She Claims: Art Matters


Clockwise from top-left - Janet Lilo; Ruth Buchanan; Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet; Angela Lassig; Natasha Conland; and Ane Tonga
Clockwise from top-left - Janet Lilo; Ruth Buchanan; Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet; Angela Lassig; Natasha Conland; and Ane Tonga
She Claims: Art Matters returns for it's second programme at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. This series will feature Janet Lilo, Ane Tonga, Ruth Buchanan, Natasha Conland, Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet and Angela Lassig.

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki announces a second programme of the She Claims: Art Matters women-in-arts talk series, following a successful launch programme earlier this year. She Claims: Art Matters celebrates creative women through inspiring conversations about art, culture, and the role and representation of women in the arts today.

The second series of this monthly evening event kicks off on Wednesday 4 July with visual artist Janet Lilo who will talk with artist and curator Ane Tonga, followed by conversations between visual artist and Walters Prize 2018 nominee Ruth Buchanan and curator Natasha Conland, and designer and founder of fashion label WORLD Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet and fashion historian Angela Lassig.

Auckland Art Gallery director Rhana Devenport says: ‘She Claims: Art Matters is a positive platform for women to talk about their creative practice with like-minded individuals. It’s insightful, inspirational and, often, deeply personal.’

‘When we saw the audience’s engagement with the first She Claims: Art Matters programme earlier this year, we knew this was something of which people wanted to be a part. The second series brings together successful women – women who have compelling stories and, sometimes, contrasting perspectives, but who collectively value and represent the power of the arts to transform lives.’


She Claims: Art Matters programme:

She Claims: Art Matters #4 

Janet Lilo and Ane Tonga: Wed 4 Jul 2018 5.30–7.30pm
Visual artist Janet Lilo experiments with different media and technologies to present ‘what is familiar as something extraordinary,’ often resulting in big-scale works that combine film with sound, objects and illustration. Ane Tonga is an artist, curator, and writer. She has undertaken curatorial roles across Aotearoa which include her former post as the Lead Exhibitions Curator at Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa. She has examined notions of gender and feminism in Tongan society through a photographic investigation of nifo koula (gold teeth).


She Claims: Art Matters #5 

Ruth Buchanan and Natasha Conland: Wed 8 Aug 2018 5.30–7.30pm
This year’s Walters Prize nominee, Ruth Buchanan (Te Ati Awa/Taranaki) is a New Zealand artist living in Berlin. Buchanan’s work is primarily concerned with the various systems at play in the production of culture such as libraries, collections and artistic practice itself. She develops site and material specific strategies that include performance, sculpture, text, spatial structures, audio, film, textiles and graphics. Natasha Conland is Curator, Contemporary Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. She has curated numerous exhibitions, including the Walters Prize (coordinating curator since 2006), Shout Whisper Wail! The 2017 Chartwell Show (2017), Necessary Distraction: A Painting Show (2015) and Freedom Farmers: New Zealand Artists Growing Ideas (2013). 


She Claims: Art Matters #6

Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet and Angela Lassig: Wed 5 Sep 2018 5.30–7.30pm
Denise L’Estrange-Corbet was made Dame Companion this year, not only for her services to the fashion industry but also for her generous support to local communities and charities. Her fashion label WORLD, founded in 1989 with partner Francis Hooper, is one of New Zealand’s most iconic and globally recognised labels.  In 2017 Dame Denise won the 2017 Women of Influence Award for Arts & Culture. Angela Lassig is an Australian-born dress and textile expert. She has held curatorial positions at The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Auckland War Memorial Museum and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and is an expert on New Zealand fashion and textiles. 



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