Sector profile: Ana Sciascia Director of Pātaka Art + Museum

14 November 2023

In case you missed this article in the weekend papers, Ana Sciascia (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngai Tahu and Ngāti Raukawa), Director of Porirua's gem, Pātaka Art + Museum shares her thoughts.

Porirua is her hometown, where she grew up with a deep appreciation for the arts and the region.

ANA: "What makes Pātaka special is the vibrancy of the people, the community and the multidisciplinary nature of the arts. It’s a creative hub. It’s a space that draws people in, as opposed to [showing] art for art’s sake on gallery walls. It’s really welcoming. I think people enjoy the space, they enjoy coming here. It’s accessible.

"The book Ka mua, ka muri. Looking back, moving forward: 25 years of Pātaka is a celebration of 25 years’ of exhibitions. It’s a selection of 25 exhibitions and 25 works from the collection. I coedited it with Pātaka curator Ioana Gordon-Smith. It launched on October 28.

"It was tough to choose just 25. I think there have been over 800 exhibitions and we have over 20,000 items in the collection. So there were some robust debates, some good discussions and considerations. Some were obvious and picked themselves. And then for others there was a little to-ing and fro-ing."

Read the full article here.

Image credit: Regional News