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What I Learned About Starting A New Creative Business
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What I Learned About Starting A New Creative Business

How to turn old lessons from portfolio careers into new gains, when starting a studio-based business.

Backing "Our Stories" Important - But Not Simple
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Backing "Our Stories" Important - But Not Simple

Does a new digital rights portal for Aotearoa publishers solve the issues facing our authors? Andrew Wood investigates.

Big Week for Wāhine Toa
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Big Week for Wāhine Toa

Aotearoa's creative women have been earning the spotlight here & around the world - celebrate their success, hear their concerns & mourn the loss of a key toi Māori figure.

Open The Borders, Expand Our Minds
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Open The Borders, Expand Our Minds

A Toipoto creative explains how three decades of yearning for 'Someplace Else' created her most personal exhibition - and why the impending return of travel is so important to the arts.

The Power Of The Dame: How NZ Film Industry Can Tap In
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The Power Of The Dame: How NZ Film Industry Can Tap In

Dame Jane Campion's latest Oscar is more than just a solo success story - we look at the reaction from inside the NZ film industry & what the spotlight might mean here.

Tips From an Oscars Winner
Advice to My 22-Year-Old Self

Tips From an Oscars Winner

With this year's Academy Awards dished out, the only NZ Oscar winner of 2021 dishes out some pearls of wisdom he wishes he knew earlier in his career.

"Stay True To Yourself" - Secret To Silver Scroll Success
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"Stay True To Yourself" - Secret To Silver Scroll Success

Freshly minted Silver Scrolls winner Troy Kingi opens up to The Big Idea about finally winning the award, his creativity struggles and advice on chasing your dreams.

These Walls Do Talk - Are You Listening?
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These Walls Do Talk - Are You Listening?

Literally plastering the walls of Tāmaki Makaurau with the voices of its youth could be one of the most significant impacts from this year's Auckland Arts Festival.

New Rules But Creatives "Still In Crisis"
The Lowdown

New Rules But Creatives "Still In Crisis"

Get the Lowdown on the arts' "perilous" situation despite the new traffic light setting, with the creative community's most in-depth coverage & emotional reactions to the biggest topic in NZ.

Residencies Open Minds During Lockdown
Who Got The Gig?

Residencies Open Minds During Lockdown

The three Studio One Toi Tū residents explain what inspired their work and how their practice has been advanced by their time at the Ponsonby creative institution.

'My Whole Online Presence Gone In A Second'
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'My Whole Online Presence Gone In A Second'

Is this artwork worth having your social media accounts suspended? One artist explains how a fundraiser has spiralled into a major headache.

Auckland's Unlikely Arts Suburb
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Auckland's Unlikely Arts Suburb

Known for its industrial focus and outlet shops, Chris Forster turns the spotlight onto the creative energy flowing through Onehunga and art's role in inspiring its future.