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City Gallery City Gallery Wellington

Past event

Panel Discussion: How to Set Up an Artist-Run Initiative

5 March 2020

As part of March’s Tuatara Open Late, Assistant Curator Moya Lawson leads a panel discussion exploring the artist-run space.  

The “artist-run initiative” is an amorphous term used to describe an infinite number of organisational possibilities. ARIS are typically DIY platforms for creative practices that operate sidelong or in opposition to institutional spaces like City Gallery. This ‘How-to’ discussion will delve into the phenomena and potential of these kinds of initiatives in New Zealand. What do ARIS do? Who runs them and why? To show or not to show your friends?  

This panel riffs on Elisabeth Pointon’s current exhibition What Goes Up. featuring documentation of her trailblazing text bann​ers. In 2019 they were flown behind airplanes over One Tree Hill and the Auckland Art Fair, and included in the Hobiennale in Hobart, Tasmania. The series is her so-called “lotto work” and couldn’t have been pulled off without the help and fundraising of friends, fellow artists and artist-run-initiatives.  

Panellists include: 

Selina Ershadi is an artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland. Ershadi co-founded mother? with fellow artist/flatmate Leah Mulgrew, a space operating out of their back-garden shed. 

Tyler Jackson is an artist based in Pōneke, Wellington, and a founding member of local ARI play_station. Jackson is also the Gallery Assistant at Robert Head Gallery. 

Grace Ryder is a curator at The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt. Ryder was a founding member of North Projects (Ōtautahi, Christchurch) from 2014–2016 and Director of Blue Oyster Art Project Space (Ōtepoti, Dunedin) from 2017–2020.

Joshua Harris-Harding is an artist and writer based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland. He is a founding member of Samoa House Library.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Emma Bugden will no longer be part of the Panel Discussion. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Tuatara Open Late is our monthly late night mix of art, music, books, film, beer, wine and food. This month’s line-up includes an artist talk from Isabella Loudon and Kirsty Lillico, a live performance from Annabel Alpers (formally of Bachelorette)RadioActive FM DJ, and supper treats from The Greek Food Truck.