Public Programme November 2021-March 2022

2.00pm Saturday 20 November
Conversation around Listening Stones Jumping Rocks
Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery

On the opening weekend of the Adam Art Gallery’s new exhibitions, join curators Susan Ballard, Associate Professor in Art History at Te Herenga Waka–Victoria University of Wellington, and Adam Art Gallery’s Collection Curator Sophie Thorn for a conversation with artists Raewyn Martyn, Paul Johns and Sorawit Songsataya.

5.00pm Friday 26 November
Live stream
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Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, in partnership with ASLEC-ANZ, brings you artist and writer Janine Randerson’s keynote lecture delivered online for the Ngā tohu o te huarere: Conversations beyond human scales conference hosted by Te Herenga Waka. Randerson collaborates with urban meteorologists, glaciologists, climate scientists, community activists, tāngata whenua, and the more-than-human kin in local and internationally exhibited projects. In her lecture she asks, how do artists initiate dialogues with our more-than-human kin in this time of eco-political crisis?

2.00pm Saturday 27 November
Exhibition tour of The Machine Stops
Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery

Join Professor Daniel K. Brown and several of his past and present students for an introduction and tour of The Machine Stops: The Allegorical Architectural Project.

10.00am Saturday 4 December
Campus tour
Meet in the Hunter Courtyard (Gate 2, Kelburn Parade)

Collection Curator Sophie Thorn has conceived a tour of works ‘a stone’s throw’ away from the Adam Art Gallery in the Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection that extend the ecological and geological themes found in Listening Stones Jumping Rocks. She will guide you to works by Fiona Amundsen, Rangi Kipa, Lonnie Hutchinson, Dane Mitchell, Kate Newby, Richard Killeen, and others.


Live from 5.00pm Thursday 3 February 2022
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2021 Writer-in-Residence at the International Institute of Modern Letters, Pip Adam has especially reworked the keynote presentation, Giants in Space Listening: Fiction and MegaFauna, she delivered at the Ngā tohu o te huarere: Conversations beyond human scales conference (23–26 November 2021) for the Adam Art Gallery’s podcast channel. This talk is based on the novel she is writing about a group of giant humans banished from earth in a spacecraft powered by sound. This fictional work explores features of our existing carceral and policing systems and attempts to offer experiences of alternative forms of justice.

February – March

Upcoming Public Programme events are moving online until further notice
To make our upcoming events safer and more accessible during the current omicron outbreak, we will be shifting our upcoming public programme events online in the form of podcasts and videos. Keep an eye out below for the new release dates on our various social media channels, or subscribe to our mailing list.

Link available from 2pm Thursday 24 February
Greywacke Love Poems & Playing the Machine
YouTube channel
Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery
As part of our programme associated with Listening Stones Jumping Rocks, artist Raewyn Martyn has brought together Jessica Charlton, Stefanie Lash, and Johanna Knox to present an illustrated talk titled Greywacke Love Poems & Playing the Machine. Informed by their diverse forays into ecological thinking and storytelling in Aotearoa, the speakers consider the methodologies of making that are aligned with Martyn’s installation in the Adam Art Gallery. Now available on our YouTube channel the talk is introduced by collection curator Sophie Thorn.

Link available from 12pm Thursday 17 March
Speculative Allegorical Architecture: ‘The Machine Stops’ with Professor Daniel K. Brown
YouTube channel
Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery
Professor Daniel K. Brown, curator of The Machine Stops, will introduce the thinking and methodologies that underpin his ‘Narrative Architecture’ master’s stream from which the drawings in The Allegorical Architecture Project spring.

Link available from 2.00pm Saturday 19 March
Te Oro o Te Ao with Susan Ballard and Rachel Shearer
Podcast channel
Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery
Join artist Rachel Shearer (Pākehā, Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga a Māhaki) and Listening Stones Jumping Rocks co-curator Susan Ballard for this talk about Shearer’s sound installation Te Oro o te Ao in Listening Stones Jumping Rocks. Described as an assemblage of sounds found while listening for whakapapa and its accompanying stories, Shearer’s work takes us into the deep histories of the unfolding energies of the earth.

The Living Pā Project: panel discussion
YouTube channel
Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery
Set in The Machine Stops exhibition, this panel discussion brings together Hugh Tennent, Alistair Cattanach & Rhonda Thomson with chair, Robin Skinner to offer their insights on Te Herenga Waka’s Living Pā project, a major exercise in sustainable building that encodes indigenous principles relating to the interrelations between people and the built environment to offer a restorative to the history of human occupation in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Performance: Unconformities – New Pūoro by Composers from Aotearoa
This performance will be available online in partnership with Soundz
Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery
This special performance of new compositions by Annea Lockwood, Rob Thorne (Ngāti Tumutumu) and Noel Meek has been devised for the Adam Art Gallery by Noel Meek and will be performed in the gallery by an ensemble of local musicians for an online release. Unconformities focuses on the use of natural materials to create place-based music for Aotearoa.