Tautai Pacific Arts Trust and Dunedin School of Art announced Jasmine Togo-Brisby as the artist awarded the 2019 Dunedin School of Art – Artist in Residence. This triennial artist residency is specifically for visual artists of Pacific heritage and is about celebrating the depth of talent within the Pacific arts community.
During the twelve week residency Jasmine will live on the grounds at the School of Art, culminating in an exhibition at the conclusion of the residency. The artist is planning to continue research around the ex-slave ship, the Don Juan, which currently lies in Deborah Bay, Port Chalmers. The fact that Jasmine will have the chance to respond to the presence of this ship in Aotearoa, is something that she is still processing. “Our culture started on that ship, that’s profound – being able to see that, is ridiculous”.
Senior Lecturer and the Studio Coordinator for Painting, Graham Fletcher, who is also the Pasifika advisor for the Dunedin School of Art, welcomes the appointment of Jasmine to the residency saying that:
“We really value this partnership with Tautai. We’re excited about Jasmine Togo-Brisby starting her artist residency with us. She will bring a unique energy and enthusiasm to the art school that I think the students and wider community will respond to. She’ll definitely be a good addition to the Dunedin art scene”.