Chromacon 2019 – Auckland – 1-2 June 2019

Chromacon 2019 logo


Chromacon 2019 – New Zealand Indie Arts Festival

Chromacon is a non-profit biennial indie arts festival based in Auckland, New Zealand that celebrates the coming together of creativity, artistic excellence and community.

Chromacon connects all New Zealanders with a group of highly talented multi-disciplinary independent creators working across an ever-expanding range of mediums including illustration, comics, concept art, sculpture/ designer toys, animation, tabletop/ video games, and more!

You will find original artwork and creative projects from independent creators of different media, styles, and genres at Chromacon. You will also be able to purchase self-published work or even one-off originals directly from the creatives themselves.

The intimate nature of the event offers you the chance to meet and connect with creatives you may already admire or others creating new and exciting work that you weren’t aware of.

Furthermore, we will be hosting live events, drawing/painting demos, and artist talks/ panels on a variety of subjects throughout the weekend.

We invite everyone with an interest in art, in particular storytelling in visual and interactive mediums to come join us for a celebration of Kiwi creativity. Whether you’re a fledgling artist yourself or simply curious about the amazing original work created by independent creators right here in New Zealand, everyone’s welcome!

This year we’ve almost doubled in size and will be showcasing close to 200 creators and taking over all floors of our venue – the newly refurbished Aotea Centre.

Chromacon 2019 will feature:

  • Exhibitors: 120+ NZ & international illustrators, comic artists, designers, animators, sculptors, game developers and more personally showcasing their work to the public.
  • Live Art: live drawing, painting demonstrations and hands-on creative activties
  • Public artist talks and discussion panels.
  • Games and interactive activities.
  • Lots of other cool activities!
  • CHROMA CONNECT 2019: a creative summit featuring industry talks/ panels and masterclasses aimed at professional development, to take place the following weekend (8-9 June) in Wellington in partnership with Massey University and Weta Workshop.

Chromacon 2019  will take place over the weekend of 1 – 2 June 2019 – Completely FREE for public entry. Once again, we’re partnering up with Auckland Live to bring Chromacon to Aotea Centre at the heart of Auckland City.

Watch the Chromacon 2019 Festival trailer.

When and Where

1 – 2 June 2019
10 AM – 5PM

Aotea Centre, Auckland.

How Much

Free public entry.

Kickstarter to support Chromacon 2019 to remain free and receive exclusive Art Book, Enamel Pin, T-Shirt, Limited Edition Prints, Original Art & more! Closes 24 May 2019.


Chromacon 2019 website and kickstarter has more information about the festival.

Chromacon 2019 is also on Facebook, Facebook event, Twitter @Chromacon, and Instagram.  

As we are a non-profit, grassroots event – please help us spread the news and invite all art lovers to come along!

Edit for Equity – Wellington – 9, 11, 13 and 14 October 2018

Edit for Equity October 2018 logo


Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of contributors were women*. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not: content is skewed by the lack of representation from women and non-binary people.

Let’s change that.

To coincide with this year’s Suffrage 125 celebrations, we invite you to Edit for Equity, a series of Wikipedia edit-a-thons to increase the online presence of women and non-binary New Zealanders. People of all gender identities and expressions are welcome to participate.

Each event is themed around a different topic, and you are welcome to attend as many as you like. Each edit-a-thon will start with an introduction from an experienced Wikipedia editor, followed by editing time where you’ll be supported in the editing equivalent of a pick-your-own adventure.

Four Edit for Equity edit-a-thons will take place during October, each with a different focus:

STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths): Tuesday 9 October
(this event will also be celebrating Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in STEM).

Film, TV & Movies: Thursday 11 October

Art & Literature: Saturday 13 October

Politics & Social Change: Sunday 14 October

Beginners are welcome. People of all gender identities and expressions are welcome to participate.

Accessibility: all venues have sliding/open door front entrances with a flat entrance or ramp. There is elevator access where venues aren’t on the ground floor (InternetNZ and Ngā Taonga). There are accessible bathrooms at all venues.

The Edit-a-thons will be following “friendly space” guidelines; check them out. Harassment and disruption won’t be tolerated, online or offline.

Bring you laptop and power cord if you have access to one — we will also have some availiable to use. Note that iPads aren’t quite as easy to edit on. Snacks and drinks will be provided to keep you energised and caffeinated.

For preparation and more information please read eventbrite event as well as the the relevant wikipedia meetup for each edit-a-thon. Wikipedia meetup for STEM; Film, TV & Movies; Art & Literature; and, Politics & Social Change.

