In celebration of the opening of our new exhibition, A Place Apart, four renowned poets will share readings that complement the themes of the exhibition.

In her catalogue essay for A Place Apart, curator Moya Lawson writes, “Poetry famously tests language for all it’s got, pushing it to its limits, revelling in the possibility of its pitfalls. Its allure appears out of the cracks it forms in our understandings. This is one way to think of Pataialii and Ige’s work…”

Moya Lawson will introduce the poetry readings and Selina Tusitala Marsh will be Zoomed in to conclude this special event.

Booking is essential.


Gregory Kan is a writer and programmer. His poetry books, This Paper Boat (2016) and Under Glass (2019), were published by Auckland University Press. His poetry and essays have featured in exhibitions and publications across New Zealand.

Selina Tusitala Marsh (ONZM, FRSNZ) is the former New Zealand Poet Laureate and much-celebrated performer and author. She has published three critically acclaimed collections of poetry, Fast Talking PI (2009), Dark Sparring (2013), Tightrope (2017) and her latest work, the graphic memoir Mophead (2019) is shortlisted for the 2020 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

Rachel O’Neill is a writer, filmmaker and artist based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Aotearoa. Their debut book One Human in Height (Hue & Cry Press) was published in 2013. Recent poems appear in Sport 49, Landfall 238, Haunts by Salty and Food Court, and Ōrongohau | Best New Zealand Poems 2019.

Sinead Overbye (Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Ngāti Porou) is a writer and editor of Stasis Journal. Her work has appeared in Starling, Sport, Tupuranga, The Pantograph Punch and on RNZ.


  • Free


  • Sun 28 Jun


  • 2:00 pm — 3:00 pm


  • Civic Square, 101 Wakefield Street
  • Wellington 6140