Community Wellbeing

Metaphor of Migration gathering and exhibition – April 11th 2021

On October 31 and 7 November, 2020, two wonderful groups of Dunedinites’ were invited to creatively reflect on their (or ancestors) stories of migration and the process of making Dunedin home. They used Creative Writing, Collage and Photography to come to a final photograph and description, which is homed on the Dunedin Public Libraries, Scattered Seeds – He Purapura Marara, digital archive. Evan Hastings, Artistic Director of The Theatre in Health Education Trust

Now in 2021, Evan Hastings, Artistic Director of The Theatre in Health Education Trust and myself, invite participants, old friends, family and new friends to join us for a small 1 hr gathering at library. The gathering will be on the 11th April, 2021 (after our initial need to reschedule due to COVID-19). This is an opportunity to gather again, see an exhibition of the pieces, to continue to share stories and to hear more about the digital archive.

Please contact me for detailed location and times, and to place your name on the rsvp list (for catering).

Funding for this project was generously provided by the Dunedin City Council and we thank The Dunedin Public Libraries greatly for their support with this phase.


At Holding Space Therapeutic Arts Studio
2020 “Metaphors of Migration”. Dunedin City Council arts and event grant. Co-facilitation with Evan Hastings, Artistic Director of The Theatre in Health Education Trust (THETA). Creative writing, collage and photography. A THETA project, at Holding Space Studio, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Various locations
2014 “A Neighbourhood Holding Space”. Facilitation of community workshops and exhibition. Textile Holding Spaces & poetry. MoreArt Public Art Show, Melbourne, Australia.

“Navigating the World: My Four Ps of Artistry”. Support for Chloe Wordbird.
Mixed Media, Melbourne, Australia.

2013 “A Welcome Symbol Project” Facilitation of community workshops to create Welcome Blankets for asylum seekers. Textiles. Collective of Creative Arts Therapists. Melbourne, Australia.

“Journeys within our community”. Department of Immigration and Border Protection grant. Co-facilitation of community workshops, publication and exhibition based on cultural diversity and human rights. Stories, photography & poetry. Sussex Neighbourhood House, Melbourne, Australia.

School holiday program: “Sock monkeys”, “Monoprints and shadow puppets” & “Photography around the neighbourhood”. Sussex Neighbourhood House, Melbourne, Australia.

2012 “Birds of Happiness”. Co-facilitation of community workshop and street art. Textiles Coburg Carnivale. 

Theme: Overlay by Kaira