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The Lowdown

Lowdown: Devasting Lows, Hopeful Highs For Arts Institutions
3 days ago

Lowdown: Devasting Lows, Hopeful Highs For Arts Institutions

A much-loved gallery closes its doors for good, others make progress to opening them again after decade-long breaks, historic news, new funding boosts and creative opportunities.

Author:  The Big Idea Editor
Lowdown: Precious Artwork, Creative Leaders On The Move
1 week ago

Lowdown: Precious Artwork, Creative Leaders On The Move

Generous donations of Aotearoa art taonga, big announcements from experienced arts leaders, awards, residencies and big career steps detailed in this week's arts news bulletin.

Author:  The Big Idea Editor
Lowdown: Legends Show They've Still Got It
2 weeks ago

Lowdown: Legends Show They've Still Got It

Some of the best writers from the 80s are back among the award nominees in 2024, plus a host of award winners across arts and music to celebrate.

Author:  The Big Idea Editor
Lowdown: Big Long Weekend For NZ Artists
3 weeks ago

Lowdown: Big Long Weekend For NZ Artists

From large-scale art shows to industry-leading awards - there's plenty happening in the creative community and the Lowdown has some accolades worth noting.

Author:  The Big Idea Editor
Lowdown: CNZ's First New Funding Roll-Out
1 month ago

Lowdown: CNZ's First New Funding Roll-Out

The new-look funding model gets its first half-million dollar drop, record-breaking numbers for key arts event, musicians making a stand and creatives land a WOW of a gig.

Author:  The Big Idea Editor
Lowdown: Film Festival Shake Up
1 month ago

Lowdown: Film Festival Shake Up

A new face takes up a Chair position that hasn't been up for grabs in two decades, creative opportunities offered and accepted, a big platform debut and more concerns for the local production sector.

Author:  The Big Idea Editor
Lowdown: Fame Found, Dreams Realised
1 month ago

Lowdown: Fame Found, Dreams Realised

Some big career boosts for hard-working creatives and new ambitions declared in this week's arts news bulletin.

Author:  The Big Idea Editor
Lowdown: NZ Music Month Takes Over
1 month ago

Lowdown: NZ Music Month Takes Over

A swag of awards are on the horizon, a hall of famer sets the record straight on clickbait plus the interview that's spread like wildfire through the creative community.

Author:  The Big Idea Editor
Lowdown: Another Arts Leader Departs
1 month ago

Lowdown: Another Arts Leader Departs

One of the highest-profile figures in the creative sector departs with little fanfare, an Arts Laureate puts her money where her heart is and pleas to make community voices heard.

Author:  The Big Idea Editor
Lowdown: Shining Lights Of Success
2 months ago

Lowdown: Shining Lights Of Success

Warning - only good news in this week's arts news bulletin - this is not a drill! A cavalcade of creative achievements to acknowledge, as New Zealanders get the spotlight for their hard mahi.

Author:  The Big Idea Editor
Lowdown: Another Festival Forced Into Hiatus
2 months ago

Lowdown: Another Festival Forced Into Hiatus

Tough decisions in challenging times, new creative partnerships formed, rare good news for GLAM sector, new appointments - all the news you need to know from Aotearoa's creative community.

Author:  The Big Idea Editor
Lowdown: Arts Patron's Generosity Hits $100K
2 months ago

Lowdown: Arts Patron's Generosity Hits $100K

A new award adds to an incredible legacy, arts organisation cuts a deal with council and plenty of doors being opened for creatives - will you jump through them?

Author:  The Big Idea Editor