Hear stories of journeying, friendship and collaboration across the Pacific in this in-depth kōrero between Robin White and the artists she has collaborated with. Chaired by Nina Tonga, co-curator of Robin White: Te Whanaketanga | Something Is Happening Here, this conversation will explore artistic partnerships and the creative process of creating large-scale ngatu (barkcloth) together.
Dame Robin White is widely recognised as one the most important figures in contemporary New Zealand art. Across a remarkable 50-year career, her painting and printmaking has helped to shape a distinctive visual language for life in Aotearoa. White has exhibited widely in local and international exhibitions including the Sydney Biennale and the Asia-Pacific Triennial. In the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours, she was appointed a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to painting and printmaking, and in 2009 she accepted redesignation as a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Dr Nina Tonga is Curator Contemporary Art at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Nina has been involved in a number of writing and curatorial projects in New Zealand the wider Pacific and was curator of the Honolulu Biennial 2019.
Robin White and Eboni Fifita, courtesy Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Robin White, Tamari Cabeikanacea and Ruha Fifita Living in a material world 2017, collection of The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, purchased 2018.
Robin White, courtesy Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Photograph of Nina Tonga courtesy of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
- South Atrium
- Free - bookings essential