Francis McWhannell Writer and exhibition-maker

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, performance, photography, print, sculpture, sound, video and weaving, Projects 2018 provides a sample of current practice, not arguing for particular issues or approaches, but gesturing towards the vibrant plurality that lies at the heart of both contemporary art-making and life in the Pacific.

At the Fair, the Projects are marked P1 through P18. Full details of the Projects, including short texts by Francis McWhannell intended to spark ideas, can be found below. Projects 2018 includes a number of commissioned works, made possible by Auckland Art Fair partners Lexus and Deadly Ponies, the Chartwell Trust and Creative NZ.


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Projects 2018
Curated by Gabriela Salgado and Francis McWhannell

23 to 27 May 2018
Auckland Art Fair
The Cloud
Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Francis McWhannell Writer and exhibition-maker


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