Kāpiti schools creatively explore ‘Mahinga Kai’ – gardens, cultivation, and food gathering places.
This year's eco art exhibition explored the theme on Mahinga Kai, complementing a show in the main gallery. Six schools took part providing a spectrum of work from ECE's through to Colleges. Schools were encouraged to work collaboratively on projects to explore Mahinga Kai, food cultivation and gathering practices, and consider the importance of a local food supply to increase resilience and resourcefulness.
Each school took their own direction and worked independently on their projects. This year the exhibition took place in the main gallery, with restrictions on space schools were encouraged to take a collaborative approach, submitting, where possible group projects. The resulting works spanned printmaking, clay sculpture, video, collage, sculptural hangings, posters and site specific stencil installations, explored themes of moana kai, kaitiakitanga, the importance of local food and Matariki.
Schools and artwork submissions:
Paraparaumu College: A0 frame woodcut print that pieced together 10 students artworks to form a whole.
Paekākāriki School: transparent collages, driftwood Matariki stars, lanterns
Kāpiti College: site specific ‘drain art’ spray paint stencils, poetry.
Raumati South: clay sculptures exploring local food
Paekākāriki Playcentre: video work in Te Reo exploring Mahinga Kai at the Playcentre
Waikanae ABC ECE: a sculptural wall hanging of a stingray in ocean with rubbish.
The launch event was well attended by parents teachers and students, and included an artist talk by artist Harriata Higgot. Other events during No8 Wire Week included lantern making and a 'Kōrero Tueke' performance by Timo Timo.