From 4-12 June, a new Wellington art event is set to celebrate the creation and exploration of imaginary worlds. The Art and Industry of Imagination brings together leading scifi and fantasy artists and industry for a series of exhibitions, a conference, portfolio reviews and master classes at venues throughout the city. The event features keynote speakers, Iain McCaig (Star Wars I, II, III, VII, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and Nathan Jurevicius (Scarygirl, Pictoplasma, Peleda, Kidrobot).
If you have ever wanted to see what creative folk get up to in their spare time, Imaginary Worlds: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Art from New Zealand is your chance. The exhibition accompanies the release of Volume Three of the White Cloud Worlds anthology, created by Weta Workshop Concept Designer Paul Tobin (you can pick up a copy at Weta Workshop’s online store).
A counter projected onto the wall of Miramar’s Roxy theater counts down. 5... 4… 3… 2… 1… and with that, the gathered crowd erupts in a chorus of cheers. For Weta Workshop concept designer Paul Tobin, it's a terrific moment, and a chance to take a well deserved breath. The third chronicle in his White Cloud Worlds science fiction and fantasy art book series has reached its Kickstarter goal, and then some...