TempFest - Whakanewha Regional Park, Waiheke

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TempFest took place on Waiheke Island on Sat March 23, organised by Craig Folz and Kristin D’Agostino. The idea was to create temporary, interesting, informal, fun works or happenings. As a creative writer Craig organised performances by poets and Kristin the installations, including visual artists, a tea ceremony, tidal poetry and drawing, plus interactive art experiences. The crowd was a mix of people, families camping and day visitors. I made a Talisman3 installation, adding to the mix of tikanga Māori and global values words with some Arabic words derived from Islamic tradition. Together with those present at Tempfest we hung 50 banners in the trees at Whakanewha park, a small gesture in acknowledgement of the 50 lives lost in the Christchurch mosque attacks on March 15th. and to express solidarity with all those affected. As-Salaam- Alaikum.

Fine Company at Corban Estate Arts Centre, Auckland

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Corban Estate Arts Centre’s exhibition of contemporary jewellers spans all three galleries from 17 April to 17 May. The exhibition Fine company features the work of established makers; Renee Bevan, Joanna Campbell, Octavia Cook, Jane Dodd, Mia Straka and Jasmine Watson. These current day jewel makers approach the history and boundaries of jewellery in different ways to contemporise and acknowledge this art form.

'Straka’s constellation of neckpieces hangs from a rattan basketry cane structure that also references Pacific navigational stick charts. The structure translates as a star map orientated within the gallery to the four cardinal directions in relation to the Southern Cross star formation. Similarly Straka’s neckpieces map and track her research across cultures.' Kathryn Tsui, curator