Life’s been busy, hence the lack of blog posts. In the last five weeks I’ve been to two conferences, given one workshop, de-installed a major exhibition, and prepared for another, to be installed next week.
For over a year now, I’ve been investigating further educational opportunities, and now I’m happy to report, alongside all of the full-time work described above, I am studying! I’m now up to week five of the Masters of Preventive Conservation course, run extramurally by the University of Northumbria. Making this study possible has been the generosity, support, scholarships and awards of: (in chronological order) Auckland Libraries has been incredibly supportive, helping me in many of my endeavours in the workplace, and continues to support my aspirations; I have been honoured to be included among many of New Zealand’s great Maori artists in receiving a Creative New Zealand, Te Waka Toi Scholarship; and finally, I also received a Queen Elizabeth II Technician’s Award this year.
Without the support of these amazing organisations, the study and research that I am embarking on would not be possible. Thank you to you all! I will be reporting in this blog how my research takes shape, and develops over the next 2 years.