Public Programme May-July 2016


Artists’ Talk: Woodmill Collective
6pm Wednesday 4 May
Adam Art Gallery
Please join us as three members of London collective The Woodmill, Naomi Pearce, Stuart Middleton and Richard Sides, discuss their recent curatorial projects, individual practices and collaborative work. The discussion will approach current debates about the role of artists within cities and their relationship to processes of gentrification, as well as the politics of authorship, visibility and professionalism.


Exhibition Opening: Inhabiting Space
6pm Friday 13 May
Adam Art Gallery
Please join us for the opening of the exhibition Inhabiting Space curated by Stephen Cleland. The exhibition features artworks by Fred Sandback, Juliet Carpenter, Evangeline Riddiford-Graham, Julian Daspher, Mike Parr, Campbell Patterson and Sriwhana Spong.


Artists’ Talk: Julie Carpenter and Campbell Patterson
2pm Saturday 14 May
Adam Art Gallery
Join participating artists Juliet Carpenter and Campbell Patterson who will discuss their work in the exhibition Inhabiting Space.


Artist’s Talk and Screening: Mike Parr
6pm Friday 20 May
City Gallery Wellington
Mike Parr is one of our region’s most important artists. Over a career spanning more than 40 years he has made performances, drawings, paintings, prints, and text works that offer an extended and, at times, gruelling investigation of the self, as a physical body, a thinking subject, and a political and social being. Join the artist to hear about his work and to encounter his latest project included in the current 2016 Biennale of Sydney, The future is already here—it’s just not evenly distributed.

Mike Parr is one of the artists in Inhabiting Space now on at the Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi at Victoria University of Wellington. He is brought to Wellington by Adam Art Gallery with support from the Chartwell Trust.


Curator’s Tour of Inhabiting Space
2pm Sunday 12 June
Adam Art Gallery
Join us as curator of Inhabiting Space, Stephen Cleland, gives a public tour of the exhibition.


Art History in Practice I: Vera Mey
5.15pm Wednesday 29 June
Adam Art Gallery
The Adam Art Gallery is pleased to announce the commencement of the 2016 Art History in Practice seminar series. This second series, presented in partnership with the Victoria University of Wellington Art History Programme,  showcases current art historical research by established and emerging art historians and curators, working inside and outside the academy.

To launch the series, independent curator and VUW Art History/ Museum and Heritage Studies alumna Vera Mey draws on case studies she researched for a paper delivered at the APT8 Conference in Brisbane, which focused on artists in Southeast Asia and their relationship to social change and artistic production. She discusses how she has developed this research, as co-curator of the SEA Project, into a project due to open in July 2017 at the Mori Art Museum and National Art Centre Tokyo, Japan.

Vera Mey recently worked as Curator, Residencies on the founding team of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, led by Ute Meta Bauer. She has been awarded a studentship to undertake a PhD at SOAS, University of London commencing in September 2016.


Art History in Practice II: Victoria Wynne-Jones
5.15pm Wednesday 13 July
Adam Art Gallery
Visiting Auckland-based doctoral candidate Victoria Wynne-Jones presents her doctoral research into the intersections between art history and dance theory.


Art History in Practice III: David Campany
5.15pm Wednesday 27 July
*Venue to be confirmed
On the eve of the opening of his major exhibition Walker Evans: The Magazine Work at the Adam Art Gallery, renowned British curator and historian David Campany provides insights into his longstanding interests in the history of photography.