#EditForEquity hashtag

When and Where

Four Edit for Equity edit-a-thons will take place during October, each with a different focus:

STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths): Tuesday 9 October
Tuesday 9 October 2018, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Sustainability Trust, 2 Forresters Lane, Wellington

Film, TV & Movies: Thursday 11 October
5:00pm – 9:00pm
Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, 84 Taranaki Street, Wellington

Art & Literature: Saturday 13 October
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Adam Art Gallery, Gate 3 Victoria University, Kelburn Parade, Wellington

Politics & Social Change: Sunday 14 October
10:00am – 3:00pm
InternetNZ, Level 11, 80 Boulcott Street, Wellington

How Much

Free and open to all. Register here on Eventbrite for any or all of them..


Eventbrite event.

Wikipedia meetup for STEM; Film, TV & Movies; Art & Literature; and, Politics & Social Change.

Edit for Equity

Suffrage 125 celerations

Behind the scenes: Conservation Tour at Auckland Art Gallery – Auckland – 10 October 2018


Join us for a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Gallery and visit the painting and paper conservation studios. More than just a tour you will meet the conservators and see some of their current projects.

This event is part of Artweek Auckland, an annual, week-long festival celebrating the visual arts of Auckland.

There are 24 tickets available per session.

When and Where

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki,
Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets,
CBD, Auckland

Wed 10 Oct 2018, 10:30am – 12pm
Wed 10 Oct 2018, 1pm – 2:30pm

How Much

Art Gallery members $33
Non-members $40


Conservation Tour Eventfinda page

Games and Politics exhibition – Christchurch – 16 August – 23 September 2018


An interactive exhibition by the Goethe-Institut, in cooperation with ZKM | Center for Art and Media

Games and Politics has been touring worldwide and features 18 significant politically-ambitious video games, it encourages viewers to examine how they each unfold their unique political potential.

The exhibition offers numerous materials which allow the visitor to explore the connections between computer games and politics. Visitors are encouraged to get first-hand experience and are welcome to play themselves – to slip into the different roles and try their luck in the virtual worlds unfolding in the games.

A game is always more than just a game. Without considering the influence of the society that plays it, it remains just as impossible to understand as without considering its influence on that society. And yet, chants of euphoric praise for the immersive potential of pedagogical propaganda are as inadequate vis-à-vis the diversity of contemporary computer games as are undifferentiated media debates about ego-shooter games that glorify violence and ought to vanish from the bedrooms of young people. Because they aren’t vanishing. The apparent riffraff among the newer media have long since turned into formidable giants, about to create, in their numerous guises, a new leading medium.

This development has come to include the political sphere as well and games are increasingly used as propaganda for various political factions and often express a certain political stance. In contrast to representational media such as painting and photography, computer games conceive of themselves not merely as a (re-) presentation of social conditions and conflicts, but attempt to simulate the processes and rules that give rise to these conflicts.

All of the games in this exhibition share this political approach, which is intended by the games’ designers to set them clearly apart from both the conventional market as well as from computer games as an entertainment medium. They explore a wide range of topics.

Aside from the contingencies of political decision-making (Democracy 3), they grapple with problematic aspects of gender (Perfect Woman), of the surveillance state (TouchTone and Orwell), of drone warfare (Killbox), the treatment of refugees (Escape from Woomera), uprisings against totalitarian political regimes (Yellow Umbrella), the power of the media (The Westport Independent) or historical and current political events (The Cat and the Coup and Madrid).

When and Where

16 August – 23 September, 2018
10am -5pm Weekdays
11am – 4pm Weekends

The Physics Room,
49-59 Worcester Boulevard,

How Much



Eventfinda Page
Homepage of Games and Politics Exhibition


Spark Festival – Hamilton – 6-9 August 2018


Get inspired while you learn, share and connect face-to-face with creative visionaries who hail from the USA, Australia and New Zealand at Spark’s 20th Festival. This week long series of talks, workshops, exhibitions and performances will be held on Wintec’s city campus with other events happening in the heart of Hamilton city.

Speakers will share their knowledge in talks and workshops on everything from being a social influencer, to making it as a freelancer, finding creative people-centred solutions to difficult brand problems, and building collaborative creative and inclusive communities in an increasingly connected world.

Step out from behind your screen and be part of this two-way exchange at these critical, and intimate, conversations. Share knowledge and fuel your curiosity at this week-long, creative experience.

The festival is free to attend and open to all, though there are limited places at each event. For entry, students bring your Wintec ID and for anyone else get your Eventbrite Ticket at no cost here. To sign up for workshops click the register link on the website and find out all you need to know.

When and Where

Monday 6 – Thursday 9 August 2018
8am to 8pm each day

Wintec Campus
Gate 5
Tristram St

How Much



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