Contemporary HUM

is creating discourse on New Zealand arts abroad.
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Patron rewards
per long-form text published on HUM
  • Your name acknowledged on Contemporary HUM.
  • Notification for each new HUM publication, with an excerpt and introduction from the HUM team.
NEW reward from 2019
per long-form text published on HUM
  • NEW: Patrons receive the HUMcard every couple of months, with a behind-the scenes message and images from a New Zealand artist working on a new international project! 
  • Plus rewards listed above! 




per long-form text published on HUM

About Contemporary HUM

We believe Aotearoa New Zealand contemporary artists produce powerful work: thoughtful, critical and important. Contemporary HUM is the first and only platform dedicated to New Zealand arts on the global stage, filling a gap in generating discussion and documenting international projects for New Zealand and international audiences alike. Based in Paris, London and Lisbon, the HUM team follows and champions the work of New Zealanders in Europe, the Americas, and beyond. Our board of trustees is based in Aotearoa New Zealand.

On 8 December 2019, HUM turns three!

By supporting HUM into its fourth year of publishing with a contribution to each text we publish, you enable the brilliant thinkers we commission to be paid for their work. You also enable the HUM team to conduct research, maintain the website, commission and edit publications and disseminate New Zealand art projects across continents.

Through your generosity, HUM will continue to foster and raise critical attention of the engaging and dynamic work produced by New Zealand artists and practitioners offshore.

How does Patreon work?
  • You decide how much you’d like to contribute towards the costs of each text published on HUM.
  • Your pledge could be $5, $20, $50 per piece - or whatever you choose! Every bit counts!
  • We’re aiming for a total of $150 NZD per piece to assist HUM in becoming sustainable and pay for: writers fees, commissioning and editing texts, research, website maintenance, publication dissemination and community building.
  • Patreon works in US$ but you can switch currency when you make your pledge.
  • You can adjust your pledge or cancel it at anytime, and you can set a monthly limit so that you never exceed your budget.
  • Your credit card will be charged monthly.

How much does HUM publish?
  • On average, 20-25 essays a year. So if you choose to pledge the suggested $5 per publication, you’ll be donating between $100 and $125 in the next year.
  • At HUM, we commission leading international writers and publish amply illustrated, long-form texts (2000-3000 words) because we know that depth and quality of interpretation is essential for artists to further develop their practice and gain opportunities abroad.
  • Alongside the Essay section, HUM’s Calendar documents current exhibitions, residencies, publications and events undertaken by New Zealand creative practitioners abroad, keeping you informed and building a centralised archive of New Zealand’s international participation.

For questions, or to discuss a one-off donation to HUM instead of signing up through Patreon, send us an email at [email protected] As a registered charitable trust since October 2019, patrons can now make tax-deductible donations to the Contemporary HUM Arts Trust!

About us
The HUM team includes Pauline Autet, Founder and Editor and Hannah Murray, Research and Community Manager; both New Zealand art professionals who live in Paris and London. We are supported by Genista Jurgens, based in Portugal, who looks after communications and PR, as well Wellington-based Maria Julia Guichard who is responsible for the initial and ongoing website's development. We’ve worked for key players in the private and public art sector in New Zealand (Auckland Art Gallery, City Gallery Wellington, Auckland Museum) and internationally (Royal Academy, French Ministry of Culture, Pernod-Ricard Foundation, Palais de Tokyo.) We’re passionate and convinced about what we do within Contemporary HUM.

Why HUM?
“New Zealanders are a uniquely home proud group. Artists want to maintain strong links with their homeland as they work to understand their unique place in the global art world. Contemporary HUM fulfils a crucial role in providing not only calendar listings but also interpretation of New Zealand related projects. Bringing together projects will enable individual undertakings to have a greater resonance both within New Zealand and around the world.”
Judy Millar, New Zealand visual artist, lives in Auckland and Berlin

“Contemporary HUM has become a place where people (based within New Zealand and internationally) can go to be informed about high quality arts projects and initiatives, a much needed resource. To remain so (and grow in its reach) it needs to be fed, with new, well commissioned and edited content.”
Heather Galbraith, Associate Professor, Massey University, Wellington

“In today’s increasingly interconnected and digitally-driven art world, it is becoming more crucial than ever before to raise the international visibility of New Zealand art and its relevance to global art discourse. With the right support, a project like Contemporary HUM could become a key resource for promoting New Zealand art abroad and establishing new professional connections for these artists.”
Dr. Chelsea Nichols, Curator, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

By actively contributing to HUM's sustainable future, you are supporting New Zealand artists and creative professionals working abroad! 

Thank you for supporting HUM!
$64 of $150 per long-form text published on HUM
Reaching $150 per publication will help HUM to pay writers, conduct research, update the calendar, maintain the website and disseminate New Zealand art projects abroad in its second year of publishing.
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