Artweek Auckland, An Indie Road Movie & More Fun Things For The Weekend

Deborah Crowe's Nature Wins! Photo / Supplied


ShirkersThis Sundance award-winning indie road movie, part autobiography, part documentary, has something of a legend. In 1994, its makers, director Sani Tan and her friends, shot this joyous paean to youth and Singapore, only to see their footage stolen when Tan's mentor, Georges, took the cans of film. They were released 25 years later, and the result is a deft evolution of the original, reflective of a DIY sensibility, and a film about a film. Available to watch on Netflix.


Offline With Jon Favreau"Is the internet breaking our brains, and what can we do about it?" It's the questions posed by this new podcast as political commentator Jon Favreau meets comedians, celebrities, public figures and beyond to talk about living in a fast, ultra-connected world. Recent interviews into a fascinating discussion with New Yorker writer and author Jia Tolentino on the internet's endless stage, and a sit down with Monica Lewinsky to examine the internet's culture of humiliation.

BookclubBibliophiles should check out the more than 200 episodes of the BBC radio's Bookclub, with recent guests including Anthony Doerr (All the Light We Cannot See, Cloud Cuckoo Land), Kazuo Ishiguro (Klara and the Sun, Never Let Me Go), Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies), and Max Porter (Lanny). Aucklanders, the Auckland Library is now offering click-and-collect, so listen in, then sate your reading fancies.


Artweek AucklandArtweek Auckland is back for 2021, creating activations around Tāmaki Makaurau that are enjoyable regardless of the alert level. Taking place from November 5-14 and centred on the idea of “Art For All” (Artweek’s kaupapa) the event brings a much-needed salve of creativity to months of restrictions.

Deborah Crowe's joyful Nature Wins! will transform the Freyberg Place steps, while a similarly ebullient work, a "pasture painting" by For the Love of Bees, can be seen at Victoria Park. Changing Lanes, a collaboration between Heart of the City and Artweek, will transform central Auckland's more intimate urban spaces with work by Bobbie Gray, Margaret Lewis, Bhavesh Bhuthadia, Paul Woodruffe, Teare Turetahi, Ashlee Tawhiti and Erin Forsyth.

La Lumiere will brighten up Khartoum Place with its Forest of Light installation. Also illuminating, Julia Mapusua and Jocelyn Janon and Jahra Wasasala have lightbox work on display at Te Komititanga, and AUT's 24/7 digital screen will be displaying its World of Light exhibition. Phantom Billstickers will be featuring pop-up art too.You can download the app, Artweek Every Week, to take self-guided tours of the city's public art. Keep tabs on the schedule, as an alert level change will mean more art to explore.

Loclaire Pop-upLocal label Loclaire has set up shop for a brief (but lovely) stay at Wellington store Luc. Browse its ready-to-wear range, from elegant tops to silk satin dresses and year-round essentials, plus a few special on-sale items. On now until November 7 at 52 Victoria St, Te Aro, Wellington.


Dandie Store Springtime MarketMark your diaries for the delightful Dandie Store's springtime market day, with samples from brands Beach Knickers and Florence Eugenie, plus homewares and vintage clothes galore. From 10am on Saturday November 13. 375 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui. For travel updates on Covid-19 alert level restrictions, please visit and stay safe.

Art + Object AuctionIf all this time staring at blank walls is starting to drive you a little crazy, take a look at the website of auction house Art + Object, and start planning a place for an artwork by one of New Zealand’s most significant artists. Next week, Art + Object will host an online auction of the collection established by the late, great philanthropist and art collector Adrian Burr and his partner, Peter Tatham.

More than 230 works by the likes of Frances Hodgkins, Bill Hammond, Colin McCahon, Seraphine Pick, Tony Fomison, Michael Parekowhai and John Pule, along with furnishings, artifacts and applied art will be on offer, with the Burr/Tathan collection auction being hailed as one of the most significant in New Zealand history. To discover more, visit

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