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  • Concerned Citizens is a diverse community of artists from around New Zealand that unite regularly to put on public events, exhibitions and concerts. These events provide an eclectic showcase of local and international art, music, film, and seminars, while raising funds and awareness in support of a range of positive social and political causes.

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A Year in Miniature by Susan diRende

“I am currently a US artist-in-residence at New Zealand Pacific Studios in Mt. Bruce. I have been here since January 1 and am working on A Year in Miniature, one 54 x 85mm works a day for 2015. The project was born out of a random offer from a friend of some plastic credit/bank card … Continue reading

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Book launch: Brannavan Gnanalingam’s ‘Credit in the Straight World’

On May Day, 2015 (1 May, for those lacking in historical consciousness) Lawrence & Gibson publishing released Brannavan Gnanalingam’s third book, and the twentieth for the collective. Rousing chants of ‘more’ and ‘toast the editorial board’ spontaneously erupted throughout the evening. Gin and tonic were applied liberally to the Friday evening wounds of the week. … Continue reading

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Toward a Better Understanding of the Universe

A quick report from event organiser David Klein: “Kia ora Tory St and Concerned Citizens, Many, many thanks for allowing my Fringe Festival show to run in Tory St! It was really fantastic, and I had a brilliant time. For your records, it was a sellout season! Approx. 55 people on Thurs 26 & Fri … Continue reading

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Report from Against Equality event 1/3/15

On 1 March 2015, visiting author and academic Ryan Conrad from Montreal gave a talk in front of about 40 people based on his co-edited book “Against Equality – queer revolution not mere inclusion”, which argues that being able to marry, join the army or the police does not provide equality for queer people. Being … Continue reading

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Left Over part 2: War and Peace

With the upcoming centenary of the Gallipoli massacre, the government’s whitewashing of both history and the present is in full force. Key recently attacked the left for failing to stand up for human rights by not supporting the deployment of NZ troops to the Middle East. How can we counter the glorification and normalization of … Continue reading

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Kava Club and Chop suey hui

Kava Club is a Wellington based collective of Maori and Pacific Island creatives. Anyone can come along to the Chop Suey Hui at 17 Tory St to eat chop suey, listen, share stories and be inspired. Find out more in this sweet clip from the Wireless: Join KAVA CLUB on Facebook to stay up to … Continue reading

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SAFE: Shakti Art Fundraising Exhibition

In October 17 Tory Street hosted the SAFE: Shakti Art Fundraising Exhibition, in support of the vital and inspiring work of Shakti. Shakti is a not-for-profit organisation specialised in the area of ethnic women’s development and domestic violence prevention, who were opening a new safe house in the Wellington region.   The fundraising exhibition took place between October 21st – 24th. The event was brought together … Continue reading

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Takahē book launch

Recently I [Stacey Teague] had a launch for my book, Takahē, in Wellington, NZ. Readers included Jackson Nieuwland, Carolyn Decarlo, Freya Daly Sadgrove, Alice May Connolly & Eamonn Marra. It was rlyyy nice/cool, Photos by Simon Palenski, except the last 2 which are via my shitty iphone. Ok that’s all. (Buy my book).

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Paint making with Barry Thomas

The paint making and painting workshop was a trial at 19 Tory to see who is interested in experiencing a return to old methods of paint making. In the 4 hour session participants ground raw earth pigments, learned where to collect them, some art and paint making history about oil paint, tempera and PVA based … Continue reading

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Capitalism: Not Our Future – conference report

More than 100 people packed into the activist space at 19 Tory Street in Wellington to discuss struggle, solidarity and socialism over Queen’s Birthday weekend. The occasion was the Capitalism: Not Our Future conference, hosted by Fightback. The conference came on the back of the growing development of the electoral alliance between the MANA Movement … Continue reading

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GenZero @ 19Tory

GenZero is a youth organisation campaign for climate change solutions and greater political ambition to reduce emissions. Our policy team recently released a report, which showed how emissions are projected to keep increasing in NZ, despite calls from leaders from around the world for all countries to urgently reduce emissions. We’d been told that if … Continue reading

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Shocking Pinks video shoot

Director Sasha Rainbow had this to say about the shoot for the new Shocking Pinks video: “I wanted to play with the juxtaposition between the almost ghost-like presence of the character, who could be from any era, with the imagery and colours of the letters, which are in Japanese because Japan screams modernity (in so … Continue reading

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Open Meeting to get involved in People’s Cinema mk. II

People’s Cinema – Wellington began as a month long experiment in April 2013. A year later, People’s Cinema is still in existence and bringing in a bunch of new people to reinvigorate the project. This meeting is an open meeting for anyone who would like to be part of building and developing a collaborative and … Continue reading

