Curators of Cuba

Drop in anytime and be introduced to some of the remarkable galleries and curators and artists behind them around Cuba Street. This is a roving discussion series up and down stairs, to the exceptional, sometimes out of the way and unusual art spaces, with our three facilitators never short of lively words novelist Pip Adam, curator Mark Amery and artist Suzanne Tamaki. Pop in or book a place through our partner ArtExplore at this link.

Saturday 28 March

12.30 PM – 1:00PM McLeavey Gallery, Level 1 147 Cuba Street.

Artist Christina Read and gallery manager Grace Ridley-Smith discuss Wellington’s oldest dealer gallery and Read’s work with Pip Adam.

1.15PM – 1:45PM Mossman Gallery Level 2 22 Garrett Street

Curator Danae Mossman introduces a dealer gallery representing many artists working internationally and we have a response to an exhibition of new work by significant contemporary artists, with Pip Adam.

2:00PM – 2:30PM Robert Heald Gallery Level 1, Left Bank, Cuba Mall

Curator Robert Heald introduces his gallery and through the marvels of technology he and Mark Amery are joined by exhibiting artist Judy Millar at her studio on Auckland’s West Coast.

3:00PM – 3:30PM Enjoy Contemporary Art Space, Left bank, Cuba Mall

With Suzanne Tamaki, Assistant curator Simon Gennard and guests introduce Enjoy in its dynamic new spatial configuration and show This is a library, featuring Teuane Tibbo, Claudia Jowitt, Salome Tanuvasa and Christina Patailii


3.45PM – 4:15PM Potocki Paterson Level 1 41-47 Dixon Street

Curator Arlo Edwards and artist Sam Broad, show off a show of 30-plus Wellington artists to Suzanne Tamaki, and discuss a gallery providing space for an eclectic range of a Wellington artist projects.

4:30PM – 5:00PM Bartley and Company

Curator Alison Bartley introduces her dealer gallery in a former stables, writer Stephen Cleland responds to the work of celebrated Europe based NZ painter André Hemer, and Mark Amery introduces the work of CubaDupa commissioned performance artist Vicente E Ovale.

Sunday 29 March

11:30AM – 12:00PM Roar Gallery Left Bank, Cuba Street

This leading outsider art space has a new home and a new Left Bank mural project. Learn more about their kaupapa, and meet artists exhibiting with Suzanne Tamaki.

12:15PM – 12:45PM Bowen Galleries 39 Bowen Street

One of our longest running dealers, Bowen opened in 1981 and during CubaDupa is showing watercolours by Charlotte Hird for the first time. Meet Charlotte and curators Jenny Nelligan and Penney Moir with Pip Adam.

1:00PM – 1:30PM The See Here 70 Ghuznee Street

An innovative object space as micro street gallery. Joining Suzanne Tamaki hear from curators and artists Pam Brabants and Vivien Atkinson with Kristine Garay of the French Art Shop.

1:45PM – 2:15 Precinct 35 35 Ghuznee Street

The most happening contemporary art space in the back of a design store. Pip Adam meets a supporter of emerging artists of excellence with a great eye Prak Srithiran, and artists.

3:00PM – 3:30PM The Nomadic Art Project, Garrett Street

With Mark Amery meet Arthur Buerms and Eugénie Coche the pair behind an evolving mobile art gallery in a truck, on an ever growing road trip, alongside exhibiting artist Andy Leilleisi’uao and others

3:45PM – 4:15PM Kiwi Art House. 288 Cuba Street

Curator of this character-fillled upper Cuba space for painting Alan Aldridge joins Pip Adam and ‘urban noir’ painter Melissa McDougall.

4:30PM – 5:00PM Thistle Hall 293 Cuba Street

At this longstanding, always interesting community gallery, trustee and artist Claire Harris joins Mark Amery with artist Fiona Campbell and an exhibition true to its name: Wall to Wall Cock.