Public programme events

Te Tuhi offers a range of interesting events that encourage engagement with our exhibitions. Our events are designed to help increase participation, enhance understanding and foster enjoyment of the arts. Events are free and open to the public unless stated otherwise.

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Billy Apple® in conversation with Dr Peter Shand

5:30 - 6:30pm, Thursday 12 April 2018

Elam Lecture Theatre, Building 432, Whitaker Place, Auckland, FREE

Billy Apple®’s current Te Tuhi Billboard Project exposes a timeline tracing the stages in registering the artist’s brand, making visible a process initiated in 2007 whereby Billy Apple™ went on to become Billy Apple®. Billy Apple® and Dr Peter Shand, an expert in creative practices and the inter-relationship between art and law, will discuss Apple’s work in the wider context of intellectual property and international contemporary art.


Conversation on art and labour

1 - 2pm, Saturday 14 April 2018

Te Tuhi, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga, Auckland, FREE

Join us for an informal discussion that will bring together a number of practicing artists to explore the idea of labour within contemporary art. The panel will discuss John Vea’s current exhibition, "you kids should only experience this for a moment - don't be here for life like me", as an entry into conversations and collective responses to art making in Aotearoa.


Ioana Gordon-Smith (chair)
Ioana Gordon-Smith is curator at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery. Though her areas of interest span a broad range of disciplines, consistent throughout is a curatorial process that prioritises a close working relationship with artists. Ioana also contributes regularly to magazines and journals, and is a trustee for the community-focused art collective Whau The People.

John Vea
Artist John Vea works predominately with sculpture, moving image and performance exploring the results of Pacific migration and gentrification of New Zealand. He researches migrant labour through talanoa: an experience of sharing ideas, stories and conversation that is always face-to-face. His current exhibition at Te Tuhi focuses on the people and conditions within Auckland’s factories.

Salome Tanuvasa
Salome Tanuvasa is a Samoan-Tongan artist based in Auckland. She completed her Masters in Fine Arts at Elam in 2014, followed by a Diploma in Secondary Teaching. Salome was the Artspace/Tautai Education Intern in 2016 and now is the Education Manager at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts. Her art practice looks at the ideas of home and the multiple connections of a place that can inform the characteristics of a person.

Matavai Taulangao
Matavai Taulangau completed his bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours at AUT University in 2016. Interested in the idea of labour, Taulangau takes notice, observes and through his lens based practice, values occupations which some may seem as not important. As he explores the value of work intrinsically connected is the value of people and their experiences.


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Exhibition tours

Our free exhibition tours are a great way to get more out of your visit to Te Tuhi. 

Take a guided tour of the gallery for special insight into the exhibitions. Groups of five or more can book a guided tour with a trained volunteer Docent. Please contact Te Tuhi to arrange a tour.