In 2012, Urbanlife is taking Auckland Museum beyond its walls and out into urban communities to activate rangatahi responses, giving them tools to effectively inform positive development in Auckland City’s urban landscape; and develop their perspectives and creative solutions towards Auckland city being “the most liveable city” for youth.
On April 19th we were excited to launch this kaupapa and privileged to host our first wave of youth participants, and the talented and dedicated artist mentors who will be facilitating workshops to produce multi-disciplinary creative responses to youth issues, and encouraging our rangatahi to think about possibilities for their future
This initiative aims to foster tuakana/teina relationships between museum staff, youth mentors and established artists; and young people in the greater Tamaki Makaurau region. The project will explore nine threads over two years, represented by rangatahi from unique pockets of demographic, geographic and creative output, allowing participants to develop their identity, strengthen existing and new relationships, and build skills and talents.
Starting with our Pictorial Collections as a source point of inspiration, a lens to make connections to rest of the collections, we hope to create opportunities for youth of descendent communities to make visual connections to taonga and heritage treasures housed at the museum.
The projects so far…
Early maps, tapa and masi patterns, and Noele Sandwith sketches – South Auckland youth – Culture – Spoken word – South Auckland Poets Collective founding member Grace Taylor
FRESH: Brown and Around – South Auckland Poets Collective
Robin Morrison Collection and whakapapa records – Te Korowai youth from West Auckland – Education – Documentary Photography – Photographer Te Rawhitiroa Bosch
Smart Thinker: Te Rawhitiroa Bosch
Weekly News archive and the Identi-Tee exhibition – Central Auckland Youthline advisory group – Employment – Screen-print t-shirts – Popohardwear’s Siliga David Setonga
Siliga Setoga Creative Native FRESH 11 Feb 2012
Gallery spaces and feminist photographers Margaret Matilda White and Una Garlick – Massive Company’s Central and South ensembles – Economic Well-being – Devised theatre techniques – Massive mentors and tutors
THE BRAVE – Week 3: \”Who would you write a letter to?\”
The Herald and the Sparrow photographic collections – I AM GI youth – Housing – Soundscape – Hip hop producer Anonymouz
ANONYMOUZ Showreel 2010