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Past event

In Conversation with Theo Schoon: A Weekend of Talks: Saturday

17 August 2019

Join us for a weekend of short talks, lectures, and conversations unpacking Schoon’s controversial work from a range of perspectives. Come for a session or two, or stay for the day. MC Hamish Coney. All talks are free. No bookings necessary.

Day 1: Saturday 17 August

11am: Michael Dunn and Damian Skinner on Theo Schoon and Gordon Walters

11.45am: Andrew Paul Wood explores Schoon‘s relationship to Indonesian art

12.30pm: Break

2pm: Eileen Jones, kaitiaki of the Schoon mural at Te Papaiouru Marae, Rotorua, and Mihaere Kirby talk with Damian Skinner

2.30pm: Justine Olsen discusses Schoon’s relationship to craft practices

3pm: Break

3.30pm: Paul Hattaway on his great-uncle Rolfe Hattaway, an ‘accidental muse’

Day 2 Schedule: Sunday 18 August 


Hamish Coney is an Auckland based writer and arts advisor. From 2007 to 2018 he was Managing Director of the auction house Art+Object during which time he offered a number of important Theo Schoon related archives and collections. In 2019 he joined the board of Artspace Aotearoa.

Michael Dunn is emeritus professor in Fine Arts, University of Auckland. He was a friend of Theo Schoon and correspondent for twenty years from 1965 to 1985.

Damian Skinner is an art historian, writer and former museum curator. He is co-curator of Split Level View Finder: Theo Schoon and New Zealand Art. His biography on Theo Schoon was published by Massey University Press in 2018.

Andrew Paul Wood is an art historian, writer and freelance curator based in Ōtutahi, Christchurch.  His 2003 MA thesis was titled Double Vision: Redressing Theo Schoon's Absence from New Zealand Art History.

Eileen Jones is the kaitiaki of the Schoon mural Te Papaiouru Marae, Rotorua. She is joined by her nephew Mihaere Kirby.

Justine Olsen is Curator Decorative Art and Design at Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand.

Paul Hattaway is an artist and an investor. Born in New Zealand, he has lived in Australia for 33 years.  His research into the life of his great uncle, Rolfe Hattaway, commenced two decades ago.