The Associates Programme

A peer support network for contemporary artists and creative practitioners in Christchurch. 

The Associates Programme offers practical and knowledge based skills, supporting professionalc areer development for individuals and collectives. Building on the history and legacy of the Canterbury Society of the Arts (CSA) that still exist in its charter, the associate model is developed from network ecologies; creating systems and opportunities for exchange, collaboration and the development of knowledge.

Supported by curatorial staff at CoCA, the mentoring and events program is shaped by the needs of its members. Gathering at regular peer-critique sessions, members are enabled to share their work and invited to submit suggestions for practical workshops and talks specific to their individual practices. Members benefit from CoCA’s national and international institutional networks, with access to members-only talks, critiques and studio visits. Business mentoring and advice is offered through practical workshops and presentations where members gain professional development skills.

Current members are listed below. 

The Artists

  • Audrey Baldwin
    Audrey Baldwin
    Ōtautahi

    Christchurch based artist Audrey Baldwin’s practice is predominantly performance based and centres around the body as a fraught space of constant contention. She investigates identity, power and control narratives, seeking to destabilise public/private, abject/erotic and subject/object binaries. Often utilising everyday actions and routines, Audrey seeks to reframe these actions in an absurd or ritualistic manner.

    Her work has been presented in galleries and as part of festivals around New Zealand as well as in Zimbabwe, Japan and India. 2016 saw her attend Morni Hills Performance Art Biennial in India alongside other performance artists from around the globe.

    Since 2010, Audrey has been performing and creating interventions and events in and around the Christchurch CBD, through her roles as both artist and arts event manager/co-ordinator for The Social artist collective and curator for First Thursdays Chch.

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  • Gaby Montejo
    Gaby Montejo
    New Zealand

    Gaby Montejo approaches art through photo, music, interviews, and temporary installation often with performative actions.  Gaby’s work explores democracy and hierarchy in a way where the finished work is often consumed or destroyed during the process of making. Whilst exhibiting internationally, Gaby stays pivotal in the social initiatives and collaborative interventions of Christchurch and is a key member of the collective The Social. Born to Cuban parents, Gaby attended art school in Australia and America and moved to Christchurch in 2006.

    Exhibitions and works include The Pie Shop Surveillance Project for Open Workshop, XCHC, 2016;  National Contemporary Art Awards, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, 2015; Pay for the Printer, Triple Major, Shanghai, 2015; Milk Fight, 100 Peterborough Street, Christchurch, 2014; OPP, Chambers, Christchurch, 2013; Bring A Plate, Performance Arcade, Wellington, 2013; Goat in a Bikini, None Gallery, Dunedin, 2012;  The Art of Photography, San Diego Art Institute, California, 2012; New Zealand Sculpture OnShore, Auckland, 2012;  Shared Lines, Sendai Mediatheque, Japan, 2012;  Poltergeist, White Elephant Arts, Melbourne, 2011; and ...Nah It's Only Gaby, ABC, Christchurch, 2011.

     

  • Sarah Anderson
    Sarah Anderson
    Ōtautahi

    Environmental themes underpin Sarah Anderson’s practice. As an artist she utilises multiple disciplines including drawing, painting and performance. She is actively engaged in conservation and sustainable living issues on a local and national level.


    In 2013 she co-published a book, Vanishing Point, working with artists Bing Dawe, Keith Walter and John F Emery. The book highlights the environmental stresses threatening the Mackenzie Basin. She sees her work as part of a larger conversation responding to the urgent need to shift our collective consciousness into understanding how best to protect our environment. The interaction between humans and the land we occupy, and the multiple pressures these engender are questions she is asking herself. She creates hypotheses and uses her imagination to guide her research – this allows her to observe her environment through the lens of her practice. Sarah uses drawing as a starting point for recording, observing and exploring ideas and as a platform for further development – In whatever direction best serves the project.

    Sarah Anderson has exhibited in Auckland, Christchurch, Tauranga, Te Aroha, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Martinborough and Hamilton. She holds a BFA (Sculpture) University of Canterbury anda PGDip. Art Curatorship University of Canterbury. 

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Audrey Baldwin
Ōtautahi

Christchurch based artist Audrey Baldwin’s practice is predominantly performance based and centres around the body as a fraught space of constant contention. She investigates identity, power and control narratives, seeking to destabilise public/private, abject/erotic and subject/object binaries. Often utilising everyday actions and routines, Audrey seeks to reframe these actions in an absurd or ritualistic manner.

Her work has been presented in galleries and as part of festivals around New Zealand as well as in Zimbabwe, Japan and India. 2016 saw her attend Morni Hills Performance Art Biennial in India alongside other performance artists from around the globe.

Since 2010, Audrey has been performing and creating interventions and events in and around the Christchurch CBD, through her roles as both artist and arts event manager/co-ordinator for The Social artist collective and curator for First Thursdays Chch.

