2019 Symposium

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The Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand welcomes you to Nelson, to the 2019 Symposium, A COMMON THREAD, being hosted 27-29 September, by the beautiful and historic Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū, which this year celebrates 120 years of being open to the public.  The gallery’s name recognises Nelson’s second Anglican Bishop Andrew Suter (1830-1895) who had a vision for a “picture Gallery for the people of Nelson”.

Te Tau Ihu (the top of the South Island) has a long and rich history of Māori and European occupation.  Māori have been here since the 1300s, with the first recorded contact between Māori and Pākehā in 1642 when Dutch explorer Abel Tasman’s two ships sailed into Golden Bay.  Nelson, The New Zealand Company’s second settlement, was established in 1841.

The Nelson region was home to some of the earliest textile manufacturing industries in New Zealand.  From 1844 Thomas Blick was weaving woollen fabric and tanning leather in Brook Valley, not far from The Suter Gallery; around 1845 Mr Natrass and Mr Edwards established flax mills in Nelson, and more were being set up throughout the region; in 1846 hosiery was being manufactured; and an experimental silk industry was established by Thomas Batchelor between 1860 and 1870.  In the following century a cotton mill was to be built in Nelson however construction stopped when the deal collapsed, the half-completed mill became an automotive assembly plant in the mid-60s, and is now where you will find the National WOW Museum & Nelson Classic Car Collection.

Registration information and information on speakers  for the symposium A COMMON THREAD will be available soon.


Friday 27 September

8.00am                       Registration desk opens, the Suter Café will be open

9.00am – 4.30pm      Symposium speakers

4.30pm                       Floor talk/tour of exhibitions at the Suter

 Saturday 28 September

until 1.00pm              Time to explore the Nelson Market (opens at 8am), Nelson Provincial Museum, Founders Heritage Park, Op shops, etc

1.00pm – 1.30pm     CTANZ AGM

1.30pm – 4.30pm     Symposium speakers

from 6.30pm              Symposium Dinner, Fairfield House, 48 Van Diemen Street, Nelson (bookings essential)

 Sunday 29 September

 10.00am – 1.00pm   Field Trips (bookings essential), or own time, Sunday Market (opens at 8am), etc

1.00pm – 4.30pm     Symposium speakers