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Connection: The Arts Communications Hui

15 Nov 2018
9am-4pm Thu 15 Nov
Join us for a day long hui for arts marketers, communicators and PR professionals from throughout Aotearoa and learn how we can grow coverage and reach new audiences in a changing media landscape
Event type: 
Art, Hui/Wananga, Multidisciplinary
$30 students, $120 General
The Dowse Art Museum
45 Laings Road Lower Hutt 5021


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The days of studious media monoliths are gone, and with them paid and trained reviewers.  Today’s media giants are algorithmically designed to serve us information that interests or outrages us.  Springing to life in the wake of these changes is a democratising wave of new voices, experimental platforms, speculative outlets and subject specific publishers vying for our attention.  With local media organisations swiftly changing and forging new paths in this landscape there’s much to be hopeful for and wary of.

With a situation this dynamic, how can the arts ensure they get their fair share of media coverage?  How can we be seen by people outside our nurturing media bubbles of arts lovers, expand our audiences and be seen by the arts curious, or even arts agnostic?  How can we put the arts in front of new audiences?

This hui will include presentations, lectures and panel discussions from media leaders from a range of platforms and backgrounds. 

We are also inviting proposals for 15 minute quick-fire presentations from you.  If you would like to present at this hui please email the organiser Alexandra Grace with your name, proposed title and a short summary of your talk no later than 17 October.


$120 per person – includes refreshments and lunch
$30 student – must present their valid student ID on the day

National Services Te Paerangi are supportive of this hui and will be supportive of Travel Subsidy Grants.  Full details here.
A limited number of sponsored places are available.  If you require one of these please email the organiser Alexandra Grace no later than 17 October.


Confirmed speakers include

Eric Janssen, Chief News Director (Wellington) at Stuff.co.nz.

  • Stuff.co.nz and how to thrive in the changing media landscape

Lynn Freeman, Standing Room Only, RNZ

  • Hosting a discussion panel with artists

Lynn Freeman has been RNZ National’s arts specialist for almost 20 years. Her Sunday Afternoon arts/entertainment/culture programme Standing Room Only (formerly Arts on Sunday and What’s Going On?) cover both the country and the broadest possible arts spectrum. Lynn is Kathryn Ryan’s backup for Nine to Noon and often hosts a programme over the summer break.  She produced and presented the award winning 14 part documentary Encore – the Story of New Zealand Theatre. Before moving into presenting she produced Nine to Noon and Morning Report, and enjoys making radio documentaries about her travels.

Toby Manhire, The Spinoff

  • How I learned to stop worrying and love partner content

Toby Manhire is the editor of the Spinoff. He is a former columnist for the NZ Herald and the Listener and was at the Guardian in the UK from 2000-2010.

More speakers announced soon!

*To us arts is a broad term that includes but is not limited to visual, theatrical, toi Māori, publishing, contemporary dance, comedy and so on.

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The Dowse Art Museum

8 Oct 2018