Te Tuhi is pleased to announce that Jordan Davey-Emms will be the 2024 Curatorial Intern at Parnell Project Space.

Beginning in April 2024, Jordan Davey-Emms’ will be the fourth early-career curator to develop their own project at Parnell Project Space.  

Jordan is an artist and curator who ran Wormhole in Edgecumbe, Whakatāne. She was a founding member of the Kauae Raro Research Collective (2020 - 2022) and the winner of the 2017 Glaister Ennor Award at Sanderson Contemporary Art. Jordan is interested in play, process, place, ecologies, and belonging. Her writing can be found in Plates Journal, Vernacular, and on Wormhole's website.

On being offered the internship, Jordan said:

“I'm really excited to take on this role with Te Tuhi! I am hoping to use this opportunity to grow my confidence as a curator outside of my hometown, and to dig deeper into the themes and approaches I experimented with at Wormhole: thinking about living inside ecologies; centering partnership, reciprocity, and friendliness; and playing with the sensory potential of exhibition making. I'm looking forward to working in a different context, with the support of the team at Te Tuhi. I'm looking forward to building community through art again, and trying things out together.”

Te Tuhi curatorial internship

Inaugurated in 2020, Te Tuhi’s curatorial internship programme has so far offered three early-career curators the mentorship and resources needed to develop their own curatorial project within Parnell Project Space.  

Using the project space for research and curatorial experimentation, the interns receive mentorship and access to Te Tuhi’s resources, working in an environment supported by an established team. Autonomy over their projects offers the chance for individuals to grow their curatorial voice by running a space that stands independent from Te Tuhi’s main programming. 

The internship framework contributes to Te Tuhi’s wider scope for professional development of curatorial practice within Aotearoa New Zealand.  

The 2024 internship is a 12 month, full-time, paid training position for an emerging art curator in Aotearoa New Zealand to curate a programme from April 2024 to March 2025. This is an opportunity for a committed curatorial practitioner to build their curatorial practice and gain significant work experience in the sector.

Parnell Project Space

Parnell Project Space is located at Parnell Station, next to Te Tuhi Studios. Through Parnell Project Space and the studios, Te Tuhi aims to support contemporary artists who have an interest in experimental and social practices, providing an environment in which artists and the curatorial intern can develop their practices and expand their networks.  As part of this, Parnell Project Space provides a venue to host public facing programmes, including exhibitions and events that engage with Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland’s diverse communities.

Te Tuhi aims to use this space to contribute to a vibrant arts and cultural community in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, through principles of collaboration, experimentation and inclusiveness, engaging with the wider arts sector and the general public.

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