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Art Seeks Wisdom in a Multitude of Voices

Friday 10 May to Saturday 01 June 2024




Fri 10 May to Sat 01 June


Tauranga Historic Village, 159 17th Avenue

This captivating collection is each a tribute to individuals who navigate life's complexities with unwavering integrity and dedication, and a celebration of their profound impact that often goes unnoticed.

These individuals weave the fabric of our communities with their everyday acts of compassion, resilience, and their unwavering spirit.

Twenty five percent of proceeds from the sale of paintings will be donated to Live for More, supporting individuals and families in Tauranga Beyond the canvas, each artwork comes alive with an accompanying audio recording.

In these recordings, the individuals share insights into their lives, experiences, and perspectives, offering a deeper understanding of their values and aspirations.

Visitors can access the recordings via QR codes, using their mobile devices. The artist’s expression draws inspiration from Humans of New York (HONY), Alain de Botton: Making complex ideas accessible and fostering empathy through emotional intelligence and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Challenging singular narratives and embracing the multifaceted tapestry of human experiences.

A diverse group of 12 individuals from across Aotearoa are featured in the exhibition, including:

  • Dr. Glenn Colquhoun: Poet and general practitioner, weaving together healthcare and cultural understanding.
  • Vincent Vuillard: Ted X speaker and business leader promoting purpose, transparency, and ethical practices.
  • Bobby Ketu: Kaihautu Maori and former Deputy Principal fostering a safe and inclusive learning environment for students.
  • Dr. Claudia Rozas Gomez: Igniting the spark of imagination and fostering meaningful learning at Auckland University.
  • Benny Marama: Founder of IENA PASIFIKA, empowering Pasifika youth to tell their authentic stories.
  • Dr. Megan Alderson: Veterinarian advocating for mental health and a sustainable profession.
  • Sophie Garth: Makeup artist and advocate for sustainable and ethical practices in the beauty industry.
  • Cecily Horne: Retired pharmacist and pickleball player, reminding us to embrace individuality and celebrate meaningful connections.
  • Mary Woods: Principal of Matahui School, prioritising child-centered learning and fostering meaningful connections within the community.
  • Kirsty Maxwell Crawford: CEO Poutiri, dedicated to Maori health workforce development and mental health advocacy.
  • Dr. Donald McMenamin: Counsellor emphasising self-awareness and compassion in mental health support.
  • Krista Riddell: Chiropractor embodying patience, warmth, and gentle care in her practice.

Beyond viewing art, this exhibition invites visitors to reflect on their own values, the power of quiet strength, to appreciate the impact individuals can have through their everyday actions and recognise the unsung heroes who inspire us with their unwavering commitment to their communities.

Opening preview Friday 10 May 2024, 5.30pm to 7.00pm in the Incubator lounge. Everyone welcome. On display in The Incubator Gallery from the 11 May to 1 June 2024.

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