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Homeward Bound - A Discussion


Sat 12 Dec 2020, 4:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University, Kelburn Parade, Gate 3, Wellington

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Join us for our final event of the year, a discussion between Milly Mitchell-Anyon, Raúl Ortega Ayala, Sam Clague, Vera Mey and Shannon Te Ao, moderated by Stephen Cleland.

Modernist art history has viewed Frances Hodgkins (1869–1947) as a trailblazer for leaving New Zealand to ‘measure herself’ against the best modern artists in Europe. Yet we now see her ambitions as colonial in that she believed Europe was the wellspring of high culture. To travel at the turn of the 20th century was no easy undertaking and for her leaving home was an extended and ultimately permanent process of expatriation. Today, as our borders close against a global pandemic, we are living through a new period of restricted travel which makes us wonder what long-term decisions artists are making about where to base themselves.

Where should our most ambitious artists be looking to live? How can artists succeed on the global stage from their New Zealand based? What role do artist's residencies have in this climate? And should this period of restricted travel be considered an impediment to art production or, with many art professionals and artists having returned to New Zealand, could the crisis paradoxically serve to stimulate the local scene? What indeed will our global art world look like in the future?

Please join us as this panel of artists and curators reflect on the year that has been and consider these multifaceted questions and the future that awaits. Following the panel discussion, please join us as we celebrate the festive season and farewell Stephen Cleland, who joined Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi as Curator in early 2015. We wish him all the best as he commences his new role as Director, Tauranga Art Gallery in the New Year.

Image: Raúl Ortega Ayala, The Zone, 2020 (still), single-channel video, courtesy of the artist.

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