|Contemplating a John Pule painting|
For me, this is an amazing second experience with the Kermadec Project. Last year, I was lucky enough to perform with On the Spot, a local arts group, at a reception night held for the artists as they came through Tonga. This year, I got to work on it from the other side, helping to organize the exhibition and related events out of the NZ High Commission.
|A panorama shot of two exhibition walls|
It all came about last year when the Pew Environment Group invited nine highly-acclaimed artists to go on a sea voyage from New Zealand to Tonga in an effort to raise awareness for the Kermadec trench and surrounding reigion. The trench itself is one of the most biodiverse areas in the world, and connects New Zealand and Tonga in a volcanic range. In the Pew Environment Group Director Bronwen Golder's words, if you were a giant, you could hop from undersea mountaintop to mountaintop, all the way from New Zealand to Tonga.
|Artist Gregory O'Brien shows guest of honour HRH Princess Angelika Tuku'aho (daughter of the current King) around at the exhibition opening|
|Artist Dame Robin White shows Salote Austin her work on tapa|
|Artist John Pule talks with Leilani Tamu and Meletonga Fakaua|
|Artist Elizabeth Thomson talks about her intricate metalwork sculptures at the exhibition opening|