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Art Today with Claire 2022


Nicolas Molé, Mariana Molteni, Richard Digoué & Simane Wenethem. Insulatus, 2020 (installation view). Multimedia installation with weaving, HD video, plants. Dance performance by Richard Digoué & Simane Wenethem. Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland with support from Poemart Nouvelle-Calédonie, Mission aux Affaires Culturelles Nouvelle-Calédonie and the artists. Photo by Sam Hartnett.


Art Today with Claire 2022

Art Today with Claire 2022



Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, 10.30am–12.30pm at Te Tuhi

with Claire Chamberlain

beginning 9 February 2022


Art Today provides an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the world of contemporary art, developing students’ confidence and understanding in experiencing today’s art. Art Today courses are year-long discussion groups. The course is broad-ranging and open. It explores topics from current events in the art world: anywhere from Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland to New York, London, or Sydney. Taking an analytical approach, the tutors connect what is happening in art today around the world with what has happened before. Lively class lectures unravel topics such as the impact of movements including Black Lives Matter, or the rise of digital art exhibitions and international fairs. A range of contemporary and historical art movements are covered and lectures respond to the interests of the class. Offsite gallery trips around the wider Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland region also form part of the course, and students are able to visit art events with fellow members of the group. 

With no formal examinations, students are encouraged to learn at their own pace. While enrolments are for one year, many students continue year after year. 

Art Today courses are ideal for art enthusiasts interested in exploring the significance, complexities and meaning of contemporary art. 

*Please note the course fee listed includes an online transaction surcharge. You can avoid the surcharge by paying by bank transfer, in which case the amount will be $1,100. For details, please visit here.

About the tutor

Claire Chamberlain is passionate about art appreciation, art education and the visual arts in general. She has taught at Te Tuhi for the Lois Perry Art Today programme since 2018. Claire has over 20 years’ experience as a secondary teacher of art history, from the historical to the contemporary. During this time she was also the president of the New Zealand Art History Teachers’ Association (NZAHTA).

Claire holds a Master of Arts in Art History (First-Class Honours) and has written for various publications. She is the author of a text on contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand art published by Longman. Claire is a keen supporter of New Zealand representation at the Biennale di Venezia. She is the Co-Director of New Zealand at Venice Patrons for 2022 and has been a patron of NZ at Venice since 2017. She led patrons’ tours in 2017 to Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel in neighbouring Padua and was also involved in the organisation of the programme of events for patrons of New Zealand at Venice in 2019. Claire was an exhibition attendant for Lisa Reihana’s 'Emissaries’, Aotearoa New Zealand’s Venice Biennale exhibit in 2017, which showcased in Pursuit of Venus [infected]. Claire is a keen collector of art and is a member of both the Auckland Art Gallery Contemporary Benefactors and its Foundation. She is passionate about communicating her love of art and art history in an accessible, informed and, above all, enjoyable way. 

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