Feminine Creativity: Wonderland Wednesdays
Wednesday 19 February, 5pm - 8pm
Wonderland Wednesdays is a series of 4 talks happening throughout February in relation to Te Papa’s Wonderland exhibition covering ideas around animation, language, mental health, feminism and creativity. All talks will take place on the marae in the evening, it includes a chance to see the exhibition and a themed canape and a drink, with a cash bar available throughout the night.
Join some of the best creatives in New Zealand for a lively discussion around contemporary feminine creative practices and utilising art and storytelling to represent untold perspectives and to challenge the status quo. We’ll take inspiration from Alice as an early female protagonist in her story to explore themes of creativity, control, power and equality, will look at attitudes towards women and non-binary people in the creatives industries and of course hear about the speakers relationship to Alice’s story.
Chaired by RNZ podcast host and radio presenter Melody Thomas, and debated and shared by contemporary artist Ayesha Green, playwright Jo Randerson and makeup artist Eli Torkington.
Melody Thomas is a sometime-presenter and producer for RNZ National, and writer for various print and online media. In 2017, Melody created the award-winning sex and sexuality podcast BANG! a frank and entertaining exploration of sex, sexuality and relationships using real stories told by real people.
Ayesha Green (Kai Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu) is an artist based in Ōtepoti. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from Elam in 2013 and in 2016 completed a Graduate Diploma in Arts specalising in Museums and Cultural Heritage. In August 2019 she was announced the winner of the National Contemporary Art Awards, judged by Fiona Pardington and hosted by the Waikato Museum. Recent exhibitions include: Strands, The Dowse Art Museum (2019); Tuia – Southern Encounters, The Hocken Gallery (2019); Elizabeth the First, Millers O’Brien (2019).
Jo Randerson writer, performer and director – lives in Pōneke as Artistic Director of arts company Barbarian Productions, based in an old bowling club run by the local community. Winner of the Bruce Mason Playwrighting Award, the Robert Burns Fellowship and also a New Generation Arts Laureate, Jo’s work focusses on radical and fun ways of bringing people together to discuss issues where there is tension. Ko Māungawhau te māunga, ko Whanganui-a-Tara te moana.
Eli Torkington is a social media influencer, nonbinary activist and business analyst. They recently spoke at Tedx Youth in Christchurch and frequently speak on issues affecting queer youth and young people in social media. Though they make their following through makeup looks, they keep it by being vocal about current issues, being real with their audience and trying to change the culture on social media that makes it a negative place.
5-6pm: A chance to see Wonderland
6-6:15pm: Settle into the marae grab a drink and snack
6:15-7:15pm: Panel discussion
7:15-8pm: Time for drinks and chats
Includes exhibition entry, free parking, a welcome drink and themed canape