V for Vinaka


Oscar Kightley and Vale from bro’Town
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I’m still fundraising to support my travel and participation in the 97th College Art Association Annual Conference in Los Angeles in late February.

Hosted by the Pacific Arts Association, the panel I will speak on, Urban Pacific Art in Aotearoa New Zealand will be chaired by Christina Hellmich, de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Giles Peterson, Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, New Zealand.

The panel discussion will take place on Friday 27 February from 12.30 – 2pm in the Concourse Meeting Room 408B, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Centre. The order of speakers is as follows:

From Niu to New
Giles Peterson, Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design

Fresh Gallery Otara: Contemporary Pacific Art and Audiences in South Auckland
Ema Tavola, Fresh Gallery Otara, Manukau City

Woven Worlds
Lelani Kake, independent artist, New Zealand

Giles, Leilani and I will also be travelling to San Francisco where Giles is delivering a paper entitled, Pacific Art goes Global on Friday 20 February at 7pm in the Koret Auditorium at the de Young Museum. Leilani Kake will also be presenting a new performance work at this time.

We will also be speaking at the University of California, Santa Cruz thanks to Stacy Kamehiro, Associate Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture on Thursday 19 February and at Marks Garage, Honolulu on Wednesday 4 March thanks to curators Jaimey Hamilton and Rich Richardson.

My trip has been made possible by the generosity of Manukau City Council, Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust and everyone who has helped me fundraise by buying T-shirts and tickets to Otara Hot Nights.

Vinaka vakalevu…

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