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Farewell to 8 Ponsonby Rd

Event / 23 February 2017 - 23 February 2017

Join us at Objectspace to farewell the old ASB bank building and to hear about our coming plans.

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Printing Workshop with Susan Holmes

Event / 03 December 2016 - 03 December 2016

1.30pm - 4.30pm. Objectspace presents a one off workshop with fabric artist Susan Holmes. Image: Susan Holmes, 2015, image courtesy of Phil Fogle

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K’Road First Thursdays Late Night with Susan Holmes

Event / 01 December 2016 - 01 December 2016

Objectspace open until 9pm. Fabric artist Susan Holmes joins us this evening, alongside curators Cerys Dallaway-Davidson and Doris de Pont.

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Susan Holmes Floortalk

Event / 19 November 2016 - 19 November 2016

2pm. Floortalk with Susan Holmes, accompanied by exhibition curators Cerys Dallaway-Davidson and Doris de Pont.

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Jessica Hemmings - Making meaning: Craft and Labour

Event / 17 November 2016 - 17 November 2016

Familiar criticisms are easy to level against today’s culture of overproduction: low quality goods manufactured in unacceptable working conditions have driven down quality in favour of volume. Far harder to come by are clear solutions. Consumer apathy, the disparities of global economics and rapidly disappearing knowledge pose formidable barriers to change. But there are inspiring examples of designers and artists succeeding in their rejection of our present models of production.

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Johnson Witehira floortalk

Event / 08 October 2016 - 08 October 2016

11am: Join designer Johnson Witehira at Objectspace for an introduction to his solo exhibition Half-Blood, an exhibition that challenges the history and myths associated with both Māori and Pakeha identity through two playable digital artworks

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Collect Construct - a workshop with jeweller Julie Blyfield

Event / 24 September 2016 - 25 September 2016

A two day workshop with much renowned jeweller and object maker Julie Blyfield (Australia) exploring new ideas and ways of working, Through sketching to model making and realisation, with demonstrations of some chasing skills specific to Julie’s practice

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Beauty is in the Street curator floortalk and closing drinks

Event / 24 September 2016 - 24 September 2016

3pm Join exhibition curator Elle Loui August for a floor talk discussing the themes and practices included in the exhibition, which will be followed by relaxed drinks to celebrate the show. Image courtesy of Sione Monu, Blanket Couture Series, 2016

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House-Hat Parade for Auckland

Event / 17 September 2016 - 17 September 2016

1pm - 3pm Studio One Toi Tu, 1 Ponsonby Rd. Join Xin Cheng and Chris Berthelsen for a child centered workshop for all ages. Bring along an idea (or, find one here) and join us in making a parade of house-hats. Using recycled materials, participants will create wearable garments which playfully reference architectural structures and the world around us.

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Te Rimu Tahi at dusk

Event / 17 September 2016 - 17 September 2016

5.30pm Objectspace Join us for a collection of short performances in the gallery by Classical Indian singer Balamohan Shingade, Poet Mohamed Hassan, and writer Susanna Collinson.

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2016 ATAATA Residency Summary Presentation

Event / 15 September 2016 - 15 September 2016

5.30pm Studio One Toi Tu, 1 Ponsonby Rd. Join us to hear Grégory Chatonsky and Goliath Dyèvre, members of Augment Institute present a summary of their research during their three month stay at Colab on the Ataata residency programme. Their research creation projectAugment Institute investigates imagining a design and art form of augmented reality. AR is not limited to the screen, it also helps to produce new shapes linked to the imagination of the digital.

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Objectspace National Symposium on Craft, Applied Art and Design

Event / 26 August 2016 - 28 August 2016

Join Objectspace and Auckland Museum for a two-day national symposium exploring the shifting state of contemporary practice in the fields of craft, applied art and design. International speakers will be joined by a range of local voices looking at the questions and research areas shaping making practices today in a climate of disruption and upheaval.  Image: Tin lamp and gold leaf, 2015, Goliath Dyèvre

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Object Unrest: Auckland Museum Smart Talk in collaboration with Objectspace

Event / 26 August 2016 - 26 August 2016

On the subject of how objects, artefacts and making practices contribute to, and tell the story of manifestations of unrest, chance, upheavel and activism.

