Stavros Kyriakides has lived in Island Bay since 1973, and since 2013 has been creating sculptures along the shoreline from the natural materials he finds there. We talked to Stavros about his inspiration, keeping fit, and the reactions of locals to his art. Stavros is soon to be the subject of a documentary film, and we also met with Antony Kitchener and Simin Littschwager who are in the process of editing this to submit to the Doc Edge film festival.
On B-Side Stories on Wellington Access Radio we had a great chat and many laughs with Kate Leslie and Natty Scholtz from Kill Your Darlings – a wonderful sounding group art exhibition opening Thursday night at PotockiPaterson Art Gallery. You can listen here:
Gabby O’Connor’s art installation “Studio Antarctica” is currently showing at Porirua’s Pataka Art Museum. In 2015 Gabby spent several weeks researching her art living in a shipping container on four metres of ice over the 500 metre deep McMurdo Sound in Antarctica.
Pinaman Owusu never thought she’d have anything to do with fashion, but now this Ghanaian born kiwi will have the honour of showcasing collections from 6 contemporary African designers & 2 emerging hot NZ based African talents to about 300 guests in Wellington at an event she has been working toward for over three years – the first ever Africa Fashion Festival New Zealand.
Joining B-Sides Stories this week were Ruth Mundy and Sean O’Brien aka Joe Blossom for a NZ Music Month special. Host Martin Andrews talks to our guests about the craft of songwriting and trying to make a living in Aotearoa as an artist. The duo share their stories with warmth and humour, and treat us to some fantastic live in-studio performances.
Ruth Mundy – Facebook
Joe Blossom – Bandcamp, Facebook
Linking art – with music – with food rescue is not commonly done, but if it can be done anywhere – it’s Wellington. We recently caught up with Tim and Zoe from 31 Days In who told us all about the third outing for their 31 Days In project which creates art for each of 31 days in a city somewhere in the world. This time they went a step further, sourcing local musicians and bands to submit a track which gets paired to their art for that day. They’re selling the tracks and all proceeds go to Kaibosh.
Listen below to hear all about the project:
Ben is a Wellington native, and Sara is big-city UK Slam Champ. They are making a living by making their way all over New Zealand in a spoken word poetry tour!
They joined B-Side Stories to talk about spreading spoken word, international bridge building, and changing the world with poetry. They also shared some original poems that will make you laugh, and make you think.
To learn more, visit: www.sarahirsch.co.uk/ and www.benfagan.nz/
For more performance poetry in Wellington: http://www.poetryinmotion.org.nz/
This week on B-Side Stories, host Martin Andrews played a selection of Wellington songwriters:
Ills Winter – Caught In The Headlights
Eb & Sparrow – Two Wolves
Karl Jensen – The Little Town
Groeni – Hinde
Roman Birch – Time Square City
The Balkanistas – Ajde Zano
Vorn – Drowning Kittens
The Polly Johnson Set – Let Me Count The Ways (I Love You)
Connan Mockasin – I’m The Man, That Will Find You
This week on BSide Stories we were joined by Ali Whitton of LOST BiRD, the local Wellington Country Folk duo consisting of guitar player/songwriter Ali & Oliver Vetter on violin. Ali discusses his Celtic origins in England, the influence of the notorious Wellington weather on his songwriting and the difficulties of maintaining a working life while following your heart in the arts. We were also treated to three live performances of as yet unreleased LOST BiRD songs.