Once you get over the unexpected novelty of finding such a fabulous collection of art objects and curiosities in such an unlikely place, you discover there is a logic to Stuart’s choice of venue. First of all, it would be hard to afford such a beautiful old wooden church (circa 1920s) in downtown Auckland. And secondly, while Stuart has lived in New York for many years, and curated shows throughout the USA and Europe, he was weaned on the aesthetic of small town New Zealand A&P shows (Agriculture & Produce), and his gallery echoes that carnival atmosphere.
|Lorde with her voluminous Kate Bush-like tresses|
Gecko Press is a successful niche publishing house based in Wellington. Currently with 80 titles in print and a slew of awards (including Best Children’s Publisher of the Year in Oceania at the Bologna International Children’s Bookfair 2013), Gecko’s by-line is ‘curiously good children’s books from around the world’.
On the last weekend of July, Christchurch hosted two awards ceremonies.