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Drinking about Jewellery - Handshake 3

Event / 12 August 2016 - 12 August 2016

Friday 12 August, 6pm. Informal discussions on all things jewellery, hosted by makers from Handshake 3.

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Quishile Charan in Conversation

Event / 06 August 2016 - 06 August 2016

Saturday 6 August, 2pm Quishile Charan will discuss her recent exhibition ‘Samundar and Haldi’ in the gallery next Saturday 6th of August in conversation with Salome Tanuvasa and Objectspace Assistant Curator Elle Loui August.

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Object_Memory_Archive: art histories, formal knowledge and the power and problem of what we remember

Event / 30 July 2016 - 30 July 2016

In this half-day symposium, research relating to the archive, and accepted methodologies for recording art histories and material culture will be examined. With particular focus on how existing frameworks fail to account fully for the idiosyncratic nature of the telling of histories, speakers will consider how a feminist method might create a new and alternative form of archive. Considering questions such as how can both research and creative practices make room for intuition and subjective voice, this reimagining of the archive as an imperfect and malleable system, acknowledges the roles of fiction and story-telling within it. How can we reposition the archive with the potential to support and make heard a range of voices?

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Handshake 3 Floortalk

Event / 09 July 2016 - 09 July 2016

11am Join Handshake 3 collaborators for this introductory floortalk.

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show_sell_shift Closing Drinks

Event / 02 July 2016 - 02 July 2016

Join us in closing show_sell_shift

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Late Night at Objectspace with Whau Studios

Event / 30 June 2016 - 30 June 2016

Join Whau Studios at Objectspace

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Drinking about Jewellery

Event / 27 June 2016 - 27 June 2016

Informal discussions on all things jewellery, hosted by the Jewellers Guild of Greater Sandringham

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Voices on Contemporary Craft and Design

Event / 25 June 2016 - 25 June 2016

Readings and discussion in the fields of craft, applied art and design

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Late Night at Objectspace

Event / 23 June 2016 - 23 June 2016

Quick-Fire Makers talks at 6pm

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Contemporary Jewellery Workshop: Cord Making

Event / 21 June 2016 - 21 June 2016

Hosted by the Jewellers Guild of Greater Sandringham, this workshop teaches two cord making techniques for all experience levels.

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Late Night at Objectspace

Event / 16 June 2016 - 16 June 2016

Quick-Fire makers talks at 6pm

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Matariki Jewellery Making at Objectspace

Event / 11 June 2016 - 11 June 2016

Celebrate Matariki with Objectspace and create your own whetu or badge to wear home.

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CCO @ Objectspace

Event / 09 June 2016 - 09 June 2016

CCO Fashion Pop Up @ Objectspace

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The Way of Matter - Makers discussion and closing drinks

Event / 21 May 2016 - 21 May 2016

Join us for a floor talk and drinks to celebrate the closing of The Way of Matter

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Gray Street Workshop Talk

Event / 07 April 2016 - 07 April 2016

5.30pm, Objectspace hosts Adelaide based collective Gray Street Workshop as they celebrate 30 years of their artist run collective.

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White Night

Event / 12 March 2016 - 12 March 2016

Auckland Arts Festivals White Night is back for 2016

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Resource: Rise Again Launch at Auckland University School of Architecture and Planning

Event / 08 March 2016 - 08 March 2016

Resource: Rise Again is Rekindle's fourth major project aimed at diverting re-usable resources from waste. Juliet Arnott, Founder of Rekindle, will be launching this new project at the Auckland University School of Architecture and Planning.

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Martin Poppelwell and Ben Daly in conversation

Event / 05 March 2016 - 05 March 2016

Saturday March 5, 3pm: Join Poppelwell and Daly in an informal conversation charting the collaborative process of designing A Storage Problem, followed by the official opening event at 4pm.

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Seam Work

Event / 13 February 2016 - 14 February 2016

A workshop with silversmith Vito Bila

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Empire of Dirt Readers and Writers Day

Event / 05 December 2015 - 05 December 2015

Join Empire of Dirt writers for performances and some on the spot poetry writing.

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Empire of Dirt in the Festival of Ceramics

Event / 14 November 2015 - 14 November 2015

Join curator Doris de Pont and writers for an introduction to Empire of Dirt, and selected readings.

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Auckland Festival of Ceramics Clayathon

Event / 14 November 2015 - 14 November 2015

Clayathon is back for 2015 with new venues and floortalks.

