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She Claims #2 – Courtney Meredith and Sarah Longbottom

When:

Wed 4 Apr 2018, 5:30pm–7:30pm

Where: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Members Single Entry : $28.00 ($25.00 + $3.00 fees)
  • Non-Members Single Entry (Includes Membership): $78.50 ($75.00 + $3.50 fees)
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Women’s art has often been overlooked or under-appreciated in the history of art. In the 1970s, women artists in Aotearoa New Zealand campaigned passionately for equality within the arts and wider socio-political change. A 2017 article in House & Garden magazine celebrated a ‘golden moment’ for gender equality in the arts in the United Kingdom, featuring 11 women in senior positions at arts organisations who were photographed at Tate Modern. These women point out there is still a long way to go when it comes to gender bias in the arts.

So, we think it’s time to put women in the spotlight. Join us at She Claims: Art Matters, a series of events where you’ll rub elbows with creatives and critics while celebrating the ideas, voices and power of creative women. Edition two is a conversation between poet and performer Courtney Sina Meredith and Sarah Longbottom.

Courtney Sina Meredith (1986) is a poet, playwright, fiction writer and musician. She has held various international writing residencies including the prestigious Fall Residency at the University of Iowa. Her short story collection Tail of the Taniwha (2016) was launched to critical acclaim, following the book of poetry Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick (2013, both Beatnik Publishing) and award-winning play Rushing Dolls (Playmarket, 2010). Her poetry and prose have been translated into Italian, German, Dutch, French, Spanish and Bahasa Indonesia. Meredith describes her writing as an ‘ongoing discussion of contemporary urban life with an underlying Pacific politique’.

‘Courtney Sina Meredith’s poetry sparkles with an eloquence and creativity that is both impressive and unique.’ –BBC
'Her words hustle and sing and scrap; her delivery is electrifying'. –Metro
'Courtney Sina Meredith is driven, ambitious, articulate and on a mission'. –E-Tangata
'She grapples with the big issues of poverty, conflict, sexism and racism, but also more immediate ones of sex, drinking and eating…both serious and frivolous.'– John Daly-Peoples, National Business Review

Sarah Longbottom is Founder and Executive Director of Ngā Rangatahi Toa, a South Auckland based youth development organisation that uses creativity and a whānau-centered approach to engage and support young people struggling to find their path. Sarah has been recognised for her leadership in education and the creative sector, most recently being named the Auckland Regional Trust 2016 Emerging Creative Entrepreneur of the Year, and the New Zealand International Woman of Courage Award by the US Embassy. Sarah became co-host of Creative Mornings AKL in 2018 and serves on the board of Auckland’s Basement Theatre.

Timeline
5.30pm Doors open – refreshments
6–7pm Conversation and questions
7.30pm Doors close

Tickets include a drink and canapés.

Membership
Auckland Art Gallery Members pay $25 per event, or $65 for a series of three. If you have a guest pass added to your Membership, you can bring a guest for the Members' price.
Non-Members pay $75 for a single event, or $115 for a series of three. These tickets includes a one-year Membership with Auckland Art Gallery.

Please be ready to show your Membership card to our staff on the night of the event.

Photo Credits: Courtney Sina Meredith © Thomas Langdon; Sarah Longbottom © Emily Raftery

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