Talk and Panel Discussion

Join us for the final talk in the 'Why Art Matters' series for 2018. Hang out in our historic building afterhours, view current works on show and hear from an expert panel.

In collaboration with Mixit, this evening will explore the intersection between the arts and activism. How can the arts bring about positive social change? At what point does the artist become an activist? The 'Why Art Matters' series seeks to explore the role of the arts in our society and to unpack some of the many reasons why art does in fact matter.

Speakers Wendy Preston, Director of Mixit Charitable Trust and Nina Finigan, Curator, will be joined by other experts in their respective fields. The discussion will be chaired by Elisabeth Vaneveld, inaugural Director: Creative Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Creative Arts & Industries, University of Auckland.

Homestead will be open from 5.30pm-6.30pm serving light meals and drinks and the talk will commence at 6.30pm, finishing at 8.30pm

About the Speakers:

Nina Finigan is the Curator Manuscripts at Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira. She is interested in ideas of identity, memory and representation in museums and understanding museums and their collections as highly political sites of power and resistance. She is co-founder of the now dormant website Tusk: Emergent Culture which she and Matariki Williams initiated in 2016 as an online platform for people entering GLAM institutions to contribute constructively to the cultural sector in their own voices.

Jack Grey is a dancer, choreographer, writer, cultural facilitator and artistic director of Atamira Dance Company. Born in Auckland, Jack is affiliated to Ngati Porou, Ngati Kahungunu, Ngapuhi and Te Rarawa iwi. A founding member of Atamira in 2000, Jack’s journeys have seen him launching Jack Gray Dance in 2003, touring internationally with Atamira from 2006-2012, and working with international indigenous dance artists, communities and institutions in the U.S and Australia. Jack launched I Moving Lab in 2016 and I LAND in 2017. This year Jack became Artistic Director and premiered Kotahi at Tempo Dance Festival.

Elisabeth is a strategist, project leader and facilitator. Her experience includes leading organisations, designing programmes, devising productions, managing tours, organising festivals, activating projects, developing partnerships, building networks and facilitating change. For ten years, Elisabeth held senior roles at Creative New Zealand (until 2006) and until June 2016, she was Executive Director of The Big Idea Te Aria Nui Trust, the online home of New Zealand’s creative sector Elisabeth is the inaugural Director: Creative Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Creative Arts & Industries, University of Auckland.


  • $25 ($20 student / senior)


  • Wed 28 Nov


  • 5:30 pm — 8:30 pm

Pah Homestead | TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre

  • 72 Hillsborough Road
  • Auckland 1345