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A miscellany of the noteworthy in the arts out West The Going West Books & Writers Festival, in its 20th incarnation,

rolled out another stunning programme to record audiences. The legacy has been captured in an exhibition of 20 years of literary highlights, curated by Associate Programme Director Robyn Mason, at the West Auckland Research Centre (Henderson Library) until November 30. A nostalgic trip for aficionados and an enlightening snapshot of New Zealand literary history for the uninitiated. Also of import was the announcement by Sandra Coney, chair of the Waitakere Ranges Local Board, that a writers' residency programme is to be developed at the Titirangi home of the late, great New Zealand writer Maurice Shadbolt. This legacy project, inherited from the days of Waitakere City Council, has found a home with the local board and will be managed by the Going West Trust. The McCahon House Trust has announced that Sarah Smuts-

Kennedy, Imogen Taylor and Oliver Perkins have been selected for the 2016 -2017 artists’ residency programme. These three artists have been selected because their practice demonstrates an ambition and level of critical thinking that will benefit from a three-month supportive residency enabling them to challenge and develop their practice and achieve their ambitions through creative risk taking. During their residency, the artists will engage with local community

and artists though a public programme that includes studio visits and talks.

This continues a nearly 10-year history of bringing the best and the brightest of New Zealand's emerging and mid-career visual artists to the west to experience the ambience of Colin McCahon's home of the 50s.

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New Faces: Upstairs Art Gallery is about to welcome a new

manager. Andrea Webley, a resident of Woodlands Park, comes to the gallery from the Auckland Museum, bringing professional expertise along with local community involvement. She joins the Lopdell House fraternity on October 12. And at Te Toi Uku Crown Lynn Museum, Finn McCahon-Jones takes on the mantle of inaugural director/curator, tasked with developing programmes to bring the treasures of our clay heritage to the public. October at Corban Estate Arts Centre is a study in contrasts. In the main galleries Counterpart features the works of contemporary ceramic and glass artists. Each of the three related exhibitions could stand proud in any gallery in the country. In particular the glass and ceramic collaboration between Stephen Bradbourne and Emily Siddell is a stunning and beautiful symphony in black. In stark contrast there is a series of exhibitions and events that support and celebrate some of our most marginalised communities. Each year the Mental Health Foundation promotes a different aspect of wellbeing. GIVE is this year’s focus and offers creative reflections on the concept of giving and how this can positively impact mental health and wellbeing on a personal and community level. Curated by Faye Norman from Toi Ora Live Art, GIVE was developed in partnership with Walsh Trust, Toi Ora Live Art Trust and Corban Estate Arts Centre for Mental Health Awareness Week 2015: October 7 – 11, Old St Michael’s Church, Corban Estate Arts Centre rama mai i roto, rama ki waho – inner light, outward light is an

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