The Water Project

The Water Project exhibition engages with the complex realities of water in the 21st Century – as bringer of life and ancestral voice, but also as a contested commodity and saleable resource.

Students explore artworks created by 13 artists surrounding the cultural, conceptual and imaginative qualities of rivers, lakes, wetlands and freshwater systems of Aotearoa/New Zealand, and their crucial role in the well-being of our communities.

Discussion: Students discuss the topic of water not only as a natural element essential to our well-being, but also as a carrier of histories and traditions, with myriad individual and collective meanings. Their focus will be on Ross Hemera’s work Ko Kārewa te Whakarare.

Workshop: Students study the shapes and forms in Hemera’s work that are inspired by ancient Maori rock drawing. Then, they will design their own simplified figures and motifs in that style and draw them on small rocks to take back to school.

  • Curriculum strands: Visual Arts, English and Social Studies
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Suitable: Primary, Intermediate, Secondary
  • Cost: Free
  • Dates: Until 24 March 2019

Artwork: Ross Hemera, Ko Karewa te Whakarare (detail), 2018