preview last weekend, as the final preparations were being put together, we can highly recommend getting […]

World Of WearableArt – models needed

The awesome World Of WearableArts is after more models for the September/October shows. We at Wellingtonist Towers rushed to the computers to sign-up only to discover that the young ‘uns are eligible. The oldies still expect to see them parading their particular brand of funky stuff down the catwalk representing all that’s hip about the […]

Avangard at the Railway Station

Just because the Fringe Festival is over (and congrats to all the winners at the Fringe Awards), doesn’t mean you can’t still see some avant garde performance art on the streets. Oh no. We’ve already missed a couple of performances by Avangard – the pro-glam art band from Estonia – but I fully intend to […]

New Wellington Arts Centre

Just spotted on the excellent Feeling Great website – Wellington is to get a new Arts Centre, on Abel Smith Street (in the old Education Board Building between Cuba and Victoria Streets). We’re not sure if the old Arts Centre (the band rotunda down Oriental Parade, where we go for piano lessons every week, incidentally), […]