ALL GOODS first year has seen it evolve and develop as a space that supports the arts in many diverse ways. Check out SOME of the things that happened here in 2019 below…
All Goods was proud to present Rose Vaenuku’s first solo exhibition of new paintings – a series created during her 2019 residency in the creative space.
Rose’s work is intensely personal and begins by sharing the dreamscapes in which she travels to at night. Her paintings contain elements of self exploration around mixed cultural identity, taboos, elders, loss, inner battles, angels and demons. The new work welcomes the viewer to interpret their own thoughts and views into her dreamscapes.
Rose is a recent graduate of Unitec’s bachelor in visual arts and proud parent to five wonderful children.
She has been a regular and positive figure since taking up a residency in March, bringing a much needed energy to the new space.
We’ve hired ALL GOODS out to local artists to use privately and rehearse…
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How does ideology and history impact our environment and in turn our ways of living? How can we change both theoretical structures and physical structures to allow values of commonality to thrive? On whose values are we building our cities, homes and lives?
Join Jade Kake, Ioela (Niki) Rauti, Dieneke Jansen, Nina Patel and Jessamine Fraser, to consider the connections between housing, gentrification and the commons.
Housing is a basic human need, but for many in Aotearoa it is inaccessible, unaffordable or unsafe to live in. The commodification of housing makes it primarily a source of profit for property owners rather than providing homes for all. The way our cities are designed alienates people from one another instead of allowing them to connect and make decisions about what happens in their communities. In Tāmaki Makaurau we have seen state-led gentrification in the name of development push people out of their homes and communities.
At this hui we will think about how housing and our cities might be transformed beyond simply meeting the need for homes: allowing for more collective ways of living, playing a part in decolonisation and healing trauma and enabling people to care for their surrounding environment. We will take a look at the current development in Avondale and how this compares with previous state-led developments, such as that in Glen Innes which begun in 2012.
After presentations from our speakers we will screen a short work by Dieneke Jansen who bore witness to Tamaki Housing Group’s occupation of Ioela (Niki) Rauti‘s home in 2017. We will then gather into smaller, facilitated groups to discuss questions raised by the speakers as well as our own experiences and visions for housing in Avondale and wider Aotearoa.
The format of this hui places importance on knowledge sharing and participatory engagement.
Oakley Creek photowalk and workshop
Rajeev took a group of people for a photowalk along Oakley Creek, followed by lunch and an editing workshop at All Goods.
This workshop was for any aspiring photographer with a camera phone, who would like to improve their ‘in phone’ photo skills and show off on instagram!
Rajeev is an Avondale based photographer who loves to explore the urban jungle.
Following on from the Whau Solar project during this years Whau Arts Festival, we are proud to bring you the Solargraphic pinhole images created over the duration!
Jenny Tomlin led the workshop and photographers include: Holly Campbell, Jenny Greengrass, Jo Urquhart, Kim Maree, Lissa Knight, Matt Hurley, Robyn Urquhart and Yolanda Gao.
Whau Solar is the culmination of a pinhole photography workshop using the solargraphy process along the banks of the Whau River. The workshop was held at All Goods, Avondale and involved participants making simple pinhole cameras using recycled aluminum drink cams. In a makeshift darkroom we loaded the with photographic paper. The workshop then finished up at Ken Maunder Park and the cameras were set up along the edge of the Whau River. The location was ideal; the cameras could point northwards to capture the sun’s arc as well as its reflection in the water.
The long exposures were 3 weeks duration, and coincided with the Whau Arts Festival from June 15 – July 7. Although making and loading the cameras was fairly straightforward the rest of the process relied on the weather, nature, and chance for ‘X’ to happen. The tricky bit was finding surreptitious places to site them. Some ladder and tree climbing was involved but all part of the adventure.
