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“Ka Mua Ka Muri - Walking Backwards Into The Future"
2 weeks ago

“Ka Mua Ka Muri - Walking Backwards Into The Future"

OPINION: Tiaki Kerei reflects on a Te Ao Māori concept that speaks to elements at the heart of both creativity and Aotearoa.

Author:  Jack Gray
Arts and Cost of Living Crisis - Cautionary Tale From Across The Ditch
2 weeks ago

Arts and Cost of Living Crisis - Cautionary Tale From Across The Ditch

For Australia’s artists, the cost of living crisis is also a wellbeing and art making crisis - one Aussie academic states it's time to stop framing the arts as a luxury.

Author:  The Big Idea Editor
OPINION: We Need To Talk About Chamber Music
1 month ago

OPINION: We Need To Talk About Chamber Music

Veteran classical music writer Elizabeth Kerr looks at the debate of whether Chamber Music NZ's evolution will come at the expense of its loyal fanbase.

Author:  Elizabeth Kerr
OPINION: A Response To Paul Goldsmith's Creative Vision
1 month ago

OPINION: A Response To Paul Goldsmith's Creative Vision

Veteran arts writer Andrew Wood has mulled over the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage's call for ideas on a creative sector strategy - and has some suggestions.

Author:  Andrew Paul Wood
Paul Goldsmith: It’s Time For An Arts & Creative Sector Strategy
2 months ago

Paul Goldsmith: It’s Time For An Arts & Creative Sector Strategy

The creative community have been calling out for it - now the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage is responding. See what Goldsmith sees as the priorities for the sector.

Author:  Paul Goldsmith
Opinion: Misunderstood Role Of Dealer Galleries
2 months ago

Opinion: Misunderstood Role Of Dealer Galleries

With a number of dealer galleries closing their doors recently, we get an owners' perspective of why they're still vital in providing livelihoods for so many of Aotearoa's artists.

Author:  AVID Gallery
Not All Fun & Games - Children's Theatre Fight For Survival
2 months ago

Not All Fun & Games - Children's Theatre Fight For Survival

One of the most established and respected names in Aotearoa's performing arts scene aimed at youth gives a raw, honest appraisal of where the genre is at and why it needs help.

Author:  The Big Idea Editor
Government Censorship - Should NZ Creatives Be Worried?
3 months ago

Government Censorship - Should NZ Creatives Be Worried?

Interference and inference from the highest offices in the land are once again starting to blight the arts internationally - Andrew Wood looks at whether this is on the cards in Aotearoa.

Author:  Andrew Paul Wood
Pride Prevails
3 months ago

Pride Prevails

Creative Director Nathan Joe gives an honest appraisal of the challenges - and highlights - of bringing Auckland Pride Festival to life as the curtain gets set to fall on the 29-day event.

Author:  Nathan Joe
Opinion: Why Crowdfunding Art Matters - And Works
5 months ago

Opinion: Why Crowdfunding Art Matters - And Works

Putting your hand out for support isn't something everyone is comfortable with - but after spending a couple of years in Aotearoa, an experienced crowdfunded creative explains that it's an eco-system that can work wonders.

Author:  A Big Idea contributor
Surviving The Axe - An Insider's Guide
6 months ago

Surviving The Axe - An Insider's Guide

Victoria University of Wellington's theatre department went from facing cuts to winning awards for its successful advocacy in 2023 - Dr James Wenley offers insight into the positive steps organisations under pressure can take.

Author:  James Wenley
Why We Fail When We Talk About Talent
6 months ago

Why We Fail When We Talk About Talent

Using the word 'talented' as praise and encouragement devalues hard work, skill and learned ability. We need to use better language, says an experienced arts educator.

Author:  ArtsHub.com.au