From parades to workshops, installations to performances, five evening conversations to five hundred school children, Common Ground featured an extensive public programmew of activity beyond the five commissioned art projects. Here’s a photographic record with links to their pages.
COMMON GROUND: HUTT PUBLIC ART FESTIVAL LAUNCH
Sat 25 Feb. 11am-12noon at Dowse Square, Laings Road, Lower Hutt
COMMON GROUND HUB
Common Ground HQ, and main location of the public programme. Open to the public from 9am – 9pm every day of the festival with workshops and discussions. Pictured here during the evening conversation series.
Dates: Sat 25 Feb – Sat 4 March
Times: 9am – 9pm
Where: Common Ground Hub, Centre City Plaza, 49 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt
Audio and details of the evening conversation series is here.
A photographic project by Dionne Ward based in an alleyway near Queens Drive and in the Arcade, reflecting on our relationship with fresh water through water collection at the artesian well sites of Buick Street and Dowse Square.
An interactive installation with Josephine Garcia Jowett that questions the act of packing and collecting water from the river at Centre City Plaza.
LIANA’S PARLOUR OF NATURAL BEAUTY
A pop up parlour in the Common Ground Hub at Centre City Plaza offering health and well-being treatments for free or koha, highlighting the benefits of caring for our water catchments.
TERRIFIC TUNA PUPPET SHOW AND WORKSHOPS
A puppet show and puppet-making workshops at the Common Ground Hub. Stringbean Puppets present a puppet show about the long fin eel, followed by workshops to construct a giant eel puppet.
TERRIFIC TUNA PUPPET PARADE
Tuna hit town! The eels have burst out of the Hutt River and have swum into town to parade with pedestrians along our footpaths! Led by a Dixie Jazz band into samba in Dowse Square. Sat 4 Mar.
An outdoor installation and workshops for all ages with Andrea Selwood combining art and science processes to create a statement about local water quality and climate change. How do plants absorb water? What is the greenhouse effect? Exploring climate change, sea levels rise, and extra salinity in our fresh groundwater. For more information go here.
500 school children spent the school day with us: attending a puppet show, doing numerous artist and water workshops, and with lunch down at the Riverlink beach at the river.
A series of guided ‘walkshops’ up Korokoro Stream with Birgit Bachler designing an ‘Internet of Things’ with water ecosystems. Website: Wildthings.io. Sat 25 feb and Sun 26 Feb.
What: A week long programme sharing the stories of Wainuiomata’s water and waterways. For more information go here.
Dates: Sat 25 Feb – Sat 4 Mar
What: A collaborative, community, water-themed exhibition organised by Creative Voice with MIX and Arts on High. Public workshops included.
For more information go here.
Dates: Sat 25 February – Fri 10 March. Closed Sundays
Times: 10 – 3.00 weekdays, 11.00- 2.00 Saturdays
Where: Arts on High, 191 High Street, Lower Hutt
COMMON GROUND CLOSING PARTY!
Fun and frolics at the Common Ground closing party ahead of The Rising Gale film screening at 9pm.