Shared Lines Wellington
As earthquake prone cities, Christchurch, Wellington, and Sendai, Japan share common ground through recent experience. These cities are now looking to build earthquake resilience and create ‘resilient cities’. But how do we create stronger communities, and what is the role of art and urban design in building these cities?
Shared Lines: Wellington brings artists already effected by earthquake to the capital to encourage new discussion. It is a week-long series of art displays, talks, performances, and workshops, with artists from Japan, Christchurch and Kaikoura sharing their experience, knowledge and work in building resilience alongside the business and city planning sectors. The programme seeks to ‘earthquake strengthen’ the Wellington arts community.
Three Japanese artists have been invited to exhibit alongside Christchurch and Kaikoura based artists including Audrey Baldwin, Kim Lowe, Matthew Moriarty, Miranda Parkes, Tonya Sweet and Jason Ware to name a few. The exhibition features sculpture, performace, painting, photography, digital works and installation.
With the increasing number and severity of natural disaster and humanitarian crises faced by towns and cities around the Pacific Rim, we need to discuss and respond in ways that sees the community work alongside the decision-makers in emergency preparedness, disaster relief and rebuilding efforts. Engineers, property developers, architects, city planners and bureaucrats are invited to participate in panel discussions with artists.
Shared Lines emerged out of the earthquake events that devastated Canterbury, New Zealand, and Fukushima, Japan in 2011. Shared Lines is now an established collective of artists and art producers that aim to promote artistic exchange between cities and use art to build resilient cities.
Thank you to our funders and sponsors; Creative New Zealand, Wellington City Council, Urban Dream Brokerage, Willis Bond & Co., Studio Pacific Architecture, Canyon Creative and Kinetic Digital.
Shared Lines: Wellington is being umbrellaed by the Wellington Independent Arts Trust.
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Symposium: Adam Auditorium (City Gallery Wellington): 6pm Tuesday, 17 October
Yasuaki Igarashi's public artwork Sora-Ami: Knitting the Sky will be installed on Wellington Waterfront Lagoon
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