Feb Kuku wānanga by Emma Febvre-Richards

Drawing Ecologies/Kei Uta Collective team at Tukorehe Marae, Kuku, Horowhenua 11-16 February 2019

Photo by Huhana Smith, 2019

Photo by Huhana Smith, 2019

 
 

The ‘Drawing Ecologies’ wānanga brought a new iteration of the Kei Uta collective together. This expanding and contracting team of visual language experts were open to embracing the successful Mātauranga Māori research methodologies such as whakapapa (interconnected genealogies), hīkoi (walking talking meetings) and korero tuku iho (local oral narratives of place). To this end, over four days Huhana Smith walked this group through the lower reaches of the Ōhau River, the contiguous wetland projects across Māori shareholder farms, across dune ridgelines to beaches and to coastal protection projects, which are all within ancestral landscapes of great importance to hapū of Ngāti Tukorehe and other related hapū located towards Waikawa. We also stood on 1000 year old dunes systems on Incorporation of Ransfield’s farm, we got hot and bothered in the Waikawa dunefields and cooled ourselves in the moana (sea) at Waikawa. We completed the last of our walks in the cooling forests surrounding Lake Waiwiri or Papaitonga, a remnant low land forest around a freshwater lake within sand country.

 
 
Photo by Huhana Smith, 2019

Photo by Huhana Smith, 2019

 
 

Back at the marae, extensive ‘drawing as expanded practice’ was undertaken during productive artmaking moments. The collaborative stencilled artwork led by Judy Watson (which is shown here in progress) focused on what is important to hapū – namely harvesting of tuna (eels) and inanga (whitebait).

 
 
 
 
 
 

While some 25 Māori and non Māori contemporary artists were invited, the final number was a good sized group whose expertise spanned indigenous culture and practice, tā moko, art, landscape architecture, design, nature and ecologies. Amongst the 12 artist participants were: Sean Bennett Ogden, Tipi Wehipeihana (alongside kuia Aunty Yvonne Wehipeihana-Wilson) from Kuku. Massey University’s Jonathan Kay, Marilyn Jones and Maria O’Toole worked alongside Martin Bryant and Louisa King (University Technology, Sydney), Carl Douglas (AUT) and the invited Government House Matairangi Mahi Toi international residency artists - Frances Whitehead (Chicago, USA), Tania Kovats (Bath Spa, UK) and Amel Nafti (Valence, France). Indigenous artist and Waanyi woman Judy Watson (Brisbane/Griffith University) also responded to the recent research findings of Phase 1 (2015-2017) and Phase 2 (2017-2019) Deep South Vision Mātauranga projects.

 
 

Photos by Huhana Smith and Monique Jansen, 2019

Drawn To Light by Emma Febvre-Richards

by Lisa Munnelly

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Drawn To Light was part of Wellington’s 2019 Performance Arcade (held 21-24 Feb 2019)

 
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Drawn to Light transformed a shipping container into a hybrid form located somewhere between photo-booth and gallery. With one end of the container a studio and the other end a screen displaying the accumulating collection of portraits over the exhibition period.

 
 
 

DRAWin Festival 2018 by Morgan Hogg

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Sydney Pink

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Xelís De Toro

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Ram Samocha

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Liesje van den Berk

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Lili Robins & Micky Bimble

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Molly Macleod

 

Isabel The Phantomat

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Carli Jefferson

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Jenny Arran

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Fu LE (Florent Schwartz)

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Dejan Mrdja (with Ursula Dimitriou, Bettina Fung and Lucija Križman)

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Kimvi Nguyen

 

Jazz Moreton

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Drawing workshop held by Molly Macleod

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Susan D'Amato Artist Residence by Morgan Hogg

SUSAN D'AMATO: Artist Residencies

Bali

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"Residencies for me are opportunities to immerse myself in new physical, cultural and social environments that allow me to absorb and respond creatively to all that I am in contact with. The aspects of travel, research, exploration and discovery integrates everything I love about life as an artist and seeker. There is something very special about working along side other creatives and sharing the intensity of creative process and practice. I find the balance of work, time, space and community deeply supportive, nourishing, satisfying and joyful. I am grateful for the experiences and friendships I have made through residency participation and hope to continue to explore the inner/outer world it in this way." 

Susan D'Amato's residencies have included:
Purnati Center for the Creative Arts, Bali
The David and Julia White foundation, Costa Rica
Tyrone Guthrie Center, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland
PLAYA, Oregon
Sitka Centre, Oregon
Jentel, Wyoming
The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, New Mexico

Nyepi celebrations for Balinese New Year

Nyepi celebrations for Balinese New Year

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Wyoming

Wyoming

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Oregon

Oregon

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Taos Desert, New Mexico

Taos Desert, New Mexico

Drawing Open Residency at Villa Arson, France by Morgan Hogg

THE DRAWING OPEN RESIDENCY AT VILLA ARSON THIS JANUARY

In January this year Susan D’Amato, Emma Febvre-Richards and Amel Nafti gathered at Villa Arson to workshop future projects/ collaborations, engage with Villa Arson students and of course make work!

