Coexistence Exhibition, Wellington 2018
Wellington was the 35th city to host Exhibition Coexistence. A giant thought- provoking outdoor art exhibition. Art work from artists all over the world were on display, including our own Wellington artist Matt Watson, bringing the theme of Coexistence to life sending a visual message of understanding and compassion and a universal message of learning to live side by side and by conveying this through the language of art.
Have a look back at Coexistence Exhibition, Wellington 2018
COEXISTENCE CULTURAL DAY
Wellington brought out all the stops on 3 March with amazing weather and an incredible crowd! Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester opened the event. Our MC Pearl Leonard from The Breeze FM did an incredible job interacting with the crowd and performances. Collection buckets for the Pacific Disaster Relief were generously supplied by the Red Cross during the day.
The performers really made the day, displaying the diversity and unity of Wellington. Acts included: Pukehuia Kapa Haka, WOSOSI, Booboosha, Kira, Sam Manzaza and the Afro Beat Band, Ras Judah, China Cultural Centre, Makatu'unga he 'Ofa Tongan Community, Ashinsha Ratnayake and the Filipino Choir.
We were also very luck to give away some awesome spot prizes from local businesses including: Cafe L'affare, Commonsense Organics and Fix & Fogg.
COEXISTENCE: A CONVERSATION @ ST. PETER’S ON WILLIS
Artists, students, family, friends and all Wellingtonians were invited to join in the conversation with Raphie Etgar, the curator of Exhibition Coexistence from The Museum on the Seam Jerusalem, and discuss how the exhibition came about and what we can do to spread the message of coexistence.
St. Peter's on Willis Church hosted a lovely evening which included a beautiful opening with Brody Leathem playing the saxophone as people entered, Rose Lubransky singing an amazing original song written specially for the evening on coexistence, a Q&A with the audience, a touching and empowering speech by Matt Watson, the Wellington Winner whose art work will now travel internationally with the rest of the exhibition, and closed with Sam Manzaza playing traditional Congo drums.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WITH UNA NZ
International Women’s Day was celebrated all around the world on the 8th March. A collaborated event with the United Nation Association New Zealand at the Hippopotamus Restaurant, QT Museum Hotel brought together a group of women to discuss this year’s theme “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. A great panel of women discussed the theme and their own experiences of being a woman in today’s society.
COEXIST - A YOUTH EVENT WITH ZEAL
Young creatives showed their true talent at the Coexist - A Coexistence WGTN Youth Event on Saturday 17th March. We had some really awesome performances showcasing the up-and-coming youth in Wellington. Special thanks to Zeal for putting together this event and the Wellington City Council for sponsoring!
ARTISTS FROM THE WELLINGTON REGION
We received amazing works of art showcasing the local talent we have in Wellington.
We would like to thank everyone who has submitted an art work and display the vast ideas us Wellingtonians have on the theme of COEXISTENCE!
You can view the Wellington artworks in a Local Exhibition at St. Peter's on Willis Church, cnr of Willis Street & Ghuznee Street.
It was very difficult to choose just ONE artist, however the judges decided on a winner... MATT WATSON with THE COLOUR OF BLOOD (featured at the top of the page)
RESENE SCHOOL ART PROJECT +
SCHOOL CLASS GUIDED TOURS
As an additional learning experience, we invited schools to view the exhibition where we discussed the art panels and their theme with the students. It's been great listening to the different ideas children have thought on the art and reflected on current and past real-life issues around the world. There were 7 school artworks submitted and showcased alongside the local artists’ works at St. Peter’s Church. The winners of the Resene School Art Project: Clyde Quay School Primary Section and Wellesley School, Intermediate Section.
A huge THANK YOU to everyone that made Exhibition Coexistence Wellington possible! We couldn’t have done it without your love and support!
Let’s continue to spread the message of love, togetherness and unity!