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Opportunities For Contemporary Curatorial Practice

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

ENDS....

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.

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