Present Tense : Wāhine Toi Aotearoa

To record the current landscape of women* in design and give visibility to the unsung diversity of Aotearoa design, Designers Speak (Up) made an open call early 2019 to all designers, artists and educators from the Directory of Women* Designers to design a poster using the medium to explore and address any issue social, cultural, or political issue of their choice.

Present Tense : Wāhine Toi Aotearoa presents the ongoing accumulation of posters in various forms — from printed to projected to published online — over the course of a project and exhibition hīkoi launched April 30, 2019, in Kirikiriroa at RAMP Gallery, finishing November 23, at Enjoy Contemporary Art Space in Pōneke.

The project is an opportunity to give visibility and voice to all *[women/womxn/wāhine/-identifying and non-binary] designers to speak up using the poster medium. It is a space for myriad voices to be heard, supported and championed in the wholehearted, collective way that is the Designers Speak (Up) kaupapa. 

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Click on the posters to enlarge and read the accompanying texts >>

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essay / Disappointing the past and failing the future / Emma Ng, October 2019
curatorial text / From Protest to Present / Sophie Davis, October 2019
essay / Towards A Wider Understanding of Design / Michelle Wang, October 2019
essay / Te Marama / The Moon / Elle Loui August, September 2019
interview / Painting the town red / Jeremy Hansen, September 2019
essay / Mauri — an opportunity to connect / Desna Whaanga-Schollum, August 2019
artist text / On being present… / Mere Taylor-Tuiloma, August 2019
essay / Snakes, Ladders and Tables / Chloe Geoghegan, July 2019
curatorial text / No longer the exception / Lucy Wardle, August 2019
essay / Broken record / Lana Lopesi, April 2019
curatorial text / This present future / Wendy Richdale, April 2019
radio / Erin Broughton & Catherine Griffiths / Yujin Shin, August 2019

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return to Present Tense : Wāhine Toi Aotearoa

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All posters and texts are collected into the Designers Speak (Up) online poster archive. Documentation of the project includes written contributions to offer contextual discussion during the project hīkoi around Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Final #ff3333 Poster Call

Sunday 1 September 2019 for inclusion in the Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland iteration of the project at Britomart, followed by Ilam Campus Gallery and Enjoy Contemporary Artspace. Be part of the record and submit your poster — have a voice, be visible! Download the Poster Call guidelines and templatePlease read the guidelines carefully. Send your files to Designers Speak (Up) with Present Tense : poster submission in the subject line.


Not on the Directory? All welcome, students included — you can still join up!

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Hīkoi 2019

RAMP Gallery : Kirikiriroa/Hamilton : 30 April – 24 May 
Laurel Projects : Ōtepoti/Dunedin : 2 – 23 August
Te Pū O Te Wheke : Kaikohe : 29 August – 15 September
Britomart Works on Paper : Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland : 18 September – 16 October
Ilam Campus Gallery Ōtautahi/Christchurch : 4 October – 1 November
Enjoy Contemporary Artspace : Pōneke/Wellington : 25 October – 23 November

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Aakifa Chida
Afifa Chida
ĀKAU Wāhine
Alessandra Banal (Archi)
Alice Connew
Alice McKeown
Alice Murray
Alisha Henry
Amy Yalland
Angela Lynskey
Angelika Smuga
Anna Hayes
Anna Wilkinson
Annabel Cave
Anushka Harrison
Beatrice Chua
Caitlin Rassie
Carol Green
Caroline Konarkowska
Caroline Powley
Catherine Griffiths
Catherine Macdonald
Cindy Tan
Claudia Henty
Corinne Knott
Diana Albarrán González
Eden Kleiman
Elisapeta Hinemoa Heta
Ella Sutherland
Ellyse Randrup
Emily O’Hara
Emma Kaniuk {AKIN}
Emma Marriott
Emma Rogan
Erin Broughton
Erin Joyce
Eva Charlton
Fay McAlpine
Fiona Jack
Fiona Lascelles
Georgia Cantlon
Hina Nasir
Huriana Kopeke-Te Aho
Jade Tang-Taylor
Janelle Rodrigues
Jeanie Tseng
Jenn McEwan
Jenna Hagan
Jessica Armstrong
Jessica Holdaway
Jessica Lamont
Jinki Cambronero
Jo Bailey
Jordan Bostock
Josephine Ross
Kalee Jackson
Karen Hermon
Kate Cameron-Donald
Kate Darby
Kate Hursthouse
Kathleen Riach
Kathy Ho
Katie Kerr
Katie Paton
Kelsey O’Hagan
Kimberley Zhou
Kyra Ta-Waka Clarke
Laura Griffiths
Leah Surynt
Liane McGee
Lucie Blaževská
Mailin Lemke
Margaret Cochran
Maria Philp
Marie Holdaway
Mary Faber
Megan MacKay
Mel Banfield
Michelle Chang
Nell May
Nicola Devine
Nicole Phillips
Nikki Apse
Non Disclosure
Petra Scheuber
Pipi Press
Pon Huey Min
Rebecca Steedman
Renee Feith
Romina Romero
Samai Azeez
Sarah Brown
Sarah Callesen
Sarah Gladwell
Sarah Maxey
Sarah Turner
Sienna Mark-Brown
Siran Li & Momo Xie
Sita Narsai
Sofia Duganova
Sonya Lacey
Tana Mitchell {AKIN}
Trudi Hewitt
Xanthe Copeland
Zara Olifent
Zoe Hikairo Morehu
Zofia Seymour

[posters and texts]

Lana Lopesi
Chloe Geoghegan
Desna Whaanga-Schollum
Elle Loui August
Michelle Wang
Emma Ng


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