Talia Smith

Curatorial residency at Gaffa Gallery, Sydney

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Hello! My name is Talia Smith and I am a practicing artist, curator and writer. I have been granted a curatorial residency at Gaffa Gallery in Sydney, Australia for six months; beginning in July this year. I will curate and manage my own gallery space over the 6 month period. As part of my proposal I specified that I would be showing emerging Australian and New Zealand artists.

I would like to develop my curatorial viewpoint during this residency and aim to celebrate the work of emerging Australian and New Zealand artists. At the completion of this I will return to New Zealand with the networks and skills that I have developed to create further opportunities and exchanges here in either an established space or my own.

I am a Half NZ European, quarter cook islander and quarter samoan descent artist, writer and curator based in Auckland. Since the completion of my tertiary study in 2012 I have worked as the Assistant Arts & Events Coordinator at Lopdell House Gallery, Special Projects Facilitator at Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust and have curated A Sense of Place at Papakura Art Gallery with Ioana Gordon-Smith. I also write for Excerpt Magazine, Hashtag 500 words and have contributed to Magasine.

As well as having a strong interest and passion to engage with the arts through curatorial projects I'm a practicing artist and have exhibited in Berlin, Melbourne, Auckland and have had my first solo show at Enjoy Gallery this year in Wellington.

Any funds raised will be of great help to aid me in getting to Sydney and the costs associated with the residency. I believe that this opportunity will be beneficial to the Arts community for an emerging curator and artists. Any bit of help that you can offer will be amazing, I appreciate the time you have taken to read this!

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Website: talia-smith.com

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