Massey University, Wellington: Peter Turner Memorial Lecture



Massey University
Peter Turner Memorial Lecture 2015

Paul Seawright
Landscapes of Conflict: Photography, Society and Contested Space

Paul Seawright is acclaimed internationally for his photographic depictions of the contested, peripheral and marginal spaces of political and social conflict. Beginning with his own work on the conflict in Northern Ireland Paul Seawright will discuss how he and other artists have extended the possibilities of photographing conflict in an era corrupted by mainstream media representations. His photographs of the theatre of war as played out in the internal landscape of the US newsroom reveal the media itself as the creator of illusion and entertainment.
His lecture will also explore the interconnecting threads that run through much of his work – from investigatons of the minefields and battlesites of the Afghanistan war  to his more recent work about subtle and invisible sites of conflict found in prosaic urban environments – such as the listed dwellings of sex offenders and the invisible sites of military recruitment across the USA.

Paul Seawright is Professor of Photography and Head of Belfast School of Art at the Ulster University. In 2002 he was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum London as War Artist for Afghanistan and his photographs of battle-sites and minefields have subsequently been exhibited in more than 20 countries. In 2003 he represented Wales at the Venice Biennale of Art and in 1997 won the Irish Museum of Modern Art/Glen Dimplex Prize. He has published seven monographs on his multiple award winning photographic projects.

The Peter Turner Memorial Lecture 2015 is a free event and we are kindly asking you to register your attendance here peter-turner- as there are limited seats available.

Wednesday 9 September 2015
5.30–7 pm
The Pit, Te Ara Hihiko, Block 12
Massey University, Wellington Campus
Entrance E, Tasman Street
Free Parking


McNamara Photography Gallery: Aspects of Internationalism

The topic of Internationalism with regards to  NZ photography, comes up for comment every so often.  Below are notes compiled by Paul McNamara (McNamara Gallery Photography, Whanganui), as part of his 2011 presention at Art Lounge, Auckland Art Gallery highlighting aspects of Internationalism – the off-shore exhibition and collection of NZ photography. Our thanks to Paul for allowing us to share this information.


The Exhibition & Collection of NZ Photography Nationally & Internationally

Auckland Festival of Photography
Art Lounge Sessions
Sunday 5 June 2011 • 1pm



Looking at the experiences of 19 artists, 8 of whom have off-shore dealer representation and 14 have work in off-shore public collections in: Australia, New Caledonia, Taiwan, Macau, USA, UK, Holland, France & Spain

The selection ‘mechanisms’ involved in these exhibitions are no doubt many and varied, but one anticipates the work is subjected to robust critical debate; that it participates in the international discourse.
It appears that artists who work in tertiary institutions [artist as academic/teacher] are particularly well placed to exhibit internationally as their institutions liaise with off-shore curators and galleries    [- including university galleries].

This factor may give some bias with regard to the type of work shown internationally [e.g. research –/project-based work]. As apposed to social documentary, street photography, architectural, staged etc.
However non-teaching artists Aberhart [1], Adams [5], Cauchi [1], Peryer [1] have also exhibited at university galleries.
I suspect most of these off-shore exhibitions are curated from outside NZ.

Australian photography Centres have exhibited: Aberhart, Adams, Crowley, Henderson, Noble [2], Robertson, Shelton and Tocher.

As you will appreciate from the detail below, off-shore galleries acquire NZ work.
However, one suspects the reverse applies infrequently, namely the acquisition of international work by NZ public collections, apart from the Chartwell Trust. [A private trust collecting a diverse range of contemporary New Zealand and Australian art – Tracey Moffatt, Patricia Piccinini, Bill Henson]

Read more here: Paul McNamara LECTURE – Internationalism AFP 2011 (pdf)



McNamara Gallery Photography  opened 25th January 2002, and exhibits New Zealand, selected Pacific Rim & International, photographically-based art. They are dedicated to exhibiting and promoting lens-based media, and exploring the range of practice, both materially and conceptually.

Visit their Exhibitions page where all exhibitions, including  out-reach exhibitions [29 so far] in blue ink can be found.  Denoted in the listing [via*]  are various genres, and also aspects of materiality [photograph type].

McNAMARA GALLERY Photography Ltd
190 Wicksteed St. WHANGANUI 4500

Tuesday / Wednesday – Saturday 11 – 3 [often open to 6] or by appointment
* Please check website INFORMATION page for occasional closed days due to travel commitments
06 348 7320 / 027 249 8059


Invitation to meet inaugural artist-in-resident Christian Thompson

Christian_Thompson_gallery invite

You are warmly invited to meet our inaugural artist-in-resident, internationally-renowned Christian Thompson at the brand new Te Whare Hēra gallery space; a stunning gallery suite at the prow-end of the Clyde Quay Wharf Development, in Wellington harbour.

Free and open to the public, tea and biscuits will be provided.

The first artist-in-residence, Christian Thompson, is an internationally acclaimed artist whose work explores issues of identity, cultural hybridity and history. He is an Inaugural Charlie Perkins Scholar and one of the first Aboriginal Australians to be accepted into the University of Oxford in its 900-year history, where he is currently reading for a Doctorate of Philosophy (Fine Art) at Trinity College. His multidisciplinary practice engages media such as photography, video, sculpture, performance and sound.

