<i>Kuku Biochar Project & Waikōkopu stream restoration</i>. Image: Maija Stephens. Courtesy of the artists.

Kuku Biochar Project & Waikōkopu stream restoration. Image: Maija Stephens. Courtesy of the artists.

Opening Day - Artist Conversations

Te Au: Liquid Constituencies
  • Sat 3 Dec 2022
  • 10:30AM—2:30PM
  • Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
  • Free
  • All Welcome

Join us to celebrate the opening of Te Au: Liquid Constituencies with a series of korero and events throughout the day, giving you the opportunity to hear from the artists and curators of this exhibition.

10:00 AM: Doors open.

10:15 AM: Welcome to artists, curators and visitors.

10:30 AM
Bonita Bigham and Te Aorangi Dillon in conversation
The whale strandings occurring around the Taranaki coastline are complex events for Māori. They raise questions of causation alongside the attempts to help beached whales, and the need to balance culturally appropriate responses. How does one move past the state of pouri (mourning) and come to understand the intergenerational opportunities for reclaiming interrupted mātauranga (knowledge)?

11:30 AM
Monique Jansen and Arielle Walker in conversation
Join the artists in a kōrero discussing engagement with materiality and connection to whenua and water towards environmental well-being.

12:30 PM
Artist film Blue Peril 

This 16-minute film, produced by INTERPRT in collaboration with Deep Sea Mining Campaign and Ozeanien Dialog, presents a disturbing picture of future impacts of deep-sea mining for Pacific ecosystems, habitats, and communities. 

1:30 PM
Megan Cope and Taloi Havini in conversation
Join the artists as they consider the kaupapa of the impact of an extractive mind-set on people, land, water and ways of being.

2:30 PM
Ruha Fifita and Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna’I in conversation
It is the water that connects the people of Te Moana-nui-a-kiwa. Join the artists in talanoa as they share experiences and learnings in life that seek to redress the balance, indigenous knowledge and our natural relationship with Te Moana-nui-a Kiwa, its peoples, its lands and its histories.


All opening day events are free and all are welcome - we look forward to sharing the stories of the artists, their works, and the exhibition with you.



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