Look Who's Talking

Author: Emma Bugden, Senior Curator
Last weekend Everyone Talks to Everyone opened to the public, the exhibition curated by our 2012 Blumhardt Curatorial Intern, Ane Tonga. Since she was running about being extremely busy, I followed her around with a camera to show you all what she got up to in her last week as our intern.

This isn’t actually Ane, well spotted. Paul and Jay are installing Typeface, an interactive work by Vaimaila Urale and Johann Nortje. Exhibition install started on Monday, with the exhibition opening to the public on the following Saturday.

On Tuesday Ane showed Kaye McKinlay, Trustee of the Blumhardt Foundation, around the exhibition installation, including a trip to the collections store to see Alvie McKree’s work waiting to be brought up. The Blumhardt trustees maintain a close relationship with our interns over their year at The Dowse.

Sean Kerr’s work features a talking light called Alex Desklamp, which sings the Madonna song Material Girl. We’ve been singing the song all week. (You can enter our Material Girl competition here by telling us your Magical Madonna Moment and win one of our Sean Kerr goodie bags –true blue!).

By the middle of the week artists were arriving for the install. Here’s Ane with Alvie, who came down from Auckland to help install her “room within a room”.

On Thursday the show was beginning to take shape, and Ane was interviewed by the Hutt News,

and gave an exhibition tour to the rest of the staff.

By Friday it was just a matter of the lighting and signage and the show was ready for the public!

But it didn’t stop there – on Saturday morning Ane talked on Radio Active’s arts show, Caffeine and Aspirin,

and on Sunday she gave a public floortalk to over 60 people – we had to cram them all in.

After the floortalk we held a special opening for the show, hosted by the Blumhardt Foundation. As well as Kaye from the Blumhardt and Ane herself, two former interns spoke, Rueben Friend and Lily Hacking, both of whom currently work as curators at City Gallery Wellington.


We were delighted that Ane’s parents came down from Auckland for the opening, it was wonderful to meet them and share her triumph with them.

We’re going to miss Ane!

Here’s her desk, looking all forlorn, as it waits for the next Blumhardt Curatorial Intern to be appointed. The internship offers an emerging curator in the applied arts an annual chance to come and work for us, and present their own exhibition. It’s a wonderful (and rare) opportunity, and we appreciate the injection of energy and ideas each new intern brings to the gallery.

I wonder who our next one’s going to be?

Emma Bugden, Senior Curator 

Add a Comment