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2019 Events Archive

A Garden of Earthly Delights extra open hours for final day of exhibition: Sunday 11 August 2019, 2-5pm

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“I’m not me anymore. I am becoming an historic image”*
Wystan Curnow talks about writing on Colin McCahon

Saturday 10 August 2019, 11am
Hocken Library Seminar Room, ground floor
Free entry, all welcome

Join us for an illuminating talk on Colin McCahon by distinguished New Zealand art critic, poet, academic and curator Wystan Curnow. While at secondary school, Curnow was a regular visitor to Auckland City Art Gallery and took painting classes there under McCahon in the 1950s. Some of his earliest art writings include reviews of dealer shows by McCahon in the 1960s and he has continued to be a champion of his work, in particular as curator of I Will Need Words, an exhibition of McCahon’s word and number paintings for the 1984 Biennale of Sydney and as part of Under Capricorn: The World Over at the Stedelijk in Amsterdam in 1996.

For many years Curnow has written about McCahon in the context of twentieth-century Euro-American modernism especially alongside international figures such as Barnett Newman and Jasper Johns, as well as in the context of his remoteness from it. Currently, he is working on a book about McCahon, of which this talk will focus on.

This event coincides with McCAHON 100, a nationwide celebration of the centenary of Colin McCahon (1919-1987) in partnership with McCahon House. For more information contact Hocken Collections, 03 479 8868

* Colin McCahon to Ron Reilly, 10 February 1977.
Image: Colin McCahon, I am (1954), oil on canvas: 361x555mm. Charles Brasch Bequest, 1973, Hocken Pictorial Collections Uare Taoka o Hākena, 73/191. Courtesy of the Colin McCahon Research and Publication Trust.

Teaching and Learning in the Dark

Nau mai, haere mai, for a kōrero from Dr Karyn Paringatai on her innovative award-winning teaching pedagogy - Teaching and Learning in the Dark. Come along and learn a short waiata and experience learning in the dark for yourself!

TUESDAY 25 JUNE, 6-7pm. Hocken Library Seminar Room, 90 Anzac Avenue


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All welcome for kaputī from 5.30pm

Hocken Matariki waiata

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Te Tiaki Taoka Pepa Wānaka: Caring for your whānau collections

Nau mai, haere mai! Whānau are warmly invited to join Vicki-Anne Heikell (Nō Te Whānau-a-Apanui), Field Conservator at the Alexander Turnbull Library, for a workshop on caring for your own iwi photographs and documents. Vicki-Anne is a trained paper conservator and her role includes advising on preservation of documentary heritage collections for iwi organisations, hapū and marae-based collections.

SATURDAY 29 JUNE, 9.30am – 4.30pm. Hocken Library Seminar Room, 90 Anzac Avenue


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Participants please bring along a small item such as a favourite family photograph, paipera tapu, diary, whakapapa book or photo album. As part of the workshop you will be making a conservation box or folder for your own taoka. Morning and afternoon tea provided.

Hocken Matariki tiaki

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Friends of the Hocken Collections Talk Series Programme

Wednesday 19th June, Seminar Room, Hocken Library

Refreshments at 5.15pm; Talk to follow:

In connection with the 150th Anniversary of the foundation of the University of Otago, Dr Warwick Brunton, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine. His subject is:

‘If we have been extinguished, yet there rise a thousand beacons from the sparks we bore’: An Antipodean Appreciation of William Lauder Lindsay (1829-1880) and the establishment of the Otago Medical School.’

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NZ Music Month 2019 at the Hocken Collections

Saturday 4th May, 3pm-4pm
‘Good old Varsity’ : Celebrating 125 years of the Otago Capping Sextet

Join in a sing-a-long of picks of Sextet songs through the years, finishing with a performance from the current Sextet of a selection of their classics.

Rude and risqué the Sextet’s mandate is to sail close to the line – and sometimes to cross it – audience discretion is advised for this event!

Refreshments will be provided.

Thursday 16th May: 6pm
“Is there music for words such as these?”— Poetic fantasy and compositional process in three songs from Verlaines' Dunedin Spleen.

Dr. Graeme Downes

Senior lecturer | School of Performing Arts (Music)


The Titans. Charles Studios photographers. From David MacDonald papers. Archives Collection, MS-4760/002, Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena, University of Otago.

Thursday 23 May, 1pm – 2pm
Exploring our musical worlds: Four fascinating research topics from University of Otago postgraduate students

Metitilani Alo: Otago Pacificana: O Le Folauga.
Sara Brown: Scotland's specialist music education: An ideal to aim for?
Louise Kewene-Doig: Māori experiences of the 1960s through The Māori Showband movement
Amanda Mills: The song remains the same? Remaking and reworking the popular song

Postgraduate students | Te Tumu, School of Maori, Pacific and Indigenous studies and School of Performing Arts (Music)

Thursday 30 May, 6pm
Shakedown! An evening of 60s bands - The Titans and the Catlins River Boys

Travel back to the sixties for a presentation celebrating local band culture, featuring recordings not heard for decades.

Amanda Mills, Curator Music and Audio-Visual, Hocken Collections; Dr David Murray, Archivist, Hocken Collections and guests

Hocken Music Month Display
See the display at the Hocken foyer celebrating the richness of Hocken’s diverse music-related collections. Opens in May, Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm.

All events held at:

Hocken Library Seminar Room
University of Otago, 90 Anzac Avenue
Admission: Free

For more information, phone: 03 479 8868

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Friends of the Hocken Collections Talk Series Programme

Wednesday 17th April, Seminar Room, Hocken Library

Refreshments at 5.15pm; Talk to follow:

Life on the Otago goldfields - Insights from recent excavations in Lawrence.
The presenters are Prof. Hallie Buckley and Dr Charlotte King of the Dept of Anatomy, (University of Otago) and Dr Peter Petchey (Southern Archaeology Ltd and Department of Archaeology, University of Otago).

