St Paul St Gallery, AUT, invites proposals from creative practitioners working in the fields of visual arts, performance, fashion and textile, graphic design, and other expanded forms of making for Whatia Te Mapi/Break The Map; our first scheduled presentation currently in development for the 2021 exhibition programme.

‘Whatia te mapi’ acts as the guiding directive for both artists and institution. As an enquiry arc within our programming it aims to explore political imaginings amongst social unrest and the role artistic culture plays in catalysing and positioning change within society. It wishes to stray from static exhibitionary modes, and instead embraces collective thought and exhibition-making practices. ‘Whatia te mapi’ is intended as a provocation rather than pointing to a desired endpoint.

Our title is gifted to us by Ara Ariki Houkamau, an interpretation in reo Māori of the phrase ‘atlas fractured’ and translated into English as ‘break the map.’ The original phrase is taken from the work of multi-disciplinary artist Theo Eshetu, whose practice over the past forty years has investigated issues of cultural diaspora, globality and the role visual media plays in the formation of identity.

Who can apply:

Whatia Te Mapi/Break The Map is open to any creative practitioner currently working within Aotearoa New Zealand.

To apply, please provide:

–Mihimihi: an introduction of yourself and your practice.

–A response to the guiding directive of Whatia Te Mapi/Break The Map.

–Images/drawings/plans for the work(s) you propose to display/develop during the duration of the project, with descriptions.

–Other relevant information you wish to share with the gallery.

We invite applications in written, visual or video form. Written components should not exceed 1000 words total; video components should not exceed 6 minutes total; documents should be sent in .pdf format and not exceeding six pages in total.


–Participants will receive an artist fee with a negotiable budget towards production.

–Participants will receive curatorial and technical support from the St Paul St Gallery team.

Please send applications to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Whatia Te Mapi: (your name) application.’

Deadline for proposals is 11:59pm Sunday 9 August, 2020.