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“We live in a country abundant in creativity”
Toshi is a second year BA student majoring in Art History and Anthropology. She is particularly interested in Pop Art and her favourite artists are Yayoi Kusama and Andy Warhol.
Daniel is a second year BA/Law student majoring in Politics and European studies. His favourite art movements are Neoclassicism and Impressionism.
Monica is a third year BA/BFA student majoring in Art History. She is interested in the intersection of craft and fine art.
Ahmed is a fourth year BA/LLB student majoring in French. He is particularly passionate about classical music and art.
Emelie is a second year Law/Arts student majoring in Art History and Philosophy. She is interested in photography, modern and contemporary art.
Kate is a third year BA student majoring in Art History and Anthropology. She is passionate about clothing and textile history and is the Editor of our Journal 'Perspective'.
Alanna is a fourth-year BA/BComm student majoring in Art History, Marketing and Management. Her favourite artistic movements are Impressionism, Surrealism and Abstraction.
Erin is a third year BA student double majoring in Art History and History. She is interested in diasporic and indigenous art focusing on New Zealand contemporary art and New Zealand History.
Ju is a first-year student at the University of Auckland. She joined the society as a member in 2017 while still in high school. She hopes to encourage students and nurture our community of art-lovers in Auckland.
Chani is a third year BA student majoring in Art History. Some of her favourite movements are the Baroque, Pre-Raphaelite, and Post-Impressionist.
Art History Courses
Art and Auckland
There are lots of things for art lovers to do in Auckland, here’s a map to get you started
Books, Articles & Podcasts
How To Look At a Painting (Justin Paton)
An excellent introduction to how to engage with (and criticise) art by an internationally-renowned NZ curator.
This blog focuses on the political value of female agency and patronage and covers early modern portraiture, beauty practices, jewellery and apparel, collecting, architecture and garden design.
A great resource for all things art and culture in NZ society.
The School of Life: History of Art
Megan revived the Art History Society in 2017 and was its President until March 2019. Megan also founded the annual Culture Matters Symposium and the Art History Schools Outreach Programme at the University of Auckland. She finished her Bachelor of Arts in History and Art History in 2018. Megan now works for the Chartwell Trust and is completing her BA Honours in Art History. Her dissertation is on Katherine Villiers, the Duchess of Buckingham (d.1649) with a primary focus on portraiture and the agency women at the Stuart Court. She hopes to continue advocating for the arts and working in the GLAM sector.
James Holt was the founding Secretary of the Art History Society. He completed his BA in Anthropology and Art History in 2017 and his BA (Hons) in Anthropology in 2018. James’ BA (Hons) focused on pre-European Māori music and its influences on contemporary Māori music today. His whakapapa connects him to the far north iwi of Ngati Kahu and the east coast iwi of Ngati Kahungunu ki te Wairoa which shaped the unique te ao Māori perspective he advocated in the society. His artistic interests centered on early modern art in Europe and pre-European and contemporary Māori art. James currently works for Auckland Transport in the Māori Policy and Engagement team.
Petra joined the society in 2017 as our founding Treasurer. In 2018 she moved to a General Representative position and trained our newer members. Petra is currently completing her fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts and Law Degree majoring in Art History at the University of Auckland.
Aviva van den Heever
Aviva joined the society as Secretary in late 2017, and became Vice-President in 2018. She completed her BA/BFA (Honours) in 2018, specialising in modern and contemporary art. Her views run alongside the mission statement of the Art History Society; as she is passionate about art accessibility. Aviva hopes to pursue a career in Art Therapy in the future and assist survivors of trauma. In 2018, Aviva was the recipient of the Wright Family Scholarship and spent two months working as an intern at The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.