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Karen Stevenson – Empowering Women talk Series


Sun 26 Mar 2017, 2:00pm–3:00pm

Where: Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre, 327 West St, Ashburton, Ashburton District

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Karen Stevenson – The Past in the Present: Tradition and Innovation in Contemporary Pacific Art/

We are celebrating achievements of women throughout the month of March in conjunction with the Zonta Ashburton Female Art Award (ZAFFA). This is part two or a two part lecture series based on empowering women. This lecture is by Pacific Art historian and writer Karen Stevenson and will focus on the role of women’s traditional art forms in the Pacific and the innovations that have enhanced these art forms from contact to the present day.  Illustrated through the works of contemporary artists Ani O’Neil, Niki Hastings-McFall, Lonnie Hutchinson, and Dagmar Dyck. Stevenson will give you an insight into to how Pacific contemporary artists look to the past — to both tradition and innovation in their artistic practice.

Karen Stevenson is currently an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the University of Canterbury. Her writings and research have focused on the politics and institutionalisation of culture, art and identity, the Pacific Arts Festival, and for the past 20 years, on Contemporary Pacific Art in New Zealand. She is the author of The Frangipani is Dead, Contemporary Pacific Art in New Zealand, 1985-2000, Hidden Treasures and Filipe Tohi, Journey to the Present; was co-editor for Pacific Arts: Persistence, Change and Meaning in Pacific Art and Re-presenting Pacific Art, and was the editor of Pacific Artists Navigating the Global Art World. She currently has two books in press; Johnny Penisula, Reinterpreting Tradition and The Festival of Pacific Arts, Celebrating over 40 years of Cultural Heritage.

All are welcome to attend this free lecture.