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Working Life: Photographs by Peter James Quinn

21 Sep 2020 to 13 Nov 2020
21st September to 13th November
Thirty years of the working lives of New Zealanders on display
Event type: 
Art, Exhibition
Calder & Lawson Gallery, University of Waikato


Peter James Quinn has been capturing images of New Zealanders at work over the length of the country for the past thirty years. Over this time, major shifts in what work looks like in New Zealand can be seen.


Work is a part of our collective and individual identities. We relate to others through the jobs they and we do, our workplaces and modes of work. Work, of all kinds, consumes a major part of our daily lives.


Working Life comes from the New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata and was developed in association with Statistics New Zealand. It was originally shown at the end of 2019, and since this time the exhibition has unexpectedly opened up another layer of enquiry as we encounter major upheaval through the impact of Covid-19 on all aspects of work in 2020. From considerations of what is ‘essential’ work, through to what can be considered a work place, what work will still exist in a post Covid-world and the general insecurity felt in all areas of working life.

Written by

Calder & Lawson Gallery - University of Waikato Art Collection

8 Sep 2020

The Calder & Lawson Gallery is home to the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts diverse visual arts programme within the University of Waikato. The exhibitions feature a range of contemporary art from leading regional and national artists.