Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington
Gate 3, Kelburn Parade
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Tying Up Loose Ends

Panel discussion

6.00pm 04 October 2023

Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery

What happens at the end of a project? So much energy goes into production, but what happens in its wake? This discussion brings together the artists and curators involved in Back of House to address a complex of issues this question raises. Chaired by Milly Mitchell-Anyon, Curator at the Dowse Art Museum, the panel traverse topics as various as: where, in the end, is “the work”? What role does an exhibition play in the life of an art work? Why does the attribution of authorship matter? And what are the challenges posed by works produced collaboratively?

With Sophia Smolenski, Wendy Bornholdt, Christina Barton and Sophie Thorn.

Milly Mitchell-Anyon is an art historian and curator from Whanganui, Aotearoa. She is currently Curator at the Dowse Art Museum, Deputy Chair of the Blumhardt Foundation, and a member of the Civic House on the Whanganui Regional Museum Joint Council. She holds a Master of Arts in Art History and a Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies. Milly’s involvement in Offering It Up extends back to 2020; as a layer of support for Sophia Smolenski.

Grid of 9 photographs showing different archive boxes with lids open revealing various wrapped paper based contents

Wendy Bornholdt, DWiT_Action 2_Archive Box #’s 1-9, 2017/18, inkjet print on photo rag, courtesy of the artist.