During the exposure, they needed to be light-tight, weather-tight and tightly secured. We weren’t sure if any cans would be still there after 3 weeks. Is was a nervous wait with frequent trips to the park to check all was well. This extra checking paid off; retrieving one camera before high tide that had been tossed into the mangroves and another having fallen out of a tree which had been replaced in another tree nearby.
In the end, everyone’s camera survived intact, their solargraphs now depicting the Whau over time, the results of this labour are celebrated in this show.
Evelyn of Whau Weavers is back with a new series of workshops for 2019. These classes will have a bit of a refresher, and then move on to some new weaving techniques.
Evelyn will take you through creating wall hanging, kete, taniko, tukutuku and more. Using natural materials and found materials.
Visual Arts at AUT postgrad student Lea Schlatter has her MPhil show on now at All Goods!
I visited my grandmother in Switzerland who told me; “Ich Galube diis Dihei isch i Neuseeland” (I think your home is in New Zealand). This is a phrase that I return to since the Swiss summer of 2017.
As a daughter of two first-generation Swiss immigrants that have chosen to live in Aotearoa, I have often had questions about my transnationality. My research has developed from my dual relationship with Aotearoa and Switzerland, my country of origin. The work looks at bodies of water to visualise and explore my presence in Aotearoa as tauiwi (foreigner/immigrant), and being tāwāhi (distant) to my ancestral homelands. While the Rhine runs through Schaffhausen, Switzerland (where my family are from), Te Wairoa (The long Water) runs down from the Kaimai to Tauranga harbour. When moving through these rivers I realise that in thinking of one it reminds me of the other.
‘But where are all the trees?’ explores the life of our native trees; from forest to housing, from rubbish pile to Gallery wall. If the wood could speak, what would it tell us? Would it tell us of the 1000 years it spent as a tree? Would it speak of being milled, then being part of a home for humans, soaking up layers of paint and memories, of all those who dwelt there? Or would it speak of being discarded as rubbish, before having new life breathed back into it, which aims to make people consider all that we have lost?
An estimated 80 percent of the country was covered in forest before humans arrived in New Zealand.
Since then, milling and fire have destroyed much of our indigenous forest. Today, indigenous forest covers less than one-quarter of the country, mainly in mountainous areas. In coastal and lowland areas, much of the remaining forests are in small and isolated fragments.
Although the rate of loss of indigenous forests has slowed, it has not stopped. Between 1996 and 2012, we lost a further 10,000 hectares of indigenous forests.
Once forest is lost, it is difficult to restore; CLICK HERE FOR MORE
In celebration of Matariki, we hosted our first Wānanga Raranga, at All Goods. It was a free flow day of traditional weaving demonstrations and hands on contemporary Maori weaving practices, with lots of korero, kai and aroha wrapped in between.
The Wānanga was jointly led by Waipuia Teddy of Ngati Maniapoto, she learnt under the guiding hands of her grand-Aunt Diggeress Te kanawa and Dame Rangimārie Hetet. Her rōpū travelled to join her on the day from all around the motu. The group demonstrated traditional weaving skills from extracting fibre from flax to korowai creation.
On the contemporary side of the spectrum is Avondale-based, Evelyn White facilitated a hands-on workshop and guided visitors through the use of traditional methods and materials for creating your own modern work.
We weren’t quite ready and ALL GOODS still had paint drying, BUT we hosted our first exhibition!
under-construction, was a group exhibition of arts on climate change. Many thanks to the contributors, and being the first to take on the new space!
Beth Murray, Deahne Lakatani, Evelyn White, Jenny Tomlin, Jessamine Fraser and Kate Beilby, Janet Charman, Jean Stewart, John J Johnston, Lea Schlatter, Leela Bhai, Lissa Knight, Max White, Michelle Ardern, Monique Jansen, Nina Patel, Sam Morrison and Silvia Spieksma.
Tuli To’oala and Maria Vai were regular faces at All Goods this year, interveiwing/meeting/filming/editing and hosting a private screening of their short film Whau Migrant Stories.