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...EVENTS : 2003 spacer spacer spacer ...Initiate


Initiate - An open discussion on Artist Initiated Projects presented by Artists Alliance and The Physics Room

Date: Monday 15th September, 2003, 6pm- 7.30pm
Venue: The Physics Room, 2nd floor, 209 Tuam Street, Christchurch

Panel of speakers: Karl Chitham; Sam Eng; Tessa Giblin; Stuart Griffiths

  • Karl Chitham is author of 'Initiate - A resource of artist-run projects in Auckland', a research document prepared as a guide to assist artists in developing or initiating their own projects and to aid in the production and exhibition of their art practice. Karl was also a director of Lightbox, an artist run initiative in K R'd, Auckland.
  • Sam Eng is co-Chair of the High Street Project, currently the longest lasting artist-run-project space in New Zealand. The HSP has been through recent changes to funding and space, and is about to launch a public-access archive.
  • Tessa Giblin is coordinator of Gridlocked, an itinerant project which facilitates artist projects in available street-level retail space. The project has received community and business support as well as national recognition.
  • Stuart Griffiths was part of The Physics Room board during the transition from South Island Art Project, to the gallery-based organisation in 1996. He is currently involved with the Higher Trust, a Dunedin-based artist advocacy organisation.

Speakers will briefly introduce their own involvement with artist-projects.

Following this, the floor will be open for audience questions and
discussion on topics including:

  • Funding - the possibilities and problems
  • Support for individuals working on artist projects
  • Archives and documentation
  • Different organisation structures and the role of a Board
  • Responding to new developments / enforced changes

We hope the session will be an interesting and productive opportunity for individuals and organisations to share information and develop networks.

Representatives from WINZ and CNZ will attend the discussion.

Everyone is welcome, to give us an idea of attendance numbers, please rsvp to The Physics Room :
Rosemary or Jess, ph 379 5583
or email