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Gaby Montejo
New Zealand

Gaby Montejo approaches art through photo, music, interviews, and temporary installation often with performative actions.  Gaby’s work explores democracy and hierarchy in a way where the finished work is often consumed or destroyed during the process of making. Whilst exhibiting internationally, Gaby stays pivotal in the social initiatives and collaborative interventions of Christchurch and is a key member of the collective The Social. Born to Cuban parents, Gaby attended art school in Australia and America and moved to Christchurch in 2006.

Exhibitions and works include The Pie Shop Surveillance Project for Open Workshop, XCHC, 2016;  National Contemporary Art Awards, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, 2015; Pay for the Printer, Triple Major, Shanghai, 2015; Milk Fight, 100 Peterborough Street, Christchurch, 2014; OPP, Chambers, Christchurch, 2013; Bring A Plate, Performance Arcade, Wellington, 2013; Goat in a Bikini, None Gallery, Dunedin, 2012;  The Art of Photography, San Diego Art Institute, California, 2012; New Zealand Sculpture OnShore, Auckland, 2012;  Shared Lines, Sendai Mediatheque, Japan, 2012;  Poltergeist, White Elephant Arts, Melbourne, 2011; and ...Nah It's Only Gaby, ABC, Christchurch, 2011.

 

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Sarah Anderson
Ōtautahi

Environmental themes underpin Sarah Anderson’s practice. As an artist she utilises multiple disciplines including drawing, painting and performance. She is actively engaged in conservation and sustainable living issues on a local and national level.


In 2013 she co-published a book, Vanishing Point, working with artists Bing Dawe, Keith Walter and John F Emery. The book highlights the environmental stresses threatening the Mackenzie Basin. She sees her work as part of a larger conversation responding to the urgent need to shift our collective consciousness into understanding how best to protect our environment. The interaction between humans and the land we occupy, and the multiple pressures these engender are questions she is asking herself. She creates hypotheses and uses her imagination to guide her research – this allows her to observe her environment through the lens of her practice. Sarah uses drawing as a starting point for recording, observing and exploring ideas and as a platform for further development – In whatever direction best serves the project.

Sarah Anderson has exhibited in Auckland, Christchurch, Tauranga, Te Aroha, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Martinborough and Hamilton. She holds a BFA (Sculpture) University of Canterbury anda PGDip. Art Curatorship University of Canterbury. 

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Cup of Tea and a Lie Down Clinic, Audrey Baldwin
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Cup of Tea and a Lie Down Clinic


The Social’s gallery within the gallery will be transformed into a ‘clinic’, where the public will be invited to make an appointment for a ‘Cup of Tea and a Lie Down’.


This ongoing installation will be an interactive, playful yet genuine exchange between the public and the artist. The audience will become an active participant/performer in an intimate, one on one performance which incorporates ritual, tongue-in-cheek bureaucracy and platonic, therapeutic care.


Artist Audrey Baldwin will occupy a role that channels archetypes such as nurse/witch/comic/clown/doctor/therapist and confidante. Expect school dental nurse/Suzy Cato meets New Age charlatan-with-good-intentions.


Each performance will be tailored to the participant. The aim is to create an opportunity for genuine intimacy, vulnerability and therapeutic, platonic human touch.


This work aims to critique the current systems in place to support the myriad mental health issues (in Christchurch and beyond) but also offer support and engagement in an unexpected and often alienating environment. It also explores ideas about emotional labour and inter-personal relationships.


7 – 12 August
The first week will be spent creating the objects and accessories that will play a key role in the performance.  Join the artist in the studio to chat about your ideas and experiences of platonic intimacy and exchange.


13 – 19 August
Week two will be spent appointments and drop in hours to the local arts community and public at large to be part of Cup of Tea and a Lie Down. Be sure to make an appointment or come by during lunchtime drop-in times.

Botanical Fandango Series - Do-Si-Do, Sarah Anderson
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The Botanical Fandango works have all been fashioned from vegetables and other botanical
specimens. The works explore the concept of memento mori -remember you will die, which was
a familiar motif in C16th & C17th paintings when death was a frequent visitor.

CoCA Associates is a membership network for emerging and established artists, writers, designers and curators.

For more information or to sign up, please email associates@coca.org.nz

Stones of Escape, Sarah Anderson
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These paintings are a eulogy to the coastal region of the Rakaia River, an area populated by
stones of great and subtle beauty. Rocks are endlessly fascinating, containing so much accumulated information about time and travel, each tells its own unique story. 

Once Upon a Time, Sarah Anderson
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This series contrasts once abundant local flora with snapshots of current land use in the Rakaia
Huts region of the Canterbury Plains. These drawings add their voice to the increasing
awareness of the importance of biodiversity, soil health and the many ways in which native
vegetation helps to protect our waterways, land, fauna and ultimately us.

