Francis McWhannell Writer and curator



Projects 2019


The 2019 Projects Programme is titled Whanaungatanga—an expression that may be translated in English as ‘kinship’. Whanaungatanga is a key element of the kaupapa of Mokopōpaki on Karangahape Road, whose ongoing support and teaching I sincerely acknowledge. The principle provides the basis for the selection process as much as a theme for the presentation. Having been involved in the two previous...

Projects 2018


Projects 2018 includes work by 18 emerging and established artists based in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia, complementing the selection offered by the 45 galleries participating in Auckland Art Fair. The result of an open call, the presentation aims to showcase a broad range of art unburdened by a prescriptive theme or curatorial conceit. Comprising installation, jewellery, painting...

Fluid structures

Watercolour group show


The aim of this exhibition is simple: to provide a platform for five contemporary artists from Aotearoa whom I admire. That the show comprises non-figurative works in watercolour, or the closely related medium of ink, is in part a consequence of the many (perhaps too many) hours I spent thinking about the major painting show Necessary Distraction, which opened at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki...

Postcards from Papatoetoe

A pop-up & pocket exhibition


For this exhibition, The Pantograph Punch asked eight Aotearoa artists to produce a series of posters and postcards responding to the display site, the soon-to-be-renovated mall in the centre of Old Papatoetoe. While they vary widely in appearance, the works share some common themes. A number of them question the ways in which Papatoetoe and its neighbouring suburbs are changing with the spread...

Pacific Real Time

Projects 2016


Welcome to Pacific Real Time, the 2016 Auckland Art Fair Projects, curated by Jarrod Rawlins (Curator, MONA, Hobart) and Simon Rees (Director, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth), with assistance from Francis McWhannell. Working with galleries participating in the Fair, independent artists, and the nonprofit arts agency CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand, the curators are...

Dark arts

Twenty years of the Holloway Press


This retrospective celebrates the work of the Holloway Press, the University of Auckland’s fine press, which was founded by Associate Professor Peter Simpson and master printer Alan Loney in 1994. The Press was named for Ron Holloway (1909–2003) of the Griffin Press, who donated the printing equipment that formed its basis. The publishing programme of the Holloway Press centred on works of...

Francis McWhannell Writer and curator


Francis McWhannell (b. 1985, Aotearoa New Zealand) is a writer and curator based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. He is curator of the Fletcher Trust Collection, a major private collection of Aotearoa art founded in 1962.