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Newsletter November 2016

In this issue
  1. CIRCUIT Activities
  2. New Works Online
  3. Artist Opportunities
  4. Latest Commentary
CIRCUIT Activities

This is not film-making. Artists work for cinema screens at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland 7pm, 6 December. Curated by George Clark and commissioned by CIRCUIT, the screening features new work by Louise Menzies, Gavin Hipkins, Daniel Malone, Juliet Carpenter and Nathan Gray. Each of the artists responded to Julian Dashper's writing on time, geographical distance and art. A free shuttle bus will depart from Wellesley Street, beside the Auckland Art Gallery, at 6pm, returning post-screening/discussion with George and the artists. One screening only! Bookings in advance to

Through a Different Lens/Film Work by Joanna Margaret Paul receives its international premiere on 2 December at CLOSE-UP Film Centre in London. Curated and introduced by Peter Todd, this programme differs from last years London Film Festival programme in that it features exclusively works made by Paul, whose "...acute feminist politics (focus) on concerns of shared female social spaces and everyday domestic situations." - Frieze Online 2016

Now showing on Masons Screen, the 24 hour public art video screen programmed by CIRCUIT and supported by Wellington City Council, is the second of CIRCUIT's 2016 commissions, Mike Heynes Location!...location? Addressing the recent housing crisis, notions of value and a crippling property market, Location!...location? runs until 7 December.

New Works Online

Supergroup - Cushla Donaldson

14 min 39 sec / Sound

In 1974 Led Zeppelin staged a media party at Chislehurst Caves in Kent, to launch their Swan Song record label and release the label’s first album, Watch »


String Section - Shannon Novak

1 min 26 sec / Sound

"(I) wanted to develop a work that would encourage collaboration where two or more people could work together to activate a series of related objects Watch »

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Artist Opportunities

Submissions are now open for the 2017 programme on Masons Screen. Artists are invited to submit single channel video works for this heavily trafficked public art site situated between Lambton Quay and The Terrace. Eligibility is available to Wellington-based artists, works made in the Wellington region or with a connection to the capital city. Write to director(at)

The CIRCUIT Critical Forum, a monthly meeting group for artists with a working relationship to the moving image, will renew in February 2017. At this time we will also be starting a Christchurch group. THe CCF is for artists no longer in education and seeking an opportunity to participate in a peer-driven critical context and in dialogue with CIRCUIT. Many thanks to our friends and partners at Artspace, Auckland and the Adam Art Gallery, Wellington for their support of the Critical Forum in 2016. Artists are welcome to pre-register interest in the 2017 group to director(at)

Thanks also to the Govett Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, who supported this months CCF Auckland guest speaker Marc Glode, former cinema programmer at Art Basel. Check out Marc's upcoming Projection Series programme Once More - But Different which features works by William E. Jones, Tracey Moffat and Len Lye.

Latest Commentary

Gavin Hipkins: Wives Are Scarce

Robert Leonard: You made New World to a brief: to make a short film in response to Julian Dashper’s writings (1) Read More »


America x 10

America x 10 is a selection of video works by New Zealand artists addressing our relationship to the United States. Acknowledging its freedoms, invention and complexities, several have sought to make America a place of residence, while others weigh up it's impact from afar. As much as we soak up Read More »


CIRCUIT CAST Episode 54: John Ward Knox

How do we attribute value? On the 50th anniversary of the Frances Hodgkins residency in Dunedin 2015 fellow John Ward Knox talks to Mark Amery about art economies, human remains, and staying on in the South to examine his “inner gothic cathedral”.  Read More »

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