PARTICIPANT / Michael Tuffery

  • Name Michael Tuffery
  • Country New Zealand
  • Vocation Not Available
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Michel Tuffery is a New Zealand-based artist of Samoan, Rarotongan and Ma’ohi Tahitian heritage.Within his art practice he plays the role of working “in between” people and places, and focusing a fresh lens on environmental, community, cultural and art historical divides. Tuffery is a passionate educator who openly shares his kauapapa and knowledge to empower our youth through residencies and workshops for school-aged children in New Zealand and abroad.He exhibits worldwide and has undertaken research and community residencies throughout the USA, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Asia, India, Australia, as well as Aotearoa and the Pacific.In 2008 Michel was appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to art—his ongoing rewards come from enriching communities through his art. 

Recent Exhibitions, Projects and Residencies

2019 Chapter 1, Moana Nga Manu brings you into Michel’s research and processes from his 2018 eight week ‘Wild Creations’ artist in residence awarded by Creative New Zealand and the Department of Conservation. The Artists Room, Dunedin, 18 May – 18 June 2019.

2019 Michel was most humbled to be one of the recipients of Te Kura Matatini ki Otago Polytechnic Distinguished Alumni Award on the 17th May. It was an incredibly special award to receive.

2019 Confronting Captain Cook: Memorialisation in museums and public spaces this free online course was developed by the National Maritime Museum Greenwich in London.

2019 Paradise Lost: Daniel Solander’s Legacy delves into the life of Solander, the Swedish botanist and naturalist through the lens of ten New Zealand artists. Michel partnered with The Embassy of Sweden in Canberra to commemorate Solander’s contribution made to New Zealand’s history. Solander Gallery, Wellington, 9 February – 9 March 2019.

2019 Reimagining Captain Cook Pacific Perspectives explores contemporary Pacific perspectives and considers some of the complexities of Cook’s legacy in the Pacific. The British Museum, London, 29 November 2018 – 4 August 2019.

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