A network for Aotearoa museums and art galleries generating and receiving touring exhibitions.
The TENNZ group is made up of New Zealand museums and art galleries that actively generate and receive touring exhibitions. The network has representatives from metropolitan and regional institutions covering a wide range of multidisciplinary exhibition concepts and projects. We also share information and opportunities about international touring exhibitions.
The TENNZ Network is guided by the following principles/concepts of Manaakitanga, Kaitiakitanga, Kotahitanga, and Whanaungatanga (Manaakitanga means to extend aroha/love to others; Kaitiakitanga means a guardianship over Taonga; Kotahitanga is a concept of togetherness and unity; and Whanaungatanga are relationships through shared experiences and working together which provide people with a sense of belonging).
Membership of the network is open to museums, galleries, iwi/hapu groups, and cultural institutions seeking to exhibit or tour their exhibition content. Commercial companies and exhibition touring agencies may present to the network at the TENNZ meetings by negotiation. Artists and artists groups can promote their exhibition experiences through The Big Idea website. Membership of TENNZ is free.
TENNZ members have generally met twice a year (May and November), although this pattern has been impacted by COVID. The May meeting has been a half-day gathering, timed and located with the MA conference. The focus of this meeting is primarily a marketplace where members have an opportunity to promote touring exhibitions from their institution. There is also an opportunity for the host museum or gallery to show delegates around a recently opened exhibition.
The November meeting is a full-day gathering and is hosted by one of the TENNZ members. The November meeting has a marketplace and exhibition tour, and may also include presentations and discussions relevant to the museum and gallery exhibition sector. Meetings are collegial and a broad range of issues around touring and staging exhibitions are discussed.
The TENNZ register is the trading place where available touring exhibition briefs are posted. Any venue interested in hosting one of the exhibitions posted here is encouraged to contact the relevant institution. If you would like to post your exhibition, please complete this template and send to the current TENNZ Chair, Cameron Curd Contact TENNZ
Ngā Hau Ngākau : taonga puoro - Robin Slow (painting), Brian Flintoff (carving), Bob Bickerton (video)
International Touring Exhibition Opportunities
International touring exhibitions are a great way to increase visitation and create further engagement opportunities within your community. Below is a sample of international touring exhibition organisations and advocacy groups worth investigating if you’re considering an international exhibition experience at your cultural institution. Contact can be made by following each web link below.
- Teo - Teo, All about touring exhibitions - One-stop resource platform (teo-exhibitions.com)
- Imagine Exhibitions, Inc. - Traveling exhibitions (imagineexhibitions.com)
- Sitech, Perth - Hire Our Travelling STEM Exhibitions - Scitech
- ACMI (Australian Centre for Moving Image) - Touring exhibitions for hire | ACMI: Your museum of screen culture
- The British Museum - International touring exhibitions | British Museum
- Natural History Museum, UK - Touring exhibitions | Natural History Museum (nhm.ac.uk)
- V&A - V&A · Exhibitions For Hire (vam.ac.uk)
- Science Museum Group, UK - Touring Exhibitions - Science Museum Group
- National Museums Scotland - Touring exhibitions | National Museums Scotland (nms.ac.uk)
- Nomad Exhibitions, Edinburgh - Nomad Exhibitions
- The Design Museum - Exhibitions for Hire - Design Museum
- Australian Museum - Touring exhibitions - The Australian Museum
- Sydney Living Museums - Touring exhibitions | Sydney Living Museums
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia - Touring art exhibitions | MCA Australia
- Grande Experiences - Grande Experiences - Immersive, Multi-sensory Experiences | Traveling and Permanent | Global Licensing Opportunities (grande-experiences.com)
- National Geographic - Search Traveling Exhibitions (nationalgeographic.org)
- Flying Fish Exhibits - Flying Fish Exhibits
Government Indemnity of Touring Exhibitions
The Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Manatū Taonga, administers the government indemnity scheme for touring exhibitions, which helps reduce the costs of insurance for international exhibitions visiting New Zealand. The scheme is based on the principle of accessibility - making significant touring cultural exhibitions available to New Zealanders. Under the scheme, the government assumes a large part of the risk of presenting exhibitions, minimising the amount of commercial insurance museums and galleries need to buy. Government indemnity provides compensation for loss or damage that isn’t covered by commercial insurance.
For further information about this scheme visit Government indemnity of touring exhibitions | Ministry for Culture and Heritage (mch.govt.nz)
The current TENNZ Chair is Cameron S. Curd (Pouwhakairi - Collections, Curatorial and Exhibitions Lead, Puke Ariki).
Contact Cameron if you are interested in joining.