11 Jun 2021

Fury over Wellington arts restructure

From Nine To Noon, 9:30 am on 11 June 2021

There is concern in Wellington art circles over the axing of a key role at Wellington's City Gallery.  Experience Wellington, owned by the city council, operates six cultural institutions, including Space Place at Carter Observatory, City Gallery Wellington, and the Cable Car Museum.

It says it is adopting a new bi-cultural approach to curation with dedicated senior Toi Māori and Art curators, and there's to be a new role of Director of Māori Engagement across all six institutions. But in the shake-up City Gallery Wellington is losing its dedicated director - despite opposition from many in the arts sector.

Lynn speaks with Professor of Fine Arts Massey University, Heather Galbraith who's a former senior curator at City Gallery Wellington; freelance curator, Nigel Borell,  a former Curator Māori at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and Dr Sarah Rusholme, Chief Executive of Experience Wellington.