Envisaging a symposium

Auckland’s back in business and looking forward to welcoming visitors from Hawkes Bay, Dunedin, Wellington, wherever, at the end of April for the 20-21 CTANZ symposium, Vision: Hindsight, Foresight, Insight, to run at AUT from 30 April to 2 May, with the symposium dinner on Friday night.

We’re delighted to announce that the keynote speakers will be Dr Maureen Lander and Giles Peterson. Maureen needs little introduction to the CTANZ community; she’s been at the forefront of indigenous textile practice in Aotearoa New Zealand for more than three decades. Giles is an educator at Whitecliffe College and an independent curator of Pacific community art. They lead a programme which also includes Angela Rowe, Caroline McQuarrie, Dr Amanda Smith & Rachelle Moore, Dr Tracy Harkison, Grace Lai, Gracie Matthews, Jane Malthus, Katie Day, Linda Tyler, Michaela de Bruce, Moira White, Natalie Smith, Rebekah Harman, Rekha Rana Shailaj, Sally Maclean, Scott Pilkington, Sonya Withers, Stella Lange, Tyla Stevenson and Winnie Edgar-Booty – as always a mix of new and familiar faces exploring the theme and sharing their practice.

Chances are that if you’re not a local, it’s been a while since you were in Auckland, what with one thing and another, so this is an ideal opportunity, and in the nick of time for some of Auckland’s biggest exhibitions as well. We’ll keep posting on some of these as the symposium gets closer, but for more information and to register, the symposium page has now been updated.

MEANWHILE: NATIONAL TREASURES ON A SMALL SCREEN NEAR YOU. After what seems like an age of planning, teasers and trailers, the National Treasures series debuts on TVNZ (TV1 8.30pm or on demand) 7 March.. Featuring input from some of the CTANZ team, and including some pretty special textiles among the taonga, it’s billed as “like watching antiques roadshow with your mum but without the bit where you guess how much things are worth”. And there’s an accompanying exhibition opening at Te Papa on 8 March. For more snippets, try the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/nationaltreasuresnz/

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