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Inhabit,
Iteration 3
Ormiston Town Center, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland, 2024

The third iteration of Inhabit opens from 8th - 30th of June, 2024, at the Ormiston Town Center in East Auckland. This is a project funded by Arts Out East, supported by Te Tuhi and the Howick Local Board, as well as Auckland City Council Creative Communities Scheme. 

On Saturday, 8th June, 2024, Inhabit; Iteration 3 will open with an installation of sewn banners that give a public voice to the intimate stories woven throughout this project. Made from the ‘iconic’ NZ cotton redline flat nappies, the ‘banners’ have been coloured with natural dyes from my kitchen. They’re hand and machine-stitched with participants messages in cut-out felt text, generated from the conversations held during Iterations I (2022) and 2 (2023) of Inhabit. Words and statements were added to an ever-growing wall of post-it notes that formed the heart of the conversation we now continue in stitch. Individual post-it notes are made into a banner and collectively installed to create an immersive space; an ever-evolving process-driven project that responds directly to the Inhabit participants and co-creators. 

Through Inhabit, I’m exploring the artist’s critical role as a creative facilitator in bringing together participants in social change projects that empower and lead to lasting change in care. Facilitating social relations and treating wellbeing with the same value as an art object, I’m 'making through motherhood' as a way to contribute to the ever-present and meaningful conversations that surround negotiating space for self in the home, artists in the community, and artist-mother life.

Housed in an empty shop, next to ASB, this installation will be viewable to the public during center open hours and open to the community, for free workshops, from 10:30-2pm, on Saturday, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and Tuesday 25th of June. 

Please join us for one of the following public events. 

You are welcome to drop in for a cup of tea and experience the installation during open hours, or join one of the workshops. 

 

Everyone that visits the installation will be invited to contribute to the project by adding a thought or feeling to the post-it wall as a response to your experience, or as a message to a past, future or current postpartum self, friend or whānau member. 

Workshops and Programing 

  • Postpartum Rehabilitation Session
    Postpartum Rehabilitation Session
    Sat, 15 Jun
    Tāmaki Makaurau
    15 Jun 2024, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    Tāmaki Makaurau, 240 Ormiston Road, Flat Bush, Auckland 2019, New Zealand
    15 Jun 2024, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    Tāmaki Makaurau, 240 Ormiston Road, Flat Bush, Auckland 2019, New Zealand
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  • Postpartum Health and Wellness Workshop with Vanessa Werner 
    Postpartum Health and Wellness Workshop with Vanessa Werner 
    Sat, 15 Jun
    Tāmaki Makaurau
    15 Jun 2024, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    Tāmaki Makaurau, 240 Ormiston Road, Flat Bush, Auckland 2019, New Zealand
    15 Jun 2024, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    Tāmaki Makaurau, 240 Ormiston Road, Flat Bush, Auckland 2019, New Zealand
    Pregnancy, birth and postpartum is one of huge transition with many layers of mental, emotional and physical change, this workshop unpacks the pillars of postpartum health and wellbeing.
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  • Ancestral Storytelling Through Motherhood
    Ancestral Storytelling Through Motherhood
    Sat, 22 Jun
    Tāmaki Makaurau
    22 Jun 2024, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Tāmaki Makaurau, 240 Ormiston Road, Flat Bush, Auckland 2019, New Zealand
    22 Jun 2024, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Tāmaki Makaurau, 240 Ormiston Road, Flat Bush, Auckland 2019, New Zealand
    Facilitated by Rachel Liebert and Holli McEntegart
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  • Ormiston Mums and Bubs Meet up
    Ormiston Mums and Bubs Meet up
    Tue, 25 Jun
    Tāmaki Makaurau
    25 Jun 2024, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    Tāmaki Makaurau, Ormiston Town Center, 240 Ormiston Road, Flat Bush, Auckland 2019, New Zealand
    25 Jun 2024, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    Tāmaki Makaurau, Ormiston Town Center, 240 Ormiston Road, Flat Bush, Auckland 2019, New Zealand
    This group is open to all local parents wanting to find connection.
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