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Wahine at Refinery Artspace Nelson on 24 Jan

You  are warmly invited to the opening of Wāhine is a touring multi-media exhibition that amplifies Māori women’s voices around Aotearoa, offering our communities the opportunity to be enriched by their life stories while fostering mutual understanding.
Through personalised sound stories and portrait photography, Wāhine is an immersive exhibition inviting communities to come together, be inspired, and learn from the raw, honest, and vulnerable stories of Māori women.
The stories touch on their joys and inspirations, their troubles and tribulations, and the resilience that has moulded them into the women they are.
The powerful words of each interview are woven together with real-life recordings captured by the women themselves. These sound journeys are accompanied by portraits of the women taken at their home, marae, or their chosen location.
While it travels around Aotearoa, Wāhine expands each time it changes locations by inviting a wahine from a local iwi to join the kaupapa and hold space for the other women.
Come and join us for the opening of the Wāhine Exhibition and its return to Whakatū!
After touring Te Waipounamu, the South Island, the kaupapa is coming back to Nelson with 4 additional wāhine portraits from around the motu! Our opening will be held at the Refinery Artspace, food and drinks to share will be available.
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Opening January 24th Lotus Eaters Lullaby brings together selected works from enigmatic installation artist Lee Woodman created during the last two years. Homer’s Odyssey describes the blissful forgetfulness that overcame the ‘Lotus Eaters’, the large gallery will be an oasis of contemplation to lose yourself in as Woodman’s hypnotic works artfully come together. We will be announcing details of a closing celebration for Lee soon.

A Glimpse of Ancient Art. Opening also on 24th January, Malsha Ariyawansa will be bringing her colourful work depicting Sri Lankan temple paintings to the Refinery ArtSpace in her first solo exhibition. Ariyawansa paints on unconventional found materials giving her work an interesting dimension. In exhibition until 19th February.

Taarn Scott reminds us of the fundamental practice of pencil rubbing that we may have learnt in primary school. In the linked video Scott invites us to revisit it as an archival diary exercise.

This is the last week to view Outlining/Shifting Channels – Taarn Scott, The Brightness is Beautiful – Patrick Malone and Emerge – Centre for Fine Woodworking graduate and emerging tutor exhibition.

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