'WAI'-'Manga Maha, Awa Kotahi- One River Many
Streams' is an exhibition about using art to
reconnect our community with waterways and wetlands in our
landscape. It is inspired by the love of rivers and the creatures
that live in them, by the people and the politics of and around our
waterways. The braided facets of water issues facing us is now
critical and now is the time to advocate for the river herself.
WAI has a team of artists and historians working together to
create an immersive installation of sculpture, video and sound.
Lead by ceramic artist, Sam Ludden, the team will bring a
riverscape into the gallery. His work will include over 80 ceramic
eels bubbling up from a subterranean stream and into a 5m
long stream only to be blocked by a huge wall to negotiate.
The sculpture soundscape, produced by Cody Field, uses a variety
of sound samples and techniques including recordings from Warren
Maxwell's expedition of Antartica, and the philosophy of local
Kahungunu water activist Rawiri Smith.
Siv B. Fjӕrestad will be creating a map of the Makoura catchment
using collected samples of plants and found objects from waterway
locations to focus our attention on the flow of water through the
heart of Masterton.
Local historian, Gareth Winter, will be exhibiting a
selection of quotes and historical photos about waterways in the
Wairarapa and has partnered with Anna-Marie Kingsley, a Carterton
based artist and designer, to create an amazing new
stormwater/manhole cover design which will double as a logo for
To all those who donated to the last 'Project Wai' campaign,
thank you so much. It has allowed this project to get off the
ground and evolve into a much wider collaborative art exhibition
involving an exciting group of artists. It has also allowed
me to create an exhibition that has pushed my artistic boundaries
and taken my work to another level.
This second crowdfunding campaign is to raise funds to pay the
other WAI artists who are on board the exhibition waka. The art
work they are creating for us, the community, is important and so
far they have been working on good-will and passion. If you agree
with me and think they should be paid for their mahi then please
support us by donating what you can.
If you are from outside the Wairarapa/Wellington region I hope
WAI will come to a gallery near you. Please contact me if you would
like to see the exhibition travel to your local area.
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