Auckland: ELAM Graduate Show 2013

November 25th, 2013

ELAM School of Fine Arts – Graduate Show
30 Nov to 1 Dec 2013 (10am – 5pm)
20 Whitaker Place, 5 Symonds Street (Elam B) and 25a Princes Street (George Fraser Gallery)

The annual Elam Graduate Show is a ‘must-see’ event for anyone interested in the next generation of artists and creative thinkers. Explore a visual arts extravaganza featuring work by more than 120 graduating students. Take this chance to view their individual achievements and gain an insight into the challenges and rewards of earning a degree from Elam School of Fine Arts.

ELAM Art Fair
6 – 7 Dec 2013 (11am – 4pm)
George Fraser Gallery, 25a Princes Street, Auckland
Elam Student Association (ESA) presents the Elam Art Fair.

The ESA Art Fair provides an opportunity for the public to view and purchase works by Elam Students and graduates. Proceeds will be shared between the artists and the ESA, with a third of each sale going towards the restoration and maintenance of the Fisher Lodge, also known as the ESA Huia House.

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Here’s an update from Harvey Benge  about the recent visit to Auckland, of  Sandra S. Phillips (Senior Curator of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art).

Sandra Phillips on Quentin’s seat, Devonport

‘It was a great pleasure to last week share the photography trail with Sandra Phillips; here as guest of the Auckland Art Fair and keynote speaker plus teacher at AUT University’s annual Photography Workshop. In both these capacities Sandra acquitted herself with a tremendous generosity of spirit and a ready willingness to share her remarkable knowledge of the photo world accumulated over her many years as chief curator photography at San Francisco MoMA

Auckland Art Fair – panel discussion

On Thursday of last week Sandra participated in a panel discussion at the Art Fair moderated by senior Auckland Art Gallery curator Ron Brownson together with photographers Marie Shannon, Yvonne Todd and myself. We opened up a conversation, What Photography Sees? – Looking passionately at the world. From my side of the table it seemed to be a lively hour.’ Read the full article HERE.


Looking through the programme for the Auckland Art Fair (7-11 August 2013), there’s a number of interesting events that the public can get along to. The following list, specifically relates to discussions on photography.

Thurs 8 Aug, 2pm (Level 2)
What Photography Sees? Panel Discussion:
Convenyor: Ron Brownson (Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki). A discussion about looking passionately at the world with panelists Sandra Phillips (Keynote Speaker, SFMOMA) and artists’ Harvey Benge, Yvonne Todd, and Marie Shannon.

Fri 9 Aug, 2pm (Exhibitions, meet by Project 1)
Speaking Photography:
Ron Brownson (Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki) takes a walking tour of the fair.

Sat 10 Aug, 11am (Stand 29: McNamara Gallery Photography)
Paul McNamara in conversation:
Gallerist Paul McNamara in conversation with artist Andrew Beck and Lisa Crawley (Elam) on the exhibition Available Light: imaging more than we see.

There are numerous other activities taking place as part of the art fair, including presentations on collecting art, the role of public galleries/dealer galleries, plus artist talks. The  full public programme can be viewed here.

Auckland Art Fair 2013

Following the successful photography workshop held last year at Auckland’s AUT University – St Paul Street Gallery, with now NYC MoMA curator Quentin Bajac and Pieter Hugo, this year in August, Sandra Phillips Curator of Photography at San Francisco MoMA will be coming to Auckland.

Sandra has been photography curator at SFMoMA since 1987 and is one of the most influential curators in the medium working today. She has maintained SFMoMA’s position as having one of the most active departments of photography anywhere. Sandra has been responsible for a host of exhibitions including those involving William Klein, Daido Moriyama, Diane Arbus, Larry Sultan, and most recently Rineke Dijkstra and Garry Winogrand. She is an empowering teacher and an engaging personality.

Sandra Phillips will also be in Auckland as guest and key-note speaker for the Auckland Art Fair, where the focus this year is on photography. The Art Fair opens Wednesday August 7. The photography workshop runs over 2 days, Saturday August 10 and Sunday 11 August, and will be presented in AUT’s new state of the art digital design facility. Workshop attendees will receive a complimentary pass to the Auckland Art Fair so that they can go to the panel discussion with Sandra Phillips and Auckland Art Gallery senior curator Ron Brownson on the afternoon of Thursday August 8.

This is a unique opportunity to have your work reviewed by and learn, first hand, from one of photography’s most iconic personalities.

There is a limited number of places for the workshop and already there is a high level of interest. If you wish to attend or have any questions please contact me without delay at