Exhibition Openings: Bob Nelson, Celebrating Devonport’s History of Peace Activism and John McCallum

The galleries were abuzz with three openings this past Saturday 27 May: Bob Nelson’s Light Industry, Celebrating Devonport’s History of Peace Activism: The Photographic Work of Gil Hanly and John Miller, and John McCallum’s Hokianga.

Many thanks to all the artists and WILPF (Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom).



North Shore Times article on Bob Nelson’s Light Industry

An article on our upcoming exhibition Bob Nelson: Light Industry has featured in the North Shore Times.

Nelson investigates the geometric and colour permutations evident in the New Zealand industrial landscape. This accidental abstraction of the traditional landscape has fascinated Nelson and has been fuelled by his conviction that the everyday and commonplace is not without beauty and wonder stating, “it all depends on how you look at things”.

Have a read of the article HERE.

Join us for the opening of Light Industry this Saturday 27 May, 2 – 3:30pm.  This exhibition is part of the Auckland Festival of Photography.

Depot Sound: Hamilton County Bluegrass Band nominated for NZ Country Music Award

We are very proud to announce that the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band album we recorded is a finalist for the Country Album of the Year at this years NZ Music Awards. The country awards are presented during the Golden Guitar awards in Gore.

To read more about the awards click HERE.

The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band also featured in Seen and Heard, a series of interviews and performances recorded live at Depot Sound.

Depot Sound: Tracks from Carb on Carb & Dirty Pixels in 95bFM’s Top 10

Awesome to see two tracks coming out of the Depot Sound Recording Studio on the 95bFM Top 10 this week.  Carb on Carb’s ‘Practising for Retirement’ (recorded at Depot Sound) and Dirty Pixel’s ‘Spacesuit’ (mixed at Depot Sound) both made their way onto the list!

Have a listen at their bandcamp accounts below:

Carb on Carb   https://carboncarb.bandcamp.com/

Dirty Pixels  https://dirtypixels.bandcamp.com/releases

Job Vacancy: Promotions and Media Coordinator

We are looking for a new Promotions and Media Coordinator to join the team at the Depot Artspace.

The Depot Artspace is a dynamic creative community working in a continually changing environment.  It is widely responsive to the environment and offers services, programmes and facilities that span the spectrum of disciplines, needs and interests.

Are you an astute and inquiring lateral thinker who enjoys variety and challenge in their work?  Would you value working with a small, diverse high energy team to develop and implement a marketing and promotions strategy that communicates the breadth of the Depot’s creative initiatives, projects and services and recognises the wider arts and social environment? Our ideal candidate will have proven experience in a media or promotions role within the  arts or publishing areas.  If this sounds like you then we would love to hear from you.

Key aspects of this role are:

  • Creation of ‘engaging point of difference’ media that links Depot events and programmes with the  cultural, creative and social issues taking place in Auckland
  • Source appropriate opportunities for media placement
  • Development of a cohesive media strategy  that communicates the distinctive place of the Depot Artspace in Auckland
  • Great organisational skills coupled with initiative and innovation.
  • Relationship building engagement with existing and new audiences

This is a full time position (30 hours/wk) with negotiable days of work for a fixed six month contract.

Qualities, skills and attributes required for the position:

  • warm, outgoing and interested in participating in The Depot’s creative activities
  • excellent writing skills
  • well-developed communication and interpersonal skills
  • high level of organisation and administration
  • able to work collaboratively and independently
  • adaptable
  • ability to display sound judgment and show initiative
  • social media,  website and CMS  savvy
  • proven experience in marketing and media
  • media relationship building skills
  • Adobe InDesign and Illustrator

To apply please first request a Position Description from linda.blincko@depotartspace.co.nz and then apply with your CV and cover letter.

Applications close on Tuesday 6 June 2017

Interview on The Cafe TV3 about The Roaring Silence

Natasha Lay, a stage manager and one of the contributors of The Roaring Silence and Lynn Lawton, the Depot Artspace Manager, were interviewed on The Cafe on TV3 on Tuesday 16 May 2017.  Watch the video below to hear them discuss the book and the issues surrounding suicide.

The issue of suicide prevention is being widely discussed, but when is it the right time to bring it to the attention of your children? Lynn Lawton and Natasha Lay who’ve contributed to a new book on the subject called “The Roaring Silence” joined us this morning.

Posted by The Cafe on Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Radio NZ interview on The Roaring Silence with contributor Manu Fotu


Auckland and Waitemata DHBs suicide prevention programme manager and one of The Roaring Silence contributors, Manu Fotu spoke with Kathryn Ryan this morning on Nine to Noon about the wellbeing of whanau affected by suicide.

Please click HERE to have a listen. Many thanks to the team at Nine to Noon for the opportunity.

The Roaring Silence is a book about suicide awareness, comprising contributions from 79 artists, writers, poets, and a few professionals from all generations and backgrounds, and from throughout the country who collectively communicate the message that life is both dark and bright and that none of us is immune from times of shadow.

It is available from the Depot Artspace for $30. Drop in to pick up a copy, otherwise to order please contact Margaux Wong by email zn.oc1500892732.ecap1500892732strat1500892732oped@1500892732gnow.1500892732xuagr1500892732am1500892732

Artist Niki Hill live on 95bFM Thursday 11 May 10:40am


From Highbrow to monobrow and everything in between, Aimée Ralfini offers a weekly morsel of Who Arted what, where and when, to keep you salivary glands going until you get your next art fix.

Artist Niki Hill will be live this Thursday, 11 of May at 10:40am on 95bFM, to discuss about her exhibition Fresh, Fur and Flesh at the Depot Artspace.

Please click HERE to listen or download a podcast of the interview.

Who Arted is a live-to-air weekly feature on bFM’s Morning Glory presented by Aimée Ralfini. It is aimed at generating interest from a wide ranging audience towards Fine Art and the wider Visual Arts community in the first instance. It does this by maintaining informative and interesting 7-9 minutes interviews, discussing relatable subjects surrounding the artist and their work, and visually describing artwork to activate the listeners imagination.

Auckland Festival of Photography is coming 1 – 24 June 2017









Image: Bob Nelson


The Auckland Festival of Photography is an Auckland wide photography event which takes place in galleries, project spaces, public sites and other spaces.  The programme features an exciting mix of existing and new work from both established and emerging artists.

The line up has just been announced, please see their website for more information http://www.photographyfestival.org.nz/index.cfm

The Depot Artspace will be showing two outstanding exhibitions during the Festival:

Bob Nelson: Light Industry

John McCallum: The Hokianga

Both run from Saturday 27 May to Wednesday 14 June.  The openings are on Saturday 27 May at 2pm.


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