Public Programme November – December 2019


Wednesday 6 November, 12pm
Fiona Clark in conversation with Anna-Marie White
Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi
Join us for a lunchtime conversation between Taranaki-based artist Fiona Clark and Te Ātiawa historian and curator Anna-Marie White, in Clark’s exhibition The Live Feed – Fiona Clark’s ‘Egmontiana’.

Saturday 9 November, 2pm
Exhibition tour with Christina Barton, Sophie Thorn, Stephen Cleland
Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi
Join Adam Art Gallery Director Christina Barton, Curator Stephen Cleland and Collection Officer Sophie Thorn for a tour of the exhibitions. As we move through the exhibitions we will touch on the ways that each of these projects exemplify the varied contributions the Adam has made to historical and contemporary art discourse over its twenty-year history.

Tuesday 19 November, 6pm
2019 Gordon H Brown Lecture
Simon Denny’s ‘Surveilism’: An Accelerationist
Art for Accelerated Times
City Gallery Wellington
Art writer, critic and long-form journalist, Anthony Byrt gives this year’s Gordon H. Brown Lecture. Join us at City Gallery Wellington where Byrt will discuss Simon Denny’s recent projects, including Secret Power (2015), The Founder’s Paradox (2017) and Mine (2019), together with other contemporary artists, to consider the growing and pervasive impact of surveillance capitalism on our lives and how digital technologies are reshaping the world around us. This talk is organised in association with the Art History Programme, Victoria University of Wellington.

Sunday 24 November, 11am
Mata Aho Collective Floor talk
Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi
Join us in the gallery to hear from the Mata Aho Collective as they return from installing their latest installation AKA in the exhibition Àbadakone at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. The Collective will also speak about the making of Te Whare Pora, one of the latest acquisitions to the Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection which is currently on display in the Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi.

Thursday 12 December, 6.30pm
Film Screening: Sima Urale’s ‘Velvet Dreams’, 1997
Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi
For the final event of 2019 we are screening Sima Urale’s homage to the history of Dusky Maiden images and their appearance in the popular art of velvet painting. Part detective story, part documentary, Velvet Dreams follows an unseen narrator’s search for the ‘Polynesian princess’ he has fallen in love with through her seductive depiction in such a painting. Urale’s hilarious tongue-in-cheek exploration of Pacific Island stereotypes was an inspiration to the Mata Aho Collective in the making of Te Whare Pora. The screening will take place in the vicinity of Mata Aho’s own velvet masterpiece and will be followed by light refreshments to wind up our year.