On a recent Spring Sunday afternoon the Common Ground Festival 2017: Groundwater commissioned artists gathered with others interested in the festival’s kaupapa for an open workshop at the wonderful Te Maori cultural centre at Waiwhetu.
Pictured is some of the gathered group with Teri Puketapu from Waiwhetu. Teri provided a wonderful introduction to the papakainga, local plans around the groundwater and a Maori worldview of water. Just out of shot to the left the windows provided a beautiful view of Waiwhetu Stream.
If you haven’t visited Te Maori yet it is itself a treasure (see Johanna Mechen’s image below) and open Sunday afternoons to the public while the Legacy: The art of Rangi Hetet and Erenora Puketapu-Hetet exhibition is on at the Dowse Art Museum. There are many beautiful taonga and historical photographs as well as famous waka. We look forward to returning for the Common Ground Festival.
This workshop was a chance for the artists to get to know each other better and share information and networks with other artists joining the public programme and key organisations. We were very lucky to have in attendance representatives of Greater Wellington Regional Council, Boffa Miskell, Enviroschools, Hutt City Council, Friends of Waiwhetu Stream, Waiwhetu, Kiwirail and Friends of the Hutt River. A number had attended a research workshop at the Dowse earlier in the year.
Now we are busy underway developing the projects, public programme and lots of community connections ahead of the Common Ground public launch proper at the Dowse Art Museum 22 November. Pencil that one in the diary. We can’t wait.