Open Air Life (Friluftsliv) launches at The Block Party 2018

On Saturday 20 October 2018, Norwegian-born artist Siv Beate Fjærestad launched her latest public art/intervention, Open Air Life (Friluftsliv), at Masterton’s The Block Party. Open Air Life is an extended nature trail through Masterton’s CBD, inviting the public to walk, look, listen, smell, sense and discover the many “hidden gems” of Masterton’s urban environment. As Siv … More Open Air Life (Friluftsliv) launches at The Block Party 2018

Interview with Haami Te Whaiti

It was a privilege to be guided through Aratoi’s latest major exhibition, Te Marae o Rongotaketake – Redressing our Kahungunu History, by Haami Te Whaiti, Aratoi’s Māori Curator and the concept developer for the exhibition.  This is a stunning exhibition, guiding the visitor through the environmental, cultural, historical and political landscape of Ngati Kahungunu with over 200 historical … More Interview with Haami Te Whaiti

Interview with Neil Dawson

An interview with Neil Dawson, internationally acclaimed sculptor and visual artist. In this interview, Neil discusses Ascension, an ambitious and daring public artwork destined for Masterton in the Wairarapa. The final push to raise the funds necessary to bring Ascension to Masterton will start on 24.11.16 with a Boosted campaign. For more information about how you can support this project, visit where links to the Boosted website will be provided.

Lucy Cooper is the host of ReCooper8, a monthly arts show on Arrow FM 92.7, one of New Zealand 12 community access radio stations. For more information, stories and interviews visit http://www.recooper8.wordpress.comMore Interview with Neil Dawson

Interview with Julie Lamb, of the Julie Lamb Band

The Julie Lamb Band is playing at King Street Live on Friday 20th November!  Doors open at 7pm. Here’s my recent interview with Julie Lamb: You can hear more music from the Julie Lamb Band on this month’s edition of ReCooper8, which airs on Thursday 19th November on 92.7FM at 8pm, or download the podcast … More Interview with Julie Lamb, of the Julie Lamb Band

The Phoenix Foundation – Going to the gig in Masterton tonight?

That’s right, The Phoenix Foundation play tonight (23rd May) at King Street Live in Masterton.  You can buy your tickets here.  You can listen to an Arrow FM interview with Luke Buda about TPF’s latest EP Tom’s Lunch and what you can expect from their EP release tour here!   Tune in to ReCooper8 at 8pm 19th … More The Phoenix Foundation – Going to the gig in Masterton tonight?

Anne Taylor’s Arts Review for April 2014

Huge thanks to Anne Taylor for bringing us a great review of Carterton-based visual artist Jan Eagle’s latest exhibition at the Aratoi Museum in Masterton, and also an insight into Monitor, Anne’s own contribution to the Main Artery – Linked group show, also at the Aratoi.  Both exhibitions run till 12th May 2014.  You can … More Anne Taylor’s Arts Review for April 2014

Festive ‘Wairarapa Word’ Happenings over the weekend!

Wairarapa Word presents: SATURDAY 14 Dec – Wairarapa Word has hired a stall to offer a range of books by Wairarapa-based writers.  A good selection of children’s books, poetry, cookbooks, local history, and more.  Where?  Cobblestones Museum Market, Greytown, 10-1, free entry   SUNDAY 15 Dec – Wairarapa Word has put together a variety show, the 12 Nights of Christmas, with stories, poems, and … More Festive ‘Wairarapa Word’ Happenings over the weekend!