Loose Canons: Miriama Mcdowell
From Dwelling to Destination: On New Zealand’s House Museums
Nothing Like Family

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Loose Canons is a series in which we invite artists we love to share five things that have informed their work. Meet the rest of our Loose Canons here.

Two short years after graduating form Toi Whakaari, Miriama McDowell had starred in various films and and television series: Toa Fraser’s debut feature No. 2, television series Interrogation and Taonga. Since then, her screen credits include sci-fi thriller...

Art

Sebastian Clarke on the character and reputation of our most idiosyncratic institutions. 

I will eschew any suspense and begin with an admission: I’m a hound for house museums. I seek out these introspective havens peppered throughout Aotearoa with great fervour. My self-appointed role as loyal advocate for our house museums emerged not by epiphany, but thanks to a scratchy, woven basket. Said basket...

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Doug Dillaman and the unlikely, unconventional and uncommon family as featured in the New Zealand International Film Festival.

With 150 films in the New Zealand International Film Festival, it’s a fool’s game to declare a central theme to the programming and yet, over and over, the films I’ve previewed keep returning to the theme of unconventional families. Perhaps it’s a sign of the world’s current...

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Loose Canons
Loose Canons: Miriama Mcdowell
Art
From Dwelling to Destination: On New Zealand’s House Museums
Screen
Nothing Like Family
Loose Canons: Donna Brookbanks
Read Time: 5 mins
Billy T Award Nominee Donna Brookbanks tells us about...
Loose Canons
Loose Canons: Donna Brookbanks
By Donna Brookbanks
The Unmissables: Four Exhibitions to see in May
Read Time: 8 mins
A monthly round-up of notable, controversial and unmissable...
Art
The Unmissables: Four Exhibitions to see in May
By Pantograph Punch
A Library is More Than Books: On the Proposed Closure of the Elam Fine Arts Library
Read Time: 28 mins
The library does not simply house a collection – it...
Art
A Library is More Than Books: On the Proposed Closure of the Elam Fine Arts Library
By Rachel Ashby and Vanessa Crofskey
From the Margins to the Mainstream: Pacific Sisters at Te Papa
Read Time: 25 mins
Ioana Gordon-Smith on the significance and celebration...
Art
From the Margins to the Mainstream: Pacific Sisters at Te Papa
By Ioana Gordon-Smith
Loose Canons: Jane Yonge
Read Time: 5 mins
Theatre director Jane Yonge lets us in on five inspirations...
Loose Canons
Loose Canons: Jane Yonge
By Jane Yonge
To Care and Be Cared For
Read Time: 14 mins
On the myth of passionate work and the imperative...
Art
To Care and Be Cared For
By Lucinda Bennett
The Unmissables: Four Exhibitions to see in April
Read Time: 10 mins
A monthly round-up of notable, controversial and unmissable...
Art
The Unmissables: Four Exhibitions to see in April
By Pantograph Punch
So, You Want to be the “Largest Polynesian City in the World”?
Read Time: 12 mins
We’re not your interesting cousins you get to pull...
Society
So, You Want to be the “Largest Polynesian City in the World”?
By Lana Lopesi