A little taste of 88

The Artist: Margaret Stoddart (Hannah Beehre) (2016) C-type print, 700mm x 560mm. Reproduced courtesy of the artist.

Julia Holden The Artist: Margaret Stoddart (Hannah Beehre) 2016. C-type print, 700mm x 560mm. Reproduced courtesy of the artist.

With our next issue rapidly winding its way through the processes of layout, proofing and printing, it’s time for a sneak peek at the arts content. Takahē 88 features an interview between art historian Petrena Fishburn and local artist Julia Holden, which concentrates on Holden’s distinctive brand of ‘performance painting’. Several of the accompanying images were created for a new project, Lyttelton Redux, which will be launched tonight in Lyttelton (more details here). More than twenty local identities, including artist Hannah Beehre (as shown above) and Adam McGrath, frontman for the acclaimed band The Eastern, have been painted – literally covered in paint – by Holden to resemble a host of historic characters with connections to the township. These include legendary Canterbury flower painter Margaret Stoddart, notorious sheep rustler James McKenzie and Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton. The resulting photographic portraits will be displayed in businesses around Lyttelton until March and a map of their locations is available from 50 Works Gallery at 50 London Street.



Short Stories for takahe 88 – deadline

P1030566Now that our wonderful online issue – takahē 87 – is ready to go live on 10 August, we must look ahead to takahē 88, December’s print issue.

It’s time to drag your Muse kicking and screaming from the back bedroom, sit her down beside you – and get writing.

Think spring, or summer, or holidays. Think Christmas – families, reunions, departures, arrivals, food – the make and break of family relationships. Think …

To be considered for the December issue, submissions must be received by Friday 9 September. Yes, it’s not far away. REMEMBER, WORD COUNT CANNOT EXCEED 3000. Please proof-read your work carefully before sending – it makes the editors smile.