Forgotten Memorials

DSC01711I’m going to lead a ‘Secret art walk’ of Wellington for a group in a few weeks’ time. “Secret Art Walk” was the subject of a brochure issued in 2012 – an initiative of “the Property Council of New Zealand proudly sponsored by Beca”. It was updated a year or two later but is – I think – now considered ‘out of print’ or out of date as it isn’t available at the Wellington info centre. It is mainly about art works located in the foyers of commercial buildings – some in the brochure can no longer be seen, but I have found others too that aren’t in the brochure. Quite a number are labelled, but also quite a number aren’t. As I was doing research for this walk, I came across a website of Stephen Gibbs who did the walk in 2015 and blogged about it over a couple of months. Continue reading

The Moorings and Michael Fowler Centre

I went to two very different performances in the weekend, held in very different venues. On Saturday evening UK pianist Freddy Kempf played – and conducted! – Beethoven’s Piano Concertos 1, 2 and 3 with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at the Wellington concert venue called the Michael Fowler Centre (MFC). On Sunday evening I went to a private house called “The Moorings” where Tayo Aluko performed his one-man show about Black American singer and political activist Paul Robeson (1898–1976). Tayo Aluko is a Nigerian born, UK-based actor and baritone singer. He was interviewed on Kim Hill’s Saturday morning show. I enjoyed both performances, but this isn’t a review, rather I intend to talk about the venues. Continue reading