Peter Turner Memorial Lecture

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.

Massey University’s Whiti o Rehua School of Art, in partnership with Te Papa Tongarewa and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, is delighted to announce the 2019 Peter Turner Memorial Lecture.

Dr Yasufumi Nakamori, a curator at London’s Tate Modern, will discuss photography’s role in shaping collective memory after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake at the lecture in Soundings Theatre at Te Papa on August 29.

Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts Anne Noble says the lecture makes a significant contribution to the vitality of the visual arts in Wellington.

“Yasufumi Nakamori is the newly-appointed curator of photography in one of the most prestigious contemporary art institutions in the world. It’s a privilege to work with Te Papa and the Govett-Brewster to bring him to Wellington,” she says.

Yasufumi Nakamori

Yasufumi Nakamori, curator, Tate Modern

Rosanna Raymond

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

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 was held with international and New Zealand speakers.

Te Ara Toroa — Rere Ki Uta, Rere Ki Tai
The flight of the albatross — Venturing into the unknown
Design by Ngataiharuru Taepa, Kaihautu Toi Māori—Director of Māori Arts

Toi Rauwhārangi
College of Creative Arts
Wellington, Aotearoa