Curating Pacific Art Forum programme coming TOMORROW!

17 05 2011

The much anticipated programme for the 2nd Curating Pacific Art Forum will be posted here tomorrow!

The Curating Pacific Art Forum was developed for the 2010 Manukau Pacific Arts Summit and held at the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple in Flat Bush, South Auckland. This year’s Forum has been developed in partnership with AUT University, whose newly opened Manukau City campus provides a beautiful and tranquil setting for dialogue and discussion around the curating of Pacific art.

The keynote presentation is programmed to provide an insight into the ways Pacific voices have emerged and become visible across different disciplines. In 2010, Professor Konai Helu Thaman, the Suva-based Tongan poet, educator and Pacific education advocate, discussed the emergence of Pacific voices in literature and the importance of representation.

This year, the keynote presenter, Dionne Fonoti, an Apia-based anthropologist, lecturer and film maker, will discuss racism and representation in Pacific film. Again, raising the importance and politics of representation of / for Pacific people and experience.

The 2010 Forum aimed to paint a picture of the role of curator. Speakers discussed curating within and outside of institutions. Speakers included Pacific Island museum curators, Sean Mallon (Te Papa Tongarewa – Museum of New Zealand) and Fulimalo Pereira (Auckland Museum) and freelance curators, Jim Vivieaere, Faumuina Felolini Maria Tufuna’i and Kolokesa Māhina-Tuai. The Forum inspired some excellent discussion, exposing tensions and challenges for Pacific curators.

This year’s Forum will push the dialogue further investigating the act of curating in relation to communities and audiences. Speakers will discuss curating within museum, university and gallery environments, engaging with specific communities.


There is ample time for questions, discussion and debate; this is a Forum to push the understanding and inspire the growth of the Pacific curatorial sector.

The Curating Pacific Art Forum is absolutely free for registered participants!

What: Curating Pacific Art Forum
Where: AUT University Manukau Campus, 640 Great South Road, Manukau
When: 10am – 5pm + Cocktail Reception 5-7pm, Saturday 21 May
Cost: FREE!!

The Forum programme will be posted here tomorrow!

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