Thompson came to prominence in Australia in the late nineties and his work is primarily focused on the performative exploration of identity. In his performances and photographic works he inhabits a range a personas achieved through hand-crafted costumes and carefully orchestrated poses and backdrops.

Thompson’s artistic practice has been informed by his absorption of a wide range of cultures in his youth. Interweaving traditional or vintage props with elements of pop culture and garish touches from the 1980s, he is known for his subtle references to land and culture of the Bidjara people. His work provocatively explores a myriad of themes from the sensorial replication of childhood memories of the Australian desert hinterland, the critical parody and deconstruction of the identity of the artist, and the mythology of landscape.

Thompson has been included in such exhibitions as unDisclosed, 2nd National Indigenous Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra;Collection, Valencian Institute of Modern Art, Valencia, Spain; Hijacked III, QUOD Gallery, Derby, UK; Shadow life Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, Bangkok, Thailand; The Beauty of Distance / Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, 17th Biennale of Sydney; Cultural Warriors, National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (touring). Thompson’s work is held in major public and private collections including Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands; University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane.

Don’t forget you are also warmly invited to join us for Christian Thompson’s artist lecture tomorrow evening (16 Oct) at 6pm at the Te Ara Hihiko Creative Arts Building, Massey University Wellington.

The Te Whare Hēra gallery space sits at the prow end of the new Clyde Quay Wharf Development (formerly known as the Overseas Passenger Terminal) — an inspirational setting overlooking Wellington’s beautiful harbour.



For more information on the residency programme see

For more information on Christian Thompson see

Massey University, Wellington – 2014 Peter Turner Memorial Lecture

Photo: Robin Hammond/Panos, from - "Zimbabwe, your wounds will be named silence"
 Photo: Robin Hammond/Panos, from – “Zimbabwe, your wounds will be named silence”


Massey University
2014 Peter Turner Memorial Lecture

Robin Hammond
Finding a Voice: The Challenge of Photojournalism

Robin Hammond is an award winning New Zealand born international photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Paris. He was the 2013 recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography and has been awarded a World Press Photo prize, the Pictures of the Year International World Understanding Award and four Amnesty International awards for Human Rights journalism.

Robin will discuss his work with a particular focus on the role of photography in articulating human rights issues.

Please register to attend the lecture at

Wednesday 27 August 2014
6.00pm – 7.30 pm

Theatrette 10A02
Museum Building
Massey University Wellington
Entrance D, Buckle St
(access via Tasman St)

Free lecture


Acclaimed photographer & historian Liu Heung Shing visits NZ

Liu Heung Shing, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Chinese photographer and historian of photography in China, will be a keynote speaker at the Wellington Convention of the Photographic Society of New Zealand. He will be speaking at the Wellington Town Hall Auditorium at 7pm on Thursday 2 May 2013, and also at 10.45am on Sunday 5 May, as part of the Convention.

This is a rare opportunity for New Zealand photographers, photo historians, curators, art critics, teachers, students and others interested in the history of photography in China to meet and hear this acclaimed photographer and historian. Liu Heung Shing is the author and editor of many books, including ‘China After Mao: Seek Truth from Facts’ Penguin, 1983), ‘China, Portrait of a Country’ (Taschen, 2008), ‘Shanghai, A History in Photographs 1842 to Today’ (World Publishing Corporation, 2010; Penguin Global, 2011), and ‘China in Revolution: The Road to 1911′ (Hong Kong University Press, 2012).

Below is the PSNZ invite for Liu Heung Shing’s 2nd May presentation at the Wellington Town Hall. Door sale admissions to the public (non PSNZ members) are $25.00 per person.

Please also note that Shing’s second presentation on Sunday 5 May (10.45 pm, Wellington Town Hall) has not been promoted to the public however PSNZ advise they are happy to accomodate those who are interested in attending this additional presentation.

Related links:
PSNZ 61st National Convention
PSNZ – The Photographic Society of New Zealand

Massey University, Wtgn: public lecture & panel discussion

Image and Object:
Collecting and Exhibiting the Photograph

A public lecture and panel discussion presented by the Massey University College of Creative Arts in association with the AIC & ICOM-CC Photographs Conservation Joint Meeting.

From daguerreotype to digital image, photographs are circulated, collected and presented in a multitude of contexts – carriers of visual meaning, but also specific material objects. This event will consider the use and exhibition of the photograph as an art or cultural object, increasingly held in gallery and museum collections. What is the special nature of the photograph in this context, and what are the current issues and practices involved in the collection and exhibition of photographs?

