There’s so much to do and see it’s hard to know where to start! Here we’ve combined some fashion, art and iconic buildings. It was a coincidence that pieces by Dunedin designers happened to match the Tower Bridge paintwork. No sign of Victoria Beckham at the opening of her new shop on Dover Street but the interior did look very chic.
After 24 hours of flying, courtesy of Air New Zealand and Virgin Atlantic (rather than under his own steam), Ross is happily settling in with the swans, Canada geese and mallards, on the Kennet and Avon Canal in Reading. Here’s some of the sights along the way.
It may be Autumn but if you want to feel like it’s Spring again, you must visit Tara Douglas’ Japanese kawaii/’cute’ culture-inspired exhibition at Mint Gallery. Dunedin-raised Tara specialises in creating breathtaking floral installations the like of which we’ve never seen before! The normally plain white walls of the gallery have been colonised by thousands of cherry blossoms and the effect is enhanced by a warm pink haze of low lighting. Incredibly, each flower has been cut, folded and glued by hand. Tara hopes to take us away from the mundane world and into an “uplifting space” or “fantasyland”; this she certainly achieves! Tara is a graduate of Dunedin School of Art and is now completing her Master’s at the Ilam School of Fine Arts, Christchurch. To enjoy more of her work, visit her blog here.
The installation ‘Blossom’ will be running at Mint Gallery, 32 Moray Place, until 3 April.
As part of the Dunedin Fringe Festival, the art exhibition ‘Colour Moves’ is a compelling and eclectic mix: bright vs muted, realism vs abstraction, and the enigmatic vs the obvious. The works are by Peter Cleverley, Kirsten Ferguson, Nicola Hansby and John Z Robinson. John’s ‘Vase of Men’ series is highly covetable but should come with a nudity warning haha. Do check out the exhibition which is on until 21st March. Brick Brothers Gallery (Dowling St) is open daily from 11am – 5pm. All works are for sale.
After a relaxing week in Wanaka, we’ve hit the lively streets of Queenstown – just as beautiful, but a few more people and a cosmopolitan vibe. Trending: arancini, Segway personal transporters, stand up paddle boards, classical instruments and tight ropes.
We’re obsessed with Jane Campion’s mini-series ‘Top of the Lake’ which was filmed in and around Queenstown and has been nominated for Golden Globes and SAG awards. So we sought out some of the film locations.
Queenstown Botanical Gardens are stunning in the summer. We walked through them almost every day.
Continuing our cinema crawl, we completed a trifecta of boutique cinema visits by seeing ‘Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa’ at Dorothy Browns in Arrowtown.
The Arrow River
Walnut Cottage, near Lake Hayes, is one of our all-time favourite cafés serving Indonesian and Kiwi fare. There, we enjoyed the company of two very handsome and enthusiastic boys, Beau Beau and Jackie.
Before leaving Central, we headed to Sam Neill’s (yes, the world-renowned actor) ‘Two Paddocks’ Redbank near Clyde – the least pretentious and most beautiful vineyard we’ve ever visited. We didn’t see Sam but were really well looked after by the delightful and informative Jenny Blance (office manager) who even gave us a tour of the property. We enjoyed the numerous artworks (including Ralph Hotere, Laurence Aberhart, Marti Friedlander and Bill Hammond) and meeting some of the adorable farm pets, mostly named after famous actors and actresses. And of course there was the wine!
Our fantastic holiday has now come to an end but we’re happy to be home.
Last year, we had so much fun covering Dunedin art exhibition openings and promoting local artists. We were blown away by the exceptional talent and diverse styles. Here’s a selection of their work …
It’s time to reflect on the year that’s just ending. Let’s start with some of the multi-talented guys we’ve enjoyed featuring this year. In alphabetical order …
The captivating frontman of The Veils dazzled us with his musicianship when the band played at Sammy’s in July. The Veils are currently back in New Zealand and will be performing locally at Rhythm and Alps at Cardrona near Wanaka (New Year’s Eve).
This American musical prodigy changed direction to become an economics/mathematical hotshot and now works at the University of Otago. But he still finds time to wow audiences with his bass playing at Circadian Rhythm Cafe Friday night jazz sessions as part of the trio Philtre.
South African-born Wesley, model and blogger, has raised the bar of Dunedin man-style, favouring local labels such as NOM*d and Company of Strangers. Check out some of his looks here.
This locally born music legend has brought Dunedin’s beautiful scenery to our attention through his photography. Greetings cards featuring Alan’s photos can be purchased from Digiart and Design (Port Chalmers) and Portobello Gallery which also sells his prints. This week, the Sunday Star Times rated the re-released 1988 Snapper EP (Flying Nun label), in which Alan plays drums, as a musical “standout” of 2013.
Where would the Dunedin cultural scene be without Frits and his exuberant partner in crime, Debbie? Their stylish cafe, Purple Rain, is the perfect venue for musical extravanganzas and retro parties. Frits’ extensive knowledge of vintage clothing and collectibles comes in handy at Dunedin’s Vintage Roundups.
Local musician Richard shows that Dunedin musical talent is alive and kicking. He is the lead singer of Males who have recently released the album ‘Run Run Run/Males Males Males’. They opened for The Veils in July and will be supporting Die! Die! Die! at Chicks Hotel on New Year’s Eve.
Flamboyant Otago Polytechnic Fashion graduate, Sam, is alas no longer in Dunedin, having chosen to pursue his dream of becoming a designer across the Tasman. His acclaimed capsule collection of menswear was much admired at iD Dunedin Fashion Week 2013.
Central Otago-raised artist Jon (of Dunedin’s Moodie Tuesday) designs some of the best t-shirts in New Zealand. You can find them on celebrities including Colin Mathura-Jeffree and X Factor’s Tom Batchelor. His original artworks are highly sought after. Jon was one of the artists featured in the ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor’ exhibition held in Wanaka in November.