Shared Lines Collaborative
Shared Lines emerged out of the earthquake events that devastated Canterbury, New Zealand, and Fukushima, Japan in 2011. Artists are often the first to act after disasters to facilitate healing and contribute to the resilience of a community, thus Shared Lines was born from the desire of artists in Christchurch and Sendai to reach out to each other in order to support and share experiences. The resulting art exchange has since become the basis of a broader project to foster relationships and discussions in and between cities that have experienced disasters of all kinds all around the Pacific Rim.
Shared Lines Kaikōura
Shared Lines: Kaikōura (SL:K) took place over a week in February 2019, over two years since the Kaikōura earthquake. It was an ambitious project that aimed to engage the coastal town in a myriad of art forms with the intention of highlighting the role of art in building resilient, inclusive and vibrant communities. Led by a small team of artists and producers, the festival pursued this goal by facilitating creativity, social engagement and a community-wide discussion of creative aspirations for the future. To find out more about the week-long programme read Audrey Baldwin's write up here.
Meet the SL:K team
Linda Lee, Ngāti Kuri, Ngāti Raukawa, is an arts producer, curator, artist and educator living in Wellington. She holds an MFA in Photography (University of Canterbury) and a Graduate Diploma in Events Management. She has taught in New Zealand and abroad at both tertiary and secondary levels. As an artist of mixed descent, Linda’s art practice explores identity, researching and reinterpreting family histories through exhibition, installation and book form. Linda was exhibitions manager at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts (2014-2015) and has worked in production roles on TEZA: Porirua, Common Ground Public Art Festival, Hutt Winter Festival, Political Cutz, Yuka Oyama’s Changing Homes, Conscious Roots Festival (2015 - 2017) and the Asian Aotearoa Arts Hui 2018.
Based in ōtautahi, New Zealand, Audrey Baldwin is an artist, curator and events manager who graduated from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts in 2009.
Her practice is predominantly performance based and centres around the body as a fraught space. Audience and community engagement play a key role in Audrey’s practice. She aims to create experiences that can be shared through multiple memories, as opposed to object-based works.
Through her ongoing work in event management, curating and coordinating of community organisations Audrey plays a key role in enabling other artists and establishing a strong support network and sense of value in the Arts in Christchurch.
Kedron Parker is a Wellington based artist exploring nature in the city. She has a long association with community festivals and enjoys community engagement, sound installation, placemaking, and photography.
Her public artwork is multi-disciplinary and includes collaborations such as Kumutoto Stream, Inanga Love Park with Paula Warren and Stu Farrant , Hello Pigeons with Adam Ben-Dror, and the Wet Index with Bruce McNaught.
In the Shared Lines: Kaikōura exhibition, Kedron presented a photographic work entitled The Inanga Love Park Triptych.
Amber Clausner is an artist, writer and events co-ordinator from the UK. In 2017 she graduated from the University for Creative Arts, Farnham with a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art. She is currently a facilitator at artist run space; MEANWHILE (Wellington) and regularly contributes to the Glitch Art Collective (London). Since living in Aotearoa, Amber has worked on Yuka Oyama's Changing Homes, in 'the Language of Things' at the Dowse Art Gallery and assisted production on the Asian Aotearoa Arts Hui 2018.
SL:K would also like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment from the following people; our social media manager Sophie Petlaud, co-producer Jason Muir, our graphic designer Matt Moriarty, our on the ground Kaikōura co-ordinator Christine Taylor, John Lake photography, Celeste Harnett, Kataraina Callow, Whaea Phyllis and the team from TAWK, Nic, Hariata, Rawiri, Ned and Ri from Takahanga Marae, Te Awhina Rangimarie Arahanga and Steph Lange from Kaikōura Museum, Winston Grey, Kim Whitwell, KD Scattergood, Sheena Hamilton and Susie Haberstock from Kaikōura District Council, Adele Moore and Kevin Breen from the Kaikōura Star, John and Sandra Wyatt from the Mayfair Theatre, Peter Fey from the Menz Shed, Ken O'Donnell, Nick Lane and Nathan from Spray Marks. Local artists Susie Baker, Dan Kerins, Susie Lowndes, Jane Riley, Steve Gil, Adrian Taylor, Larry Field and the Kaikōura Arts Society, Amy-Leigh Wicks from NCTIR, Wayne Nelson from Aartyvark, Sarah Beardsmore and Courtney Halliday from Te Hā Mātauranga (Kaikōura Link), Anne McCaw from Fyffe House, Kevin Heays from Environment Canterbury, our technical team Shane Norrie and Dean Edgington, the national artists, performers and poets that have joined us in Kaikōura; Bek Coogan, Gemma Syme, Claire Harris, Sarah Jane Parton, Fiona McNamara, Kelvin Aris, Stephen Templer, Ruth Essex, Shay Horay, Khye Hitchcock, Tusiata Avia, Louie Neale, Liam Prince, Jennifer Shields and Mark Amery. Oli Hughes for his technical support. Phil Valentin from Slam Club and all of the businesses that have taken part in the Art and About Arts Trail; Wild flower Botanicals, Coastal Sports, ULA, Paper plus Kaikōura, Ocean Arts, Bee Box, Kaikōura Artisan Cheese, Craypot, Kaikōura i-Site, Dolphin Encouters, Emporium Brewery and South Pacific Whale Watch. We would also like to say a big thank you to all of our volunteers and all of the local support we have received!