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Show us your Art
Whether you create quirky illustrations, beautiful paintings, capture stunning photos or bring your art to life through motion graphics, you could have your work featured alongside some of New Zealand’s biggest artists, as well as other emerging talent on our Art Your TV Pop-Up Channel this February. Simply pick your best piece to submit and you could be selected as one of our top picks to feature over the duration of the week.
Here’s just a few details you’ll need to follow:
- All artwork is required to be 1920x1080 pixels.
- For still images, please submit as a jpg, psd, tif or tga.
- For moving pieces, please submit as a mov.
- Submit all artwork to the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can choose to attach your artwork in the email (up to 18MB), or please send us a link to your piece eg: Dropbox link.
- Include your full name, name of artwork and preferred contact details, so we can get it touch if you’ve been selected.
All submissions must be sent to email@example.com by 23 January.
Saturday 21 January 8.30pm Channel 020
From the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, hosts David Tennant and Catherine Tate are joined by Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, Meera Syal, David Suchet, Rufus Wainwright, Tim Minchin, Gregory Porter, Joseph Fiennes, English National Opera, The Royal Ballet and Akala for a very special evening.
Together, they mark the life and work of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death. This unique event takes place in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and celebrates Shakespeare's extraordinary legacy and his enduring influence on all performance art forms - from opera to jazz, dance to musicals.
Soundstage: Yes: Songs From Tsongas
Sunday 22 January 8.00pm Channel 020
The longest lasting and the most successful of the '70s progressive rock groups, the band YES comes together with their classic lineup (Rick Wakeman, Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, and Alan White) celebrating their 35th year together. Captured at the Tsongas arena in Massachusetts, this concert is on the grand scale of past years with new stage designs by famed artist Roger Dean.
The show opens with the band entering the arena to Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite." From that moment forward, Yes delivers an unforgettable performance including classics such as "Going for the One," "Your Move/All Good People" and "Yours is No Disgrace."
Midway through the set they scale things down a bit and perform dazzling acoustic versions of "Long Distance Runaround," "Roundabout," and "Owner of a Lonely Heart", among others. The concert culminates with a rousing rendition of "Starship Trouper." Howe and Wakeman's duelling solo's coupled with Anderson's powerful yet delicate vocals make for an unforgettable finale.
Exhibition: Renoir: Revered And Reviled
Saturday 28 January 8.30pm Channel 020
Pierre-Auguste Renoir is known and loved for his impressionist paintings of Paris. These paintings count among the world’s favourites. Renoir, however, grew tired of this style and changed course. This stunning film – based on the remarkable collection of 181 Renoirs at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia – examines the direction he then took and why it provokes such extreme reactions right up to today.
Some claim they are repulsed by Renoir’s later works and some claim they are seduced. What may surprise many is that among the many artists who sought Renoir’s new works out and were clearly highly influenced by them were the two giants of the 20th century – Picasso and Matisse. The film is a fresh new biography of this artistic giant but more than that it uncovers a rarely told story that places Renoir as a critical link between the old and the new.
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