30 May – 8 Nov 2020 (depending on COVID-19 alert level status)
Thirteen New Zealand artists explore fresh water systems in Aotearoa and the cultural, environmental and political stories that surround them.
WAI - the water project is a multimedia exhibition that celebrates fresh water as a natural element essential to our wellbeing. It considers notions of public and private responsibility to our shared resources and our legacy for future generations.
Two years ago, thirteen artists were invited to explore the cultural, conceptual and imaginative qualities of water. Initiated by Ashburton Art Gallery Director, Shirin Khosraviani, they embarked on a road trip around Canterbury’s waterways—lakes, rivers and wetlands—in what was known as The Water Project. Bruce Foster and Gregory O’Brien were two of those artists and together, they have curated Wai/Water as an offshoot. Jacqui Colley, Phil Dadson, Bing Dawe, Brett Graham, Ross Hemera, Euan Macleod, Jenna Packer, Dani Terrizzi, Elizabeth Thomson, Peter Trevelyan and Kate Woods are the other artists in the project.
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