Past Event

Performance Lecture

Wenerei 1 Tīhema -
Tāite 7 Āperira

Wednesday 1 December -
Thursday 7 April

2021 - 2022


Performance Lecture title written in red pen over a yellowed first edition book page

Image courtesy of the artist.

Tāmaki Makaurau based practitioner Peter Simpson reflects on ideas within his exhibition, Literature’s arrival to the Pacific, on show until Saturday 4th December.

Using a first edition copy of A Voyage Round the World in His Britannic Majesty's Sloop, Resolution, Commanded by Capt. James Cook, During the Years 1772, 3, 4, and 5, Georg Forster, 1777, Peter Simpson has produced an exhibition that follows the arrival and development of European forms of poetics, science and history in Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa.

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Peter Simpson

Peter Simpson was born in Pōneke of Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Pāoa, Ngāti Tamaterā, Indian and Pākehā descent. 

He completed an MFA at the Slade School of Art, University College London in 2019, was a participant within the Maumaus ISP programme 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal, and completed a BFA at the Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London in 2013. He lives and works in Tāmaki Makaurau. 

Recent exhibitions include; Te mātauranga ō te Pākehā (The knowledge of the Pākehā), Mayfair Art Fair, NZ, 2020, Slade Degree shows, Slade School of Art, UCL, UK, 2019, Olaf is an Indigenous name, Lacuna, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2019, A retreat in time, Big Screen Southend, Focal Point Gallery, UK, 2017, EBC003, with Francis Loyld-Jones, East Bristol Contemporary, UK, 2016.