I attended an event at Te Papa this morning - 'A Bold New Direction' - in which Charlotte Davy, Te Papa's Head of Art, announced plans for a new art gallery space to be created within the Cable St building, replacing the gallery space currently available and much enlarging it. There was a good turnout of arts-type people at this 8.30am function, many from out of Wellington and probably here for the Cindy Sherman exhibition opening, starting about now. (Denise and I are headed over there in a minute, so this will be brief.)
The news media was conspicuous by its absence this morning. No journo from the Dominion Post (as far as I could see, and there's no mention on Stuff), no TV camera crew. But isn't this news? Oh, no. I forgot - it's the arts. Maybe they could've arranged for a couple of second-string Warriors or non-selected All Blacks to be present, then it'd get coverage.
Earlier this week there was several minutes TV news coverage of an event at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. My jaw hit the floor in surprise, and stayed there. Maybe that was enough arts for one week.
So, how about one day a week, instead of 20 to 25 minutes of sports news, the time could be spent covering arts-related events. Wednesdays would be good, I mean, WTF happens in sports on a Wednesday that couldn't wait till Thursday?
Just putting the idea out there. What about it.
(Please pardon the crappy phone photos. I wasn't there in my capacity as a photographer.)