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Call for artists for the Naenae Community Hub project

We want to involve an artist from the concept design phase of the Naenae Community Hub project and now that the lead architect has been announced we are looking for artists with a connection to Naenae and/or experience in integrating art into architecture.

We’re working towards a welcoming, innovative space that reflects the local community, resonates with Naenae’s history and connects with local Māori history. We’re looking for artists to help us achieve these goals.

A variety of roles for artists are available, from leading the art aspects of the design and working with the design team to integrate art into the structure of the building, to working on smaller projects within the hub.

How to apply

If you’re interested in being involved in this exciting project, please email to request an information pack, and send your expression of interest to by 5pm on 7 March 2019. Please include:

  • Photographic images of no less than 4 different works that represent your practice (files should be a maximum of 8MB in total);
  • A bio outlining the type of media, ideas and projects you have worked on and how long you have been making art, and/or a CV of your artistic career; and
  • What aspects of the project you are interested in being part of.

Potential themes include:

  • Origins: Maui’s raising of the fish and his brothers cutting it, creating a lake where the cemetery is now. The splitting of this lake into two rivers, Waiwhetu and Te Awamutu, when the lake’s two taniwha clashed (“Naenae” is derived from Te Ngae Ngae, which means “to cause effect through rupture”).
  • Te Raumanuka o te Ngaengae (The 100 Manuka of Naenae): an abundance of resources, birdlife, food and medicinal plants, an abundance of cultural diversity (Raumanuka is one of Naenae’s maunga/mountains).
  • Modernism, design, the development of Naenae as a designer “garden community”.

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