Name: Kauri Hawkins
What’s your job? My occupation is an artist but my job is working on reception at Toi Pōneke Arts Centre in Wellington’s CBD.
How did you get into this line of work? I went to Massey University to study fine arts. I wanted to create social change with my artwork; I took that goal and put myself into the Wellington art scene during my studies
What does a typical working day look like for you? I reply to emails that involve projects coming up. I also like to have to time to draw my ideas or create works depending on upcoming deadlines. Within my actual job, I create bookings for the spaces for hire at Toi Pōneke and look after the spaces within Toi Pōneke.
What qualifications or training did you need? To be an artist, you don’t need to have any qualification. For me, however, I went to Massey University to learn about what being an artist is about. I learnt about theory around concepts and also was introduced to great tutors and people who have helped me create my networks within the art world
What are the best bits about your job? The best thing is the freedom to create the life I want to have and also having time to create artwork. Also, through my travels as an artist I get to meet different people.
What are the worst bits? The worst bit for me is the lack of consistent money coming in. It also makes me work on marketing my work so that many people can see it to create a bigger audience and hopefully get more exposure to the right people in the industry.
What’s your biggest career goal? To represent New Zealand at the Venice Biennale before the age of 40.
If you weren’t doing this job, what would you most likely be doing? If I wasn’t in my position at Toi Pōneke, I would become a full-time artist and go all in on creating the lifestyle I want.