Member of the Pacific Sisters art collective, Rosanna Raymond, will participate in a panel discussion on women and art. Photo, Rebecca Zephyr Thomas
A series of Creative Matakana arts workshops will conclude with a panel discussion on gender bias in the arts, in New Zealand and internationally.
Spokesperson Kathy Hunter says despite around 70 per cent of fine arts graduates in New Zealand being women, only around 30 per cent of solo shows nationally are by female artists.
“This issue is being energetically addressed globally in 2020, but how can we tip the balance in Aotearoa?” she says.
Four industry professionals will discuss the problem – Ane Tonga, the new curator of Pacific Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki; Anna Miles, gallery director; Rosanna Raymond, cross-practice artist and long-standing member of Pacific Sisters arts collective; and text-based artist and feminist Deborah Rundle.
The discussion will held at The Glass House at Brick Bay, Arabella Lane, Snells Beach, at 5.30pm on Friday, May 8. Tickets are $35.
Creative Matakana has also announced another new event for its workshop programme.
Lindsay Marks, who is leading a workshop to make your own ukulele, will be playing guitar alongside members of local band Pipi Pickers on mandolin, banjo and double-bass.
At the concert, there will be a selection of some of Lindsay’s hand-made instruments on display.
The concert will be held at the Whangateau Hall on Wednesday, May 6 at 6.30pm. No tickets are required and entry is by koha.
To book the remaining spots for workshops or tickets for the panel discussion and dinner, go to creativematakana.nz/extra-events-1