Art Today 2019
Art Today 2019

Art Today with Lois Perry
Art Today courses are year long discussion groups.  With no set programme, the course material and topics considered develop from current events in the art world., from Auckland, New Zealand, New York, London, Sydney or anywhere.  The discussion covers exhibitions to visit locally, and interesting art places to visit overseas.  Class trips are made to galleries in Auckland, and students have the opportunity to visit art events in other places with the group.  
There are no examinations, and students are encouraged to learn at their own pace.  While enrolments are for one year, students tend to continue year after year as they gain in confidence.

Why Study Art Today
Art Today provides Auckland with an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the world of contemporary art. The aim of the Art Today classes is to develop confidence and understanding in looking at and experiencing today’s art. This understanding greatly enriches travel in New Zealand and overseas, with the art we can see in New Zealand ‘today’ as a starting point. Many people begin to collect contemporary art as their confidence develops.
Today’s art is no longer exclusively something to ‘look at’. It may be a painting or a photograph, or it may be a journey, or a conversation with a stranger. It may be experienced in a darkened room or be heard but not seen at all. The Art Today classes will introduce students to twenty-first century art and trace the background to its making. How, when, where and why was a disused ice skating rink regarded as ‘art’ in 2017? Why was it that a man living on the streets of Auckland became an important artwork in 2014? In Art Today classes we consider the historical context, the art politics, as well as the art work itself and the intentions of the artist.


Lois Perry
Lois Perry graduated BA in Art History from the University of Auckland in 1980 and taught Art and Art History in secondary school from that time until 2000.  Lois was instrumental in the establishment of the Pakuranga Arts Centre (now Te Tuhi) in 1975 and was the Founding President.  She went on to support the establishment of the Fisher Gallery and the Pakuranga Arts Society, of which she was also the Founding President from 1981 to 1985.  She remained a committee member of the Society until 2002, at which point she became the Chair of Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, a post she retained until 2007.  From 2007 until 2017 she remained as a Trustee of the two Trusts which govern Te Tuhi, now the Contemporary Art Foundation and Te Tuhi Contemporary Art Trust.  In 2004 she graduated MFA (hons) from Elam School of Fine Arts, and in 2007 began developing Art Today classes for adults at Te Tuhi.  Many of the early students are still coming to the classes.  She has travelled widely to art galleries and sites around the world – from Palmyra to Prague, and Ulan Batar to the United States.  She says – What’s happening in the arts tells us about the world we’re living in.  “I’m interested in the politics, the people, the places and the past of today’s art world – and today it’s the whole world”.  

Claire Chamberlain
Based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Claire Chamberlain has extensive experience as a teacher of Art History from the historical to the contemporary. She has also been the President of the New Zealand Art History Teachers’ Association (NZAHTA). Claire holds a Master of Arts in Art History with First Class Honours and has written for various publications including the Journal of NZAHTA, Art Zone and the Sunday Star Times. She is also the author of a text on contemporary New Zealand art written for secondary Art History students. Claire is a patron of New Zealand at Venice and led patrons’ tours in 2017 to Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel in neighbouring Padua. She is also involved in the organisation of the programme of events for patrons of New Zealand at Venice in 2019. Claire was also an exhibition attendant for New Zealand’s Venice Biennale exhibit in 2017, Lisa Reihana’s Emissaries which showcased ‘in Pursuit of Venus [infected]’. Most recently in 2018, she curated an exhibition involving seven contemporary women artists in association with the 125th anniversary of suffrage in New Zealand and led tours for NZ Sculpture on Shore. She has also taught an Art History class for adults at a local art centre. Claire is also a collector of art and is passionate about communicating her love of art and art history in an accessible, informed and, above all, enjoyable way.

Mary Robinson
Mary lived in London for over a decade, 1993 to 2006, where she studied art, taught art and travelled extensively through Europe to Galleries and attended art events - Biennale, Documenta and Art Fairs. London provided the opportunity to attend lectures and talks at galleries for example the Serpentine Gallery, Royal Academy, RIBA, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, the Hayward and the Architectural Association. Mary worked across media in her art practice and exhibited in London and Berlin. She taught Art/Art History in secondary schools both in the UK and NZ. Since 2013 she has been associated with Lois Perry’s Art Today classes initially as a guest speaker and then as a tutor. Her knowledge and ongoing research of contemporary art practices, issues and artists enables her to place art within social, cultural and artistic contexts. Mary holds a B A hons Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK; Foundation Cert Art & Design, The City Lit, Middlesex University, London, UK; Dip. Teaching, NZ; B Soc. Sci [History], Waikato University

For further information or to enrol in a class, please see the class options listed here or contact Te Tuhi
(09) 577 0138

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Image: Suji ParkDols, 2015
plaster of Paris and pigment (buried and weathered on Waiheke
Island), abandoned coffee table, dimensions variable
courtesy of the artist and Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland


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