Models, Issues, Opportunities For Contemporary Curatorial Practice
An international forum presented by Museums Aotearoa and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. 17-19 September 1999, New
Plymouth, New Zealand. Features 30 Asia acific Speakers.
80 International and New Zealand specialists meet in New Plymouth this week to explore models, issues and strategies
for curating in the Asia acific region.
Key session themes of the forum include:
Locality of Culture and the new Globalism
- Outside the Museum - the post-industrial city as a site for curatorial practice
Value of Research - intellectual property or cultural capital
The Curator as Activist and Change Agent
- Publishing and Exhibition Markets and Curatorial Support Structures
- Bicultural and Asia Pacific Models for Curating
The forum takes place in a number of locations in New Plymouth, including the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Taranaki
Museum, Owae Marae, and the Plymouth International Hotel.
Curating Now will open with a Powhiri and function hosted by the New Plymouth District Council and Museums Aotearoa at
the Govett- Brewster Art Gallery on Thursday 16 September 1999 at 6.00pm. Guest speaker will be Martin Mathews, Acting
Chief Executive, Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Wellington.
On Friday evening at 6.00pm 17 September 1999, the Right Honourable Helen Clark MP, Leader of the Opposition, will
launch the New Zealand premier of the exhibition Close Quarters in association with the Forum.
The Forum is supported by Creative NZ, Chartwell Trust, Asia 2000 and the Australian High Commission.
The complete list of speakers is:
Furnio Nanjo, Director, Nanjo & Associates, Tokyo
Dana Friis-Hansen, Senior Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
Connie Butler, Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Judy Annear, Senior Curator of Photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Christopher Chapman, Director, Experimental Arts Foundation, Adelaide
Melissa Chiu, Curator, Asian Australian Artists Association Inc, Sydney
Danius Kesminas, artist Melbourne
Ewen McDonald, independent curator based in Sydney
Trevor Smith, Curator, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Right Honourable Helen Clark MP, Leader of the Opposition
Martin Mathews, Chief Executive, Ministry of Culture and Heritage
Tina Barton, Lecturer Art History, Victoria University of Wellington
Greg Burke, Director, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
Deirdre Brown, Lecturer Art History, Ilam School of Fine arts, University of Canterbury
Wystan Curnow, Associate Professor, English, University of Auckland
Richard Dale, independent curator based in Auckland
Terrence Handscomb, artist & lecturer (multi-media), Massey University, Wellington
Gavin Hipkins, artist & lecturer (photography), Massey University, Wellington
Ross Jenner, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Auckland
Robert Leonard, Director Artspace Auckland
John Leuthart, Chief Executive, Museums Aotearoa
Ngahiraka Mason, Curator, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
William McAloon, independent curator based in Wellington
Anna Miles, Lecturer Design, Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland
Gary Nicholas, General Manager, Toi Maori
Lisa Reihana, artist and Lecturer, Media, Manukau Institute of Technology
Chris Saines, Director, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
Hanna Scott, Conference Co-ordinator, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
Lisa Taouma, independent curator based in Auckland
Ian Wedde, Curator, Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand
Further information and registration forms are available from the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, contact Hanna Scott on
(06) 7585149, fax (06) 7580390 or Stacey Neale at Museums Aotearoa on (04) 4991313, fax (04) 4996313.
Curating Now Forum daily rates of $75.00 are also available.