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Distributed Resource Centre

The Distributed Resource Centre (DRC) is an ever-growing map/index of freely available resources (commercial and household waste, fruit/vegetables and other food, skills, time, places/infrastructure) in our community made in collaboration with local businesses, groups, and individuals. The map/index will available online and in physical form from mid-late 2020.

DRC offers a programme of free activities (provided by MAC and artists-in-residence) which draw attention to the project and the availability of free/waste materials and their possibilities.

DRC also includes a free publication which documents and promotes the project and also provides insight and inspiration from similar international projects that MAC has linkages to.

(Note: Photo on the right is a concept image, not an actual resource centre at MAC)

[Supported, in part, by Hibiscus and Bays Local Board]


Do you have 'stuff' at your home or business that you always throw away but would rather not? We can help! Please fill in this form [LINK]

Would you like to learn, together, how to enjoy resources that our society usually calls 'waste'? Let's try!

Here is an ongoing index of "stuff" we have found to be useful, and where to find it [LINK]


Please contact Chris Berthelsen: 0220 473 281 or

Free Activities


Waste Tour around Mairangi Village with resident artists Tardigrade World: September 27 (Sunday) - Starting point at MAC meeting at 12pm - 3pm 

Planting Day with resident artists Tardigrade World: October 11 (Sunday) - MAC garden at 12pm - 3pm

Make a Sculpture Garden with Local Clays and other Materials (more details soon)

Use 'stuff we found on the beach' to Make Accessories (more details soon)

Done and Enjoyed

Free Clay Learning Time and Snacks (Saturday June 20, at MAC gardens)

Free Guided Harvest (Saturday June 6, at MAC gardens)

Beach Clean up sorting, playing and discussion group with Martin Adlington

Collaboration with The Clean Up Crew

Beach clean up, sorting, and activities with materials found on the beach in collaboration with The Clean Up Crew



Tardigrade World (Sept-Oct 2020) - Tardigrade World are an ART, DESIGN, AND SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH ASSEMBLAGE- find out more about them on their website and Instagram

Collaborating artists from Tardigrade World, Mongoose and Java both graduated Elam School of Fine arts in 2016 and work together in different and similar ways in art and sustainability. The artist’s projects as part of the Mairangi Arts garden residency respond to the on-going effects of human production of rubbish sourcing waste materials within the Hibiscus Coast. In keeping with change, art provides the platform that allows us to process information in individual ways. 

September 27 (Sunday): Waste Tour around Mairangi Village - Starting point at MAC meeting at 12pm - 3pm 

October 11 (Sunday): Planting Day - MAC garden at 12pm - 3pm

Done and Enjoyed

Dan Arps (mid-June to mid-July 2020) [Note that this residency is not directly funded by the DRC, but is funded by Hibiscus and Bays Local Board]

Dan Arps is an Auckland based artist whose installations sculptures and paintings fuse architecture, public space, nomadic structures expand on modernist traditions of abstraction, alienation and the everyday to explore and respond to the urban environment and contemporary subjectivity. He is the recipient of the Walters Prize presented by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in 2010. Arps has exhibited extensively in New Zealand and Australia with occasional sojourns further afield, including the solo exhibitions Nested Cells at MichaelLett, Auckland (2017) and Overproof Recombinants at Robert Heald Gallery Wellington (2019) and the group exhibitions Necessary Distraction at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (2015) and Abject Failures at Hastings City Art Gallery (2018).

My Culture, My Family, Myself (28 Jan to 16 Feb 2020)

A family oriented art exhibition showcasing artworks by young artists and utlising free and waste materials found "around here". Children aged 5 to 14 years old in select classes of our art holiday programme were introduced to this self-reflective theme and had the opportunity to create art to be exhibited. These works showcased the diversity of our community and provided inspiration for visitors to engage and share their creations in an interactive installation and participate in inter-generational and parent-and-child workshops.

Inspired by the exhibition, free workshops allowed participants to create their own art to take home or add to the exhibition. This was a great opportunity for whanau and friends to share their stories about their culture, traditions and themselves through art. These workshops were led by artist Cath O'Brien, founder of Make Like A Tree and valued tutor of Mairangi Arts Centre. "As a facilitator I have learned to step out of the way of a child's creative process and to step in to provide support when the opportunity arises. I work alongside the artists to develop a concept within a flexible framework that acts as a doorway into the creative process, " says Cath.

