VOID, 2006, Culbert, Bill (1935– ), Hotere, Ralph (1931–2013), Wellington. Commissioned 2006. Te Papa

Art After Dark Toi o te Pō 

Thursday 18 April 2013,  5.30pm–8.30pm
Meet at Post Office Square (Te Papa if wet)
Free entry. Please register at eventenquiries@tepapa.govt.nz or phone (04) 381 7193

Artist Bill Culbert is New Zealand’s representative at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Tour his works through central Wellington and Te Papa. Round off the evening with a glass of wine and a performance of Michael Parekowhai’s piano artwork He Kōrero.

5.30pm–6.30pm The evening begins at Post Office Square with a short guided walk highlighting some of Bill Culbert’s key public artworks in and around the city centre. The tour is hosted by Heather Galbraith (Deputy Commissioner Venice Biennale 2013) and Helen Kedgley (Wellington Sculpture Trust Board and Arts Council Member), and concludes at Te Papa. If the weather is poor, a slide presentation of Bill Culbert’s works will be held at Te Papa.

6.30pm–7.30pm Te Papa curators Sarah Farrar and Megan Tamati-Quennell talk about some of the significant Bill Culbert works held by Te Papa. 

7.30pm–8.30pm To showcase New Zealand’s historic presence at the Venice Biennale, the evening will end with a performance of Michael Parekowhai’s spectacular red hand-carved piano artwork. He Kōrero Pūrākau mo Te Awanui o Te Motu: story of a New Zealand river is played by Ariana Odermatt.

Bill Culbert

Acclaimed New Zealand artist Bill Culbert has been selected to be New Zealand’s representative at the 55th Biennale in Venice, where he will create site-specific works. Culbert makes sculptures and photographs where light is the central character. His light sculptures in public space are an integral part of our cityscapes, and his works can be found in public collections throughout New Zealand.