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Vintage Paua Shell Jewellery Floortalk

Event / 31 October 2015 - 31 October 2015

Join exhibition curator Elly Van de Wijdeven for this fascinating Floortalk.

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Talkfest 2015

Event / 26 September 2015 - 26 September 2015

Back for another year, Talkfest 2015 promises to be a day of craft and design conversations not to be missed.

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Talkfest Pecha Kucha - SOLD OUT

Event / 25 September 2015 - 25 September 2015

In association with Auckland Pecha Kucha and Auckland Architecture Week, Objectspace presents a night of intriguing, entertaining and surprising Pecha Kucha presentations.

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David Lovegrove Lecture at MIT

Event / 20 September 2015 - 20 September 2015

MIT Faculty of Creative Arts will be hosting a great lecture this Sunday at 4.30pm - "David Clarke Thinking Out Loud" The lecture will be held at Z Block, 50 Lovegrove Crescent, Otara.

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AOK Fashion Thursday

Event / 10 September 2015 - 10 September 2015

Objectspace open late for this K Rd Fashion Event

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Book Launch: Vintage Paua Shell Jewellery

Event / 10 September 2015 - 10 September 2015

Join us at 5.30pm, all welcome

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STRANDS Weaving Action Day

Event / 22 August 2015 - 22 August 2015

Live weaving action day at Objectspace

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Philip Clarke at Anna Miles

Event / 15 August 2015 - 15 August 2015

Wundercollectors II: Collectors of contemporary jewellery share their collections

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Wunderrūma: Philip Clarke – Collecting jewellery

Event / 09 August 2015 - 09 August 2015

Philip Clarke talks about New Zealand contemporary jewellery collections and collecting.

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Make/Use x Lela Jacobs

Event / 02 August 2015 - 02 August 2015

Make/Use Workshop Three

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Make/Use Your Style

Event / 19 July 2015 - 19 July 2015

Make/Use Workshop Two

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Make/Use Flat to Form

Event / 12 July 2015 - 12 July 2015

Make/Use Workshop One

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Lindsay Marks and Sam Benge in concert, 3pm July 4

Event / 04 July 2015 - 04 July 2015

Objectspace warmly invites you to join us for this special one-off concert by Lindsay Marks and his playing partner Sam Benge. July 4, 3pm

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Meet the Makers - Best in Show 2015

Event / 09 May 2015 - 09 May 2015

11am, Saturday 9 May - Makers from Best in Show will be in the gallery to talk about their work

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White Night at Objectspace

Event / 14 March 2015 - 14 March 2015

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Free Lecture: Peter Bauhuis

Event / 19 February 2015 - 19 February 2015

“...said to be ROMAN, but?” - An illustrated lecture on newer and older things made or found by Peter Bauhuis

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Writing Workshop 2015 - call for applications

Event / 14 February 2015 - 14 February 2015

Objectspace is delighted to stage our third writing workshop, led by established and highly regarded international writer, curator and maker Benjamin Lignel from 9am – 5:30pm on Saturday 14 February 2015.

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Opening Night

Event / 04 February 2015 - 04 February 2015

Opening Night is a curatorial development initiative led by Paris based Ben Lignel and hosted in conjunction with Studio One Toi Tu.

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Objectspace seeks a Curator

Event / 04 December 2014 - 29 January 2015

Objectspace is recruiting for a part-time position, the Objectspace Curator, to join its small team.

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First Thursday - 4 December

Event / 04 December 2014 - 04 December 2014

Look out for the final First Thursday of the year. To tie in with the New Orleans vibe the First Thursday organisers have put together a great programme for the evening. Objectspace will be open until 9pm. Visitors can take a look at the exhibition ‘Fingers: Jewellery for Aotearoa New Zealand’ and also buy work from the Fingers pop-up window display whilst taking advantage of the superb craft beers from The Sawmill Brewing Co.

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A Morning of Fingers

Event / 29 November 2014 - 29 November 2014

A discussion with past and present Fingers Partners including Ruth Baird, Andrea Daly, Warwick Freeman and Alan Preston, moderated by Finn McCahon-Jones. We invite visitors to wear their Fingers jewellery to this free event which begins at 11am. Some seating will be provided for those who arrive early.

