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]