My Art Collector Series: Collecting Art – An Insider’s View


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Associate Professor Linda Tyler chairs a panel of art pundits, who will give you an insider’s view to collecting art. The panel will discuss why people buy art, how to go about buying artworks, if there are any ‘rules’ to collecting art, how to develop an eye and what you should know before starting your own collection.

Our panellists are Auckland Art Fair co-director Stephanie Post, art scholar Dr Sarah Sparke and contemporary art collector Sonja Hawkins.

Limited spots available, booking required.

About the speakers

Sonja Hawkins has been running her own interior design practice for over 20 years and credits this experience for her appreciation of the role and power of art in creating welcoming and personalised spaces. Sonja is herself a ‘crafter’ with a passion for the handmade, natural and unique. Along with her husband Glenn Hawkins, she has built a personal collection of art which includes work of New Zealand artists Gretchen Albrecht, Michael Parekowhai, Francis Upritchard, Max Gimblett and Gordon Walters. Together Glenn and Sonja founded My Art, a not-for-profit service enabling others to own and live with art.

Stephanie Post has been co-director of Auckland Art Fair, alongside Hayley White, since 2015. Stephanie previously worked in the London contemporary art world, developing and implementing programmes for high-level patrons. She has led annual programmes for art collectors during the Frieze Art Fair in London and was a Trustee of the Govett-Brewster Foundation from 2014 to 2018. Stephanie has worked with the Jan Warburton Charitable Trust to launch NZ Friends of Gasworks, which enables a New Zealand artist to undertake a three-month research residency at the London studio space, Gasworks, every year.

For Dr Sarah Sparke, art, and buying art, is an obvious ‘good’, and yet not everyone does it. She has more than 15 years’ experience working with artists in the United Kingdom, including as Chair of North Bristol Artists, and producer for CMIR bursary programme connecting moving image artists with key Bristol art institutes. She further built on this through her PhD research at the University of Bath, which examines the point of exchange between artist and buyer. As well as her interest in cultural ecologies, Sarah mentors and gives talks to groups of artists interested in exploring their own and their potential buyers’ behaviours.

Linda Tyler has taught art and design history at Canterbury, Victoria, Waikato and Auckland universities, and she is the former programme and exhibitions manager at Gus Fisher Gallery. Currently she teaches art writing and curatorial practice at Honours level in the Art History Department at the University of Auckland, alongside supervising student research in the University’s Museums and Cultural Heritage programme. She is a Member of the International Committee on Museums (ICOM) and the New Zealand representative of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand.

To book

Book for this Members-only event by using the link in our February 2019 Members enewsletter.


Doors open 5.30pm.

Auditorium, lower ground level
FREE Members-only