Join co-director of The Chartwell Collection Sue Gardiner as each week she explores the background to the exhibition Shout, Whisper, Wail!

Increasingly, contemporary art exhibitions are engaging audiences at public art galleries through their diversity, interactivity and relevance within the wider contemporary culture. As a significant contemporary collection, held at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, the Chartwell Collection is the focus of a major exhibition every three years, in which collection works are on view amongst new commissions and public programming.

This course, in association with Shout, Whisper, Wail! The 2017 Chartwell Show, explores the background to the Collection, the history of Chartwell Collection exhibitions at Auckland Art Gallery and discusses, along with exhibition curator Natasha Conland, the works in the current exhibition.

Course outline

  • Week One: Introduction to the Chartwell Collection and Trust – history, background, philosophy, highlights, previous Auckland Art Gallery Chartwell collection exhibitions.
  • Week Two: We will discuss questions such as: Why are art collections important? What role do public art collections play? How do you collect contemporary art such as performance art, participatory art, etc? Why commission art?
  • Week Three: This week we will focus on Shout, Whisper, Wail! The 2017 Chartwell Show the artists and their works in the show. This final session is held in the exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery in conversation with exhibition curator Natasha Conland.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course participant will be able to:

  • Reflect deeply about the role of the public art gallery and art collections.
  • Understand about the role of public and private philanthropic partnerships.
  • Review ways to engage audiences with the visual arts.
  • Grow awareness of ways to collect contemporary art.
  • Learn about contemporary New Zealand and Australian artists.

Who should attend?

  • Anyone interested in contemporary Australian and New Zealand art.
  • Groups interested in philanthropy for the arts.
  • Contemporary art collectors and those passionate to learn more about contemporary artists.
  • Members of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

About the presenters

Sue Gardiner, MA Hons (Art History)

Sue is a co-director of The Chartwell Collection, held at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. With a focus on contemporary art, The Chartwell Collection has more than 1,500 works by New Zealand and Australian artists. Sue has conducted numerous courses with Continuing Education, from lectures about Australian Art and the history of Public Art Galleries in New Zealand to her most popular recent courses, which have been discussion focussed walking tours of Auckland’s art galleries. Sue is a Trustee of the Chartwell Trust, the Auckland Art Gallery Foundation, the Creative Thinking Project at the University of Auckland and the Artspace NZ Board. She is a writer and takes small groups on national and international art tours.

 Natasha Conland

Natasha is curator of contemporary art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Notable exhibitions include the international group show Mystic Truths (2007), Last Ride in a Hot Air Balloon: the 4th Auckland Triennial (2010); Made Active: The Chartwell Show (2012); A Puppet A Pauper A Pirate A Poet A Pawn & A King: From the Naomi Milgrom Art Collection (2013); Necessary Distraction: A Painting Show (2016). She was curator of the New Zealand pavilion at the 2005 Venice Biennale where she curated et al.’s the fundamental practice; the CAFÉ 2 project for the Busan Biennale (2006); the SCAPE Biennial of Art and Public Space ‘don’t misbehave!’ (2006). She was previously the curator contemporary art at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa where among other exhibition and acquisition projects she was responsible for initiating a new site-specific sculpture programme (2002). Conland writes for a number of contemporary arts journals and catalogues in the Asia Pacific region and co-edits Reading Room, a journal of contemporary art published annually by the E.H. McCormick Research Library, Auckland Art Gallery.

Recommended reading

Seen as supplementing the course but not compulsory;

AuthorTitleDatePlace / Publisher
S ClelandA World Undone: Works from the Chartwell Collection2015Auckland Art Gallery Chartwell catalogue
N Conland, D CrossMade Active: The Chartwell Show2012Auckland Art Gallery Chartwell catalogue