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McCarthy Gallery proudly presents DAGMAR VAIKALAFI DYCK | Pacific Contemporary Artist -Tongan/German

As a first-generation New Zealander, Dagmar Dyck is an artist, researcher, art

educator, and social justice advocate. Her navigation in and around different

worldviews is at the heart of her identity, arts and teaching practice. In 1995

Dagmar graduated from ELAM, University of Auckland, with a PGDip in Fine Arts.

She was the first woman of Tongan descent to do so. She has spent the last 25 years

regularly exhibiting nationally and internationally, with her work held in significant

national collections.

Dagmar Dyck

The groundbreaking exhibition ‘Amui ‘i Mu’a Ancient Futures, as part of this year’s Auckland Art Festival, showcasing the creative outputs of her involvement as an Investigator artist on a five-year Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund project in conjunction with The University of Auckland. Dagmar is Deputy Principal at Sylvia Park School and leads Curriculum design whilst championing their Arts programme and whole school Inquiry learning. In 2019 she completed her MProf (Hons) in Education at the University of Auckland. Her dissertation topic involved examining art teachers’ beliefs, attitudes and pedagogical practices and how these could affirm Pasifika students’ success as Pasifika.

Dagmar holds several governance roles and was a recent Board member (Ministerial Appointment) for The Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. She sits on the NCEA Pacific Peoples Review Panel for the Ministry of Education and the Pacific Advisory Group for Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Dagmar’s maternal lineage hails from the Wolfgramm and Hemaloto kainga from the village of ‘Utungake, Vava’u, Tonga. Her paternal lineage includes Dutch, Polish and German ancestry and links to her father’s birthplace in Gdansk, Poland.

McCarthy Gallery online will be showing a selection of new works by Dagmar from August 20th 2021. Dagmar is considered one of the greatest and most influential Pasefika-female artists of the Pacific contemporary movement, an exceptional artist we're proud to present her work on our platform and beyond.

A curated exhibition of traditional and contemporary Pacific Indigenous Art from Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific.

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