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Why Art Matters #4 - Social Impact | Art or Activism

Wallace Arts Trust

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm (NZDT)

Why Art Matters #4 - Social Impact | Art or Activism

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Students 28/11/2018 $20.00 $1.97
Senior 28/11/2018 $20.00 $1.97
General Admission 28/11/2018 $25.00 $2.32

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Why Art Matters #4
Social Impact | Art or Activism 
Wednesday 28 November, 6.30pm
Tickets are $25 adults and $20 students/seniors

In collaboration with Mixit, this evening will explore the intersection between the arts and activism. How can the arts bring about positive social change? At what point does the artist become an activist? The Why Art Matters series seeks to explore the role of the arts in our society and to unpack some of the many reasons why art does in fact matter.

Join us for the final talk in the Why Art Matters series for 2018. Hang out in our historic building afterhours, view current works on show and hear from an expert panel.

Speakers Wendy Preston, Director of Mixit Charitable Trust and Nina Finigan, Curator, will be joined by other experts in their respective fields. The discussion will be chaired by Elisabeth Vaneveld, inaugural Director: Creative Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Creative Arts & Industries, University of Auckland.

Homestead will be open before the talk serving light meals and drinks.

About the Speakers:

Wendy Preston

Wendy Preston MNZM has over 38 years of professional involvement in the arts and has a Masters degree in Creative and Performing Arts – with a focus on contemporary cross-cultural performance in Aotearoa. Wendy has worked extensively with young people on performance projects across a myriad of community initiatives and with organisations as diverse as Cirque du Soleil to rural iwi. She is currently on the Board for the Atamira Dance Company. In 2006 Wendy co-founded Mixit, which supports former refugee youth through creativity and continues in her role as the Mixit Producer/Director. In 2017 she published a book Mixit It’s All Of Us.

Nina Finigan

Nina is the Curator Manuscripts at Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira. She is interested in ideas of identity, memory and representation in museums and understanding museums and their collections as highly political sites of power and resistance. She is co-founder of the now dormant website Tusk: Emergent Culture which she and Matariki Williams initiated in 2016 as an online platform for people entering GLAM institutions to contribute constructively to the cultural sector in their own voices.

Jack Grey

Jack Grey is a dancer, choreographer, writer, cultural facilitator and artistic director of Atamira Dance Company. Born in Auckland, Jack is affiliated to Ngati Porou, Ngati Kahungunu, Ngapuhi and Te Rarawa iwi. A founding member of Atamira in 2000, Jack’s journeys have seen him launching Jack Gray Dance in 2003, touring internationally with Atamira from 2006-2012, and working with international indigenous dance artists, communities and institutions in the U.S and Australia. Jack launched I Moving Lab in 2016 and I LAND in 2017. This year Jack became Artistic Director and premiered Kotahi at Tempo Dance Festival.

Elisabeth Vaneveld – Chair

Elisabeth is a strategist, project leader and facilitator. Her experience includes leading organisations, designing programmes, devising productions, managing tours, organising festivals, activating projects, developing partnerships, building networks and facilitating change. For ten years, Elisabeth held senior roles at Creative New Zealand (until 2006) and until June 2016, she was Executive Director of The Big Idea Te Aria Nui Trust, the online home of New Zealand’s creative sector @ Elisabeth is the inaugural Director: Creative Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Creative Arts & Industries, University of Auckland.

Order of events:
5.30pm: Galleries open + refreshments available from Homestead Eatery
6.30–8pm: Presentations, conversations and questions
8.30pm: Doors close

Have questions about Why Art Matters #4 - Social Impact | Art or Activism? Contact Wallace Arts Trust

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Pah Homestead
72 Hillsborough Road
Hillsborough, Auckland 1042
New Zealand

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm (NZDT)

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Wallace Arts Trust

The James Wallace Arts Trust is dedicated to nurturing the creation and development of the arts in all of its wonderful forms. We provide enduring support to the ‘art of one’s time’, and are committed to creating an invaluable diary of New Zealand contemporary art.

Visit our galleries at the Pah Homestead, 72 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough, Auckland. Open Tuesday-Friday 10am-3pm and 8am-5pm on weekends. Entry by koha.

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