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Public Art Talks

Public Art Talks

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  • Sat 21 Feb ’15, 9:30am – 11:00am
  • Sat 21 Feb ’15, 11:30am – 12:30pm
  • Sat 21 Feb ’15, 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • Sat 21 Feb ’15, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Sat 21 Feb ’15, 4:00pm – 5:30pm


Baycourt Community and Arts Centre, 38 Durham Street, Tauranga


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

This talk series is your opportunity to find out more about public art and have your say.

There are always a lot of questions when it comes to public art and a public art policy. Define public art. Who pays? What does a policy do? What will it add to our city? What is known is that cities that have an active public art commissioning and urban enhancement programme experience social, economic and cultural benefits.
“Public art adds meaning and uniqueness. It humanizes the built environment and invigorates public spaces” – America’s Public Art Network Council.

Listen to great conversations between artists, commissioners, tangata whenua, urban designers, strategists, historians and curators from here and around the country.

Everyone is welcome, entry by koha. Drop in on a talk, or come along for the day. No reservations.

9:30am – 11:00am
Artists engaging with cities, sites and communities
Regan Gentry, Simone Anderson & Tracey Williams with panel chair Sonya Korohina

Artists connect with people, respond to sites and create public work in many different ways. Listen to practitioners discuss their public art practices and projects that they have developed throughout the world.

11:30am – 12:30pm: Integrating public art into urban spaces and design
Ludo Campbell-Reid, Design Champion Auckland Council

In recent years Auckland has shown an ambition that rivals other major cities. The changes have been dramatic and quick. Find out how Auckland is becoming a design-led city from Auckland Council’s design champion, Ludo Campbell-Reid.

1:30pm – 2:30pm: Sense of place - the contribution of Māori narrative through art
Buddy Mikaere, Ngati Pukenga, Ngati Ranginui, Buddy Mikaere Consultants, Project Director of the 150th Commemorations of the Battles of Gate Pa
Tracey Tawhiao Ngai Te Rangi, Whakatohea, Tuwharetoa
Antoine Coffin Ngaiterangi, Ngati Ranginui, Ngati Raukawa, Te Onewa Consultants
Panel chair Julie Paama-Pengelly, Ngaiterangi, Art + Body Studio

In 2014 the 150th commemoration of the Battle of Gate Pa was embraced by many. Our history was celebrated through significant events, exhibitions and unique landmarks. With a rich regional culture how may we may honour and celebrate a unique Maori visual and cultural landscape? Join Māori artists, commissioners and heritage consultants in conversation.

3:00 - 4:00pm: Let’s talk Public Art
Jo Bond Director Tauranga Arts Festival
Tania Short Senior Policy Advisor Rotorua District Council
Kate Darrow Curatorial Chair MESH Sculpture Trust Hamilton
Panel chair Stephanie Chalmers Curator The University of Waikato

Join public art commissioners discussing proposal, commissioning and selection processes, funding, partnerships and investment and how a public art policy works in practice.

4:00pm – 4:30pm: A wrap up of the day

4:30pm – 5:30pm: Networking drinks – cash bar

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