I made an experimental art publication called Art Takeaway 10 years ago
It was the first project I produced in Otara, for Otara, in a way my first ‘exhibition’, definitely the first time I secured funding, and the first time I publicly declared my slightly bumbling position and thinking about art, audiences and site specificity. It was black and white and featured photography and page works by 10 artists. I launched it at the Otara Market on July 9, 2005, which attracted the attention of TVNZ’s Tagata Pasifika, who did a slightly bizarre story on the project, thankfully before the days of YouTube.
After participating in Papakura Art Gallery’s Ako Art Bus Tour this week, an initiative supported with funds from Papakura Local Board for the Auckland region-wide Matariki Festival, I got to thinking about the values of community arts and participation, empowering audiences and the different ways engagement is measured. I’m writing about these themes for an upcoming essay that’ll be published during the Whau Arts Festival, an excellent site-specific community-driven programme supported by the Whau Local Board.
I found my only copy of Art Takeaway the other day. The first page features this imagined conversation between time and space…
HOME AKL FREE BUS
There is a free bus service running from Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku in South Auckland to Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in Central Auckland each Saturday in August!
See life through the eyes of Auckland’s Pacific artists in the new exhibition, Home AKL – the first major group exhibition of contemporary Pacific art developed by Auckland Art Gallery!
The bus departs at 12pm from Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, located in the Mangere Town Centre at the corner of Bader Drive and Orly Avenue. Park in the rear car park at the corner of Orly Avenue and Waddon Place.
The bus goes directly to Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki arriving around 1pm, in time to participate in weekly public programme events.
The bus returns at 3pm – the pick-up is from Wellesley Street, by Albert Park.
WHAT DOES IT COST
The bus is free, and entry to Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki – however, Home AKL is a special exhibition that has an entry fee. Ticket pricing is as follows:
Single Admission $5
Concessions (Student, Beneficiary, Senior Citizens, Groups over 10) $3
Children 14 and under FREE
A season pass can also be purchased for $20 – this enables visitors to visit as many times as they like!
Read more about this initiative here