Open date: Wednesday February 1st 2023
Closing date: Thursday March 16th 2023
TE ARA I WHITI:
Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival is a festival with a difference. It’s an event uniquely focused on inclusion, access and authenticity, designed to use the arts to explore what it means to be of Te Tairāwhiti.
Te Ara i Whiti is an interactive visual arts experience that forms the heart of the newly named TAI – our Matariki season of Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival. TAI examines our place on the land and view out to the world. It is a space to question, to wānanga, to innovate and to explore the uniqueness of our place. It is ebb and flow of endless possibility. He Pā Tai…
Te Ara i Whiti is a hybrid of modern form and a contemporary expression of the continuum of Māori design. Over the last 5 years this has seen illuminated installations, sculptural works, animation, film/ video and soundscapes and is a welcome space for exploration. Curated by Melanie Tangaere Baldwin, Te Ara i Whiti is a playful synthesis of bold vibrancy and all the many forms that ngā toi Māori take. Fused with clever engineering and award-winning design by Angus Muir, the result is a stunning collective expression of the creative excellence of Te Tairāwhiti.
Situated in Tūranga-nui-a-kiwa/ Gisborne along the Taruheru, Waimata and Tūranganui Rivers, Te Ara i Whiti is a free event for whānau to enjoy.
Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival welcomes proposals from artists interested in participating in Te Ara i Whiti 2023.
SEEKING ARTISTS AND CREATIVES – EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival is calling for proposals from artists who have a connection to Te Tairāwhiti and are interested in participating in Te Ara i Whiti during June/July 2023.
We are looking for strong proposals that consider the following:
- Te Ara i Whiti is an outdoor, public exhibition attracting whānau of all ages, people love to touch and play! How does your work consider play, interaction and space for audience reflection?
- This is a group show and each work should be seen as part of a wider context.
- The banks of the Taruheru, Waimata and Tūranganui Rivers form a spectacular backdrop for these sculptural works, does your work highlight that? How does your work consider Te Taiao?
- The works shine brilliantly at night, but how can your work have an equally vibrant relationship to daylight?
- The entire installation is underpinned by a celebration of matauranga Māori and the stories of our place.
- Be prepared to adapt your practice, this is a chance to innovate so enjoy it!
- This is open to both emerging and practicing artists, so don’t be afraid to apply!
- There are limited spots available, and the curation process is a difficult one. Proposals should show a strong concept, provide basic drawings/ sketches and have a clear Kaupapa and artistic vision.
- How will your work respond to the outdoor environment (sun, wind, rain…)?
- The logistics of the work (weight, engineering, storage..)
- The time frame (how long will it take to create/ build/ fabricate)
- What assistance will you need (technical or otherwise) to create this work
- Cost per work is an average of $10k which includes artist fee and material costs. Any variation must be agreed by the Chief Executive / Artistic Director for the Trust
- Fabrication will start from May 2nd – June 4th for installation on June 18th 2023
- Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival is hosting an online session for those eager to submit an EOI for Te Ara i Whiti 2023 on Tuesday 14th February at 5:30PM. You can register here.
- If you are unable to attend the online wānanga, please send any inquiries, technical or artistic to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Proposals are reviewed by guest Curator Melanie Tangaere-Baldwin and Artistic Director – Tama Waipara. If you are shortlisted, you will need to do a verbal presentation for the panel by video call (zoom) on Monday 20 March
- All artists selected must attend the 2-day curatorial wānanga. This is a requirement for participation in Te Ara i Whiti.
Submit your interest by 12pm midday, Thursday 16 March 2023. Applications are now open: http://bit.ly/3DrwRr4
Important dates (subject to change):
- Feb 1: EOI Opens
- Feb 14: Online wānanga (to assist with submissions)
- March 16: EOI Closes
- March 20: Video presentations (if shortlisted)
- March 24: Te Ara i Whiti 2023 artists notified
- March 29 & 30: 2-day wānanga (for selected artists)
- April 3 – 24: 1 on 1 zoom with TTAF creative and production team
- May 1: Concepts finalized
- May 2 – June 4: Production
To date 23 visual artists have contributed to Te Ara i Whiti
|Ariki Whakataka Brightwell||Angus Muir|
|Fiona Collis||Baye Riddell|
|Huia Edmonds||Mel Tahata|
|Steve Gibbs||Tāwera Tahuri|
|Chevron Hassett||Melanie Tangaere-Baldwin|
|Kaaterina Kerekere||James Tapsell-Kururangi|
|Tai Kerekere||Ron Tekawa|
|Erena Koopu||Te Naiti Tīhema|
|Terangi Roimata Kutia-Tataurangi||Ngaire Tuhua|
|Simon Lardelli||Zak Waipara|
|Randal Leach||George Watson|
Aerial view of Te Ara i Whiti 2021 and 2022 to help you understand the space and scope:
Videography by Cody Keepa, Keepa Digital for Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival. Music: Waitī Waitā – Maisey Rika