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Artspace 2016 Education Team

Monday, 15 February 2016 2:47:58 p.m.

Salome Tanuvasa, Siliga David Setoga

Artspace is pleased to announce that the Artspace/Tautai Education Intern role in 2016 will be shared by Salome Tanuvasa and Siliga David Setoga.

Sharing the full time position, the new education team will continue to deliver a programme for Artspace that encourages interaction with local schools, tertiary institutions and with students in Auckland of all ages, with particular emphasis on reaching and engaging Pacific students at these institutions.

Siliga David Setoga joins Artspace with a background as an artist and graphic designer with a Masters of Fine Arts from Whitecliffe College of Art and Design. He has been an exhibiting artist since 2003 and most recently was the Creative New Zealand/National University of Samoa Artist in Residence.
 Siliga has worked as an art tutor in design at Unitec, Whitecliffe and MIT, is a mentor and tutor for Tautai’s Fresh Horizons programme and currently co-chairs Tautai Trust. Artspace first worked with Siliga when he co-facilitated a programme for secondary students during the Billy Apple retrospective at the Auckland Art Gallery with 2015 Education Intern Louisa Afoa.

Salome Tanuvasa completed her Graduate Diploma in Secondary teaching in Visual Arts at the University of Auckland in 2015, and previous to this completed a Masters of Fine Arts at Elam, where she was also a Tuakana Mentor curating the Tuakana annual exhibition as well as constructing artist talks, art walks, crits and workshops to provide support for the Tuakana students. 

Salome brings with her experience gained working in the role of a mentor in the creative sector, including the Tuakana programme at Elam, The Roots Creative Entrepreneurs on projects like the Urban Life Summer Youth Programme at the Auckland Museum.

Salome co-curated the pop up exhibition Backyard Gesture with Talia Smith and Natasha Matila-Smith, at the Bizdojo in association with Tautai 2014. She is also an artist who has exhibited within group shows in Auckland, Wellington, and Shanghai.

The 2016 Education Team at Artspace will continue the work of previous Education Interns Ioana Gordon-Smith, Ahilapalapa Rands and Louisa Afoa to build relationships with local communities. The interns will work to create new avenues and networks and connect young people to artists and with the programme at Artspace. Salome and Siliga bring extensive experience in the arts community and enthusiasm for creative education models. They have differing styles and approaches that will be complementary in the role and which we expect to add a new dimension to Artspace’s education programming.

The internship has been made possible by a grant from Creative New Zealand’s Sector Development Incentive fund that will allow two consecutive, twelve-month appointments.

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