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Floor-talk. Fingers: Jewellery for Aotearoa New Zealand

Event / 15 November 2014 - 15 November 2014

Finn McCahon-Jones is the curator of ‘Fingers: Jewellery for Aotearoa New Zealand’. On Saturday 15 November he will give a floor-talk at Objectspace and take visitors through the exhibition looking at works from the 40-year history of the iconic Fingers jewellery gallery. This event begins at 11am and is free. All welcome.

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Clay-a-thon: Virginia Leonard

Event / 08 November 2014 - 08 November 2014

As part of Clay O'Clock: An Auckland Festival of Ceramics, Virginia Leonard will be taking part in the Clay-a-thon programme, and will talk about her practice at Objectspace on 8 November from 2 -2.30 pm.

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Objectspace seeks a Programme Manager

Event / 11 October 2014 - 30 October 2014

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Inside / Outside: A Case for the Book

Event / 24 October 2014 - 26 October 2014

The Association of Book Crafts NZ is hosting its first International conference in Auckland, 24th to 26th October 2014 in the central city at Auckland University of Technology.

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Home Grown

Event / 13 September 2014 - 13 September 2014

On 13 September, Valerie Ringer Monk will discuss the legacy of Crown Lynn ceramics with designer Mark Cleverley, writer and designer Jonty Valentine, as well as Objectspace Director, Philip Clarke.

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Richard Wolfe on Mark Cleverley stamp design

Event / 06 September 2014 - 06 September 2014

Richard Wolfe, author of It's in the Post: the stories behind New Zealand stamps, will discuss Mark Cleverley’s innovative stamp designs in the context of New Zealand stamp design. This is a free talk and takes place at Objectspace on Saturday 6 September, 11am.

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Slideshow with Mark Cleverley

Event / 23 August 2014 - 23 August 2014

Come along for a good old-fashioned slideshow at Objectspace on Saturday 23 August at 5.30pm. Designer, Mark Cleverly will run through a selection of slides discussing his practice since the 1950s. Jonty Valentine, curator of the Mark Cleverley: Objectspace Master of Craft exhibition will also be present. This talk is free and open to all.

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New Objects

Event / 08 August 2014 - 13 August 2014

New Objects is a specially selected group of work by outstanding New Zealand makers, all of whom are recent Objectspace exhibitors. New Objects will be exhibited at Objectspace from 8 August and with works being offered for sale on 13 August 2014.

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New Objects - Floor Talk

Event / 09 August 2014 - 09 August 2014

On Saturday 9 August, 11am, Philip Clarke, Director of Objectspace will be talking about work in our upcoming exhibition.

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Object of still life: photography workshop with Janet Lilo

Event / 19 July 2014 - 19 July 2014

Artist Janet Lilo will be in the gallery to help you make your own still life composition and capture the still life on film. We’ll be working with a Polaroid camera, creating photographs that you can take away with you as a keepsake. 

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Putting objects on the page: Writing workshop with Tessa Laird

Event / 12 July 2014 - 12 July 2014

Writer, artist and lecturer Tessa Laird will be running a short writing workshop dedicated to evoking objects through writing. In this session, participants will have the chance to join in fun writing exercises.

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Objectspace Talkfest 2014

Event / 04 July 2014 - 05 July 2014

Our 2014 Talkfest will have a new format and is presented in association with Auckland Museum, at the Museum. Key note speaker is Benjamin Lignel from France. Ben is an internationally respected writer and curator, as well as practitioner, who is at the leading edge of thinking about contemporary jewellery and craft on the global stage. He is currently the Editor of Art Jewelry Forum and a member of Think Tank: A European Initiative for the Crafts. His keynote Difference and Repetition will examine the tension between the singular and generic in contemporary craft. Ben has been brought to New Zealand through Creative New Zealand’s Te Manu Ka Tau programme.

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Lift up, patch up, and pump up: on exhibiting contemporary Jewellery

Event / 23 June 2014 - 30 June 2014

Ben Lignel is Editor of Art Jewelry Forum and responsible for managing one of the major global websites about contemporary jewellery. Ben Lignel is in New Zealand as the guest of Creative New Zealand and Objectspace through Creative New Zealand’s Te Manu Ka Tau Programme. During his stay, Ben will be giving a talk, entitled, Lift up, patch up, and pump up: on exhibiting contemporary Jewellery, at three locations around New Zealand. Read more for details on times and venues.

