Curatorial Workshop

For the first time, the 2021 Art Fair offered a three-day curatorial workshop for early-career curators / artists. Convened by Christina Barton (director Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi), Micheal Do (curator Contemporary Visual Art, Sydney Opera House and Projects 2021) and Chloe Geoghegan, (curator at Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery) the workshop was designed to take full advantage of the confluence of people and plethora of events that take place in and around the Art Fair.

Twelve participants were selected from 50 applications and included aspiring writers, early-career art professionals, postgraduate students, and young artists from as far afield as Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington. The workshop programme was devised for them to meet gallerists, curators, and artists; visit the Fair and other exhibitions and spaces in central Auckland; debate key issues; and seek answers about how to navigate the art system.

The workshop was free to participate in and made possible through generous support from Victoria University of Wellington, Te Herenga Waka and Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.


“The best thing about the workshop was its structure, including its structured unstructuredness. The workshop acted as a great framework to position participants in a really generative setting–in the Fair, with each other–from which we could then forge our own relationships and ideas.”

– Workshop participant


“It was a long overdue social exercise, meeting / remeeting with peers outside of our immediate circumstances made for a thrilling few days. It was worthwhile in the case that the structure brought together artists / curators /writers, you could say from various camps. The workshop enabled a platform where we were able to begin navigating meaningful interpersonal and collective conversations that may well have otherwise been left unrealised for many years or never happened at all. After last week I personally feel a little less in a shadow.”

– Workshop participant


“I learnt from you that you need stamina to survive this art game, and that you acquire more as you grow older! Also not to wait for opportunities, make them happen – I wish I had gone to this workshop straight out of artschool – it was so inspiring and motivating, and reinstated my (sometimes cynical) faith in art.”

– Workshop participant