Artful Conversations

Megan Dunn will give an illustrated talk at LitCrawl Extended on Saturday 10 November.

Megan Dunn will give an illustrated talk at LitCrawl Extended on Saturday 10 November.

You can always count on Banksy to create a good story – his self-destructing art work at Sotheby’s last week as the hammer went down at 1.04 million pounds was pure gold! We have a few great art stories of our own to make you think, ponder, and laugh this LitCrawl, starting with art critic extraordinaire and mermaid enthusiast, Megan Dunn.  

Megan is busy ploughing through her second book about herself, professional mermaids, and the social impact of the 1984 blockbuster Splash starring the golden-haired Daryl Hannah. Join Megan for Of Mermaids and Mermen, an illustrated lecture on her research at City Gallery 1pm on Saturday 10 November (free).  

Next up we have a thought-provoking discussion about the state of art writing in this country, Writing Art Right for Aotearoa. Join Anthony Byrt (author and journo), Matariki Williams (Te Papa curator Mātauranga Māori), and Lana Lopesi (art and culture critic and editor-in-chief of Pantograph Punch) at City Gallery, 2pm on Sunday 11 November (free).  

For those who enjoy the art of the graphic novel, Te Tiriti o Waitangi 12:30pm on Sunday 11 November at National Library will be super treat. Illustrator Toby Morris and educator Kate Potter will share the story behind the phenomenal book that has been dropped to all year 7 and 8 students across the country. Of course this is a great event for the kids too. 

Last but not least we have, for the first time, our own writer’s residency happening throughout LitCrawl in galleries around town. Emerging writers have been selected to consider the space where art and literature collide and create work around this theme. 

These residencies are in partnership with Starling. We had a chat with co-editor, Francis Cook, to find out why Starling thought joining forces with LitCrawl for a residency programme was a good idea. 

We’d partner with LitCrawl on anything, honestly – if Claire and Andy wanted to collaborate with Starling on an ice-cream stall we’d give it a go. LitCrawl is such a great weekend every year – a mixture of the so many great writers and artists in interesting and unexpected arrangements and situations, I really just love it! Francis Cook 

Thanks to our residency galleries: Bowen Galleries, Bartley & Co., Meanwhile, Enjoy, and City Gallery, and come to see the residents at the Starling session on the Saturday night crawl at 6pm at Bartley & Co.