Panel Discussion

Join Tai Moana Tai Tangata curator, Anna-Marie White, in conversation with art historians, Christina Barton and Peter Brunt.

As experts in Māori, Pacific and New Zealand art history respectively, they will discuss the career of contemporary Māori artist, Brett Graham, locate Tai Moana Tai Tangata within his thirty-year career as a practising artist and consider aspects of this exhibition within the context of local art history.

Peter Brunt is associate professor of art history at Victoria University of Wellington where he teaches the visual arts of the Pacific. He received his PhD from Cornell University and has published in various journals, edited volumes and exhibition catalogues. He is co-editor of Art in Oceania: A New History (2012) and recently co-curated the exhibition Oceania at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Christina Barton is director of Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi. She is a respected art historian, curator and writer who first worked with Brett Graham when she included him in Art Now, the major survey of sculpture and installation she curated for the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in 1994.

Dr Anna-Marie White (Manukorihi, Te Ātiawa) is a researcher, writer, curator and Strategic Advisor to Toi Māori Aotearoa. She recently completed her doctoral thesis in art history on the art works of Brett Graham at Victoria University of Wellington (2020).


  • Free


  • Sat 06 Mar


  • 1:00 pm — 2:30 pm


  • 42 Queen Street
  • New Plymouth