Young Members | In conversation with Suji Park

Young Members | In conversation with Suji Park
Young Members | In conversation with Suji Park

Event Details

Join Senior Curator, Global Contemporary Art, Natasha Conland for an after-hours conversation with Korean-New Zealand artist Suji Park on her recent commission Meonji Soojibga | Dust Collector. Young Members are invited to join this exclusive Contemporary Benefactors event, enjoy drinks on the East Terrace and a discussion between the artist and curator.

For Suji Park, the process of making often employs the abandoned materials and things she has collected from her surrounds. She describes the creative process as a non-verbal space, reminiscent of her experience learning a new language and culture after arriving in New Zealand as a pre-teen. Meonji Soojibga | Dust Collector comprises a series of heads that are imaginatively based on the traditional totem poles found in South Korea across the countryside. ‘While the origin of these structures is unknown, they are believed to bring protection,’ explains Park. Park’s installation reveals her truly creative handling of clay, drawing from linguistic, cultural, ceramic and sculptural traditions – its highly material display will be a sumptuous feast of hand-melded traditions. 

Drinks from 6pm thanks to Contemporary Benefactors partner, Opawa and our mates at Almighty and Scapegrace. The tour starts at 6.30pm. 


About Young Members

Young Members is a periodic e-newsletter and event programme designed for the art-obsessed under 40.

Each event* offers a perfect wind-down after work, activity for a first date, catch-up with friends or a chance to meet someone totally new. You’ll hear from fresh, contemporary voices, artists and curators and of course, enjoy a complimentary drink, including the best non-alcoholic beverages from our mates at Almighty.

All you have to do to stay in the loop is opt-in to the Young Members newsletter when you sign up to be a Member. If you’re already a Member and would like to sign up, let us know at

While designed for those under 40, if you're a Member who’s young at heart, feel free to join us.

*All Young Members events are R18.



This event is part of our membership programme. Members receive free, unlimited entry to all exhibitions alongside access to Members-only events, discounts in our shop and café, and more. Join us for $80 per year (discounts available for students and seniors).



Contemporary Benefactors have financially supported this event, so they attend for free. Young Members are invited but are required to purchase a ticket in order to attend.

Image credit: Suji Park, Meonji Soojibga | Dust Collector, installation view, 2022. Comissioned by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki 2022 | Suji Park in studio. Photo by Jungwoo Lee. 

Level 2
Members $15, Non-Members $20 + booking fees
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