All posts tagged: Aotea Centre

TEDxAuckland

I’m a huge fan of TED Talks. TED is an acronym for Technology, Education and Design. As much as I love hearing designers or foodies talk about their passions, you can only go so far if you approach life with a certain brand of knowledge. That’s where TED excels. The speakers come from many varied backgrounds and industries. The talks are eye opening and inspirational and I sincerely wish that a once a week TED TV slot existed instead of all the crap they play on TV. If you haven’t heard of TED Talks, please take a look. I believe there is something for everyone. I’m looking forward to TEDxAuckland in a couple of weeks at Aotea Centre, Auckland. The tickets are a very reasonable $80 each for a full day of events. Compared to the $3,000 to 6,000US ticket price that some TED events fetch, this is a bargain. Of course, talks can be found online for free. Yes. Free. More information including speaker line-up and ticket purchase can be found: www.tedxauckland.com For those that …

Semi-Permanent 2012

A decade ago, the year Semi-Permenent set up a chapter in Auckland, I was a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, first-year design student. I had just started going out with The Koala and when we heard about a new, fledgling design conference we purchased our precious tickets. For a student, even the concession ticket was a lot of money. The Koala and I attended the very first NZ Semi-Permanent event at the Bruce Mason Theatre in Takapuna and we were blown away by the world-famous calibre of creative speakers. Since then, I’ve barely missed an event. I think I’ve missed two. One because we were saving our pennies for our wedding and another time we were out of town. Semi-Permenent took a break from our shores last year, but this year they are back and on in just a few weeks! I won’t be in Auckland so I won’t be attending this year. But if you are around, you should check it out. The two day event runs on 18 and 19 May 2012 at the ASB Theatre at …

Tofu Tuesday: Japanese Art Festival Edition

For the past 3 years, The Koala and I have been heavily involved with the Japanese Art Festival. Neither of us are Japanese, but we have a fondness of Japanese art, culture and food. It all began when a friend who was helping with the organisation for 2010’s festival asked if we wanted to submit some artwork. Since then, we’ve not only submitted work, but also branded, advertised, promoted and helped to organise different aspects of the event. The festival was well advertised this year with flyers and posters distributed all across Auckland, magazine advertising, radio advertising, and of course the mother of all advertising for free events: Facebook. It’s a fairly big task logistically and it all paid off seeing all the people that came to the festival to enjoy the art and various events over the 3 days. It’s been a great learning curve for us and it’s great to have a hand in something like this. The festival is now in its fourth year and is held at the Aotea Centre in the heart …

Japanese Art Festival starts today

The Koala and I have been busy this last month with the lead up to the Japanese Art Festival. We’ve done all the graphic design for the festival, a 30+ page prospectus for one of the event sponsors and have been working on brand new paintings to exhibit. It has been a real work work work month. Well, the work has all paid off because the festival starts today. It’s free and it’s on from today until Sunday so if you’re in Auckland this weekend, come down to Aotea Centre and check it out. Saturday lunch-ish is the best time to go as there will be Taiko drumming and live art. There will be collection for Japanese earthquake relief and many artists will be donating full or percentage of sales. The Koala and I will be donating 50% of our sales to the Japanese earthquake relief. So please come! I leave you with a teaser from my pieces…