Cultural Programmes

I develop creative eco-social engagements with communities by working with their embodied, practical knowledges. Eco-mindfulness, mutuality and kinship are developed through collaborative community projects and workshops that reconnect with the environment to transform public perception of ecology and sustainability.

EcoArt 2020

EcoArt 2020 was a co-created project with ecological artist Laura Donkers + Kaipātiki Project  + Auckland Print Studio at Eskdale Reserve, on the North Shore of Auckland. It explored eco-mindfulness through art using the frottage drawing process (rubbings) and stone lithography as stimuli to develop ecological literacy. This approach to public engagement, aimed to expand creative and ecological awareness through a tactile exploration of native trees, and through reconnection exercises with Dr. G. Baron. This project was awarded funding through the Creative Communities Scheme (grants programme administered by Auckland Council on behalf of Creative New Zealand).

DAY 1 - Ecological Mindfulness at Eskdale Reserve with Kaipātiki guide, Neil Henderson, and artist, Laura Donkers

crossing the Kaipātiki stream
microcosm of life
spotting birdlife
plant identification
Putaputaweta - home to Puriri moth
Puriri moth site
Drawing exercise
Discussing drawings
frottage process

DAY 2 - Lithography printing at Auckland Print Studios with John Pusateri - transfer of drawings onto stone

Intro to lithographic printing
graining the stone with a levigator
litho studio prep
transfering drawings onto stone
close up of drawing on stone
rolling ink
finished print
etching stone with 2nd group of drawings
finished print 2