James Tapsell-Kururangi (Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Mākino, Tainui, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-a-Rākairoa) landed the role of curatorial intern in January 2020, at what was then called Platform Gallery, the independent art space adjoining Te Tuhi Studios at Parnell Station. James renamed the space Papatūnga, which he says is one translation for platform (a platform for artists, not just trains), but also appealed for its connection to papatūānuku, papa kainga (home), kaupapa and, simply, papa (place, space).
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Te Tuhi’s curatorial internship is a full-time, fixed term paid role, providing the opportunity for an emerging professional to curate a programme of exhibitions and events at Papatūnga. While the curatorial intern receives mentorship and access to Te Tuhi’s resources, they are given the space for independent research and curatorial experimentation and have autonomy over their programme. Papatūnga operates entirely outside of Te Tuhi’s core exhibition activity, and is a programme with its own distinct voice. This pioneering model provides a unique platform for curatorial development, drawing on Te Tuhi’s reputation as an experimental, artist-focussed institution.
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