“It feels fitting to open my first public show during Matariki, celebrating atua wāhine, Māori knowledge and community within such a transformative time. I hope our old stories can resonate with people of all ages and backgrounds. To be able to share these stories is an honour.”
Kahurangiariki Smith is many things; fine arts student, artist, storyteller, video game developer and most importantly, advocate for indigenous art.
Her debut solo exhibition, MāoriGrl, combines installation and a role-playing platformer video game that reinvents the story of Hine-tītama /Hine-nui-te-pō, the woman who became the goddess of death in Māori mythology.
“Our previous collaboration with Auckland City Mission succeeded in deconstructing stereotypes at all levels. Homelessness is not a defining characteristic of a human being, it’s a situation some people are going through,” says Depot Artspace Creative Director, Linda Blincko. “The exhibition produced significant work. These artists have lives aside from the identity they are given. It’s important to continue to remind people of this.”
Depot Artspace is thrilled to once again host artists from the Auckland City Mission Arts Activities programme in a unique mixed-media exhibition.
Opening Saturday 23 June in Devonport, Life will feature art works from some of Auckland’s inner-city rough sleepers and marginalised people, as well as the global art exchange project, This Is Where I Live.
“More often than not, art is about pushing the boundaries, breaking the rules and exploring infinite creativity. Depot Artspace is celebrating the 2018 Auckland Festival of Photography by hosting two exhibitions that challenge its theme of Control.”
Our current exhibiting artist, Linda Jarrett was interviewed by Emelia at Devonport Flagstaff for the June 1 edition. Her debut solo exhibition officially opens tomorrow evening (Fri 1 June, 5:30pm). Alongside Linda J, our Creative Director Linda Blincko was also interviewed about our participatory photography exhibition, Out of Control. Read the full magazine here.
The arts provide a powerful platform for raising and addressing issues that face humanity, our wellbeing, our planet. Arts in Action is part of the Depot Artspace community where we offer commentary, opinion and alternative solutions on a variety of issues. And now we’d like to hear from you!
Arts In Action is offering an opportunity for you to highlight your concerns and creative solutions to them, from changing the health system in Aotearoa to advocating for the arts as a beacon for freedom.
We are keen to receive submissions for Arts In Action from utopians, iconoclasts, activists, basically anyone impassioned about making a difference to this world of increasing inequity and injustice. For inspiration check out the articles we’ve published so far this year and our latest LOUD Magazine.
Send your submissions to Linda Blincko, Creative Director of Depot Artspace in Word.doc format with accompanying images (including image credits). Please note that selection & publishing of submissions will be at the Creative Director’s discretion.
We were thrilled to have the opening of our 2 latest exhibitions, ‘A Moving Tribute’ by Helen Pollock (ONZM) and The Giant Peace Poppy by Tony McNeight featured in The Devonport Flagstaff (May 4 issue)!
A huge thanks to reporter Emelia Lake, from The Devonport Flagstaff for such a brilliant summary of what was a very moving and aroha filled event.
The opening event took place on Monday 23 April, 2018 in the Main Gallery.
The Giant Peace Poppy Project by Tony McNeight is a participatory exhibition in honour of ANZAC Day, opening on Monday 23 April, 6:30pm. [Please Note: the dates indicated in this article are incorrect]. Here’s an article from the April 6 issue of Devonport Flagstaff magazine: