Aotearoa NZ

Aroha Art Project

  • Free
  • Community
  • Visual Arts

What is aroha? What does it look like? How does it feel? Who and what do you and your communities care about?

Weaving together contributions from schools, kura, aged-care facilities, community and cultural organisations around the region, this large-scale collaborative art project asks the people of Auckland to reflect on what our 2021 theme, Aroha, means to them.

Inspired by traditional weaving practices and using only found materials, Aroha Art Project will bind our individual and collective expressions into an expanding work of art to be displayed at the heart of the Festival, in Aotea Square.

In times of challenge, creative collaboration can calm, heal and connect, providing new opportunities for reflection and thought. Harness your creative flair and delve into what aroha means to you, in the context of our three sub-themes:

Aroha ki ngā kōrero / respect for our stories
Aroha ki te tangata / show kindness, compassion, goodwill towards people
Aroha ki te taiao / caring for our natural environment – air, land, water

How to participate

We invite groups of makers, friends, students and other communities to get together and make a thread to add to this collaborative public artwork. Register HERE by Sunday 14 February.

Deliver your creations to us before the end of February to have them woven into our net of aroha. The full work will be proudly displayed, and added to, in Aotea Square throughout AAF 2021.

Make with us
We're hosting several artist-led Maker workshops leading up to AAF. First up is junk appreciator Chris Berthelsen! Join him to get creative about making art from trash:

Venue: Mairangi Art Centre
Wednesday 20 January
All welcome – open making session (materials supplied)

You can also join us during the Festival for artist-led making sessions on Sunday 7 March and Sunday 14 March, 11am–3pm. All welcome.

Don't forget to share your work and tag #AAF2021 on Instagram and Twitter!



4 — 21 March 2021

291 — 297 Queen St
Auckland CBD

+64 9 309 2677



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