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What Wikipedia Means for Libraries and Archives

Wed 10 April, 5:30–7:00 pm, Barclay Theatre, Otago Museum

Are you a librarian or archivist? Do you work in the heritage sector? If so this talk is for you.

200px-Mike_Dickison_Auckland_Museum_2Wikipedia results and previews dominate Google Search results. Organisations whose mission is making information accessible need to understand Wikipedia and have a plan for engaging with it and the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who write it. The image-repository Wikimedia Commons and the open structured database Wikidata are equally important for heritage organisations, and libraries need to be aware of the new project Wikicite, which aims to create a Wikidata object for every publication.

Dr Mike Dickison, New Zealand’s first Wikipedian-at-Large, will present an overview of Wikipedia, and discuss some possible engagement strategies for heritage organisations.

About Dr Mike Dickison

Photo: Ken Downie / Bauer Media CC BY-SA

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2018 Events Archive

The Dunedin Hospital Art Collection: Humanising Clinical and Institutional Spaces

Presented by Christine Mulligan
16 August, 12.10p.m. - 1.00p.m.

Dr Alan Clarke initiated the Dunedin Hospital Art Collection. This presentation examines how art transforms experience of institutional space and contributes to wellbeing of patients, staff and visitors. It also identifies issues for custodial care in an ever-changing work environment, where functionalism tends to overlook the significant role of the art collection.

Christine Mulligan (MA BFA RCN) is employed by The Healthcare Otago Charitable Trust to catalogue their extensive art collection in the Dunedin and Wakari Hospitals, New Zealand. A qualified architectural technician, Christine retrained as a Registered Comprehensive Nurse, graduating in 1985. After raising a family she retrained again, graduating with a Masters of Arts in Art History and Theory. Her unique background in art and nursing, and ability to read architectural plans, lets her negotiate the complex and sensitive healthcare environment.

Previously presented at the Arts and Health Conference 2017, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

This free public talk has been programmed to coincide with the 'Primary Care' exhibition at the Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena, which runs until 25 August 2018.

You are welcome to bring your lunch with you.

Your Health is Your Wealth

Image: Robin White, 'your HEALTH is your WEALTH', 1972, painted poster acrylic on board, Collection of Dunedin Hospital.

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School of Physical Education, Sports and Exercise Sciences 70th Anniversary Launch
Sunday 8 July, 5.30pm
Hocken Collections Foyer

Movement through time

School of Phys Ed 70th

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Raranga workshops
Friday 13 and 20 July, 12-1pm or 1-2pm
Hocken Library Seminar Room

For library staff, whānau and friends

Invitation to raranga workshops

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Whakapapa Talk at the Hocken
Wednesday 18 July, 1-2pm
Hocken Library Seminar Room

Presented by Jacinta Beckwith and Megan Vaughan for Puaka Matariki 2018

Come half an hour early for kaputī prior to the kōrero

Whakapapa Talk Poster

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Barrier Ninja
Saturday 21 July, 1-2pm
Hocken Gallery

Barrier Ninja is a verbatim play based on the testimonies of nine people’s experiences of Hauora. This holistic one-woman show examines the experiences of health – physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual caring, sharing their different experiences. Barrier Ninja has been performed within the Hauora Māori medical curriculum at the Dunedin School of Medicine, Dunedin and Wellington, University of Otago.

  • Devised and performed by Fran Kewene.
  • Free to attend, no bookings required.
  • This performance is presented in association with the Primary Care exhibition.

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Celebrate New Zealand Music Month at the Hocken Library

All events at the Hocken Library, 90 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin. Free. Open to the Public. No bookings necessary.

Norman Thorn (Roslyn Mills Kaikorai Band), Walter Sinton, and Gay Phelps (Miss New Zealand 1965). Alan Stuart photographer. Margaret and Joan Gardiner papers r.5477Thursday, 3 May, 5.30pm: Dr David Murray, Hocken Collections Archivist:

False Accents: the extraordinary manipulations of Monsieur Léon-Driver, ‘the finest solo pianist who has ever visited the colonies’.

Thursday, 10 May, 1-2pm: From Beethoven to Bolan… and beyond!

Four University of Otago Department of Music, Theatre & Performing Arts Te Kāhui Tau post-graduate research talks on a fascinating range of topics:

Alison Blair: 20th Century Boys: Re-framing British Glam Rock.

Michael Holland: Historicising the Now: Contemporary Perspectives on the “Dunedin Sound"

Irene Hundleby: Kwaimani Ana Liohaua Gia-The Heart of Us: An exploration of women’s music in Malaita, Solomon Islands.

David Suggate: Beethoven's ‘Missa Solemnis’ in Relation to Jungian Archetypes.

Thursday, 17 May, 5.30pm: Dr Ian Chapman, Senior Lecturer in Music, University of Otago:

"If the homework brings you down then we’ll throw it on the fire and take the car downtown" (Bowie): The Writing Adventures of a Kiwi High School Drop-out.

Saturday, 26 May, 3-4pm: Between the sheets: A sing-along of treasures in the Hocken sheet music collection

Hear excerpts from the Hocken sheet music and songbook collections and discover the stories behind these songs. Opportunities for sing-alongs will be provided, along with refreshments! Come prepared to join in!

Hocken Music Month poster wall

During May a display in the Hocken foyer will celebrate the richness of Hocken’s diverse music-related collections. Open 10pm-5pm, Monday-Saturday.

Image: Norman Thorn (Roslyn Mills Kaikorai Band), Walter Sinton, and Gay Phelps (Miss New Zealand 1965). Alan Stuart photographer. Margaret and Joan Gardiner papers r.5477.


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