Programmer at Large Hot Picks: Audrey Baldwin

July 25, 2023
Dirty Passports
After wistfully watching Nathan Joe’s Dirty Passports sell out in Tāmaki Makaurau, the intense FOMO had me determined to help get it to Ōtautahi: BIPOC storytellers smashing stereotypes of the model minority and taking up space with intersectional realness. More info here.


Unruly Memories
A special opportunity to engage with a familiar space on very different terms – this night time tour of the Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora will see five poets respond to key sites – I can’t wait to hear their poetic responses, memories and (if we’re lucky) incriminating stories. More info here.


Criticism in the Small Pond
A panel discussion with a line up of award winning and prolific arts industry reviewers brave enough to put a face to their name – expect discussion of the intricacies, approaches and implications of writing criticism in Aotearoa. More info here.


The Importance of Writing Queer Joy
“Your hate can’t steal my queer joy”  – a protest sign inspired this panel, which brings together queer activists and storytellers to discuss the hope and defiance of writing LGBTQIA+ characters and living out loud and beyond the page in times of increased hostility toward the rainbow community. More info here.


My Other Picks:
I particularly love the intersection of history and personal anecdote, so I’m very excited to hear stories about how people connect to objects new and old, small and large in two of our special events – Shifting Foundations and Whaia te ara o te Kareao: Follow the path of the Kareao.


About Audrey Baldwin
Audrey Baldwin is a Zimbabwean born artist, curator and general rabble rouser based in Ōtautahi.  A graduate of Ilam school of fine arts, she has been curating and producing events, exhibitions and public spectacles since 2009. Her award winning interactive performance/installation Art Chemist takes her around the motu, but more locally Audrey has a vested interest in celebrating and bringing together our local arts community. She spent a few years as public programmes coordinator at The Physics Room Contemporary Art Space and joined the WORD team in 2021 as Public Engagement Coordinator. 2023 will see her working with Ōtautahi Creative Spaces as a creative collaborator with rangatahi and expanding her role at WORD to Programmer-at-large. What little down time she has is spent over-catering potlucks, trying to make it through her bedside book stack and encourages drinking and drawing as the headmistress of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art-School Chch.

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