Working Life: Photographs by Peter James Quinn

© Peter James Quinn
After losing his best friend to cancer, Rex Innis of Hikutaia has let the Cancer Society pick daffodils from his Hauraki Plains plot for their annual appeal each spring (1998), © Peter James Quinn

Peter James Quinn has been capturing images of New Zealanders at work over the length of the country for the past thirty years. Over this time, major shifts in what work looks like in New Zealand can be seen.

Work is a part of our collective and individual identities. We relate to others through the jobs they and we do, our workplaces and modes of work. Work, of all kinds, consumes a major part of our daily lives.

Working Life comes from the New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata and was developed in association with Statistics New Zealand. It was originally shown at the end of 2019, and since this time the exhibition has unexpectedly opened up another layer of inquiry as we encounter major upheaval through the impact of Covid-19 on all aspects of work in 2020. From considerations of what is ‘essential’ work, through to what can be considered a work place, what work will still exist in a post Covid-world and the general insecurity felt in all areas of working life.

21 Sep 20 - 13 Nov 20
Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm
Calder & Lawson Gallery, Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato
Gate 2B Knighton Road
Ticket Info
General admission