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WAI - Exhibition + Public Talks + Education Programmes


Wed 22 May 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm
Thu 23 May 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm
Fri 24 May 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 25 May 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 26 May 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, 12 Bruce St, Masterton, Wairarapa

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Aratoi

WAI - Manga Maha, Awa Kotahi - One River, Many Streams.\

Ceramics. Photography. Video. Sound. Maps. An unforgettable show.

WAI seeks to reconnect the Wairarapa community with its waterways and to advocate for the rivers of the region.

WAI features 80+ ceramic eels 'swimming' in a 1.5 meter long stream sculpted by Sam Ludden.
- A riverscape installation with 400+ objects found along Makoura Stream by Siv B. Fjaerestad.
- A soundscape with Rawiri Ra Smith and Cody Field, including recordings of Antarctica waters by Warren Maxwell.
- A meditative video of a river by Denise Batchelor.
- Large-scale photograms of South Island glaciers by Jonathan Kay.
- An interactive work by Ngatai Taepa held in the Aratoi collection.
- Ceramics by Lisa Donaldson.
- A huge wall map of Masterton's 15 streams by Kirsten Browne and Tony Garstang.
- A display of one of the earliest Masterton-made manhole covers sourced by Gareth Winter.
- A design commissioned from painter Anna-Marie Kingsley.

Sam Ludden - who spearheaded WAI - will also run a pop-up education space with resources developed by freshwater scientist Amber McEwan.

WAI artists and participants: Sam Ludden, Siv B. Fjaerestad, Denise Batchelor, Cody Field, Jonathan Kay, Anna-Marie Kingsley, Lisa Donaldson and Ngataiharuru Taepa, with support from: Gareth Winter, Rawiri Smith, Joe Potangaroa, Amber McEwan, Tony Garstang, Kirsten Browne, and Warren Maxwell; and sponsored by: Creative New Zealand, Riverscapes, Masterton Arts Fund, Trust House, and the 147 donors through Boosted.

The museum will be dedicated to Water with WAI and also Water\way, a second multi-media exhibition, featuring 13 NZ artists, opening April 13th and continuing until 4th August. Curated by Bruce Foster and Gregory O'Brien.

Opening / launch - WAI: Friday, 29 March, 5.30pm - 7pm
Public talk: Saturday, 30 March, 11am
School Holiday Programme - 10am-3pm, 16-18 April
Please telephone Aratoi for information: 370 0001

Free Education Programme from term 2
(Mon-Thu) Please email:

Public Talk - Water\Way an exhibition with 13 artists
Jacqui Colley, Phil Dadson, Bing Dawe, Bruce Foster, Brett Graham, Ross Hemera, Euan Macleod,
Gregory O’Brien, Jenna Packer, Dani Terrizzi, Elizabeth Thomson, Peter Trevelyan and Kate Woods.

Curated by: Bruce Foster and Gregory O'Brien
Sunday 26th May 10.30am.

Arts + Climate Innovation Roadshow
The Role of The Arts
Sunday, 26 May 2-4pm

With Prof James Renwick, Dr Mike Joy, Sam Ludden, Jade Waetford, Ra Smith, Gareth Winter, and Sarah Meads.

Organised by Track Zero with Aratoi.

Free tickets here: