Exhibition in a Box to tell stories
A fun community art project run by Kaiko¯ura Museum will help people tell their stories of the earthquake by putting together their own mini-exhibitions.
Museum manager Stephanie Lange said the November earthquake was a big historical event and they want the community to tell the human side of the story.
The earthquake Exhibition in a Box will form part of the museum’s more formal exhibition, New Normal, later in the year.
The museum is running a workshop on Saturday for people to design and make their boxes.
Lange said the whole idea of exhibition in a box was to give people a chance to be part of their own exhibition within an exhibition, and for people to interpret what it meant for them and their family.
‘‘There are so many stories, it will let people have the opportunity to tell theirs.
‘‘We hope there is a diverse range of stories reflected so even if people don’t directly participate they feel like a range of stories are being told to reflect the community.’’
Lange said most of the craft supplies would be provided, but if people have specific items or ideas they want to include to bring them along.
Innovative Waste Kaiko¯ura (IWK) have also been collecting miniature Dinky Toys cars and trucks and anything that can be used for craft.
‘‘We want families to turn up, especially anyone who has a creative or interpretive bent, or if they just want to have some fun.’’
The other side to the workshop was to teach people about how museum exhibitions are created.
‘‘Its a fun learning exercise and people will also learn how to curate, and about what goes into an exhibition so we’re going to start by creating a theme for each boxed display and come up with a plan.’’
The most popular entries, voted by the community in the week November 13 to 19 will be included in the museum’s earthquake New Normal exhibition opening on December 15.
Peter Fay from the Community Shed built the plywood boxes, and these will be arranged in an interesting structure in the middle of the exhibition, said Lange.
The community are asked to contribute to the December exhibition by sharing photographs and objects relating to last year’s earthquake event.
Exhibition in a Box Workshop: 10am to 2pm, Saturday October 4, Community Shed 14 Ludstone Rd, registrations essential, Kaiko¯ura Museum, (03) 319 7440 or email email@example.com.
Stephanie Lange with the boxes that will house the mini-exhibitions at the Kaikoura museum.