Arts Forum - Christina Barton


What difference does a gallery make?

Start Date

16th Mar 2017 12:00pm

End Date

16th Mar 2017 1:00pm


Lecture Theatre 1A181, Tasmanian College of the Arts, Inveresk campus

RSVP / Contact Information

E.; T. 6324 4400

Image credit: Installation view of Simon Denny: The Personal Effects of Kim Dotcom, 2014, Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi, Wellington, New Zealand (photo: Shaun Waugh)

Please note scheduled time for this Arts Forum is 12 - 1.00pm

What difference does a gallery make?

The Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi is the first custom-built art gallery to be established at a university in Aotearoa New Zealand. Designed around an existing staircase, this eccentric building has hosted more than 100 exhibitions since it opened in 1999 and has grown from a staff of one to a team of five, who are responsible for the programme and also for the management of the University’s significant art collection. Director Christina Barton will offer her insights into the nature and significance of this institution, its role within the university, and its wider contribution to the art scene and to cultural life in general.

Christina Barton has been Director of the Adam Art Gallery since 2007. Prior to taking up this role she was a senior lecturer in Art History at Victoria University of Wellington and she continues to teach and research as a member of her academic community. She is recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading curators and writers, having previously worked at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (1992-1994) and Auckland Art Gallery (1987-1991), as well as co-editing Antic magazine and Reading Room, a journal of contemporary art and visual culture. Notable exhibitions since 2000 include: Bad Visual Systems: Ruth Buchanan, Judith Hopf, Marianne Wex (Adam Art Gallery, 2016); Billy Apple™: The Artist Has to Live Like Everybody Else (Auckland Art Gallery, 2015); Simon Denny: The Personal Effects of Kim Dotcom (Adam Art Gallery, 2014); what is a life? kim pieters (Adam Art Gallery, 2014); Anthony McCall: Drawing with Light (Adam Art Gallery 2010); Joseph Kosuth: Guests and Foreigners, Rules and Meanings (Te Kore) (Adam Art Gallery 2000).

Presented in partnership with University Art Museums Australia and as part of the Academy Gallery International Engagement Program.

TCotA Forum is a series of free public lectures held at the Tasmanian College of the Arts (Inveresk). Students and members of the public are welcome to attend. Lectures are presented by staff, visiting scholars from Tasmania, mainland Australia and overseas, industry professionals and artists-in-residence.

Thursdays 12.30 - 1.30pm
Lecture Theatre 1A181
Tasmanian College of the Arts
Academy of Arts, Inveresk, Launceston
University of Tasmania