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The Talisman Project: Roger Kelly and Mia Straka in conversation with Karl Chitham

Event / 03 May 2014 - 03 May 2014

Objectspace is currently showing The Talisman Project, an ongoing colloboration between jewellery Mia Straka and designer Roger Kelly. Roger and Mia will be at Objectspace to discuss their project with Rotorua Museum's Art Curator Karl Chitham on Saturday 3 May at 11am. All welcome.

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Event / 27 February 2014 - 02 March 2014

Contemporary Craft and Design Fair with Floor Talks 27 February - 2 March New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts Wellington A number of galleries will be exhibiting at Kete 2014. There will also be a great range of floor talks by Yuji Akimoto, Dr Sandra Alfoldy, Emma Bugden, Jacqui Chan, Philip Clarke, Moyra Elliot, Karl Fritsch, Robert Jahnke, Courtney Johnston, Carol Mayer, Kevin Murray, and Justin Olsen.

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Muslin from Mosul: talk by Enaam Battani

Event / 22 February 2014 - 27 February 2014

Objectspace is currently showing an exhibition of beautiful textiles from the collection of Iraqi-born collector Enaam Battani in the Vault. Enaam will be at Objectspace to discuss more about the history of the textiles and jewellery on display on the following dates: Saturday 22 February 11am, Thursday 27 February, 11am

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Objectspace Writing Workshop 2014

Event / 13 December 2013 - 13 December 2013

Calling all writers: We are delighted to stage our second writing workshop, which will be mentored by established art writer Tessa Laird. The workshop is free and will take place on the 18-19 January. Note applications are due in 10 December.

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Objectspace open late for First Thursday

Event / 04 December 2013 - 06 December 2013

First Thursday is back again. Objectspace is open late and there are loads of arts events happening all around the Karangahape Road area in over 20 venues.

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Nanette Cameron: Master of Craft

Event / 30 November 2013 - 30 November 2013

On 30 November, Nanette Cameron will be at Objectspace to sign copies of ‘Nanette Cameron and the development of Interior Design in New Zealand’ . From 2-4pm The publication can be purchased at Objectspace for $40

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Objectspace Talkfest 2013

Event / 30 September 2013 - 05 October 2013

Objectspace Talkfest is an opportunity for makers, designers, students, teachers, and collectors to come together and talk. The theme for 2013 is Representation, which will be addressed in the following contexts: writing and publishing, new developments and territories, opportunities for individuals and groups, and within the ‘real’ and virtual worlds.

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Meet Sue Engels - Shoemaker

Event / 14 September 2013 - 14 September 2013

Bespoke footwear maker, Sue Engels, will be discussing her work at Objectspace on 14 September, 11 am. Sue began studying shoe design in London during the early 1990s. In 1998, she opened ‘Something Shoeable’ in Wellington, and now lives and works on Waiheke Island. This is a free public event.

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Take a tour of the Minnie Cooper factory

Event / 11 September 2013 - 11 September 2013

Have you ever wondered how a pair of shoes are made? On this tour you will have the rare opportunity to visit the Minnie Cooper factory in Auckland.

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Free talk by Fluevog fan and Unique Soles founder Viv Heslop

Event / 03 August 2013 - 03 August 2013

Come to Objectspace to view Sole Desire and listen to Viv Heslop talk about her passion for Fluevog shoes. At 11am Saturday 3 August. ,

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Best of the Best Designers Speak

Event / 08 April 2013 - 31 May 2013

An opportunity to hear from top designers in New Zealand

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White Night at Objectspace

Event / 15 March 2013 - 31 May 2013

On Saturday 16 March Objectspace is participating in White Night. We will be open from 10am until 11pm.

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Jo Torr: Floor talk

Event / 27 April 2013 - 27 April 2013

Jo Torr returns to Objectspace to give a free floor-talk about her work.

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Jo Torr: floor talk

Event / 09 March 2013 - 09 March 2013

Jo Torr discusses her textile sculptures at Objectspace on Saturday 9 March, 11am. All welcome to attend this free event.

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Objectspace Lectures 2009

Event / 12 August 2009 - 19 August 2009

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Objectspace Lectures 2008

Event / 28 August 2008 - 08 October 2008

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Objectspace Lectures 2007

Event / 19 September 2007 - 03 October 2007

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