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Panning for Gold: Curatorial Symposium at City Gallery, Wellington

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Panning for Gold: Curating New Zealand Now An exciting and energetic symposium exploring curatorial practice in New Zealand today. A diverse range of leading visual art professionals share their…

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Panning for Gold: Curating New Zealand Now
An exciting and energetic symposium exploring curatorial practice in New Zealand today. A diverse range of leading visual art professionals share their thoughts and experiences as they explore questions on the role of the curator, presentation issues, professional development, negotiating the infrastructures of the art world, and critical and conceptual concerns regarding curating in New Zealand now. Panning for Gold: Curating New Zealand Now
An exciting and energetic symposium exploring curatorial practice in New Zealand today. A diverse range of leading visual art professionals share their thoughts and experiences as they explore questions on the role of the curator, presentation issues, professional development, negotiating the infrastructures of the art world, and critical and conceptual concerns regarding curating in New Zealand now.Panning for Gold
Curatorial Symposium in Association with Telecom Prospect 2004 and Judy Darragh: So... you made it?
New Art New Zealand
Saturday 14 August 2004
10:30AM - 5:30PM
City Gallery Wellington and Te Papa

The symposium is split into two parts. Practical workshop/discussions €” including a provocative offering from Artspace Director Tobias Berger on how to up the ante in the visual arts scene €” are held first in City Gallery's Cinema. This is followed by a lively panel discussion addressing 'Where is the politics in New Zealand art?' hosted at Soundings Theatre, Te Papa. For further information and bookings, please contact: Robyn Walker, City Gallery Wellington Public Programmes Co-ordinator ph 04 801 3096 or email robyn.walker@wcc.govt.nz

COFFEE AND REGISTRATION 10:30am
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION 11:00am
THE JOB OF A CURATOR 11:10am-12:30pm With Tessa Giblin - Curatorial Intern, Artspace; Charlotte Huddleston - Manager, Enjoy Public Art Gallery & Claire Regnault - Programme Developer, The Dowse. Chaired by Rob Garrett - Arts Services Manager, Creative New Zealand.
- The curator's dilemma €” freelance, artist-run, institutional €” What are the advantages of where I work? Is it possible to have an independent curatorial practice?
- Money matters €” fundraising and sponsorship. How do we protect curatorial/institutional autonomy?
- Who is my audience? Who am I trying to please €” the artist or the audience (or both)?

LUNCH BREAK 12:30pm-1:30pm

MAYBE A FEW GOOD WORKS ARE NOT ENOUGH...
1:30pm-2:00pm
Tobias Berger, Director of Artspace, offers his views on how to up the ante in the visual arts scene.

INSIDE THE HEAD OF A CURATOR 2:00pm-3:30pm
With Emma Bugden - Curator, City Gallery Wellington; Natasha Conland - Curator, Art and Visual Culture, Te Papa; William McAloon - Freelance Curator and Critic & Simon Rees - Curator of Contemporary Art, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Chaired by Tina Barton - Senior Lecturer, Art History, Victoria University.
- Curatorial style €” artist/curator; art historian/curator; writer/curator. Is there such a thing as curatorial style €” and is it discernable by others? What kinds of historical precedents play a part in defining these roles for curator and exhibition? - Finding new art €” the survey show is here to stay €” what will it bring us tomorrow?

- Do curators 'facilitate' great artists or 'create' them? What is the lasting effect of curatorial practice for the state of contemporary New Zealand art?

WHERE IS THE POLITICS IN NEW ZEALAND ART?
4:00pm-5:30pm With Peter Brunt - Lecturer, Art History, Victoria University; Heather Galbraith - Director/Curator, Auckland University of Technology Gallery; Sophie Jerram - Freelance writer and curator & Gwyn Porter - Lecturer, Manukau Institute of Technology, School of Visual Arts. Chaired by David Cross - Senior Lecturer, Massey University College of Music, Fine Arts & Design. A discussion on the existence or not of a politic in contemporary New Zealand art. In our recent history, the political content in New Zealand art has centred on cultural politics €” is this what makes our art critically interesting and identifiable?
SOUNDINGS THEATRE, TE PAPA
FREE ADMISSION, BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

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Arts Work Project

27 Jul 2004

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