Te Ara Hihiko
College of Creative Arts
Massey University
Entrance E, Tasman Street

6 pm Friday 15th February 2013
A free event open to the public

Lecture – Judy Annear
Judy Annear has been senior curator photographs at the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney since 1995. She has curated numerous collection based exhibitions such as Portraits of Oceania 1996, Bill Henson 2007 and many international projects such as Alfred Stieglitz 2010, August Sander 2007, Man Ray 2005, World without end: photography and the 20th century 2000-1. She has lectured and published extensively on photography and 20th century art, she was a member of the jury, Hasselblad Foundation Award, Gothenburg 2006, visiting scholar, 2007, J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and a Board member, Artspace, Sydney 2007-09. [97]

Photography is polymorphously perverse, famously wriggly in refusing to be pinned down in terms of content and form hence its ambiguous status (still) within the art world at large let alone amongst writers, theorists and historians. My paper will look at how the Art Gallery of NSW has, over the last 15 odd years, dealt with the medium in terms of collection and exhibition and present various case studies for discussion.
Followed by –

Panel discussion
Judy Annear (Senior Curator Photographs, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney)
Paul McNamara (Director, McNamara Gallery Photography, Whanganui)
Lissa Mitchell (Collections Manager Art (Photography and New Media), Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington)
Dr Erika Wolf (Associate Professor, Department of History and Art History, University of Otago)

Manly Affections: The Photographs of Robert Gant, 1885 -1915

Following the success of his first book Mates & Lovers, in Manly Affections Chris Brickell expands the story of Masterton photographer Robert Gant. This beautiful book with 230 photographs is now available online and at selected book shops. Visit HERE for a preview of this publication and for  stockist/ordering information.

Manly Affections: The Photographs of Robert Gant, 1885-1915, by Chris Brickell (Dunedin: Genre Books).

Robert Gant was an English immigrant, an amateur photographer and a lover of men. Manly Affections takes us into Gant’s lost world of small town New Zealand: Masterton and Greytown between 1885 and 1915. A visual history of place, gender and sexuality, Manly Affections explores men’s intimate lives in 230 images. What happened when an artistic ‘new chum’ and his camera met the sporty locals? As sitters for the photographer, Gant’s companions crossed the lines between friendship, emotion, pleasure and eroticism.

Two forthcoming events:
Book launch (6.30pm), Friday 10 August 2012, 286 Princes Street, Dunedin
Public talk and book signing (3pm), Saturday 18 August, Hedleys Bookshop, Masterton.


Tauranga Art Gallery: ‘Brian Brake: Lens on the World’ exhibition & speaker series

Coming up this month is a series of speaker events, to coincide with the exhibition Brian Brake: Lens on the World at  Tauranga Art Gallery from 1 June – 16 September 2012.

Sunday  10 June  2012, 1.30pm, cost $5
An Illustrated Talk on Brian Brakes’s Life & Work
Athol McCredie is curator of photography at Te Papa, where he has worked since 2001, and is curator of Brian Brake: Lens on the world. He will give an illustrated talk on Brian Brake’s life and work, looking at Brake’s influences and the themes running through his photography

Thursday 14 June 2012, 5.30pm, cost  $5. Bookings essential, ph 578 7933
Photojournalism in New Zealand & Overseas
Senior Bay of Plenty Times photographer Mark McKeown will speak about photojournalism in New Zealand and overseas.

Thursday 21 June 2012, 7pm, cost $5
Photography Presentation: Exposure & Composition
Professional photographer Shay Hulsebosch will give a presentation on composition and exposure in digital photography

Tauranga Art Gallery
Cnr Wharf and Willow Streets, Downtown Tauranga.
Phone +64 7 578 7933

Opening hours: 10.00am – 4.30pm daily
(closed Christmas and Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, ANZAC Day until 1pm )

Peter Peryer: Other (Portraits) at Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland

Peter Peryer: Other (Portraits 1975-2011)

Gus Fisher Gallery, Fine Arts
4 May 2012 to 23 June 2012
Opening event: Friday 4 May, 5.30pm

Image by Peter Peryer: Michael Dunn, 1983, vintage gelatin silver print, courtesy the artist and McNamara Gallery.

This exhibition highlights the intermittent periods of portrait photography that Peter Peryer has completed. Showcasing work from 1975 through to 2011, these portraits are collectively titled ‘Other’, in distinction from the ‘Erika’ suite and self-portraits. The exhibition illuminates Peryer’s approach to the human form, offering single portraits that are intricately planned and characterised by an enticing quality of mystery. While his later portraits are more tightly cropped and are often set against a blank backdrop, there remains a perceptible thread of stillness and mystery that runs through the entirety of his work.

An exhibition from McNamara Gallery, part of the Auckland Festival of Photography

Public Events

Saturday 5 May, 1pm
Fiona Pardington talks to fellow photographer and Arts Foundation Laureate Peter Peryer about his Gus Fisher Gallery exhibition Other (Portraits 1975 – 2011).

Saturday 19 May, 1pm
Dr Erika Wolf discusses the work of Peter Peryer. Erika lectures on both historical and contemporary photography in the Department of History and Art History at the University of Otago. She co-edited the recent anthology Early New Zealand Photographs: Images and Essays (University of Otago Press, 2011).

Gus Fisher Gallery
The Kenneth Myers Centre
74 Shortland St
Auckland, New Zealand
Telephone: +64 9 923 6646

Gallery Hours
Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 12pm-4pm
Closed public holidays
(closed Queens Birthday weekend, 2-4 June)

Source: Gus Fisher Gallery & McNamara Gallery.