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 kk.mu­seum@xtra.co.nz.


Stephanie Lange with the boxes that will house the mini-ex­hi­bi­tions at the Kaik­oura mu­seum.

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