Thank you Joris de Bres!

8 06 2011


Vinaka vakalevu Tagata Pasifika!

22 05 2011

Very happy to have some of the Pacific Arts Summit events profiled on Tagata Pasifika [TVNZ] this week. Vinaka vakalevu Marama Papau and team!

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


29 04 2011

Lil Abner’s, Great South Road, Papatoetoe – A South Auckland institution!

Shirley Road, Old Papatoetoe
Corner of Great South Road + Tui Street

St George Street, Old Papatoetoe

The Programmes are HOT off the PRESS!!

23 04 2011

Finally, finally FINALLY the 2011 South Auckland Pacific Arts Summit programmes are OUT! Slightly behind schedule, the programmes will be finding their way to Libraries and Art Centres across South Auckland in the coming week!

If you’d like a programme mailed to you, drop Nicole Lim an email or call 09 271 6019.

Auckland Council’s Pacific Arts Coordinator for South Auckland, Ema Tavola explains what the Pacific Arts Summit branding is all about…

How did this poster image come about?

We have a great working relationship with The Kitchen Media – Edgar Melitao has designed almost all of Fresh Gallery Otara’s printed material since about 2008. I sat with Edgar and we discussed the programme, the kaupapa, the spaces, the new Auckland Council context – South Auckland and the uniqueness of our Summit. We wanted to evolve the 2010 brand and identity to something new but recognisable. A theme that has continued from 2010 is showing the faces behind the events – in 2010, I wanted to show the real people, who have achieved great things, and take South Auckland and the Pacific with them wherever they go.

The concept of this brown back / shoulder and applying the logo to the skin references the art form of tattooing, as a widely practiced art form in the Pacific. Abstractly it references the dedication and cultural strength represented in much Pacific art, and that people and culture are inextricable from the practice and appreciation of Pacific art, within Pacific contexts.

The other influence for this year’s poster is the photographic image used to promote  Gary Lee’s solo exhibition, gorgeousness, which opens at Fresh Gallery Otara as a core event in the Summit programme. This image is called “Shannon as Billiamook” (2004).

Look out for the Pacific Arts Summit poster around South and Central Auckland in the coming weeks!

Auckland Council website UPDATED!

12 04 2011

The official 2011 South Auckland Pacific Arts Summit programme has been uploaded to the Auckland Council website! Hooray!!

Check it out!


8 04 2011

The 2nd South Auckland Pacific Arts Summit will launch with a *BANG* on Wednesday 4 May with our very own special edition of Pecha Kucha Night! The speakers, the space, the energy will all be about the rich and robust culture of Pacific arts practice and appreciation in Southside Auckland City!

What is Pecha Kucha Night?

The Pacific Arts Summit Pecha Kucha Night will give audiences a taste of the people, places, inspiration and motivations behind the month long programme of Pacific art magic happening in South Auckland…  The full speaker list will be announced shortly!

Manukau City / South Auckland’s first Pecha Kucha Night was held in 2008 as part of the Manukau Festival of Arts. One of speakers, Samoan multimedia artist Siliga David Setoga blew us away with his presentation…

Come and check out Pecha Kucha Night in the Southside – it’ll be a very awesome night!

What: Pecha Kucha Night
Where: Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku
When: Doors open 7.30pm / start 8.20pm
Tickets: $5 cash doorsales