Poets from the Lunchtime Poetry Slam featuring Charlie Dark, May 2010


4 May – 4 June

A massive programme of Pacific art events including heritage arts, poetry, music, theatre and visual arts is planned for the 2011 Pacific Arts Summit, a series of events based around Fresh Gallery Otara’s anniversary.

The summit is a platform that encourages emerging artists to learn and be inspired by mid-career and established artists who share their experience to support the development of informed and sustainable creative practices.


  • Three excellent solo exhibitions by international artists: Ani O’Neill (Cook Islands) and Gary Lee (Australia) and Wellington-based Sheyne Tuffery
  • Heritage Arts workshops and discussions about heritage arts in Museums
  • A special NZ Music Month concert series on the Otara Town Centre Stage
  • The second Curating Pacific Art Forum with international keynote speaker, Dionne Fonoti
  • The Auckland premiere of “Kingdom of Lote” written by Suli Moa and produced by Kila Kokonut Krew
  • Pacific Sisters SOUTHSIDE: EyeKonik – a reunion event with Rosanna Raymond (UK), Suzanne Tamaki (Wellington), Ani O’Neill (Cook Islands), Niwhai Tupaea (Sydney) and Feeonaa Wall (Auckland)
  • A special South Auckland edition of Pecha Kucha Night

Keynote speaker, Professor Konai Helu Thaman, Curating Pacific Art Forum, May 2010

The 2011 South Auckland Pacific Arts Summit is presented by Arts and Culture South, Auckland Council.

A message from the Pacific Arts Coordinator

The 2011 South Auckland Pacific Arts Summit celebrates a vibrant, visible and prospering culture of Pacific arts appreciation in South Auckland. This year’s Summit represents the growth of a local idea into a regionally relevant multidisciplinary arts programme delivered across the breadth of the new South Auckland!

From grassroots music concerts to Pacific visual arts exhibitions, talks and discussion, heritage arts, theatre, language and literature, this year’s Summit weaves together local, national and international talent converging here, to celebrate and showcase Pacific creativity.

The Summit launches with a unique South Auckland edition of Pecha Kucha Night, a fun and fast-paced evening of live social networking at the new Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku. The line-up has been devised to give audiences an insight into the Summit programme – a great event to get a taste of what is to come.

In May, Fresh Gallery Otara celebrates its fifth anniversary. Exhibitions and artists have enabled the Gallery to be recognised as a leading contemporary art space embedded in a unique environment where Pacific arts respond and relate to distinctly Pacific audiences. The anniversary exhibition, gorgeousness, is a landmark invitational solo show by indigenous Australian photographer, Gary Lee. Exhibitions at Papakura Art Gallery and Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku also showcase nationally and internationally practising Pacific artists Ani O’Neill and Sheyne Tuffery.

With new venues, the Summit can be experienced from Papakura to Otara, Mangere to Manukau, in galleries, theatres, tertiary institutions and market places! May is a time to celebrate the excellent and innovative Pacific art and artists who have put South Auckland firmly on the art map.

Vinaka vakalevu,

Ema Tavola
Pacific Arts Co-ordinator
Arts and Culture South
Auckland Council

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