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Why Art Matters | Part 2: Art over Real Estate

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TSB Wallace Arts Centre

The Pah Homestead

72 Hillsborough Road

Hillsborough, Auckland 1042

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The discourse series Why Art Matters: Unwrapping the benefits of art to our society is looking to explore the role of the arts in our society. The series will cover different key aspects in which art impacts our cultural, social and economic well-being. In collaboration with partnering organisations and individuals, experts in their specific field, we aim to encourage discussion and a shared exploration of the many reasons why art matters.

For the second instalment, Why Art Matters will explore art and the economy. In partnership with Artists Alliance, our speakers will discuss the benefits of investing in art and the partnering of philanthropy and business.

Speakers Jessica Pearless, Artist, Jihong Lu, Art Investor and Collector, Jennifer Buckley, Arts Professional and Tim Hazeldine, Professor of Economics at the University of Auckland will share their knowledge of the intersection of the arts and the economy. The discussion will be chaired by Stephen Wainwright, Chief Executive of Creative New Zealand. The individual presentations will be followed by a lively discussion, whereupon the audience is invited to ask questions and to contribute their thoughts on the topic.




Jessica Pearless

Jessica Pearless is an Auckland-based painter and site responsive installation artist working with abstraction. Jessica holds a Master of Fine Arts (Hons) degree from Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland (2011, University Graduate Scholar).

Jessica has exhibited extensively in public, private and commercial art spaces throughout New Zealand and internationally. Jessica has received numerous accolades for her work including the Inaugural Artists Alliance Artist in Residence (2011); a prestigious AMP National Scholarship (2011); Merit Award in The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award (2013 and 2014); a Creative New Zealand Quick Response Grant (2013). In 2014 she was a finalist in the prestigious Westpac Women of Influence Awards in the Arts category.

Her recent projects include National Contemporary Art Awards Finalist, Waikato Museum (2017); Wallace Trust Art Awards Travelling Finalist (2017); NZ Sculpture on Shore (2016); New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award Finalist (2017). Jessica is working towards a number of exhibitions in Auckland and Melbourne in 2018. Alongside her creative practice Jessica is an Artist Ambassador for Boosted, The Arts Foundation of New Zealand’s creative industries crowdfunding initiative and an independent arts project manager. Jessica’s professional background includes almost 20 years of experience in the primary and secondary art markets.

Jihong Lu

Jihong Lu is principle partner of the Templar Family Office, focusing on managing his family investment assets through portfolio management, direct investment and art collections. Over the last 30 years, Jihong has spent his career as a businessman and a professional investor with ventures and investments across the region, including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, China and Philippines. He has served as Director/Chairman for a number of private and public listed companies across multiple sectors and industries, including financial services, education, land and property development, primary industries and construction and infrastructure. Jihong is also an active investor and sponsor in arts, having particular interest in Chinese contemporary work. He has established variety of collections over the past 25 years, including oil works, sculptures and installations.

Jennifer Buckley

Jennifer Buckley’s career as an arts professional spans 25 years across a range of roles. She is co-owner of Orexart and the founding Director of Auckland Art Fair, which she established with the NZ Contemporary Art Trust in 2005. She was the Programme Manager for New Zealand’s official exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale and, in 2017, managed projects, partnerships and media at Mossgreen-Webb’s.

Tim Hazledine

Tim Hazledine is a professor in the Economics Department at the University of Auckland. He studied at the University of Otago and the University of Canterbury and obtained his PhD at the University of Warwick. He has taught at the University of Warwick, Balliol College Oxford and the University of British Columbia before returning to New Zealand in 1992 to take up his current position.

Tim has a long-standing interest in the arts and in arts funding. With Mary Vavasour, he contributed the chapter on New Zealand in the 2008 Kogan Page book The World’s Art Markets. In 2011 he wrote on funding the creative arts in the British Journal Cultural Trends. He has now submitted to Auckland Council on the funding of the Auckland Art Gallery.

Stephen Wainwright

Stephen joined Creative New Zealand in 1990 and was appointed Chief Executive in 2008. Prior to being appointed Chief Executive, Stephen was acting Chief Executive and had been a member of Creative New Zealand’s senior management team since 2002 as Manager of Arts Infrastructure Services. Stephen has been involved in the strategy and business planning of Creative New Zealand for several years and has worked closely with many of New Zealand’s leading arts organisations. Stephen graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce and Administration.




The galleries and Homestead Café will open at 5.30pm with the event beginning at 6.30pm.
The net profit of tickets sales will go to the partnering NGO organization, or a chosen project.

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