Rebecca Priestley in conversation with Nina Dyer

Thursday 19 March, 5.30pm

Regrettably, as a precautionary measure, we have decided to cancel this weekend's advertised conversation between Rebecca Priestley and Nina Dyer in light of the unfolding COVID-19 situation. We are in discussion with the presenters and in the future we plan to make a recording available online of their conversation approaching painter Colin McCahon's and his physicist-brother Jim McCahon's shared anti-nuclear concerns. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the cancellation of this event.

A friendly reminder that our exhibitions remain open until Sunday 22 March. We hope you can visit before then.

For this talk, Rebecca Priestley, author of Mad on Radium (2012) and co-curator of ‘A way through’: Colin McCahon’s Gate III, Nina Dyer dig deeper to unravel Colin McCahon's nuclear concerns.

Priestley’s 2012 book focuses in part on McCahon's brother, physicist Jim McCahon. In the context of Colin McCahon’s mammoth painting Gate III, Priestley and Dyer will discuss the shared anti-nuclear positions of the painter and his nuclear physicist brother at a time when many New Zealanders feared nuclear war could reach our shores.


  • Free


  • Thu 19 Mar


  • 5:30 pm


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