A view from my writing table – a little snippet of my doctoral work.
This page is a work-in-progress. Slowly, I am beginning to add my contributions. Please return later for more.
OUR CHCH – AN INSTAGRAM PROJECT
In 2016, my colleague and research buddy – Dr Stacey Bush – and I embarked on an Instagram project, as part of our presentation at ANZATA’s annual symposium. Inspired by the title and location of the symposium – Artful Transitions in Christchurch, NZ – we invited people in Christchurch (residents and visitors) to document (through photography) and upload (via Instagram) their sense of ‘Christchurch in transition’, post the Christchurch earthquakes. These pieces were shared by people we knew and didn’t know, accompanied most importantly with the hashtag #ourchch_artfultransitions. When it came time for our presentation the collection of images were shared with our audience. This opened up conversations and resulted in artistic responses, offerings, to the images of others.
The hashtag has lived on beyond our small community project and it has been wonderful to see spread beyond our time in this wonderful city. This hashtag has captured what artful transition means over time for those visiting Christchurch and has a life of its own. The images can be found at https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/ourchch_artfultransitions/
CONTEMPLATIVE ART PLAY WITH NATURE
I was thrilled to be asked by Felicity Milburn from the Christchurch Art Gallery, if I would be able to contribute to their arts and wellbeing program, during NZ’s March 2020 COVID-19 ‘lockdown’. I wanted to create something that was therapeutically safe for people to do at home, alone, and which could be done without the need for ‘arts materials’. In addition, it was important to me that it was something that all ages could potentially participate in doing. This is one of my favourite things to do. I hope you enjoy it too… (be sure to watch the video) Contemplative art play with nature