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2017 Curators Programme participants named

Asia New Zealand Foundation and Creative New Zealand have announced the successful candidates for this year’s Curators Programme to Taiwan and Japan.

They are: Sarah McClintock, Curation and Collection Manager at The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu; Sophie Davis, Curator/Manager at Enjoy Public Art Gallery; and Sarah Wall, Assistant Len Lye Curator at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre.

The three will visit leading art museums, galleries, and artist spaces in Taiwan and Japan over a two- to three-week period in October to build their professional networks, and explore possible future collaborations and artistic exchanges. 

“We had a very strong field of applicants, and the final three were chosen based on their track record, personal motivation and the potential long-term impact of their participation on the New Zealand art scene,” said Foundation executive director Simon Draper.

The aim of our curators programme is to assist curators to develop participants’ market knowledge of the contemporary art in Taiwan and Japan and its relevance for a New Zealand audience. It also aims to contribute to the long-term development of international opportunities and audiences for New Zealand artists in Asia.

“We hope through this experience they will increase awareness of the cultural and artistic practice in Asia and perhaps explore opportunities for New Zealand artists to have their works exhibited in Taiwan and Japan,” Mr Draper said.

Sophie Davis

Sarah Wall

Sarah McClintock

Sarah McClintock said she hopes to use the 2017 Curators Programme to establish connections with artists and collaborators in Taiwan and Japan. She will also be working towards several exhibitions, examining contemporary and historic links between Asian and Aotearoa New Zealand craft, and is excited by the opportunity to bring a greater understanding of contemporary Asian art back to Nelson.

“I’m greatly looking forward to the 2017 Curator Tour. Working with kinetics and moving images, I’m particularly interested in visiting institutions, exhibitions and artists working in and across the fields of contemporary moving images and media arts, and making contacts towards future projects and creative exchanges,” said Sarah Wall.

Sophie Davis hopes to use the tour to explore possibilities for collaboration and exchange with independent art spaces. She is interested in learning more about the socio-political contexts and material cultures of Japan and Taiwan directly from arts practitioners. In particular, Sophie hopes to develop her awareness of relationships between art, design and published media in these different art scenes as a way of broadening and reorientating her interests as an emerging curator in Aotearoa.

Upon their return, the curators will be expected to share what they learned during their tour. They will also be invited to support Creative New Zealand’s Te Manu Ka Tau International Visitors Programme.

“The curators will develop their knowledge, profile and networks in Asia during the tour. This will enable them to contribute to our Te Manu Ka Tau programme where we host international curators and influencers from Asia in New Zealand to see local work and meet with artists and curators.

"The aim is that it will lead to future exchange or presentation opportunities in North East Asia for our artists and practitioners”, said Creative New Zealand Senior Manager Cath Cardiff.

The Asia New Zealand Foundation is the preeminent organisation in the country on Asia. The Foundation started the curators programme in 2010 and have since sent 18 curators to Korea, China, Japan, and Taiwan.

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8 August 2017