The Lowdown

Art Finds A Way. Photo: Daniel Tafjord
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As we step into country-wide lockdown, Mark Amery brings us up to date with arts news, key information and commentary to help you see your world in a new light.
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Strasbourg 1518, New Zealand Festival. Image: Philip Merry.
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This COVID-19 Special sees Mark Amery stand up for the arts community and dedicate the weekly arts news bulletin to what you need to know.
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Mark Amery
The sight no one in the arts community wants to see.  Image: Unsplash
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In this week’s arts media news bulletin, Mark Amery writes about how the arts are responding creatively to the coronavirus.
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Rita Angus mural, Bolton Street. Image: Mark Amery
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Who’s protecting what matters most to artists and art lovers? Mark Amery digs into some crucial issues and some juicy reads in your weekly arts media bulletin.
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Mark Amery
Actress Rose McGowan speaks outside of Weinstein’s trial. Credit Mark Lennihan/AP
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From the newly minted NZer of the year’s perfect response to an awkward situation, to the day of reckoning for an industry predator, the Lowdown's Kate Powell has a big week covered.
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Kate Powell
Author Elizabeth Knox photographed by Ebony Lamb
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Love them or hate them - reviewers are a crucial but fading part of art’s ecosystem. Mark Amery looks at the recent impact in this week’s Lowdown.
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Taika
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The Lowdown with Mark Amery looks at the reaction to the charismatic Kiwi’s “ceiling-breaking” Oscars win, in a week highlighting why we underestimate the arts at our peril.
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Mark Amery
Performance image from Muljil2, coming to Performance Arcade.
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The latest Lowdown with Mark Amery with a feature on festivals - highlighting some of the ones to watch at this year’s Pride, and festivals off the beaten track.
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Mark Amery
Peter Hawkesby, Professor Tick. 2019. Photo: Samuel Hartnett. Showing at McLeavey Gallery, Fired Up.
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Arts educators shine a light on NZ’s “inadequate” support for schools in Mark Amery’s latest arts news Lowdown, which includes a guide to some Kiwi online gems.
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Mark Amery
Martine Gutierrez, Clubbing (still), 2012. From Queer Algorhithms; Courtesy of the artist and RYAN LEE Gallery, New York
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A startling statistic around LGBTQ+ representation in public galleries in this week’s Lowdown with Mark Amery, along with art news from the spotlight and the wilderness (literally).
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Mark Amery