Having been live for about three weeks, we’re now in the final hours. I’ve just added two PIMPI fans to the mix as rewards (NZ$75) and also the last three REAL TALK T-shirts (XL only) designed last year by Tepora Malo to support the #2girls1conference project (NZ$50). There are also signed photographic prints by Tanu Gago (NZ$200) and the option to contribute NZ$20 for an acknowledgement in the project publication.
The PledgeMe campaign closes at 6pm, Sunday 21 December! Every dollar, share, like and shout-out counts – much appreciated!
Tomorrow, we launch our crowdfunding campaign via PledgeMe
We chose May 26 to mark the actual anniversary of Fresh Gallery Otara, the community arts facility I managed from 2006-2012 within my previous role of Pacific Arts Coordinator for Auckland Council (previously Manukau City Council). Leilani and I have spent the best part of the past decade working tirelessly to support and contribute to the Pacific arts and South Auckland creative sectors; for most of the time Fresh Gallery Otara was the epicenter of those efforts.
I left the role at Council in 2012 after significant organisational changes compromised my principles as well as what I felt was a level of innovation and service that the South Auckland arts community deserved. Since my departure, I’ve observed further changes that have shifted the Gallery away from its founding philosophies. Since 2006, Fresh Gallery Otara’s anniversary was marked with exhibitions and events that honoured the community, local artists and themes pertinent to Otara. This year there are no such celebrations; the Auckland Triennial‘s presence in Otara is a dislocated exhibition, culturally and geographically isolated from an arts programme that has little to no value for Pacific communities in South Auckland.
Further to that, currently the personnel situated at the public interface of the Gallery represent a heartbreaking level of ignorance for the nuances of arts promotion and discourse within the unique socio-cultural environment of Otara and South Auckland.
Whilst Leilani and I are now both embedded in other pursuits within the education sectors, we remember and acknowledge Fresh Gallery Otara’s role, mana and history, particularly at this time.