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Lawrence & Gibson double book launch

On March 5th, Lawrence & Gibson, a local publishing collective launched two new books at 19 Tory St: Thomasin Sleigh’s debut novel Ad Lib and Richard Meros’ long-coming new book Dating Westerners: tips for the New Rich of the Developing World. The crowd of a hundred braved the autumnal gloom to listen to Thomasin read … Continue reading

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Urban Dream Brokerage

The Urban Dream Brokerage has operated out of 19 Tory St for 12 months while running its pilot for Wellington City Council. See the projects here: urbandreambrokerage.org.nz

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JAAM Publishing Collective Book Launch

The JAAM Publishing Collective came out to play for the first time in a long time at the launch of JAAM 31 on Friday 15 November at 19 Tory. We hadn’t had a big public launch for JAAM – which has published a selection of poetry and prose each year for the past 18 years … Continue reading

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Jayn Verkerk – Message Threads: Nov 29 – Dec 1

Exploring interpersonal communication through smart phones as part of a media masters study by Jayn Verkerk at Victoria University, School of Design. The work contrasts the fleeting, digital form of text messages with crafted, tactile, physical objects. In a form of communication without physical cues what meaning can be found between the lines? Open 4-8pm … Continue reading

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Book release: Freerange Journal – Vol. 7: The Commons

On a rainy night in early November Freerange Journal – Vol. 7: The Commons was launched at 19 Tory Street in Wellington. There was discussion of the theme, reflection on particular articles, speeches and Drinks (including a Kava Session). This edition of Freerange Journal explores the issue of The Commons from many different angles, perspectives, … Continue reading

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Pedalling for Papua

Jeremy is Pedalling for Papua: a one-man multimedia performer whose aim is to transform West Papua into a household topic, one town at a time. 19 Tory was one of Jeremy’s last stops in an 12,000-kilometre international cycling and performance tour. On Wednesday 16th October an Wellington audience of fifty listened and watched Jeremy’s hip-hop … Continue reading

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Book launch: You Should Have Come Here When You Were Not Here

On Friday October 4, Lawrence & Gibson released Brannavan Gnanalingam’s second novel, You Should Have Come Here When You Were Not Here at 19 Tory St. The evening began with Timothy Blackman and band performing songs from his new EP before Murdoch Stephens, an editor at Lawrence & Gibson introduced Brannavan. Brannavan gave a brief … Continue reading

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In The See Here micro-gallery this month

5 new pieces will be displayed in The See Here micro-gallery at 19 Tory St this month. Find out more here.

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Company of Giants: wrap-up

we had an amazing week in the space. we are working on turning our huge, rambling, theatre production of Homer’s Odyssey, which, we have previously only performed with casts of around 25, into a story told by five people. five actors not necessarily on a stage, an audience not necessarily in seats, and a line … Continue reading

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ShoeString Theatre Challenge 2013

The ShoeString Theatre Challenge 2013 went fantastically well. Audience and participants had a great time, performance works were created and developed, and participants were able to experiment with different techniques, roles, and mediums. The Challenge is to produce a 10-15 minute performance piece, in a month, with only $20, and then show them off at … Continue reading

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Decolonising Narrative: Voice, Solidarity and Social Media

“Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” Opening with a proverb cited by late Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, international guest speaker Yousef Aljamal brought his firsthand account of life in a Gazaan refugee camp to 19 Tory this Thursday. The evening, which was organised by … Continue reading

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Poetry in Motion: Ken Arkind/Carrie Rudzinski poetry workshop

Local performance poetry group Poetry in Motion recently hosted two of America’s heavyweights in slam poetry to deliver a writing workshop at 19 Tory Street. Ken Arkind and Carrie Rudzinski have over 15 years experience between them in the spoken word community in the US, and have performed and delivered workshops all over the world. … Continue reading

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Georgette Brown – Flower Bed

Flower Bed is a collection of drawings, paintings, and books i have made mostly over the last six months. I have called it this because my process is similar to making a garden. I sew the seeds of variety at various times, sometimes i have more of an idea what each seed will grow into, … Continue reading

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Walkatjurra Walkabout

On 7th February, Lucy and I used the space at 19 Tory Street from about 7pm-8:30pm for a talk about the Walkatjurra Walkabout, a non violent direct action in the form of a walk against uranium mining and for Aboriginal sovereignty. Lucy and I gave a talk and used a projector borrowed from 128 to … Continue reading

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FANG x GRIM exhibition

BLURB (written by Hayden): On 12 April myself Grimoire and my good friend Fang came together for a joint exhibition after years of being friends and a good few months of planning. The show went really well with a lot of support from our friends, families and other artists in the Wellington community including our … Continue reading

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