Declaration: Setting the Agenda Symposium

9.30am — 7pm

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The exhibition Declaration: A Pacific Feminist Agenda claims a feminist future for the Pacific. Bringing together preeminent Māori and Pacific artists, writers and thinkers in a day of individual talks and panel discussions, the free symposium Declaration: Setting the Agenda will powerfully amplify the kōrero reverberating throughout the exhibition. Embodying the exhibition’s declaration for the power of collective leadership, vision and radical hope, the symposium’s talanoa will proclaim a feminist agenda for the Pacific. 

The launch of the exhibition book, Declaration: A Pacific Feminist Agenda, edited by exhibition curator Ane Tonga, will take place at the symposium. Gathering together some of the Pacific’s leading activists, scholars and critical thinkers in a dynamic kōrero about Pacific feminisms in the visual arts, shared histories, literature, cosmologies and everyday experiences, this publication is the first of its kind. Distinguished contributors include: Phylesha Brown-Acton, Dr Emalani Case, Professor Selina Tusitala Marsh, Coco Solid, J C Sturm, Lisa Taouma, Dr Melenaite Taumoefolau, Associate Professor Teresia Teaiwa, Luisa Tora, Manuha‘apai Vaeatangitau, Dr Caroline Vercoe and Matariki Williams. The catalogue is published by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki with generous support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Symposium attendees have exclusive first access to signed copies of this ground-breaking publication. 

Places for in-person attendance are limited, please register below to avoid disappointment.  

Co-convenors: Ane Tonga and Dr Caroline Vercoe 

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Ngā kaupapa ki reira | What to expect

A free one day event with the chance to hear from international keynote speakers, including Phylesha Brown-Acton, Hinaleimoana Kwan Wong-Kalu, and Joey Joleen Mataele, in conversations and formal and informal talanoa opportunities.

At the end of day, participants are invited to a book launch of Declaration: A Pacific Feminist Agenda (5.30–7pm), with the chance to enjoy drinks, and further conversation, along with exclusive after-hours access to Declaration: A Pacific Feminist Agenda

The book will be formally launched by Louisa Wall, Pacific gender Equality Ambassador on behalf of the Gallery and artists.

Ngā kaikōrero | Speakers