Creative Conversations

17:00 pm
20:00 pm
39 Omaha Valley Road, Matakana

'Creative Conversations' at the Vivian Gallery, Matakana

Poet Therese Lloyd and art critic Anthony Byrt are to appear in an event at the Vivian Gallery in Matakana on Friday May 11. It's the final night of Creative Matakana, a week of arts-based workshops held in and around Matakana which is now in its second year.

Two, three and five-day workshops include award-winning tutors such as Gavin Bishop on producing a childrens' story book, Liz Sharek teaching cast glass, flax weaving with Kahutoi te Kanawa, plus painting, textiles, sculpture, watercolour, fabric eco-dying, photography and more.

On the Friday evening, the Vivian Gallery opens its doors to the public for a finale event combining art and literature. There are two sessions, separated by Matakana Estate wines and canapés.

The first is poet Therese Lloyd whose second book, 'The Facts', was recently launched at the NZ Festival in Wellington. Her poems 'move with honesty and formal intelligence through matters of creativity and love'. She's currently the writer in residence at Waikato University.

The second is acclaimed art critic and writer Anthony Byrt in conversation with Vivian director Scott Lawrie. They'll discuss, among other things, Anthony's recent work with Venice Biennale artist Simon Denny, the new book he's working on, the importance of the provincial gallery in the NZ art landscape and how Auckland could benefit from the example set by the city of Detroit.

The Vivian Gallery exhibition which is on at the time of the conversation is 'Never An Answer: 14 Abstract Painters', a women's show curated by Linda Tyler, Director of the Centre for Art Studies at The University of Auckland.

Friday May 11, from 5pm for 5.30-7.30 Tickets $35 per person, includes wine and canapés, available on the website registration page - The Vivian Gallery, 39 Omaha Valley Rd, Matakana.

If you require accommodation for the weekend, try Riverside Matakana - mention Creative Matakana and receive 15% off accommodation for the Friday night.

**NOTE: Lynn Freeman interviews Scott Lawrie and Anthony Byrt about the event on her Radio NZ show, Standing Room Only, on Sunday 22nd April.