Vunilagi Vou offers services in

  • Creative project management
  • Curatorial leadership
  • Pacific art advisory
  • Arts writing
  • Events delivery

Principal consultant, Ema Tavola has a deep relationship with South Auckland and the contemporary Pacific art sector; her experience includes:

  • 18 years producing creative events in South Auckland
  • Former Pacific Arts Coordinator / Manager, Fresh Gallery Ōtara (Manukau City Council, later Auckland Council, 2006-2012)
  • Director, Pacific Island Management, Production + Ideas [PIMPI] producing exhibitions and public programming, symposia, readings and launches, festivals and gatherings, research projects and community engagement initiatives
  • Former Lecturer in Pacific art histories (Manukau Institute of Technology, 2014-2015)
  • Extensive creative sector governance and advisory work (Creative New Zealand, Tautai Contemporary Pacific Art Trust, Ōtāhuhu Steering Group, Oceania Interrupted)

Recent projects include:

  • Southside Talanoa Series events for Auckland Council, August – October 2019
  • Crochet, You Stay! public art project, produced with funding from Creative New Zealand
  • February Dreaming: A Southside Hangout event for Māngere Ōtāhuhu Arts, Auckland, February 2019
  • Keynote lecture at Aesthetics, Politics and Histories: The Social Context of ArtAAANZ Conference for RMIT, Melbourne, 5-7 December 2018
  • Guest Speaker, Heritage Deferred? Colonialism’s Past and Present for Goethe-Institut, Berlin, October 2018
  • Curatorial Committee for 4th International Biennial of Casablanca (Morocco), including curation of A Maternal Lens, October/November 2018
  • Dravuni: Sivia yani na Vunilagi exhibition for Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, Suva, October 2018
  • Mapping Creative Hustle for Māngere Ōtāhuhu Arts, Auckland, 2018
  • May Meet Up event for Māngere Ōtāhuhu Arts, Auckland, May 2018

Get in touch to discuss a project or idea