A weekend of site-specific art events and installations along Rosebank Rd, Avondale.

Presented in conjunction with Unitec and the Rosebank Business Association, with support from community organisations and numerous companies (see homepage).

Download Artwalk map here

Printed maps are free at the event

WHEN: Sat 23 Mar – Sun 24 Mar 10am to 5pm

NB – On both days passenger vans (courtesy of UNITEC) will continuously follow the Rosebank artwalk circuit, beginning at Avondale Train Station with free maps detailing the works and their location. Visitors can begin the walk at any point. The maps will also be available at every project and as a downloadable PDF from this website after March11th.

The Projects

Brit Bunkley  – The Hunstman. A techno-arachnid installation inside a shipping container placed on Rosebank Rd. Digital scans made from a freeze dried Avondale spider from Auckland Museum are made into 3D rapid prototype prints to occupy the space inside.

Nina Patel, Kathy Waghorn, Rohan Bush  – Flotilla Whau – A flotilla on the Whau with the West End Rowing Club, underscoring the river as a place of movement, transport history and recreation. A series of symbolic signals map out the long gone sites of production and acknowledge the shifting of materials, people and economies.

Dr Craig HiltonHow did we get to Jomac Place? – Road signs remind us of how we got here, the pole representing time. From the Big Bang, the formation of the first atoms, molecules through to volcanic earth, the recent advent of DNA and biology, all the way to the ridiculously recent advent of humans, Kiwifruit, horse racing and cabbages.

Dr Julieanna Preston – Moving Stuff: A two-day performative public installation, which explores the relationship between the ecological culture of the Whau River estuary and the economy culture of the industrial precinct along Rosebank Road. Come witness and participate in the material exchange.

F4 (Williams/Jowsey/Bardebes)Penny a Pound. An interactive, animated installation recalling Rosebank’s horticultural history, the Dominion and the domestic science of our forebears.

F4 (Williams/Jowsey/Mercy/Jesse) – Rose-topia. An interactive animation which imagines a utopian Rosebank Peninsula from the perspective of some young people.

Kerryn McMurdo – Site-specific dances and performances, choreographed and created in collaboration with eight performers from the ‘Seekers Dance Collective’. Performers occupy areas in and around Rosebank Rd and audience may follow them accordingly.

William Hsu and Nick Spratt – By the time it arrives it might have already been forgotten – A project that begins as you get on to the shuttle bus at Avondale train station, and will end six months later. During the walk, as you look to the skyline above the Whau, or if you look across the motorway towards Pollen Island, you might see kuaka flying past, preparing for their flight north. Beginning a journey that is thought to be the longest non-stop flight of any bird, they will spend the winter in China, Korea or western Alaska, returning to these shores in September. 

Haru SameshimaRosebank Momento – In collaboration with Photoforum, an offering of published photographs contrasting the Motu Manawa Reserve, the River Whau and the business district of Rosebank Rd.

Pedro Ilgenfritz – Rosebank Intervention – Four actors/characters from LAB Theatre, interact with the audience in various points of the art walk.  Meet these roving types as they connect with the environment, history and stories of the Rosebank Road area.

John PusateriOriginal Decay – Collaborating with a pressman from Croxley’s, mass production print technology produces individually unique art works, depicting aspects of Rosebank. Flaw after flaw progressively changes the image through the print run to create a body of work looking at change, alteration, deterioration and evolution.

Waikare Komene/Martin Leung-WaiThe Garden of Avondale  – Collaborative sculpture and Garden to Table project with students from the Rosebank School and Avondale College, culminating in a community celebration.

Darryl TorcklerMud Work – photographic installation featuring two 360 degree panoramic prints of the Motu Manawa Marine Reserve (Pollen Island). Showing the under-water and the above-water landscape at full tide (split level image) and the other a night time panorama of the same scene with the tide out.

The Everyday Collective  – Paul Woodruffe, Ilse Marie Erl, Faye Norman, Raewyn Graham.

The Everyday Collective – Cabbages, Horses and Science; Rosebank narratives  – A documentary made using amateur Super 8 movie footage, digital film and still photography of iconic Rosebank places and people.

The Everyday Collective – The Planner, a steel waterfront sculpture of a figure that reflects on the decisions made in the 1950’s that changed the peninsular into what we see today. (Kurt Bremer coastal walkway).

The Everyday Collective The Kumara gardens; printed images depicting the seasonal cycle of the traditional Maori Kumara gardening as would have occurred in pre-European times (posted all along Rosebank Rd).

The Everyday Collective – Seeding the Cloud – Everyday Collective artists lead special guided walks exploring the public and industrial environment of Rosebank Road, gathering interesting detritus to fashion into wearable jewellery. Onsite workshops will facilitate the necessary techniques and fastening materials to make pieces you can keep and treasure, reflecting the peninsula and creating awareness of issues of sustainability and social responsibility within our environment.

Matthew Bradbury/Grace Warne  – A berm-side, tactile landscape installation dealing with the potential for ecological mediation of industry and its impact.

Rachael AllanThe Purfex Story – The trailer from this full length documentary celebrating NZ’s only mannequin design and manufacturing company, situated for 20 years on the Rosebank Peninsula.

Lonnie Hutchinson‘Kei te aroha au i koe’ – Te Reo Maori becomes a physical pouwhenua or tohu in neon.  ‘Kei te aroha au i koe’ (I love you) inspires the values the mauri and wairua in ourselves (nga tangata) and of the peninsula – (te whenua). A huge aroha mai to all the conservation work, gardening groups, and industry on Rosebank who are working together to preserve these values.

Kathy WaghornThe Fluid City Roaming Laboratory – A collaborative, participatory laboratory roaming Rosebank Rd, with scientists and experts in microbiology, geography, planning, education, dance and architecture from The University of Auckland.


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