Ko au te whenua, ko te whenua ko au. I am the land, the land is me

When: Monday 2nd November - Saturday 7th November. Open daily 10am-4pm
Where: Creative Waikato, 131 Alexandra St, Hamilton.

An art exhibition. For Conservation Week 2015. To especially thank all the people who volunteer their time to care for Papatūānuku.
  • Exhibition Opening Night - Monday 2nd of November. Commencing at 6pm with pōwhiri and blessing. Followed by a night of slam poetry, local music and entertainment.
  • Craig Potton - Meet and Mingle - Thursday the 5th November, 1pm.
  • Movie Night - Planetary - Friday the 6th of November 7-9pm. $10 per head (free for environmental volunteers).
Contact admin@envirocentre.org.nz for more information.

The Artists

Adrienne Grant

Adrienne Grant works predominantly with installation and public space responding to situations or ideas rather thank working in one particular medium. She is interested in how we interact with and experience our environment, and likes to create unexpected encounters that challenge every day realities. She completed a Bachelor of Media Arts (Painting and Sculpture), at Wintec in 2009 and a Masters of Social Science with Honours in Geography in 1996 at the University of Waikato.
Artwork: "Ake ake"

Meliors Simms

Meliors Simms is a contemporary artist living in Hamilton and working in two and three dimensions. www.meliors.net

Edward Hunia

Edward Hunia is an artist and physicist living in Hamilton. Edward has created 'Mr Polar Bear': a life sized paper mache polar bear. Mr Polar Bear will be on display during the exhibition.

Edward will be presenting the Heroes collection. This collection has been put together to address the need for energy research in an effort to mitigate the negative impact that our current energy regimes are having on our environment and especially global warming. It is a celebration of human achievement, and highlights our creative potential and the capacity to find solutions to both environmental risks and unsustainable energy consumption.
More about Edward Hunia
© Paul Bradley www.paulbradley.co.nz

© Paul Bradley www.paulbradley.co.nz

Paul Bradley

Paul Bradley is an artist working with drawing, painting and video performance.
More about Paul Bradley

John Menneer

New Zealand, b.1966.
I am a photographer of things and places - a landscape photographer in the most general sense.My work is typically a personal and straightforward communication that invites the viewer to consider how we might relate to the environment in which we live.
http://mannaturelandscape.tumblr.com/
http://photo.johnmenneer.co.nz/

Ngā Hua O Te Rito

Ngā Hua O Te Rito. Encompassing the fruit and benefits of the Rito. Ngā Hua o te Rito works to uphold the art of weaving harekeke by learning and sharing knowledge with whānau, hapu and iwi. They respect and teach within the traditional tikanga of weaving. One of their primary projects is the weaving of the wahakura. The wahakura is a woven flax bassinet designed to protect babies by providing a safe space alongside their parents. Ngā Hua o te Rito is privileged to be involved in supporting the preventing of sudden unexpected death of an infant (SUDI) - caring for babies and caring for Papatūānuku.

Initially, foundation members, Erangi Brodie and Ebony Waitere started weaving in 2000 and together they concentrated on improving their weaving and experimenting and perfecting the dyeing process. In 2001, the Kawhia Māori Women's Welfare League hosted the first wananga at Maketu Marae led by these two women whose passion and commitment to the survival of this art continues. At the 2003 wananga, a committee was formed and Ngā Hua o te Rito was established obtaining charitable trust status. The name was given by Te Oraiti Calcott. Presently, there are 100 weavers involved from around the motu, namely Tainui, Taitokerau, Tuwharetoa, Mataatua me ngā tini pākehā hoki. Weavers come and go and come back again. There have been many projects undertaken and continuing to this day, including: the Raglan Arts Council Māori Arts Festival; the Tainui Festival Exhibition and Wearable Arts; Weaving panels for Karapiro Rowing Club building; Whariki for Maketu Marae, Te Koraha Marae and Aruka Marae; and wahakura for whānau throughout the motu.

Waikato Museum/Te Whare Taonga O Waikato

Te Whare Taonga O Waikato will be exhibiting 'A Penguin's Message' - a participatory display inviting the public to leave their conservation message on the giant penguin paper sculpture.