Curating Pacific Art Forum PROGRAMME

18 05 2011

This is the official programme for the Curating Pacific Art Forum taking place THIS Saturday 21 May at the beautiful new AUT University Manukau Campus. Registrations is free and still open, contact Nicole Lim on 09 271 6019 or // Limited spaces!

Curating Pacific Art Forum

9.30am Doors open // Tea + coffee served
10am Welcome + Opening Address
Ema Tavola
Pacific Arts Coordinator, Arts + Culture South, Auckland Council
Albert Refiti
Senior Lecturer in Spatial Design, School of Art and Design
AUT University
10.30am The Soul, The Image and The Voice
Dionne Fonoti

National University of Samoa // Ivilasi Films
Morning Tea
11.50am  Curating Yourself: The Curator as the Point of Departure
Leafa Wilson
Concept Leader / Curator Visual Arts, Waikato Museum – Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
12.35pm Open Forum: Questions for Dionne Fonoti + Leafa Wilson
2pm Close Encounters
Bruce E. Phillips
Curator, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts
2.35pm VASU: Pacific Women of Power
Luisa Tora

Independent Curator
3pm Open Forum: Questions for Bruce E. Phillips + Luisa Tora
3.20pm Afternoon Tea
Open Forum: Questions + Discussion
4.30pm Closing Remarks
Ian Wedde
Department of Art History, University of Auckland
5 – 7pm Cocktail Reception

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!

Grassroots Mixer Concert Series ONNN n almost gone!

17 05 2011

The NiuFM Grassroots Mixer concert series has been bringing LIVE and FREE Pacific music to Otara audiences for the past two weekends and this weekend is the last in the series!

Last weekend FMC VXN, Devolo, Rosita Vai and Malcolm Lakatani were amazing… this weekend’s line-up is hot hot hot!

Giveaways, breakfast, LIVE n FREE Pacific Music this Saturday from 10.30am – 12.30pm // Check it OUT!

Vinaka vinaka vinaka vakalevu NiuFM!

“Kingdom of Lote” opens THIS WEEK!

16 05 2011

This week, the theatre component of the 2011 South Auckland Pacific Arts Summit opens for a 5-night season at Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku. KINGDOM OF LOTE is a brand new play written by Suli Moa and produced by Kila Kokonut Krew, Auckland’s premier Pacific entertainment company. This is Pacific theatre history making stuff! We have a chat with Producer, Stacey Leilua to find out more…

Tell us about Kingdom of Lote – how did it come about, what is your role and who else is involved?

Kingdom of Lote was created and developed through the Young Kila Writers 2010 Program.  Kila Kokonut Krew recognised the wealth of unrecognised talent and established the program with the goal of developing this talent and producing it into a full length, professional production that would present their unique stories to the community.

Over four months, three young Pasifika writers developed their original concepts into a third draft script which was then workshopped, dramaturged and directed by professional industry practitioners, and shown to an audience at Mangere Arts Centre – Nga Tohu o Uenuku.  The response was exactly what the company and its writers were looking for – recognition, praise and encouragement to further develop the plays into full length works, to be staged as separate productions over 2011.

Kingdom of Lote is the second of these plays, invited to be staged as part of the annual Pacific Arts Summit.  I was one of the mentors of the Young Kila Writers Programme, and am producing the debut season of it for the Pacific Arts Summit.  I am joined by Vela Manusaute and Anapela Polataivao who are directing the play, and Suli Moa, the playwright who also acts in Kingdom of Lote alongside a very talented cast of actors, singers and dancers.

How important is it to present this work in South Auckland?

It’s important that this work is put on, full stop, it’s the first of its kind, being written by a Tongan, starring a full Tongan cast speaking English and Tongan dialogue and performing traditional Tongan song and Dance.  The fact that it is being staged in South Auckland gives the community added accessibility; there is not the long haul to the city, the hassle of traffic and parking etc.  Mangere Arts Centre – Nga Tohu o Uenuku is in the heart of South Auckland.  I love the fact that there are carparks, markets and A-Way a stones-throw away from where we are putting on the show.

What can audiences look forward to in this unique work?

