National Contemporary Art Award: Judge’s Floor Talk
4 August 2018
Judge Reuben Friend shares his view on this year’s National Contemporary Art Award finalists. Don’t miss this opportunity on the first day of the exhibition.
Reuben Friend (b.1981) is the Director of Pātaka Art Gallery and Museum in Wellington, New Zealand. He is an artist and curator of Maaori (Ngaati Maniapoto) and New Zealand Paakehaa heritage. From 2009 to 2013, Friend worked as the Curator of Māori and Pacific Art at City Gallery Wellington in New Zealand where he co-curated Art in Oceania, a major survey exhibition of New Zealand and Pacific art that was exhibited simultaneously across The National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and City Gallery Wellington. Friend has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy in Māori Visual Arts and Post Graduate qualifications in Museum Studies from Massey University, and a Diploma in Māori Language from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.