Summer Intensive 2017


Summer Intensive: Researching, Writing, Curating
23 January – 17 February 2017

This intensive four-week workshop introduced researching, writing and curating – three activities central to the production of knowledge about art. Led by Christina Barton, Director of the Adam Art Gallery at Victoria University, the course involved a mix of lectures, workshops and discussions with artists, writers, curators, publishers and arts professionals. Beginning with two weeks in Auckland followed by two weeks in Wellington, participants visited various exhibition venues in both cities. Working as a group and individually, participants developed skills in research, writing and exhibition making, and met some of the leading figures in the art world. The aim was to increase knowledge and foster a sense of community among those who care about contemporary art. This workshop was designed to help prepare for a career in the visual arts, whether as a freelance writer, independent publisher, curator, museum professional or as a practicing artist or keen consumer of contemporary art.

Christina Barton is Director of the Adam Art Gallery and a senior lecturer
with more than 20 years’ experience teaching art history at Victoria
University of Wellington. She is well-known as a curator, writer and editor
with excellent networks in the New Zealand art world. With her long list of
publications and exhibitions she is well-suited to passing on her insights
and experiences. She is also open to learning from the next generation and
eager to ensure new voices invigorate the field.

Pdf of the Summer Intensive 2017 information guide


Walking the Ridge was published in conjunction the Summer Intensive. The texts were written by the fifteen participants of the Adam Art Gallery’s inaugural Summer Intensive (23 January – 17 February 2017). They are the result of a walk we took along the ridge that extends from Karangahape Road to Great North Road in Auckland, on 1 February 2017, visiting galleries and art spaces that line this route.  Walking the ridge is available in the gallery and on our website here.