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27 July 2024

Light and Reflections | Helen Beaglehole in conversation with Julia Waite

Images from Light and Reflections by Matthew O’Reilly.
Images from Light and Reflections by Matthew O’Reilly.


Writer Helen Beaglehole will be in conversation with curator Julia Waite at Te Tuhi. They will discuss Beaglehole's book Light and Reflections: the house and the art in our lives.

Light and Reflections is a story of a home filled with contemporary New Zealand art and the family who collected it over two generations and nearly ninety years. It’s a story that is both quietly domestic and culturally significant – for while much has been written about our leading artists, little has been documented of the lives of their work in private collections and the people who live alongside them. Author Helen Beaglehole and photographer Matthew O’Reilly open the red front door of the Beaglehole home in Messines Road, Karori, and invite readers to experience a singular collection, the fall of light in the rooms and the reflections that arise.

Copies of Light and Reflections: the house and the art in our lives will be available for purchase at the event.

About the speakers

Helen Beaglehole is a Wellington writer, editor and historian, whose books include: One Hundred Havens: The settlement of the Marlborough Sounds and Lighting the Coast: A history of New Zealand’s coastal lighthouse system. She is an award-winning children’s author and a contributor to the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography and Te Ara encyclopedia. Beaglehole’s passion for collecting art that she shared with her husband, Tim, inspired Light and Reflections.

Julia Waite is the Curator of New Zealand Art at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Her research interests are focused on the development of modern art in New Zealand, global modernisms and documentary photography. She has a Masters in Art History from the University of Auckland (First Class Honours), a Masters of Museum and Heritage Studies from Victoria University, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours: First Class) in Art History from the University of Otago. In 2017, Waite co-curated Gordon Walters: New Vision and, in 2015, Freedom and Structure: Cubism and New Zealand Art 1930-1960, both touring exhibitions with associated publications.

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