Art speed dating auckland
The actual making of art is essentially and necessarily a solitary undertaking, but the social aspect is critical too, either at an opening, an art hub, or discussing the world with another artist at the pub!Rob Garrett, BFA (Elam, Auckland) and MA (Otago) is an independent curator, currently based in Gdynia (PL) and originally from Auckland (NZ), with more than 35 years’ in the contemporary art sector including curatorial experience in New Zealand, Poland, Italy, Sweden, France, Turkey, Germany and India.
Showing up to an event wearing a scruffy outfit won’t serve you well.He is an authority on the technical aspects of art materials, and generous with advice and assistance to artists in the shop as well as providing practical workshops for tertiary art schools, community art centres, and private groups.When he isn’t selling materials, he is busy using them himself in the Eden Terrace studio he shares with 13 other artists.Prior to becoming an independent curator in 2006 his former roles included Government-appointed Council Member and then senior manager with Creative New Zealand, New Zealand’s arts council; leader of New Zealand’s pavilion project for the 2005 Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art; Head of the School of Art in Dunedin, New Zealand; and Founding Chair of Arts Festival Dunedin, Dunedin, New Zealand.In January 2016 he was guest speaker at the LUX Helsinki 2016 Symposium in Helsinki, Finland; in November 2015 he was guest panellist at the “Curating Under Pressure”, a symposium on the ethics of curating organised by the Goethe-Institut in Christchurch, NZ; and in October 2015 he was guest presenter at the “Lichtungen-HUB” symposium at the Lichtungenfest in Hildesheim, Germany.While it may not seem like the traditional way of meeting your potential partner, speed dating has many advantages.
One of the most beneficial aspects is that everyone at the event is there to meet someone.
In May 2014 Rob Garrett was guest curatorial resident at Villa Arson, Nice (FR).
He has also held guest lectureships at AUT University of Auckland (NZ), Art Academy of Gdańsk (PL), Dunedin School of Art (NZ), La Trobe University, Melbourne (AU), Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, Auckland (NZ), Browne School of Art, Auckland (NZ) and La Station contemporary artspace, Nice (FR).
He’s mounted six solo exhibitions, participated in numerous group shows and he won the Molly Morpeth Cannady Award for painting in 2011.
Evan’s work is narrative, figurative and, unsurprisingly, very painterly.
If you are at a bar, a nightclub, a coffee shop, or any other traditional couples meeting place, you don’t know who’s there to meet someone, and who’s not.