AAAH2018 Symposium Schedule

9.00am - 6.00 pm, Saturday 22nd September - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa










Welcome from AAAH2018 organisers acknowledging where we came from, where we stand and where we're heading for the day.

Kerry Ann Lee - Creative Director, AAAH2018

Amy Weng - Convener (2017) & Organiser

Kim Lowe - Co-Founder (2013) & Organiser


Distant Relatives

facilitated by Emma Ng

Critical insights into contemporary diasporic art practices in Aotearoa and the Asia-Pasific region.

Balamohan Shingade - Assistant Director, ST Paul St Gallery, AUT

Grace Lai - Applied Arts and Design Curator, Auckland Auckland Museum

Prof. Yiyan Wang - Chinese Programme Director, School of Languages and Cultures, Victoria University


Morning Tea (30 mins)


Hosted by AAAH2018 at Te Papa



Reimagining Paradise

facilitated by Sarah Farrar, Senior Curator, Art at Te Papa

Leading arts practioners discuss: What does Asian Aotearoa art look like in a multicentred world? And other hot topics.

Yuk King Tan - Visual artist (Hong Kong)

Vera Mey - Art curator (London)

Luise Fong - Visual artist


Making Things Happen

facilitated by Lynda Chanwai Earle

Three producers discuss the triumphs and failures of making large-scale platforms that support our creative communities.

Rosabel Tan - Founding editor, Pantograph Punch

Eric Ngan - AAAH2018 media strategist & events producer, Auckland Tourism Events & Economic Development

Allan Xia - Illustrator and Founder of Chromacon NZ Indie Arts Festival


Breathing Life into Old Bones

The remarkable story of the sinking of the SS Ventnor in 1902, ressurected for modern times through photography, design and storytelling

Alison Wong - Poet and fiction writer (Australia)

Kirsten Wong - Editor and writer


New Topologies

facilitated by Kerry Ann Lee

Three artist-educators present their practices in Aotearoa and abroad.

Yona Lee - Professional Teaching Fellow, Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland

Simon Kaan - Māori Academic Advisor, Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic

Dr Jon He - Lecturer, School of Music and Creative Media Production, Massey CoCA


Translations & Mutations

facilitated by Julie Zhu

Leading artists explore cultural storytelling and creative collaboration through writing and performance.

Renee Liang - Poet, playwright and fiction writer (NZ Order of Merit)

Lynda Chanwai-Earle - Writer, performer and broadcaster

Alice Canton - Performer, theatre-maker and teaching-artist

5.45 - 6.00

Closing Remarks

Responses and reflection from the day.

Kerry Ann Lee - Creative Director, AAAH2018

Amy Weng - Convener (2017) & Organiser

Kim Lowe - Co-Founder (2013) & Organiser