Kāpiti Arts Guide: Listing no. 39
Not in Kāpiti Arts Trail
Artistic medium: Jewellery, Painting, Drawing
Environmental jeweller JoAnna Mere (Ngāti Porou) uses found metal from the marine and nature reserves of Kāpiti to create artworks about the role of humanity as kaitiaki/custodians of te Āo/our world. Her sculptures explore the concept of shared guardianship within the principles of te Tiriti o Waitangi – protection, partnership and participation.
Through her social arts practice JoAnna Mere aims to provide a metaphorical marae; a conceptual and physical meeting place for people to hui/gather, korero/discuss and create environmental solutions together. Her workshops engage viewers to become kaitiaki/active guardians as they upcycle waste materials and repurposed objects into beautiful community taonga/treasures.
JoAnna Mere is currently Artist in Residence at Paraparaumu College. Her work is exhibited all year in the three galleries listed below.
Payment options available: Eftpos available
Accessibility: Please see the three galleries' listings for accessibility.
Addresses of Galleries:
- Mahara Gallery, Mahara Place, Waikanae (Listing #74 in the Kapiti Arts Guide);
- Tutere Gallery, 48 Tutere Street, Waikanae Beach (listing #92 in the Kapiti Arts Guide); and
- Big Mac Slabs Creative Centre, 289 Mazengarb Road, Paraparaumu (Listing #18 in the Kapiti Arts Guide).
Big Mac Slabs Creative Centre, 289 Mazengarb Road, Paraparaumu
Open times during the year: See the above galleries' listings above for their opening hours. Also open by appointment.