SL:W Symposium 17 Oct

Tuesday 17 October 2017: Adam Auditorium, Wellington City Gallery, Civic Square
Doors Open 5:30pm

6:00 PM            Artist Talks:

Henry Sunderland, Priscilla Cowie, Tonya Sweet and Dr. Jessica Halliday

7:30 PM           Panel One: The Role of Art in Urban Planning

A discussion about the vital role artists play in making space for building stronger communities in post tragedy environments and the need for artists to be included in urban decision making.

Panelists: Audrey Baldwin (CHC Artist, First Thursdays), Priscilla Cowie (Ngai Tahu, CHC Public Artist), Kedron Parker (WGN Public Artist), Kirtsy Lillico and Ruth Thomas-Edmond, Katie Taylor-Duke (WCC – Public Art) and Megan Wraight (Wraight and Associates).

8:30 PM           Panel Two: Building Resilient Cities

The significance of creativity in building resilience in cities prone to natural disaster.

Panelists: Dr Jessica Halliday (Director of Te Putahi and Festa), Sophie Jerram (Letting Space), Kim Lowe (CHC Artist, Toi Te Karoro), Mike Mendonca (Wellington City Council – Chief Resilience Officer), Chris Morley-Hall (Koko Creative), Nicki Vance (WGN Design Engineer – Dunning Thornton) and Marc Woodbury (WGN Senior Principal – Studio Pacific).

As earthquake-prone cities, Christchurch, Wellington, and Sendai, Japan share common ground through recent experience. These cities are now looking to build earthquake resilience and create ‘resilient cities’. But how do we create stronger communities, and what is the role of art and urban design in building these cities?

With the increasing number and severity of natural disaster and humanitarian crises faced by towns and cities around the Pacific Rim, we need to discuss and respond in ways that see the community work alongside decision-makers in emergency preparedness, disaster relief and rebuilding efforts. Engineers, property developers, architects, city planners and bureaucrats are invited to participate in panel discussions with artists.

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6:00 PM          Christchurch Artist Talks

Henry RoadconesHenry Sunderland: Creativity and Community in the 21st Century

“21st-century community art should be creative statements that produce positive change by clearly communicating added value”.

On a Creative Earth Journey, Henry Sutherland teaches design at the Ara Institute of Canterbury (formerly CPIT) and “gnomologist”. Artist, motivator, and a thinker outside of the box with an appreciation for kitsch and irony, Henry is responsible for a number of iconic Christchurch phenomena including the Art Car, and the idea of commemorating the Christchurch quake by placing flowers in the tops of road cones on the anniversary, which took off as a national movement.



Priscilla Cowie: Kirihau – Public Art in Otautahi.

Kirihao is a turn of phrase used to indicate when someone is “thick skinned” or tenacious like our hao (longfin eel). Kirihao also means to be resilient.

A sculpture that I worked on recently titled “Kirihao – Resilience”, in Ōtautahi, Christchurch, offers people the opportunity to be inspired by the tenacity of hao to survive in polluted waters. Like the hao we are able to continue to move explore and create through times of adversity.

Hao, are highly valued within Ngāi Tahu culture, as a taonga (treasure) and a source of kai (food).


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Tonya Sweet: Creative Resilience: Mitigating Anxiety through Design

The threat of seismic events is part of everyday life in New Zealand, as it is for all countries situated along the Pacific Ring of Fire. While valuable post-disaster ‘resilience strategies’ have undergone positive development, the anxiety faced in our day-to-day lives remains largely unmitigated. This presentation explores creative design strategies that function to promote psychological resilience around earthquakes through a case study that considers the potential of objects as agents of change, and questions: how might design be used to address the emotional vulnerability experienced pre, post, and during seismic events?

Jessica Halliday: Creating Hope and Resilience: Lessons from Post-earthquake Christchurch

A proliferation of temporary creative activities in post-earthquake Christchurch has supported the city’s resilience for seven years. These activities have provided hope and inspiration for the city itself and the future of the urban centre, and also for people, communities and households. In this talk, I argue that it is the diversity of creativity in the city since 2010 that has been essential to its success.



7:30 PM          Panel One: The Role of Art in Urban Planning

A discussion about the vital role artists plays in making space for building stronger communities in post-tragedy environments and the need for artists to be included in urban decision making.

Audrey Baldwin is an artist and curator based in Christchurch. She holds a BFA from the University of Canterbury and her work has been presented both nationally and internationally. A catalyst for creative regeneration: Audrey has spent the last 6 years organizing public events and artistic interventions in post-quake Christchurch. Her practice is predominantly performance-based and examines our relationship with societal power structures and belief systems through identity and the body.

Audrey is currently coordinator and curator of First Thursdays Christchurch. Building a strong Arts community and broadening audiences are key aims that guide both her artistic and event management practices.

Priscilla Cowie Ngāi Tahu, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu. Priscilla was born and raised in Te Waipounamu, the South Island of New Zealand. Priscilla Cowie works as a painter, sculptor and designer – Māori culture is the backbone of her art practice. Priscilla has completed several public art commissions, for Te Rūnanga ō Ngāi Tahu, honouring tuna (eels) her most recent steel sculpture “Kirihao” is situated at the Pita Te Hori Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand. Priscilla also created seven bronze eels for “Te Hononga,” the Christchurch Civic building.

