Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery


Join us at the gallery on Thursday 21 October at 6pm for Live Feedback, a conversation with Megan Dunn and Pip Adam. Both Dunn and Adam are award winning writers whose practices are intertwined with the visual arts or, as Dunn wryly puts it, ‘I live my life persecuted by the arts’.

Pip Adam is the current International Institute of Modern Letters Writer in Residence at Te Herenga Waka–Victoria University of Wellington. Adam’s second novel The New Animals won the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize at the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. She is the creator and producer of Better off Read, a podcast about reading and writing. Her 2020 publication Nothing to See begins in the 1990s and, as Adam describes, 'was a process, for me, of remembering the 1990s and then trying to write them in hindsight and from memory'.

Megan Dunn has recently published Things I Learned at Art School a collection of personal essays and memoir of sorts which encompasses her time at Elam School of Fine Arts. During this time, she was also involved in facilitating the artist-run initiative Fiat Lux, a space in Auckland that operated between 1996 and 2000. Her video work, Obsession (1998), features in our current exhibition Image Processors: Artists in the Medium – A Short History 1968–2020. This is one of several video works Dunn made during her short career as a video artist in the 1990s, a time when, as Dunn has remarked, ‘the mainstream was the problem, and the edit suite was where it could be corrected.’

Come along to hear Dunn and Adam reflect on and reminisce about the 1990s in Auckland when they were both starting out on their creative careers.

We are grateful to be able to host this event in person and we look forward to offering a safe, physically-distanced arrangement for the occasion. For the safety of all during Alert Level 2, visitors to the Gallery will be required to wear face coverings, contact trace, practise physical distancing, and sanitise as instructed by the Ministry of Health.

This live talk will be recorded and later released as an episode of Feedback, a series of podcasts accompanying the exhibition Image Processors, Artists in the Medium – A Short History 1968 – 2020. You can listen to previous episodes of Feedback on our podcast channel Courtesy Of or on your favourite podcast app.


  • Megan Dunn
  • Pip Adam


  • Thu 21 Oct


  • 6:00 pm


  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Gate 3, Kelburn Parade
  • Wellington 6012