12 Jul 2011
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Three New Zealand curators will learn about the contemporary arts scene in China and Korea after being selected to participate in a three week curatorial tour supported by Creative New Zealand and the Asia New Zealand Foundation.
After a successful inaugural year, support has been renewed for three emerging to mid-career curators to immerse themselves in the contemporary art of both countries, build their professional networks, and explore opportunities for future collaborations and artist exchanges.
The successful curators are Aaron Lister, curator of New Zealand art for City Gallery Wellington; Emma Bugden, senior curator and programmes manager for the Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt; and Karl Chitam, art collection curator for the University of Waikato.
The tour in October will include leading museums, galleries, and artist spaces in Shanghai, Beijing and Seoul in an itinerary developed in conjunction with the curators. As well as learning about the arts in both countries, they will share information about their organisations and provide their perspective on contemporary New Zealand art.
“This is a chance for New Zealand curators to explore a new arts environment, build ongoing links, and develop their curatorial practice. We’re pleased to be working again with Asia:NZ to provide this development opportunity,” said Creative New Zealand Arts Policy, Capability and International Manager Cath Cardiff.
Asia:NZ’s Director of Culture Jennifer King said exciting developments were happening in the art scenes of both countries, particularly with the rapid changes that had taken place in China. “New Zealand needs to be part of all that energy. The curators who went on last year’s tour came back bubbling with ideas.”
She thanked Creative New Zealand for supporting the tour again this year.
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