Maukuuku Community Development Co-ordinator
Objectspace is Aotearoa’s leading gallery dedicated to the fields of design, craft and architecture. It seeks to invigorate exhibition making, support critical engagement in these fields, and provide a wealth of opportunities to engage and expand knowledge of material cultures.
The Maukuuku Project is a new framework for how Objectspace engages culturally diverse practitioners, communities of makers, and audiences. It demonstrates a transformative way of working that prioritises the removal of barriers to access and builds long-term relationships with a breadth of Asian-Pacific cultures living in Aotearoa through a co-leadership kaupapa.
The framework will see Objectspace building partnerships with communities of makers to explore opportunities together. While it will result in the delivery of a minimum of two exhibitions developed in partnership with Māori, Pacific and Asian communities annually, its focus is to facilitate innovation in the way community-led partnerships are built, and how they in turn foster, engage and grow audiences all year round. The Maukuuku Community Development Coordinator will work with Objectspace staff to drive this new framework in 2019.
How it works:
The Maukuuku Project has been born out of our two-year project with members of the Tuvalu community in West Auckland and builds on the 14-year history of maker-led programme development at Objectspace. The success and manifold positive outcomes of this recent partnership has highlighted the importance for the organisation to fully develop and embed a culture change that will see a co-leadership kaupapa lead cutting-edge transformative change for the craft and object sectors in Aotearoa.
- To form co-leadership relationships with diverse communities of makers throughout Aotearoa, and to drive wider audience engagement through these relationships
- To promote and advocate for critically under-represented craft/object art forms
- To remove barriers to access to Objectspace
- Catalyse an organisational culture change that will instrumentally shape ways of working and Objectspace's mission as an organisation.
- Increased participation from diverse making communities, coupled with increased engagement from Māori, Pacific and Asian audiences.
- Redefine the understanding of contemporary craft/object in Aotearoa in the 21st century as disciplines that value and celebrate diverse making practices.
- To work with Objectspace staff to develop and foster relationships with diverse communities in Aotearoa.
- To research critically under-presented Māori, Pacific and Asian craft and making practices.
- To work with Objectspace staff to identify, research, and drive curatorial outcomes for the Maukuuku Project.
- To work collaboratively with community ambassadors and advocates.
- To drive and manage the pillars of the Maukuuku strategy – co-leadership, access and advocacy.
- To build and grow audience engagement strategies in partnership with community partners.