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LETS TALK ART
A series of creative conversations with artists and creative thinkers taking place during the three day Ponsonby Central Summer Art Show. Supported by Chartwell Trust, the program is hosted by artist Ani O’Neill.
LOCATION: The Sapphire Room, above the Lane in Ponsonby Central.
FRI 27th FEB, 11 am
The Significance of Ideas: Part I: The Benefits of Creative Thinking
Join Rob Gardiner and Sue Gardiner director and co-director of Chartwell Trust, and members of the Creative Thinking Project at the University of Auckland.
FRI 27th FEB, 2 pm
Pasifika Past Present: Ponsonby was our home away from home
Join artist Ani O’Neil with Rev Mua Strickson Pua & visual artist Lana Lopesi
SAT 28th FEB, 11 am
The Significance of Ideas: Part II: Artists Discuss Ideas.
Join Rob Gardiner and Sue Gardiner director and co-director of Chartwell Trust, with artists Judy Millar and John Reynolds
SAT 28TH FEB, 2pm
Nesting in Te Rimu Tahi: Artists' Interventions in Ponsonby
Join artist Ani O’Neill with visual artists Judy Darragh and Louise Menzies and art writer Jon Bywater.
SUN 1st MAR, 2pm
Te Manawanui ō Te Rimu Tahi: The Maori Heart of Ponsonby
Ani O’Neill in conversation with orator and historian fPita Turei & community arts practitioner Amiria Puia-Taylor.
Ani O’Neill // ( NZ/Rarotonga) is returning to Ponsonby, the place where she grew up, and lived for most of her life. Drawing on her Pacific background she will be creating a site specific relational aesthetics work specially for the Summer Art Show. This work will be community focused and involve audience participation in artmaking and facilitate our Chartwell Lets Talk Art series. Ani is well regarded as one of New Zealand’s premiere Pacific artists and was featured in the Auckland Art Gallery’s Pacific Art survey show.
Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua // of Ngati Hamoa Saina Irish descent current Ponsonby, Pasifika the Ponsonby Years Heritage Walk presenter with Sofi Ulugia-Pua; Poet, Story Teller, published writer; exhibited Lavalava artist; Spiritual & Cultural Advisor for movies Sione's Wedding 1 & 2; Free-styler MC, and Chaplain of the Tagata Pasifika Resource Centre in Karangahape Rd.
Lana Lopesi // is a visual artist and writer of Samoan and Canadian decent, interested in contextualising personal stories within wider Pacific histories. Her 2013 exhibition Seize The Time focused on how Pacific youth can locate themselves within the Polynesian and Black Panther movements through the history of Ponsonby.
Judy Darragh // originally hails from Christchurch and made Auckland her home in the early 1980's. She is a prolific artist & teacher who can see ART EVERYWHERE. Always a team player - Judy has been a founding member of both the Testrip & Cuckoo artist collectives.
Jon Bywater // Like Judy and Louise, Jon is an adoptive Aucklander who moved here originally from the South Island. He writes about contemporary art and teaches at Elam, the University of Auckland.
Louise Menzies // is an artist who makes work that often stems from an interest in how we see the past. She has shown recently in Vilnius, Connecticut, and Auckland at venues including Artspace and the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.
Pita Turei // Ngai Tai ki Tamaki, Ngati Paoa, Nga Rauru Kiitahi. Coming from a background in dance, theatre and film, Pita is a respected orator who presents a rich tapestry of knowledge to his audience. He is acclaimed as connecting a new generation with the ancient histories of Tamaki Makaurau by articulating forgotten voices, and sharing his own personal experiences.
Amiria Puia-Taylor // Ngaati Te Ata Waiohua/Ngaati Tiipa, Samoan, Cook Island and Tahiti. Community Arts Practitioner/Mural Artist + Film enthusiast. Amiria's practice evolves around the importance of Kaitiakitanga, Education and the importance of honouring our Mama's, Papa's, Kui and Kaumatua stories.
John Reynolds // has featured in many key exhibitions and publications on contemporary New Zealand art. He has shown widely throughout the country, and been commissioned to produce projects for a wide range of New Zealand galleries, and the National Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney Biennale, 2006) becoming known as one of New Zealand's foremost painters and printmakers.
Judy Millar // who represented New Zealand at the Venice Biennale in 2009, has an internationally recognized painting practice. Working from a conceptual painting framework she freely references painting's recent histories, particularly delighting in plundering the expressiveness of gestural painting. Millar takes up known positions only to deconstruct and question their previous meanings.
Sue Gardiner // is a director of the Chartwell Collection of Contemporary New Zealand and Australian Art and a trustee of the Chartwell Trust. She is a regular columnist and feature writer for Art News New Zealand and other publications
Rob Gardiner // ONZM, is the founding trustee of The Chartwell Trust, which was established in the early 1970s in Hamilton, having as its objective the promotion of the visual arts. Significant to the Trust was the need to facilitate and develop wide interest and respect for the thinking involved in making and viewing art.
The Creative Thinking Project / University of Auckland
Creativity is a proven force for cognitive development, academic achievement and social and economic innovation. If we are to address the array of challenges humanity faces, we need to increase and extend spaces for the kind of education that will promote creative thinking. We need to build a nation where the creative talents of all people are used to foster personal, social and economic wellbeing. www.creativethinkingproject.org