Kedron Parker is a Wellington based artist questioning what is nature in the city.  Her practice is collaborative, conceptual, installation or performance-based, and includes the sound work Kumutoto Stream, The Wet Index with Bruce McNaught, the Water Sensitive Urban Design Study Group, Hello Pigeons with Adam Ben-Dror, Sanctuary, and Inanga Love Park with Paula Warren, Stu Farrant, and Bruce Mahalski.



IMG_2043.JPGKirsty Lillico and Ruth Thomas-Edmond: Co-founders of Tory St Studio, Ruth Thomas-Edmond and Kirsty Lillico recently collaborated of the redevelopment of a public space at the Reading Carpark site on Tory Street. Tory St Studio is a collective of creative practitioners who were cordoned out of the street after the November 2016 earthquake. Working with Wellington City Council, and Reading International, Thomas-Edmond and Lillico sought to enliven and activate a plywood hoarding around the site of the demolished Reading carpark building.

The artwork, which was achieved within a tight timeframe, creates a waft of luminous coloured bubbles and 3D circular forms built into a plywood fence. The bubbles and sculptural forms ebb and flow along the wall. The structure also incorporates native plants, bringing more greenery to the street.

Katie Taylor-Duke in an Arts Programme Advisor at the Wellington City Council facilitates public art projects with communities and has an interest in the role art plays to shift perceptions about place. Council has recently formed a working group in response to sites that were affected by the Nov 2016 earthquake to commission artists to work with property owners to re-think and re-activate these sites.

Katie has an Honours degree in Art History and an MA in Museums Studies. She has worked in various roles at the council from coordinating international artist residency programmes to managing the Wellington Regional Amenities Fund.

Megan Wraight (Director + principal landscape architect – Wraight and Associates)  is an internationally acclaimed New Zealand landscape architect with more than twenty years of experience. She is the founding director of Wraight + Associates Limited, a design studio of highly talented landscape architects based in Auckland and Wellington.

Megan has been lead landscape architect on numerous large-scale urban projects throughout New Zealand and has been involved in a wide range of public and private sector work including waterfront developments, education facilities, transport and urban renewal projects.

Megan is a strong advocate for development that harnesses natural and cultural narratives to enrich and enliven a range of thoughtfully composed spatial experiences as demonstrated in projects including Waitangi Park and Pukeahu War Memorial Park in Wellington and Jellicoe St/North Wharf/Silo Park in Auckland, amongst others.

8:30 PM          Panel Two: Building Resilient Cities

The significance of creativity in building resilience in cities prone to natural disaster.

Dr. Jessica Halliday According to her twitter account, Jessica is “blessed (and cursed) by love of architecture & Christchurch”. She is an architectural historian and is the Director and co-founder of Te Pūtahi – Christchurch centre for architecture and city-making. Since 2012 she has been the director of FESTA, a biennial festival of celebration of urban creativity and regeneration which creates an opportunity for the public to experience Christchurch anew. Her passion is finding ways for more and more people to engage and involve themselves with cities, architecture and the decisions made about our built environment.

Sophie Jerram is a curator, artist, investor and PhD researcher. Co-founder of Letting Space and the Urban Dream Brokerage project, she has been working with cities, towns and communities around New Zealand in urban re-activation, trying to address civic and community needs.  Her current research at Victoria University Landscape Architecture concerns how art practice informs the creation of commons.

Kim Lowe is an artist and printmaker of NZ Chinese and Pakeha descent based in Otautahi. She holds an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Canterbury. Her artwork often uses forms and elements of her hybridised NZ Chinese, Pakeha-European and Southern New Zealand cultures and environment.

Kim runs Toi Te Karoro, a shared studio space that was set up in New Brighton as a part of CNZ earthquake recovery. Toi Te Karoro has recently joined the Renew New Brighton school community at Te Kura Tawhito, the abandoned Central New Brighton School which is providing space and community for artists and non-profit organisations.

Kim was a coordinator for the 2012 and 2013 Sendai-Christchurch Art Exchanges and teaches part-time in Art, Design and Creativity at Ara Institute of Canterbury.

Mike Mendonca Wellington City Council – Chief Resilience Officer.

Chris Morley-Hall from Koko Creative

Nicki Vance (Design Engineer – Dunning Thornton)  grew up in Wellington, studied civil engineering at Canterbury University and has been back in Wellington working as a structural engineer at Dunning Thornton since 2011. She has a particular interest in historic buildings.

Marc Woodbury (Senior Principal; Studio Pacific Architecture) has acted as Project Architect for a number of diverse projects including university halls of residence, community galleries, religious facilities and New Zealand’s first New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) five star Green Star commercial office building.

Marc is the project leader for the 14-storey commercial building at 20 Customhouse Quay. Marc has been involved in all aspects of this seismically advanced office building, including overall design, client liaison, coordination of consultants and management of the Studio Pacific team.