Social Justice and Place-Making Through Art



Prof. Derrick Cherrie

Prof. Derrick Cherrie commenced with QCA in May 2015. Prior to that, Derrick was Head of the Elam School of Fine Arts, a School of 450 students that sits within the University of Auckland's National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries (NICAI) and is widely perceived to be the premier school of fine arts in New Zealand. Professor Cherrie is among the leading contemporary artists in New Zealand and has exhibited his work throughout the country. His sculptural work is both imaginative and innovative in its ability to connect the built environment to the human body.


Panel Speakers

Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson is an important figure in the wave of second generation Māori artists that emerged in the late eighties from the School of Fine Arts (Ilam) at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Robinson was born in Ashburton, Canterbury in 1966, and currently lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand. Well known in New Zealand for dealing with issues such as race relations in a provocative and controversial manner, Peter Robinson's practice has been characterised by elements of shock and surprise. He has continually shifted tack throughout his career in his use of materials and techniques and the content he addresses.

Peter Robinson will speak about the project If you were to work here… which is selected as one of the 7 finalists of 2017 IAPA. 


By drawing attention to sexual harassment on the streets, Jasmeen Patheja transforms attitudes towards an often-trivialized problem known in India as “eve-teasing.” Through her Blank Noise project, Jasmeen employs a variety of strategies—from advocating for effective legal mechanisms, to staging theatrical public protests, to using new technology to publicize offenses—to reach out to victims, perpetrators, and spectators involved in sexual harassment in public spaces.  

Anson Mak

Anson Mak is a moving image and sound artist. She studied film for her undergraduate degree, cultural studies for her M. Phil, and locative web-based hyper-media web site and research on the community of the largest urban renewal plan in Kwun Tong area for her Doctorial degree. Besides single channel film/video, she also does phonography sound art, sound installations and web-based projects. She is especially interested in experimental ethnography and novelty of the medium of Super 8 film in the digital era. 

Her film/video works have been shown in many exhibitions and festivals, such as Mobile M+: Moving Images, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, and Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen.

Wen Yau

As a cross-media artist, researcher, curator and writer, wen yau has been concentrating on performance/live art and time-based media in the last few years.  Her works which have been shown in Asia Pacific, Europe and Americas, often grapple with cultural difference and intimacy in public space.  She has been awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to visit the Northwestern University, USA in 2015-2016.