The South Auckland Pacific Arts Summit is a customised programme of events built around the anniversary of Fresh Gallery Otara and designed to celebrate a broad spectrum of Pacific arts practice at home in South Auckland.
Fresh Gallery Otara was established in 2006 as a partnership between Manukau City Council (now Auckland Council) and the Otara Community. The foundation of community accountability and grassroots programming have seen ‘Fresh’ become an important centre for Pacific arts celebration, discussion and development on a regional, national and international scale.
This year, the Summit programme is full of Pacific artists with strong emotional, cultural and historical connections to South Auckland. The 2012 programme features new and bold events, diverse disciplines and challenging ideas.
Visual arts exhibitions and projects showcase local artists and themes, community-generated ideas and participation. Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku hosts an exciting new play by local playwright Iaheto Ah Hi, and workshops and discussion around Pacific approaches to architecture, dance and professional development also take place around the region. Addressing and honouring a glaringly underrepresented sector of society – big, bold and beautiful women – True South is a fashion show with a difference and definitely not to be missed! OMAC Unplugged honours a significant community arts facility that has encouraged and showcased urban Pacific music and performance for over 20 years.
The Summit is also a platform to mobilise, invigorate and engage audiences online. Through blogs, social networking and DIY-media-making, South Auckland meets the World and asserts its place within the significant and global community of digital Nesians!
Pacific Arts Co-ordinator
Arts and Culture South
Did you know…
- On the micro-blogging website, Twitter, the # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages. Read more here
- Māori-Niuean visual artist, Cerisse Palalagi based her 2011 Master of Art and Design coursework and dissertation on the use of urban and culturally-specific slang amongst largely Polynesian and Māori youth in text messaging and social networking. Read Cerisse’s dissertation, MO2NEI: #SWWDT! *see what we did there* here
- Check out pictures from Cerisse Palalagi’s graduate exhibition at AUT University (2011), courtesy of Serentonin
- Follow Cerisse on Tumblr