Brydee Rood: A Remedy for Hopelessness (2 Apr to 28 Apr 2019)

Brydee Rood was MAC's first artist in residence. Throughout the month, she occupied the gallery space, conducting research and investigations into the prevailing, prickly Gorse bush for her residency project: A Remedy for Hopelessness.

A Remedy for Hopelessness references the healing nature of the plant, the Gorse state of being, meshing with one's own feelings of despair in the face of unrelenting capitalism, human failure, climate change and extinction; working through contemporary intersections of art, landscape and ecology.

The project sought to explore visual and conceptual narratives that stretch between the colonially rampant, golden-yellow bush and its medicinal, magical and permacultural properties; contemplating how they might relate to wellbeing through creative practice. Brydee Rood's experimentation percolated within the gallery through the course of April. 

[Note that this residency was not directly funded by the DRC, but was funded by Hibiscus and Bays Local Board]


Facebook Page and Youtube Playlist

The Distributed Resource Centre Facebook Page [] has regular updates and is another way you can contact us. 

Chris Berthelsen is putting together a Youtube playlist of short videos that he has taken, which relate to this project and have been taken at and around MAC. At the moment it is still in progress and a bit hard to understand, but you can see it "under construction" HERE


Distributed Publication


Distributed Resource Centre (To be designed by Xin Cheng; Date TBC)

Distributed Resource Centre Examples from Past Projects (Draft notes, to be included in the above publication - see HERE)

Publications presenting past projects at and around MAC which use free and waste materials 

Making Friends Catalogue

A mobile workshop roams our community “making friends”, “showing and telling” about the activities for creativity at and around Mairangi Arts Centre, offering activities, and exploring how art can be part of everyday life. This document is a catalogue of the photos that covered the cart, along with some “reflections”.

Download the catalogue here []

"Stuff We Find" -  A community of makers draws on encounters and foraged resources

A short introduction of the Alternative Clay Learning Space(s) a collaboration of Jack Tilson, Chris Berthelsen, and MAC, in Artnews NZ (Winter 2019)

Download the article here []

"Making Friends in the Super City - Small workshops take art and friendship into the neighbourhood

A short introduction of various workshops at and around MAC, in Artnews NZ (Winter 2019)

Download the article here []

Junk Yoga

A sketchbook of noticings about the interactions and playings of bodies and stuff during our Summer Open Workshop 2017 after meeting with yogi Jo Eng.

Download the pamphlet here []

Improvising a Delicious Landscape with Resources at Hand - Experiments with Fruit, Weeds, Clay, and Junk in Tokyo and Auckland

A presentation by Chris Berthelsen for "Building a new food economy in Japan through sharing, collaboration, and commoning" a session organised by FEAST Project, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) at World Social Science Forum 2018. 

The presentation discussed many projects and activities that have been carried out at MAC, using free and waste materials.

Download the slides of the presentation here []

Expected Benefits of the Project

Immediate and longer-term benefits. Participants will develop their independent activities through this project as well as developing the capacity to work with Mairangi Arts Centre (and other participant organisations) to create the programmes and services that they desire.

1: Increasing local arts-community interfaces
Increased connections between and across members of the community and the groups (formal and informal) that they belong to lead to new collaborations (formal and informal) and “doing stuff” together beyond the conceptual focus of this project. Social cohesion and resilience increases.

2: Increasing availability of “resources for creative activity” in the community
Increasing availability and possibilities of free resources in the community can open up new spaces for the participation of and collaboration with skilled practitioners in art or other creative fields. Existing stakeholders will gain from this resource while new participants will be inspired to join.

3: Building participant creative capabilities
Participants develop ability to re-imagine “waste”. Working together, people share and transform skills. They learn to express themselves and find pleasure through working frugally and creatively with resources at hand.

4: Cost reduction
MAC art resource costs decrease. Financial resources directed towards work with more direct community benefit. Local business waste disposal costs decrease.

Supported by Hibiscus and Bays Local Board. Support of and collaboration with The Tipping Point resource centre greatly appreciated.