Peter Turner Memorial Lecture & Scholarship

Each year the College of Creative Arts brings an internationally significant photographic historian, theorist or artist to Wellington to deliver the annual Peter Turner Memorial Lecture.

The lecture has been established in the memory of the late Peter Turner - photographic historian, curator, author, editor, publisher and teacher. Associated with the memorial lecture is a Masters scholarship in Peter Turner’s name in documentary photography at Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University.

The scholarship and memorial lecture series were launched in 2008 and are supported by a funds appeal. Donations to the fund may be made to the Massey University Foundation.

Guest lecturers

2018 - Jem Southam
2017 - Rosanna Raymond
2016 - Susan Bright
2015 - Paul Seawright
2014 - Robin Hammond (alumnus)
2013 - Geoffrey Batchen
2012 - William Yang

2011 - Cathie Opie

2010 - Thomas Ruff 

2009 - Anne Marsh 

2008 - Helen Ennis

In 2012 and 2013 an accompanying day symposium has also been held with international and New Zealand speakers.

Peter Turner Memorial Scholarship

Associated with the memorial lecture, the Peter Turner Memorial Scholarship is a Masters scholarship in documentary photography at the Massey University School of Fine Arts. Click here for the application form.

Scholarship winners

2018 - Harry Culy 
2016 - Jess O'Brien
2015 - Daniel Rose
2014 - Tam Webster
2013 - Johanna Mechen
2012 - Jonathan Kay

2011 - Shaun Waugh
2010 - Olivia Taylor

2009 - Andrew Ivory

  • Paul Seawright, Landscapes of Conflict: Photography, Society and Contested Space

    Paul Seawright is acclaimed internationally for his photographic depictions of the contested, peripheral and marginal spaces of political and social conflict. Beginning with his own work on the conflict in Northern Ireland Paul Seawright discussed how he and other artists have extended the possibilities of photographing conflict in an era corrupted by mainstream media representations. His photographs of the theatre of war as played out in the internal landscape of the US newsroom reveal the media itself as the creator of illusion and entertainment.

    His lecture also explored the interconnecting threads that run through much of his work – from investigatons of the minefields and battlesites of the Afghanistan war  to his more recent work about subtle and invisible sites of conflict found in prosaic urban environments – such as the listed dwellings of sex offenders and the invisible sites of military recruitment across the USA.

    Paul Seawright is Professor of Photography and Head of Belfast School of Art at the Ulster University. In 2002 he was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum London as War Artist for Afghanistan and his photographs of battle-sites and minefields have subsequently been exhibited in more than 20 countries. In 2003 he represented Wales at the Venice Biennale of Art and in 1997 won the Irish Museum of Modern Art/Glen Dimplex Prize. He has published seven monographs on his multiple award winning photographic projects.

  • Peter Turner Memorial Lecture 2017 presented by Rosanna Raymond

    Rosanna Raymond presented the Massey University Peter Turner Memorial Lecture on Wednesday 11 October 2017, in association with Te Papa Tongarewa.

    mATA o le tagATA

    A subjective (re)collection of 25 years working with photography in the urban Pacific landscape of Aotearoa from the 90s to the present.

    Download a recording of the lecture here:
    Part 1 
    Part 2 
    Part 3