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Considering the University Gallery - a Round Table Discussio

Considering the University Gallery - a Round Table Discussio

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  • Tue 24 Apr ’12, 12:00pm


St Paul St Gallery, 40 St Paul Street, Auckland CBD Show map


All Ages

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  • Free Admission


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ST PAUL St is a gallery within a university in Auckland, New Zealand/Aotearoa. Our cultural, institutional and physical locations inform how we shape and present a programme of exhibitions, events and discussions each year. With the intention of critically examining what it is to be a university gallery, and how this shapes the position from which we speak ST PAUL St Gallery invites you to a public round table conversation.

The conversation will be led by Melissa Laing and include:
Tina Barton (The Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington);
Danny Butt (Independent Researcher);
Andrew Clifford (The Gus Fisher Gallery, University of Auckland);
Charlotte Huddleston (St Paul St Gallery, AUT University);
Hamza Walker (The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, by video conferencing);
Jayme Yen (Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, by video conferencing).

The round table discussion will begin by considering three provocations before expanding out into general discussion.

Provocation one:
Assembly is responding to one of the primary instructions for universities in the New Zealand Education Act (1984), that they “accept a role as critic and conscience of society.” We are interested in how this construction of the university intersects with the belief that the arts have a special ability to reflect and critique society. Do the university and the arts indeed hold these capacities and are they realising them?

Provocation two:
At the heart of our second provocation is the question 'are we different'? Is the university gallery inherently different from any other gallery operating within its field. Coupled with this is the question: should we be different?

Provocation three:
Provocation three is focussed on the educative role of the university gallery. We would like to discuss the impact that the dominant science based model of research within the university is having on the making, discussion and presentation of contemporary art and design. How is the university gallery participating in this through either supporting 'research outcomes' or acting as an educational institution in its own right?

Presented as part of Assembly.

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