Sex Workers of Aotearoa: A day in the life of
July 25th to August 12th
Depot Artspace, Devonport, Auckland
THIS EXHIBITION HAS NOW PASSED
For 2020 we’re bringing this years exhibition to Auckland, hosted by the enthusiastic team at the Depot Artspace in Devonport. I implore you to take this opportunity to experience sex work as portrayed by sex workers themselves.
No two artists interpreted “a day in the life of” in the same way, and each artwork is a unique representation. Through a range of mediums, as diverse as the community itself, the nuances of sex work will be explored, as we ask the public to come behind the smokescreens, to listen to sex workers’ lives, and to see what happens when the ‘muses’ become the artists.
THIS EXHIBITION HAS NOW PASSED.
Read on for articles and videos about the 2020 exhibition
Click here to see the winners of the People's Choice awards
Click here to read the public feedback about the exhibition
by The Indian News
Fighting stigma and stereotypes: All Day, Every Day
The ongoing exhibition at Depot Artspace in Auckland, Sex Workers of Aotearoa – a day in the life of, is unique in every possible sense. While challenging the beliefs, the stigma and the stereotypes that surround New Zealand’s sex industry, it is also a behind-the-curtain into an industry still fighting for mainstream space, almost 17 years after the Prostitution Reform Act was passed in 2003, which decriminalised sex work in Aotearoa New Zealand.....
by Dani Molloy
The Artist and the Sex Worker
Despite working in the world’s oldest profession, sex workers have scarcely had the chance to share their own experiences of the job.
In their art exhibition Sex Workers of Aotearoa: a day in the life of, Wellington-based sex workers Jordan Quinn and Addison Lane want to break down the stigma surrounding sex work by giving sex workers the opportunity to showcase artwork that they feel represents their daily experiences....
by Jordan Quinn
Challenging Perceptions one Artwork at a Time
Sex Work; an industry most often illuminated by media clickbait and sensationalist headlines. We’re represented by questionable TV characters and victims in Hollywood movies. Our existence has shaped history and we’ve been the muses behind infamous artworks. But how much do you know about the profession beyond the stereotypes? Maybe you know a friend of a friend who’s a sex worker, or maybe you’re secretly, perhaps even openly, one yourself....
Media courtesy of the Depot Artspace. Click an image below to view the video on the Depot Artspace facebook page
Interview with Pandora Black
Decriminalisation and Social Change
Depot's Manager Tracey - Maori TV
People's Choice Awards
The people's choice awards was sponsored by the following businesses:
Congratulations to the winners:
1st - Addison Lane; Redacted
2nd - Jordan Quinn; Me, Myself and Jordan
3rd - Aurora Dawn; Cinders
Feeback: from the public
and the sex work communtiy
The following feedback has been collected by the Depot Artspace, SWoA feedback forms, as well as from social media.