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Constant Variables: An Artist-led Curatorial Methodology

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posted on 03.08.2022, 00:55 authored by Melanie Oliver

In this exegesis I argue for an artist-led curatorial methodology focussed on adapting to the constant variables of artist and context to generate exhibitions that are sensitive and responsive to the artworks they present. I reflect on my experience of curating exhibitions with three artists from Aoteaora New Zealand, Emma Fitts (Pākehā), Shannon Te Ao (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Wairangi, Te Pāpaka-a-Māui) and Ruth Buchanan (Te Ātiawa, Taranaki), who were each working with archives. This exegesis articulates my curatorial methodology as being flexible and responsive to an artist’s practice, which I define as artist-led curating.


Campus location


Principal supervisor

Tara Mcdowell

Additional supervisor 1

Anna Parlane

Additional supervisor 2

Helen Hughes

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Fine Art


Doctor of Philosophy


Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture