She Claims: Art Matters #5 – Ruth Buchanan and Natasha Conland


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Celebrate the ideas and mana of creative women today!

It is the 125th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is proud to be contributing to the celebration of this significant part of our history by bringing like-minded women together at She Claims: Art Matters.

In session five of this series visual artist Ruth Buchanan will talk with curator Natasha Conland about her creative practice, drive, culture and the key topics in her work she cares deeply about.


About the speakers

This year’s The Walters Prize nominee Ruth Buchanan (1980 Te Ati Awa/Taranaki) is a New Zealand artist living in Berlin. Buchanan's work is primarily concerned with the various systems at play in the production of culture such as libraries, collections, and artistic practice itself. She develops site and material specific strategies that include performance, sculpture, text, spatial structures, audio, film, textiles, and graphics. Buchanan’s work taps into the legacies of institutional critique, experimental theatre, and feminist discourse and practice. She has realised commissions at, amongst others, Adam Art Gallery in Wellington, Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, Tate Modern in London and the Gwangju Biennale.

Natasha Conland is Curator, Contemporary Art at the Auckland Art Gallery. She has curated numerous exhibitions including The Walters Prize (coordinating curator since 2006), Shout Whisper Wail! The 2017 Chartwell Show (2017), Necessary Distraction: A Painting Show (2015) and Freedom Farmers: New Zealand Artists Growing Ideas (2013). She regularly contributes to leading publications on arts and culture and is the co-editor of Reading Room, the contemporary arts journal published by Auckland Art Gallery’s E.H. McCormick Library.


Run of events

5.30pm   Doors open – refreshments

6–7pm    Conversation and questions

7.30pm   Doors close

* Tickets come with a drink and canapés including cheeseboards generously provided by Whitestone Cheese Co.


Ticket information

Auckland Art Gallery Members pay $25 per event, or $65 for a series of three (Session #4 on 4 July, Session #5 on 8 August and Session #6 on 5 September). If you have a guest pass added to your Membership, you can bring a guest for the Members' price. Non-Members pay $75 for a single event, or $115 for a series of three – these tickets include a one-year Membership with Auckland Art Gallery.

North Atrium, mezzanine level
Members $25, non-Members $75
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