Whau The People Charitable Trust is an Avondale-based interdisciplinary arts organisation,
focused on creating opportunities for local people to access and participate in the arts within
their community. We do this by creating, facilitating and advocating on community arts
projects, events and workshops that bring together artists and community to empower,
educate and connect.
“We do cool stuff in our neighbourhoods. Producing, supporting and sharing quality projects that aim to be inclusive and experimental. We advocate for the Arts.“
First taking collective form in 2013, Whau the People founding members are: Leilani Tamu (Poet), Bronwyn Bent (Theatre Maker), Jody Yawa McMillan (Artist), Sam Morrison (Artist), Janet Lilo (Artist).
Photo: Shelly Greco 2014
Our Trustee members are: Bronwyn Bent, Jody McMillan, Sam Morrison, Janet Lilo and…
Ioana Gordon-Smith is a Wellington-based writer and curator. As a bit of a generalist, Ioana has curated exhibitions for a number of galleries around Auckland including as Curator at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery. She is currently taking on a new role as Curator Māori Pacific at Pātaka.
Whau the People is also:
Lissa Knight has a background in costume design, wardrobe and props for international productions. In the Avondale, she is known for her community focus – having collaborated with other local creatives on projects, murals and as Chair of the Avondale Community Preschool. We are deeply lucky to have worked with Lissa as one of the key organisers of the Whau Arts Festival 2018 and 2019. These days you are likely to find Lissa campaigning to Save the Canal Road Trees.
Ina Patisolo is known, to a handful of nobodies, as the world’s greatest Samoan Oboist. At this point in time she is unaware of any other Samoan Oboists and will continue as such until further notice. She’s stoked to help bring the Whau Arts Festival 2019 and 2020 to the world.