Francis McWhannell Writer and exhibition-maker

Re-evaluating values

An open letter to Creative New Zealand regarding exhibition attendants at the Biennale Arte

The conditions of the art industry in Aotearoa are not optimal, nor will they be any time soon. At every level, artists and arts professionals struggle to secure sufficient funding to get projects off the ground. I recognise that all who work at Creative New Zealand, our national arts development agency, believe in the importance of the arts and feel a personal investment in their flourishing. I appreciate that the funding available for projects is limited and that it is quite impossible for the agency to do everything and to please all parties. However, I also feel that the conditions under which Creative New Zealand employs exhibition attendants for the Aotearoa project at the Biennale Arte within La Biennale di Venezia are unduly poor, particularly from the perspective of remuneration. (Something similar could be said about the Biennale Architettura, but that must remain for another day.) …

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Francis McWhannell Writer and exhibition-maker

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