Comedian and playwright Richard Bull has trodden the Artworks Theatre boards long enough to know how to cope with stage fright. But for the premiere of Dracula, the first full-length play he’s written and directed, he was as nervous as...
While retaining inspirational jazz performances, a new focus of this year’s festival is on contemporary music, demonstrations of abstract and figurative painting involving national treasures Dick Frizzell and Richard Adams, free-form live jazz, and of course, the audience. “I wanted...
Safia Archer’s weekly arts diary -  Father, husband and artist, Russian-born Ilya Volykhine started to paint seriously in 1995 in New York City. Communist Russia did not have room for a career as an artist, but the vibrant artistic community he...
Anne Frank started to write her diary on her 13th birthday in June 1942, just two weeks before she and her family were forced to go into hiding in Nazi-occupied Holland.  Written from the cramped conditions of an annex in...
An ambitious group of high school students has come together around their passion for music in the Waiheke Youth Music Trust. These talented youth hope the trust will enable them to be taken seriously as young musicians. I caught up...
Last weekend the sun shone down on well-dressed guests at  Mr Bruce Plested’s property, as the Art in the Garden Art Auction took place. Artworks from almost 30 different artists included paintings, a wall necklace and sculptures. With the art...
Our weekly arts diary Three Waiheke artists, Karl Baxter, Anah Dunsheath and Bronwynne Cornish, are contenders for New Zealand’s only small sculpture prize, sponsored by Bayleys Real Estate Waiheke in conjunction with Te Motu vineyard. On Good Friday, 14 April,...
Meet Isla Treadwell, part time dog handler, part time artist and part time Gulf News cartoonist. The 20-year-old, who came to live on the island aged three with parents Beatle and Francesca and older brother Geordie, really only began to...
Written 25 years ago, Art has become a classic of modern theatre enjoying long runs in both London and New York.  We can thank Waiheke Theatre Company for giving us the opportunity to see it at Artworks Theatre. Art is...
Decorated dinghies propped against posts invite people to snuggle in their shadow at headland Sculpture on the Gulf, to take refuge from sun, wind or rain. But to spend any time under them is to hear harrowing accounts of refugee...