For Tongan audiences, it’s the chance to see their culture, their language, their stories played onstage.  For non-Tongans, the chance to get an insight into the richness of the Tongan culture.  The story has the perfect mix of comedic and dramatic moments, song, dance, everything! Come and find out!

It has been so exciting to see the Young Kila Writers programme evolve, what does the future hold for this exciting initiative?

Young Kila Writers was such an amazing project, it enabled us to create work for actors and playwrights, expose raw talent, and collectively grow as a company.  The third installment of the Young Kila plays, Fatu to Fatu by Tavai Faasavalu, is on at Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku in December.  The plan is to run another season of Young Kila Writers in 2012, and as for the work that has already been created, in terms of further developing the work, touring it, the sky’s the limit.

Vinaka vakalevu Stacey!

What: KINGDOM OF LOTE – A new play by Suli Moa
Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, Corner of Bader Drive and Orly Avenue, Mangere, South Auckland
When: 7.30pm, 17-21 May
$15 / $20
Enquiries + Bookings: Call Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku on 09 262 5789

Gary Lee discusses “gorgeousness” at Fresh Gallery Otara

16 05 2011

On Saturday 14 May, visiting indigenous Australian visual artist, Gary Lee, discussed his first international solo exhibition, gorgeousness currently showing at Fresh Gallery Otara.

The event brought lots of new faces to Fresh Gallery Otara. Gary discussed his background in anthropology, his many trips to India, his subjects and artistic recognition. Audience members asked about specific works, hearing the background stories to images like Darwin Boy was fascinating…

gogeousness is a core visual arts exhibition within the 2011 South Auckland Pacific Arts Summit programme. It runs until 25 June at Fresh Gallery Otara. Call Nicole Lim on 09 271 6019 for enquiries.

Grassroots Mixer Otara WUUHHTT!!

15 05 2011

The second of three NiuFM Grassroots Mixer concerts in the Otara Town Centre went OFF on Saturday 14 May! With an aim of providing a free concert to Otara market goers and celebrating Pacific musicians in recognition of NZ Music Month, this weekend’s mixer featured Devolo, FMC VXN, Rosita Vai AND Malcolm Lakatani and band! Awwwwesome!

FMC VXN is an Otara-based MC who just took out the televised Pacific music talent quest, Hustle It Fresh on TVNZ’s Polynesian youth show, Fresh.

NiuFM Nites host, Lui doing some Pacific Arts Summit giveaways…

Tongan hip hop artist, Devolo

The smooth sounds of New Zealand Idol winner, Rosita Vai! WHAT a voice!!

Music man, Dee Letoa

And the one and only Niuean singer / songwriter, Malcolm Lakatani…

Good music, good energy + sunshine // a perfect start to the weekend!

Malama Papau reporting for Tagata Pasifika [TVNZ]

The last NiuFM Grassroots Mixer concert takes place on Saturday 21 May from 10.30am – 12.30pm
LIVE Pacific Music at the Grassroots
Otara 274


gorgeousness is OPEN!

14 05 2011

Fresh Gallery Otara’s 5th anniversary exhibition opened on Thursday 12 May! Gary Lee, the Canberra-based photographer, curator and writer, travelled to Otara to attend the opening and celebrate his first international solo show!

Since the Gallery opened in May 2006, 58 exhibitions have been produced celebrating local artists, Pacific artists from around New Zealand, the Pacific and Pacific Rim as well as site-specific artist projects by international artists.

Gary Lee // Photo by Tanu Gago

  • Read about how gorgeousness came about here

James Pinker + Reuben Patterson

Jessica Hansell, Oriana Hansell-Pune + Ema Tavola

Grace Hakaria, Rebecca Hobbs + Daniel Satele

Vera Mey + Julia Waite

Martin Leung-Wai (right) + friends

Venus Stephens + friends

Ema with Maurice O’Riordan, Nigel Borell + Grace Hakaria

Gary being interviewed by Stephen Chu for Asia Down Under [TVNZ]

Giles Peterson

Ema and Nicole cutting the Fresh cake!

gorgeousness – a solo exhibition by Gary Lee, runs until 25 June at Fresh Gallery Otara, South Auckland.