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Art Ache by Candlelight

Art Ache is celebrating the shortest day of the year, with candles!

Thursday 21st June, Dunedin.

We are extremely proud to be shining light upon the following five brilliant Dunedin artists on the darkest day of the year; John Ward Knox, Motoko Kikkawa, Daniel Blackball-Alexander, Holly Aitchison and Ed Ritchie.

In honour of the shortest day with the longest shadows, we are making this a candle only event.

Art and artists by candlelight – What more could you want!?

Studio treasures for sale? Each artist will have a unique selection of studio treasures available to memorialize the experience. The sale of which supports the continuation of their creative journey.

WHEN  /  5:00–8:00pm, Thursday 21st June,

WHERE  /  Dog With Two Tails, 25 Moray Place, Dunedin**.

WHO  /  John Ward Knox, Motoko Kikkawa, Daniel Blackball-Alexander, Holly Aitchison and Ed Richie, curated by Phoebe Lysbeth-Mackenzie.

ON-SALE  /  Selected artworks, studio treasures at entry level prices. Limited Art Ache Collectors prints are also available nationwide for $50 each, for all of June, online at

This event is FREE entry. All welcome.

PRESS CONTACTS  /  For South Island press enquiries regarding all artists please contact Phoebe Lysbeth-Mackenzie. For all other enquiries, please contact Ricky Martin. Artist Bios and imagery can be supplied on request.

**If you live outside of Dunedin, and can’t make the event, we feel for you. Good news tho!! You can still support the artists and the event by visiting the Art Ache Collect store and purchasing a piece of memorabilia from the show. Yay!


Art Ache believes at the core of every happy healthy society is a strong connection with its cultural ambassadors.

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John Ward Knox

John Ward Knox 2018

Artist Profile: John Ward Knox

‘As a traveller at home and abroad I value depth over breadth of experience, chance above planning.’

Written by Joel Thomas.

The most recent work of John Ward Knox is poetically documentarian. Despite finding success making work in a studio, he has abandoned his post for a less stable but more mobile van, which he lives in and uses to travel around Te Wai Pounamu and Dunedin.

We’re all cold, this time of year, but only a few of us are comfortable with this fact. The work of John Ward Knox pulls a strange sense of cosiness out from the barren. He presents life like a small fireplace in an empty room, you can’t help but gather around it.

Ward Knox was born in Auckland, 1984. His work is conceptual and covers a broad selection of media such as installation, video, drawing and sculpture. He studied at Elam School of Fine Arts and graduated with an MFA in 2008. Since graduating, Ward has received the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship, had work exhibited at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Chartwell Collection, Govett-Brewster Gallery and James Wallace Arts Trust. He has since left the studio life behind in search of the ‘sustenance of chance that so infrequently visits a closed room.’

John Ward Knox’s images observe the way objects interact with spaces. He doesn’t force anything, he just watches with a friendly lens and a warm sense of humour, telling the stories of moments, spaces, and objects that would otherwise go unheard.

His travels are fleeting and spontaneous, he says: ‘if I or some other were to try to follow a map of mine literally, they’d soon find themselves standing at some unrecognised spot, looking about themselves for a sign or symbol of direction which probably doesn’t exist. Here they’d be impelled either to ask a kindness of a stranger or to make their own judgement and follow their nose, which is just perfect.’

Ward Knox places a lot of trust in chance, in the unknown, in other people, and in the world. This trust in chance is a key part of his current process, a process which leads him to find and capture scenarios such as a soy sauce bottle shaped like a fish caught in a cobweb, or a basket fungus tucked beneath the undergrowth.

These images gently remind us of the way human-made objects, like the plastic fish, fall into the environment and will most likely remain there forever. Ward Knox’s candid presentation of this fact reminds us of how normalised this has become. When we see his image of autumn leaves in a crushed cigarette carton we think ‘hah, I’ve seen that before,’ and Ward Knox is subtly reminding us that this is an issue.

John Ward Knox has the knack of telling the story of something we’d otherwise ignore, assigning value to places few of us would venture to, letting us know there’s warmth and joy and value to be found in the coldest, loneliest experiences and places.

Written by Joel Thomas for the Dunedin Art Ache by Candlelight, 21st June 2018.

Artist: John Ward Knox

Event Press Release

Art Ache Collect memorabilia.

With thanks to Ivan Anthony.

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Art Aches Heritage

The Artists Dinner 2013

Art Aches Heritage

Art Ache was purpose born to reinvigorate New Zealand’s Art awareness, by expanding the art scene into the wider cultural gamet of Aotearoa. This has been achieved in essence by rebranding what we consider art to be.

Art Aches heritage is unique in that it focuses directly on the creative core of a person’s expression, presenting it alongside contrasting creative typecasts. This strategic range of creative maximises the events’ reach to the wider cultural sector.

By showcasing the artists in a venue which is quintessentially local, we not only challenge the traditional fine art gallery and exhibition stereotype, we also reinforce the new art brand. Which is connective, personable, inclusive, contemporary, regionalistic and truly representative of who we are as New Zealanders.

The first event of its kind was called The Artists Dinner and held in July 2013 at Portland Public House in Kingsland, with the aim of providing a relaxed and social environment, for prospective buyers to browse and purchase art, whilst interacting with the eight featured artists exhibiting and selling a selection of previously unseen studio works.

First ever Artists Dinner event.

The second was in November 2013, this time at The Golden Dawn in Ponsonby, a venue well known for its music, fashion and cultural events. It featured a selection of five established and up-and-coming female artists, the night was a sell-out success, with all money going directly to the artists.

Press Roll for The First Golden Dawn Event.

As momentum for the event grew with showcases every second month in 2015, so did the enthusiasm to make Art Ache an ongoing feature of New Zealand’s cultural calendar.

Art Ache has provided a continued platform of support for a growing number of local artists throughout the last eight years, helping them build both their artistic and commercial identities amongst a wider audience.

Art Ache now resides mainly on a digital platform, podcasting, and creating integrated creative activations via social media and digital billboards, its latest iteration see’s the brand hosting an art auction to bring awareness to the importance of having an Auckland central candidate that is well versed in the art world. Set to launch on October 2nd. Watch this space…