What is art? Why do we make art and what effect does it have on our well-being?

Professor Gregory Minissale from the University of Auckland’s art history department will be exploring these questions and more in Queenstown on Saturday 4 November.

If, as UK research suggests, more people visit more art galleries than attend football matches there must be something about the encounter with art that transforms our minds and emotions and keeps us coming back for more. But what is that? Gregory Minissale will draw links between the world of the arts and the sciences of the mind in a sharp and surprising breakdown of the inner-workings of the human psychological experience of art.

Please note this event will be held at Mountain Club.

Gregory Minissale’s talk in Queenstown is presented by Curious. Instigated by Starkwhite Queenstown director Kelly Carmichael, Curious is a platform that sets out to bring intriguing people and ideas in visual culture to the Queenstown-Lakes region.

Supported by Connecting Communities, Te Hau Toka Southern Lakes Wellbeing Group.


  • Free, open to all


  • Sat 04 Nov


  • 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm


  • Mountain Club
  • 85 Beach Street
  • Queenstown