Archived: For the Love of Bees Artist Residency

Sarah Smuts-Kennedy and artists in residency

Social sculpture, For the Love of Bees - A City Bee Collaboration, presents the first iteration of an artist residency program lead by vision holder Sarah Smuts-Kennedy. Over the course of Artweek Sarah will be working with local artists and collaborators to produce work that responds to the various directives and initiatives raised throughout the life of the project. Awhina Mai Tatou Katoa is a collective set up to provide opportunities for the homeless and recently housed whanau to be able to come together and make art and reconnect to their culture. They have been meeting regularly for a few years and this is the first time they will showcase their art outcomes in a public context.

During the day on the 7, 8, 9 October Griffith Gardens will become a site for this community of Maori artists to collaborate and carve, and for their whanau to gather around them and share and learn together.

You will also learn about our native bees and sow seeds of native species that will grow into trees to provide food for native bees.

For Late Night Art on 10 October,  a series of speakers will talk in and around these carvings. These speakers will include Awatea Hawke who will be developing a Rongoa Garden over the coming months in collaboration with For the Love of Bees , and speakers from Awhina Mai Tatou Katoa.

Due to the wonderful support of KiwiHarvestt and Everybody Eats Kai will be served on the evening of the 10 and during the carving days to those who come to share and support the work of this community.

Funded by Auckland Council and delivered in partnership with Griffith’s Gardens and Artweek Auckland.

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Image: Sarah Smuts-Kennedy

Contact details

The Griffiths Gardens
42 Wellesley Street West
7 - 15 October, LATE NIGHT ART 10 October, 6pm - 9pm