CTANZ Symposium 2021

Vision: Hindsight, Foresight, Insight

Friday 30 April 2021, 9:45am – Sunday 2 May 2021, 3.15pm at Auckland University of Technology, Wellesley Street, Auckland.

We are delighted to announce that registrations are now open for this year’s  CTANZ symposium. Keynote speakers and presenters will consider different interpretations of vision – not just the act of seeing, but of reflecting, imagining, and manifesting. As inherently visual objects, what can textiles tell us about ourselves and our histories? What can we learn from narrowing our focus on the past, or gazing into the future?

The keynote speakers will be

Dr Maureen Lander, MNZM: Muka as Medium – a personal journey

Te whānau raranga o Waitakere, 2018. Harakeke, muka. Artist Maureen Lander, weavers Helen Bucksey, Joy Eaton, Nina Hamill, Janie Randerson and Ann Uerata. All Rights Reserved

Maureen Lander (Te Hikutu, Ngāpuhi) is a multi-media installation artist who has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally since 1986.  She has a Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Auckland and her contemporary artwork draws inspiration from Māori woven taonga in museum collections, both in Aotearoa and overseas. Her art installations are usually context specific, engaging with the physical sites and the social contexts they are created in and for. She enjoys collaboration, community participation, working with Māori weavers and mentoring younger artists. In 2019 she received a Te Waka Toi Tohu ā Tā Kingi Ihaka award for lifetime achievement in art and was awarded a Queen’s Birthday MNZM honour in 2020 for her contribution to Maori art.

Giles Peterson: Garden of Memories: Extending Quilt Making Traditions  from around the Pacific Rim: a case study

Garden of Memories at Malcolm Smith Gallery, Uxbridge Arts and Culture, 2019. All Rights Reserved.

Giles Peterson- b: Papua Niu Guinea, is an educator at Whitecliffe College, a founding member of the Tautai Pacific Arts Trust, and has been an independent curator of Pacific contemporary art for the last twenty-five years. He has focused his curatorial practice on working with young, urban Pacific Island heritage artists and analyzing the intersections between customary and traditional values and contemporary image making, textile arts, body adornment, experimental Pasifika fashion and costume, performativity and social practice. Peterson has a special interest in relational curating in the Pacific, working with artists whose work reflects the diverse experiences and concerns of Moana Pasifik(a) communities, addressing questions of identity and identification, globalization, technology, and survival from colonization.

Symposium programme


9:00 Registration desk opens
9:45 Welcome
10:00 Dr Maureen Lander Muka as Medium – a personal journey
11:00 Grace Lai Overlooked: The Secret Lives of Rag Rugs in New Zealand
11:30 Dr Stella Lange Looking Deeper
12:00 LUNCH
1:00 Dr Amanda Smith & Rachelle Moore Woven Across Time
1:30 Dr Tracy Harkison Knitting is no longer for nannas
2:00 Winnie Edgar-Booty “Old knitting mixes in with my life”
3:00 Jane Malthus Grand Vision to Teaching Collection to Break-up and Dispersal
3:30 Linda Tyler Craft or art: assessing the embroideries of Annie Wilson (1848-1930)
4:00 Rekha Rana Shailaj The hidden constructions, uncovered from the past
6:00 Dinner at Four Seasons Restaurant at AUT Campus

(Optional. Bookings essential)

10:00 Masterworks Gallery visit (optional)
11:00 Giles Peterson Garden of Memories: Extending Quilt Making Traditions from around the Pacific Rim
12:00 Sonya Withers Materializing the visibility of Sāmoan women
12:30 LUNCH
1:30 Michaela de Bruce The Public Gaze
2:00 Natalie Smith Oamaru’s Fashion Entrepreneurs: Maritza Boutique and the Fashion Vanguard
2:30 Moira White Seen from one side or the other
3:30 Angela Rowe Catch stitch
4:00 Gracie Matthews One crank at a time
4:30 Jane Groufsky Tāmaki Identity


10:45 Justine Treadwell Tāniko Collected
11:15 Caroline McQuarrie A stitch in time: Textiles and photography in practice
11:45 Rebekah Harman Insight into consumer behaviour
12:15 LUNCH
1:00 Katie Day Fashion Foresight
1:30 Tyla Stevenson 2020: The year fashion embraced the digital and went online
2:00 Scott Pilkington Putting the ‘dress’ in ‘academic dress’