Francis McWhannell Writer and exhibition-maker

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To rework and divert


2018 marks twenty years since the founding of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, which saw the amalgamation of two major institutions, the National Museum and the National Art Gallery, and the beginning of a grand project: to tell the stories of the nation in an interdisciplinary manner.[1] In March, Te Papa unveiled a revamped art gallery complex named Toi Art (each word translating...

A competition of ideals

A review of Simon Denny’s The Founder’s Paradox


While I really want to draw attention to certain arguments and things I think have a lot of cultural importance in the world, to say something resolute—like, this is this way or that’s that way—I find really hard to do. I don’t interact with the world like that, and I don’t feel like that about things in the world. My craft is exhibition-making. That is really what I do … I really value art, and...

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...

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 curator of the Fletcher Trust Collection, a major private collection of Aotearoa art founded in 1962.