Taking place between May 11th and 15th this year’s Auckland Writers and Readers Festival is hosting a wealth of literary lectures, workshops and discussions.
Art related highlights include:
Inside/Outside: Leo Bensemann’s Place in New Zealand Art and Literature
(Sunday 15th May 9.45 am)
This talk by Peter Simpson was originally created to accompany the exhibition Leo Bensemann: A Fantastic Art Venture curated by Simpson and Noel Waite at the currently closed Christchurch Art Gallery. Author of Fantastica : the world of Leo Bensemann, Simpson was also involved in the reprinting of Bensemann’s 1937 book Fantastica : Thirteen drawings, republished by Holloway Press and recently featured in the artist book exhibition, Components of a special collection: a collaboration with the University of Auckland Fine Arts Library at Projectspace B431.
Graphic Novels, Comics and Cartoons
(Sunday 15th May 11.15am)
A panel discussion with award winning graphic novelists and enthusiasts about the creative process involved in the production of comic books.
Co –creator of ‘bro’Town’ Ant Sang (The dharma punks)
Comic book artist/writer Dylan Horrocks (Hicksville, Atlas)
Founder of feminist comics’ websiteGirl-Wonder.org Karen Healy (Guardian of the Dead)
Local award winning blogger Adrian Kinnaird, fromearthsend.blogspot.com
Angels & Aristocrats
(Friday May 13th 2.30pm)
Mary Kisler, senior curator of the Mckelvie Collection and International Art at the Auckland Art Gallery discusses her new book, Angels & Aristocrats with Radio New Zealand National presenter, Kim Hill.
"Kisler’s complex and challenging project to write the first overview of country’s old master collections since 1989 has been filled with opulent portraits, luminous landscapes and resonant names like Gaspard Dughet, Tilly Kettle and Zanobi Machiavelli” (Moore, 2010).
Programmes for the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival 2011 are available at the Fine Arts Library.
Moore, Christopher. “Potent Encounters” 08 November 2010: INZART. Christchurch Press. pp. Go 9.
Simpson, Peter. Fantastica : the world of Leo Bensemann . Auckland, N.Z. : Auckland University Press, c2011.
Bensemann, Leo, Simpson, Peter. Fantastica : thirteen drawings. Auckland, N.Z. : The Holloway Press, 1997.
Bensemann, Leo. A second book of Leo Bensemann's work, exemplified in twenty drawings... Christchurch : Printed by the artist at the Caxton press, 1952.
Horrocks, Dylan. Hicksville : a comic book. Montreal, Quebec : Black Eye, 1998.
Horrocks, Dylan. New Zealand comics = Nga pakiwaituhi a Aotearoa. Auckland, N.Z. : Hicksville Press, c1998.
Sang, Anthony. The dharma punks : a comic. Auckland, N.Z. : Ant Sang, c2001- c2003. FINE ARTS LIBRARY (709.93 S22 )
Kisler, Mary. Angels and aristocrats : early European art in New Zealand public collections . Auckland, N.Z. : Godwit, 2010.
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