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Explosive Expression Approaches


Natasha Fordyce - The price of freedom is eternal vigilanceCreative resistance against colonial and state oppression will be celebrated in Wellington with an art exhibition and auction at Thistle Hall Gallery, Cuba Street in Wellington. October 15th Solidarity invites everyone to Explosive Expression.

The opening night of the exhibition on October 13th will be followed by a week of events, which will be an opportunity for discussion and debate about the raids on Te Urewera and communities around Aotearoa, the 'war on terrorism', colonisation and resistance. The auction is also an opportunity for the community to support creative resistance and assistance with funds for people affected by the raids.

Bids for all works can be made on-line; visit to view the works and bids can be emailed to  until 12noon on the day of the auction.

Auction Night Saturday 17 October 7pm, Thistle Hall, Cuba Street Wellington

A week of events:
Tuesday, October 13, 6pm
. Exhibition Opening with special guest Tame Iti, hosted by Imon Starr. Media invited.

Wednesday evening, October 14: A celebration of musical resistance featuring the works of Urs Signer, composer, clarinetist and Operation 8 defendant with others at the Adam Concert Rooms, Victoria University Wellington

Thursday evening, October 15: Film Screening of 'Tuhoe: a history of resistance' and short films about the October 15th raids at the New Zealand Film Archive, 7pm

Friday evening, October 16, 6pm: Meet the artists and hear about their creative resistance at Thistle Hall

Saturday (daytime), October 17: Political screenprinting workshop for youth at Aro Valley Community Hall sponsored by a Creative Communities grant.

Saturday (evening), October 17, 7pm: AUCTION NIGHT with food, drinks, and all of these amazing works for sale

Sunday (daytime), October 18, 1-5pm: Documenting our communities workshop with local filmmakers at Aro Valley Community Hall sponsored by a Creative Communities grant.

For more information, email us!


Looks interesting. Last

Looks interesting. Last summer the Waikato/Ngati Koroki artist Brett Graham staged a powerful exhibition which was, in part at least, a response to the Urewera raids - I reviewed it and posted some photos of the works at:


awesome, this looks great!

awesome, this looks great!


Dunedin Solidarity Art Auction and Open Mic, Oct 15

A parallel Solidarity Art Auction and Open Mic will be hosted at Sammy's Entertainment Venue, Crawford St Dunedin, October 15th.

  Doors open at 7 when artworks can be viewed while Sky Bus plays some cunt-tree tunes. Auction begins at 8 and the mic will be open after the auction for musians, poets and speakers. Books and information will also be available for purcase, courtesy of Black Star. All proceeds go to support those effected by the 2007 state terror raids. All welcome

Submissions of artworks wanted, from doodles, scetches and prints to masterpieceos. Artists can set minimum bids if they choose. There is no dead-line for submissions. Artists interested in submitting art work contact:


Excellent! Sounds Great!