Gaby Montejo, Honeymoon Latte, 2016

Gaby Montejo, Honeymoon Latte, 2016

Honeymoon Latte, 2016, Gaby Montejo
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Honeymoon Latte - Installation
MilkSpa - Performances
Mixed media installation

In Honeymoon Latte, and the performance MilkSpa, Gaby Montejo invites participants to consider the underlying cost of their milky coffee; asking ““Is it worth it?”, “To what end?” and “For the benefit of whom?”

The dairy sector is a major player in our land of milk and honey, whether you’re speaking ecologically, economically or culturally. It’s a lot to think about. Agriculture has vastly changed the landscape of Aotearoa. The country has seen the loss of nearly 75 percent of its native forest since the arrival of humans on its shores, and has a paltry 10 percent of its original wetlands remaining; much of the land cleared and drained to make way for farming.

Dairying contributes hugely to our economy; we’re the largest exporter of dairy world wide and we export 95 percent of our produce. It’s cheaper to buy New Zealand butter in the UK than it is here. Meanwhile, our lowland rivers are mostly unswimmable, with nitrate run offs from intensive farming often cited as key culprits in their degradation.

During the opening and select dates during the exhibition, the Honeymoon Latte installation is activated, hosting discussion about this pervasive issue that has the potential to bankrupt the whole country. It is a vessel for casual conversation to occur; participants in bathing suits start on equal footing. Montejo has invited a cross section of people with different stakes in the industry - ecologists, farmers, lawmakers and chefs. At certain times, anyone who has an opinion on or stake in dairy can enter the pool and be heard. In the gallery’s bathrooms one will find swimwear and robes provided for the public to use. 

When the spa is closed, a projection shows a typical, idyllic scene of a dairy farm, sporadically interrupted by a commercial shoot of actors enjoying the spa. Montejo highlights milk’s luxury product status, satirising the dream lifestyle and prompting us to ask those difficult questions. With the fragility of our environment becoming evermore apparent, is the economic honeymoon nearly over?

Honeymoon Latte is a new commission for Precarious Nature. 

Curators’ note: We acknowledge that mana whenua, mata-a-waka and other cultures and individuals may find the use of milk in this manner problematic. We considered this when programming the work and, after seeking advice from various parties and rigorous discussion,  we have decided to go ahead with the work as we believe the message it conveys is worth the discomfort it may cause. We thank everyone for their understanding.

CoCa and Gaby Montejo would like to extend thanks to:


Steve Reekie and Nelson Byrd Woltz for image rights, Pep Merconchini for the soundtrack, Safety Sign Sales for Custom signage, Hirepool for the rental of a submersible pump, Dominion Flooring for the vinyl, Haka NZ for spare spa parts, and Crombie and Price for Soy Milk Powder


Listen to some of the MilkSpa discussions here


Photo by Janneth Gil

Audrey Baldwin, Taughtrope,  2016  

Audrey Baldwin, Taughtrope,  2016

 

Performance art and identity - Youth Workshops, Audrey Baldwin
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Audrey Baldwin graduated from Ilam School of Fine Art in 2009. She has been a key figure in contemporary art and performance scenes in Ōtautahi Christchurch since. Her work has been presented both nationally and internationally, and she has been a catalyst for regeneration, organising events and artistic interventions in post quake Christchurch.


In this series of weekend workshops,  participants will gain knowledge and practical experience in creating contemporary performance art, with a focus on identity and site specificity. Participants should ideally attend all three workshops and at the end will have the opportunity to present a collaborative work in a public space.


Working Outline:


Workshop #1: Introduction to Performance Art
3 September 1 – 3 pm
Location: White Elephant HQ 442 Tuam St
An overview of performance art and introduction to Audrey’s practice with a live Group discussion of common interests, identities and ideas.


Workshop # 2: Ideas and Planning
10 September 1 – 3 pm
Location: White Elephant HQ 442 Tuam St
Group discussion and brainstorming with a focus on individual responses to performance art. Talk about site and practical parameters, including objects, costuming, contextual readings and documentation. Begin developing performance ideas.


Workshop #3: Practical Performance Workshopping
17 September 1 – 3pm
Location: CoCA Centre of Contemporary Art Toi Moroki, 66 Gloucester St and site visit to performance venue
Practical workshopping of performance ideas, group idea sharing and rehearsal. Site visit to the performance. Practical development performance ideas onsite.


Public Performance
24 September – Site and performance details to be developed with participants.


This project is proudly supported by Christchurch City Council through the Transitional City Projects Fund


Image: Audrey Baldwin, Taughtrope, 2016
Performance, 60 metres of Indian snack foods
Site specific performance at the museum of Chandigarh as part of the Morni Hills Performance Art Biennial