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Fiona Pardington midnight tour podcast

17 November 2015

Saturday's special after-hours gallery guides reveal what they have in store for us.

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Akura Pupu Waireti/Violet Snail (2013)


Fiona Pardington is one of New Zealand’s most important and celebrated photographers. Fiona Pardington: A Beautiful Hesitation, City Gallery Wellington, until Sunday 22 November, is the largest exhibition of her work to date, with over 100 photographs, spanning 30 years. It will later be presented by Auckland Art Gallery and Christchurch Art Gallery.

The New Zealand Festival’s Culture Club has arranged a special midnight viewing of the exhibition on Saturday 21 November, which will include an artist talk by Pardington, as well as a tour of the exhibition led by Pip Adam, Joel Baxendale and Aaron Lister. If you're not already in The Culture Club, this is an opportunity to sample the kind of exclusive experience that could be yours for as little as $5 a month. Tickets for the tour are $25. You can book here or on the door on Saturday.

Joel Baxendale hopes Fiona Pardington has a sense of humour; Pip Adam has been doing her background reading – including sex manuals and economics textbooks; Aaron Lister, having “pretty much lived in that exhibition for four months and in my head for the last two years”, is looking forward to getting a fresh perspective on it all.

Yes, our guides for the first meet-up of the New Zealand Festival’s new Culture Club are readying themselves for their very different takes on City Gallery Wellington's Fiona Pardington: A Beautiful Hesitation exhibition.

The tour takes place at midnight this Saturday 21 November, offering a unique after-hours view of the exhibition and indeed the gallery itself.

Baxendale, as well as being an actor and theatre-maker, is co-creator of a satirical unauthorised audio tour of Te Papa; Adam is author of the short-story collection Everything We Hoped For and novel I'm Working on a Buildingand is well-attuned to the themes in Pardington’s photography; and Lister is curator of A Beautiful Hesitation.

In this podcast, they talk to New Zealand Festival Content Editor Guy Somerset about what we can expect on Saturday night.

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