Here are some photos from that time….

Who wouldn’t love Villa Arson with a view over the City like this?! That’s Emma’s coffee cup!

Who wouldn’t love Villa Arson with a view over the City like this?! That’s Emma’s coffee cup!

L’Institut Claude Pompidou who Drawing Open is now working with on the Sensing Drawing Project based on bringing together science, drawing and Technology to advance Dementia research.

L’Institut Claude Pompidou who Drawing Open is now working with on the Sensing Drawing Project based on bringing together science, drawing and Technology to advance Dementia research.

Villa Arson students singing and celebrating in the studio!

Villa Arson students singing and celebrating in the studio!

Susan at the Marc Chagall Museum.

Susan at the Marc Chagall Museum.

Ann Guillaume filming on our way to Ste Marguerite where she has based her PhD project. We were very happy to contribute

Ann Guillaume filming on our way to Ste Marguerite where she has based her PhD project. We were very happy to contribute

Emma, Amel and Susan, having some fun on the Ferris wheel on our last evening together!

Emma, Amel and Susan, having some fun on the Ferris wheel on our last evening together!

Reggio Emilia Inspired Dialogue by Morgan Hogg

Drawing Open and REID


On September the 2nd 2017 the group Reggio Emilia Inspired Dialogue, REID for short, came to Massey University Drawing Open space to do and learn more about Drawing as Expanded practice with Emma Febvre-Richards. This group are volunteers (head teachers and academics) who orchestrate four or five professional development events per year in Wellington for ECE teachers, inspired by the pedagogy of Reggio Emilia.

Have a look at the philosophy here:
http://learningmaterialswork.com/product/children-art- artists-the- expressive-languages- of-children- the-artistic-language-of- alberto-burri/
http://www.reggiochildren.it/?libro=rendere-visibile- lapprendimento&lang=en

Watch this space as we are now working towards the possibility of developing a drawing pedagogy in early childhood!
Here are some pictures of the fun we had!

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Drawing Open in Europe June/July 2017 by Morgan Hogg

Drawing Open in Europe June/July 2017


Drawing Open was lucky enough to have a wonderful trip to Europe in June!

Emma Febvre-Richards writes:

1. I visited with Huhana Smith and Corinne Sentou, Tim Ingold in Aberdeen and to discuss the possibility of Tim working with Drawing Open!
Also to workshop with Tim Ingold PhD Students around Contemporary Drawing today, as well as to view ‘Knowing From the Inside: Anthropology, Art, Architecture and Design’ (or for short, KFI) which is a 5-year project funded by a European Research Council Advanced Grant held by Professor Tim Ingold. Check it out here, www.abdn.ac.uk/research/kfi

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The Intro for KFI is :
‘Knowing From the Inside’ seeks to reconfigure the relation between practices of inquiry in the human sciences and the forms of knowledge to which they give rise. Its fundamental premise is that knowledge is not created through an encounter between minds furnished with concepts and theories, and a material world already populated with objects, but grows from the crucible of our practical and observational engagement with the world around us. Knowledge, we contend, comes from thinking with, from and through beings and things, not just about them. Our overall aim is to show how research underpinned by this premise could make a difference to the sustainability of environmental relations and to the well-being that depends on it.

PHD students at Aberdeen University

PHD students at Aberdeen University

2. London! I presented to ‘DRAW’ Drawing Research at Wimbledon

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And Huhana Smith, Corinne Sentou and Amel Nafti visited Wimbledon College of Art, Post graduate and Undergraduate show as well as Chelsea College of Arts Undergraduate show. Not to forget the galleries and The Drawing Room!

Thank you Simon Betts (Dean of the Wimbeldon College of Art,UAL) and Tania Kovats (‘Draw’, Wimbeldon College of Art, UAL)

3. Then off to Nice where I was lucky enough to have a residency for three weeks at Villa Arson who is part of Drawing Open. Very privileged to have this time and to be so well received. Thank you Jean-Paul Simon (Director of Villa Arson).

20 - 26 June 2017 the Massey team work-shopped and Drawing Open participants at the Villa Arson… (Simon Betts flew over) Meeting lots of people from the Université Côte D’Azur, regional galleries and indeed from around the world! The first residency for Drawing Open was undertaken at Villa Arson from 27 June - 14 July 2017.

 

Chateau de Mouans-Sartoux…. L’espace d’lart Concret…Carlos Cruz-Diez

Chateau de Mouans-Sartoux…. L’espace d’lart Concret…Carlos Cruz-Diez

4. Villa Arson spoilt me by taking me to Documenta 14 (Kassel) and Skulptur Project (Münster)

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5. Home!

The Drawing Research Hub Inaugural Symposium 2016 by Morgan Hogg

The Drawing Research Hub Inaugural Symposium 2016

The Drawing Research Hub Inaugural Symposium at Massey University, Wellington, on the 14-15th of September 2017 was the first time that all the founding members of The Drawing Research Hub were able to meet and present their research/practice to one another, as well as being inspired by the keynotes. Setting in place the foundations, charter and name of Drawing Open. 

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