WAI - Manga Maha, Awa Kotahi | One River, Many Streams


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

A multi-media exhibition, WAI features a site-specific ceramic river sculpture with 80+ eels by Sam Ludden; soundscape with Cody Field, Rawiri Smith and Warren Maxwell; a riverscape installation by Siv B. Fjaerestad with objects found along Makoura Stream; an historic map of Masterton waterways by Kirsten Browne and Tony Garstang; video art by Denise Batchelor; large-scale photograms of South Island glaciers by Jonathan Kay; an interactive artwork by Ngataiharuru Taepa; a display of one of Masterton’s earliest manhole covers sourced by Gareth Winter; and a design commissioned from painter Anna-Marie Kingsley.

Sam Ludden will run a pop-up education space, using resources developed by freshwater scientist Amber McEwan.

School Holiday Programme 16-18 April.

Free education programme from Term 2.

Opening: Friday, 29 March, 5.30pm 

Artist Talk: Saturday, 30 March, 11am 

Closing event: 
Arts + Climate Innovation: The Role of the Arts – Organised by Track Zero in partnership with Aratoi.

Sunday, 26 May, 2 - 4pm