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How to Learn? A Discussion on Emerging Curatorial Education in Aotearoa

Saturday 13 May 2017

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With consideration to the development of postgraduate programmes in art curatorship, increased competition for curatorial internships and a growing number of workshops and intensives on the subject, Enjoy is pleased to present a discussion on current and emerging forms of curatorial education in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

This panel between emerging to mid-career practitioners will explore potential pathways and possibilities for those interested in contemporary curatorial practice, as well as offering critical observations of the entry-level field at present. How do forms of learning or ‘training’ in self-directed or independent initiatives differ from internships, paid institutional work and tertiary structures? What’s missing, what’s shifting, and what could the future look like?

Presenters Balamohan Shingade, Tendai John Mutambu, Andrea Bell and Melanie Oliver will reflect on these issues and their own ways of entering the field in a panel discussion chaired by Enjoy’s Curator/Manager Sophie Davis.

Free to attend, all welcome.


Andrea Bell is a writer and curator based in Dunedin where she is the Curator of Art at Hocken Collections - Uare Taoka o Hākena, University of Otago. Recent exhibitions include Open Air, Still LifeBy the Laws of Chance, and small modifications (Dunedin Public Art Gallery), Creative Suite (Te Tuhi and City Gallery Wellington) and Time/lapse (City Gallery Wellington and PICA). Her writing has been published in frieze, Art Monthly Australasia and Art Asia Pacific among other publications. She has a Master’s Degree in Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.

Tendai John Mutambu is a curator and writer of Zimbabwean ancestry with a background in art history and law. He is the recently appointed Assistant curator at New Plymouth's Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. In 2016 Tendai was Artspace NZ's curatorial assistant, prior to which he was Research Assistant to the Director and Principal Curator at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. He has held intern and assistant positions at Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland; Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; and the University of Auckland.

Melanie Oliver is Senior Curator at The Dowse and was previously Director of The Physics Room. Melanie has also held curatorial roles at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth and Artspace Sydney. She has undertaken curatorial projects for One Day Sculpture, the Liverpool Biennial City States programme, RAMP Gallery, ST PAUL St Gallery and RM gallery. Melanie also has an interest in the educational potential of cultural institutions, furthered by a period spent at the National Library of New Zealand. Melanie completed her post-graduate study at Victoria University and was Gallery Manager at Enjoy Public Art Gallery from 2004 to 2007. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Monash University Curatorial Practice programme.

Balamohan Shingade is a writer and curator currently employed as the Assistant Director of ST PAUL St Gallery at Auckland University of Technology. He is a Masters graduate of Elam School of Fine Arts where he was also employed as a Professional Teaching Fellow in the Critical Studies programme (2012-15). Most recently, during the redevelopment of Uxbridge Arts and Culture, he was the inaugural Manager/Curator of Malcolm Smith Gallery, a public gallery for the eastern suburbs Auckland (2015-16). He also holds a Diploma in Indian Classical Music and regularly coordinates music concerts in Aotearoa New Zealand.