Monica Brewster Evening

Matariki Williams (Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Hauiti, Taranaki) is the Acting Senior Curator Mātauranga Māori at Te Papa Tongarewa, and a writer and editor.

In her talk, she will explore the breadth of mātauranga Māori that her curatorial team works within and how it encompasses the diversity of Māori experiences. An aspect of this mahi, is the writing about Māori art. As the co-founder of ATE Journal of Māori Art with Bridget Reweti (Ngāi te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui), and co-author of Protest Tautohetohe: Objects of Resistance, Persistence and Defiance with Stephanie Gibson and Puawai Cairns (Ngāi te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui and Ngāti Pukenga), Matariki writes about Māori art as being part of a continuum. A continuum that has criticality and is artistically, socially and politically formed and debated.

In this kōrero, she will talk about the writing on art from Māori perspectives, creating Māori frameworks through which art can be written about, the whakapapa of Māori artists and writers working together, and working with emerging arts writers.


Monica Brewster Evenings: 2020 Programme

The Monica Brewster Evenings (MBE) in association with Govett Quilliam – The Lawyers bring an impressive array of national and international artists and cultural thinkers to New Plymouth. For a different kind of night out, join us for talks, presentations and performances in a casual and intimate atmosphere.

The Govett-Brewster’s 2020 line-up brings together speakers working across a range of disciplines. They are at the forefront of urgent conversations locally, nationally and internationally and leaders within their respective fields, all pushing for new and innovative approaches to engaging with art and culture - often with a deep attentiveness to the specificities of place, and a focus on Indigenous histories and ways of knowing.

The 2020 programme reflects the Gallery’s commitment to supporting considered and forward-thinking approaches to the contemporary challenges felt across Taranaki, Aotearoa and the wider Pacific region and has been designed to facilitate extended, interdisciplinary conversations.


  • GA $15 | Friends $10 | Students free


  • Tue 13 Oct


  • 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm


  • 42 Queen Street
  • New Plymouth