Launching a Common Ground programme


This week many took up the opportunity to gather with us and most of the artists (See above – apologies from Aliyah Winter who was sick, Gabby O’Connor at Scott Base, Antarctica and Julian Priest enroute to a media art festival in Borgen, Sweden!) to launch our 2017 programme and hear from the artists, and get involved. Here’s a wonderful photographic record from excellent Waiwhetu photographer Dionne Ward, who has an exciting project of her own, Vessels in the public programme.

Peter Jackson on behalf of Te Atiawa and Wellington Tenths Trust began with a mihi whakatau. Special for us because we had met Peter and June on the ocassion of previous water-related projects in Wellington.


The Dowse director Courtney Johnston welcomed everyone to the Dowse and programme on behalf of Hutt City Council community arts.


Mel Johnston, producer Helen Kirlew Smith, Inanga Love Park member Stu Farrant and former councillor and great Wainuiomata supporter Margaret Willard get stuck in.


Curator and co-Producer from Letting Space Mark Amery introduces the kaupapa and programme for the festival


Kedron Parker introduces Inanga Love Park, Murray Hewitt, whanau and friends listen and Julian Priest beams in via Powerpoint to introduce the Citizen Water Map Lab (we’ll put this online sometime)


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Johanna Mechen and Angela Kilford introduced Wai-rua., Wairua, to be held at Waiwhetu, and Murray played us a 10 minute excerpt of the majestic drone filmed component of his work The Rising Gale.



More drinks and mingling. Here’s Johanna with Vanessa Crowe, Janet Bayly and Adam Dransfield.


Two artists producing interesting work in the public programme meet: Andrea Selwood and Liana Stupples.


Letting Space co-producer Helen Kirlew Smith, production manager and media guru Debbie Fish and Angela.


The Inanga Love Park’s Bruce McNaught and Kedron Parker with Chris Winter.


Barbarian Productions’ Jo Randerson, Elle and Margaret Willard.


Common Ground and Hutt City Council’s Pippa Sanderson, Morris Love and Mark.


And some team photos to finish things off….




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