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Art Awards 


15 Sept - 25 Oct 2020


Auckland NZ


Deb recreated the first iteration of 'A Place at the Kauri Table' as an entry into the longest surviving and largest annual art awards of their kind in New Zealand, the Wallace Art Awards. The 'Table' was accompanied by Helen's short film.


Established by Sir James Wallace in 1992, the vision of the Wallace Arts Trust is to support, promote and give exposure to New Zealand contemporary artists. Part of the operating philosophy of the Awards is expansion, connection and development.

After being selected as one of 75 finalists 'A Place at the Table' was chosen for the Salon des Refusés, an exhibition of works which almost made the finalists travelling show of the 29th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2020. It is currently being held in the Long Gallery of historic Pah Homestead which houses the Wallace Arts Centre in Hillsborough, 

Auckland until 25 Oct 2020.




Contest of 
Contemporary Art



Milan, Italy

Helen's short film documenting our 'A Place at the Kauri Table' installation 2019 (ITP Symposium, Napier) was entered by Deb into the YICCA International Contest of Contemporary Art 2020.


The contest's aim is to promote emerging artists, giving them chance to join the international market of contemporary art, offering 3000€ in prize money.

The film won the competition over 560 international entries. The intention was

to stage a physical exhibition of the 18 finalists at the CMC Centrol Culturale Milano, Italy, however this was deemed unsafe due to Covid-19 and the exhibition was held online.

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Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party, an iconic feminist work hosted by the Brooklyn Museum is probably one of the first artworks that comes to mind when we think of female agency in contemporary art. The woman is finally out of her domestic environment and it is a banquet! A ceremonial arrangement for 39 places at the grand triangular table, each place honoring an important woman from history.


With her video installation A Place at the Kauri Table, Debbie Donnelly (New Zealand) shakes to the core the question of the female agency today, fifty years after Chicago’s Dinner Party. We hold our breaths to see what is at the table for women in the arena of the international social and political debate. We, the jury of three women in the art world with complicated national identities, were delighted to encounter Donnelly’s immigrant women and hear their stories at the table for 6 that speaks to millions.


Symposium 2019

'A Common Thread'

24 - 27 Sept 2019

The Suter Art Gallery

Nelson NZ

Deb and Helen presented 'A Place at the Kauri Table' at the Costume & Textile Assoc of NZ (CTANZ)

Symposium at The Suter Art Gallery in Nelson, New Zealand on Sept 24 2019. 

The presentation included a screening of Helen's short documentary film of the ITP Symposium Napier

iteration of the 'Table" to an audience of around 60 attendees.   Watch video...

Deb also held 'Moving Continents: Japan Blue/Aizome' at The Suter Art Gallery, an exhibition featuring  her own indigo works alongside those of Hiroshi Tomihisa, 4th generation indigo dyer and Kurume kasuri weaver from Japan.


What the Audience Said:



Good to tell their stories and hear their voices heard.



Very moving.

I was  crying.



Lovely film, thank you.

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