Kotahitanga Through Creativity

With Creative Waikato

29 SEP 2021—11 FEB 2022 Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts / Main and Foyer Galleries

Exhibiting artists: Alice Alva, Lucie Blaževská, Stephanie Christie, Murray Edmond, Teuila Fatupaito, Simone Ishinabe, Sandra Maree Jensen, Nick Johnston, Rachel Kiddie McClure, Jessie Leov, Terry Locke, Jessica Moughan, Bob Orr, Maris O’Rourke, Essa May Ranapiri, Vaughan Rapatahana, Camila Renault Calazans Pessoa, Reihana Robinson, Sybille Schlumbom, Ariana Sheehan, Tracey Slaughter, Mere Taito, Hollie Tawhiao, Simon Te Wheoro, Dawn Tuffery & Dr Nālani Wilson-Hokowhitu.

This exhibition is a continuation of the Kotahitanga project that was started by Creative Waikato during the national 2020 Covid-19 lockdown, where artists were selected and works commissioned as part of a regional campaign to strengthen the unity of our communities. These works formed a collection which was first presented at the Nancy Caiger Gallery as well as in the formal online gallery:

Following on from 2020s project was the development of a school’s resource kit which encourages creativity in tamariki aged 5-8, and explores the use of art for social cohesion and community building, as well as for dealing with complex issues.

The first collection of artworks created, the contribution of the art of our tamariki across the region and a call for new works to add to the Kotahitanga collection, will all come together to continue this conversation as part of an exhibition in the Waikato University Academy of Performing Arts Gallery space and expanded online gallery.

Luci Blazevska
"Each one, teach one" (Illustration) - Lucie Blaževská