In Auckland and Wellington, Tautai engages senior students to act as tertiary liaison between Tautai and Pacific art students attending educational institutions. In this way, we strive to offer support to students and provide opportunities to engage in art-related events.
Since 2007, Tautai has organised an annual trip for Pacific tertiary students to attend an opening and visit galleries in Wellington. These visits help to broaden the horizons for students by introducing them to the work of other artists in New Zealand. The yearly road trip has proven to be an enjoyable way for students to meet each other, forming support networks that last long after they graduate.
In response to a demand for exhibition opportunities for tertiary students, Tautai established annual group exhibitions of tertiary student art, open to Pacific heritage students from all of the art institutions across Auckland. These shows are a great way for students to showcase their work to a wide audience, while also meeting fellow art students from around the city. We also work each year with a different emerging curator of Pacific heritage, offering them opportunities to develop their practice. Past exhibitions include STRENGTHENING SENNIT (2008), Don’t Pacify Me (2009), Make/Shift (2010), Finding Netherland (2011), This must be the Place (2012), Close to Home (2013) and The Drowned World (2014). In 2016 the exhibition will be curated by Ane Tonga. This is the first in a new biennial cycle devised by Tautai and ST PAUL St Gallery with the exhibition to show in Wellington after an Auckland debut, and to be supported by an expanded public programme.
Tautai engages an established Pacific artist to visit Pacific heritage students at the Auckland tertiary institutions. Tautai works with each of the tertiary institutes to provide a format that best suits them and their particular student body. Generally, the first visit is an opportunity for the mentoring artist to talk to the students about his or her own art making, about sustaining a practice professionally, and wider issues. Subsequent visits allow for students to meet with the artist one on one.
Tautai aims to provide Pacific artists with the necessary tools to help them develop their art practices and thrive as individuals in their communities. To achieve this, we offer both new and established artists opportunities to come together through a range of activities, including mentoring, professional development, exhibition projects, workshops and social gatherings.READ MORE >
Since 2001, Tautai has facilitated a series of art intensive workshops for students. Nominated secondary school students spend 3 days at Tautai Fresh Horizon workshops with established Pacific-heritage artist tutors thinking, talking and making art. These courses are designed to not only grow and cultivate the students’ artistic abilities, but to also build their self-belief and life skills.READ MORE >