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Whakarongo Whakaraupō – Festival of Sound

Experimental, Literature, Music, Paint and Print, Poetry, Sculpture, Taonga Pūoro, Visual Arts

Whakarongo Whakaraupō – Festival of Sound

Sonic art exhibition and events exploring place, culture and sensory connection through sound installation, sculpture, and paintings inspired by music.


02 June – 02 July 2023
Stoddart Cottage
Lower Waipapa Avenue
Diamond Harbour

All events are free
Booking is recommended for Voices of Whakaraupō and Improvisations on Margaret

More info: www.stoddartcottage.nz/whakarongowhakaraupo


Opening Event Saturday 3 June 4-6pm – all welcome

Throughout June, Stoddart Cottage resounds with its first-ever sound-themed festival, Whakarongo Whakaraupō, which encourages listening in and from its Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour location. This free festival revolves around a month-long group sonic art exhibition featuring work by Jake Kīanō Skinner, Motoko Kikkawa, Eves, Nicolas Woollaston, Helen Greenfield and Blair Parkes. A series of events is also part of the festival programme, which includes live music and spoken word performances by local artists, and a Margaret Stoddart-inspired sound walk.

Whakarongo Whakaraupō uses sound to explore connections between place and people, as well as different forms of creative expression. It’s the first sonically-focused festival at Stoddart Cottage, and likely the only of its kind in Whakaraupō, designed to appeal to a wide audience.


The Exhibition

In Whakarongo Whakaraupō skilled Ōtautahi-based taonga pūoro player and musician, Jake Kīanō Skinner (Ngāti Rangitihi) presents an immersive sound installation. Using traditional Māori instruments and drawing inspiration from his Ngāti Rangitihi whakapapa, his multi-speaker work invites us to connect with the essence of Māori culture and the natural world.

Japanese-born and Ōtepoti Dunedin-resident painter and musician, Motoko Kikkawa has transformed the vibrations of her improvised music practice into a series of watercolours employing a similarly improvisational method.

Beneath seemingly simple patterns of electronic sounds, deeper connections and detail emerge in Nicolas Woollaston’s interactive sound sculpture. In this hanging work created from electronic circuits, the Ōtautahi  artist uses transistors to create rhythms and patterns that evoke the waves of Whakaraupō and the multigenerational memories held in the harbour.

Connecting with local history, in The Women of Lyttelton Gaol, Ōhinehou Lyttelton sound artist, Helen Greenfield, assisted by Ōtautahi musician, Blair Parkes, presents an audio work reflecting the flux of women incarcerated in Lyttelton Gaol.


Listening to Landscapes (Sound Walk): Saturday 3 June, 2.30-3.30pm

Cross-media artist and Stoddart Cottage Gallery curator, Dr Jo Burzynska guides a walk in Waipapa Diamond Harbour to spots where the Impressionist painter, Margaret Stoddart created her works (above middle). However, this is a sound walk that encourages participants to approach these locations differently, by ear rather than eye. No booking required.

Meet at Diamond Harbour jetty shelter for a prompt departure following the arrival of the Lyttelton ferry at 2.30pm.The walk finishes at Stoddart Cottage.


Voices of Whakaraupō (Poetry/Spoken Word): Sunday 18 June, 4-5.30pm

Established and new voices from around Whakaraupō unite in this afternoon of poetry, spoken word, and art. These include poet, writer and Te Awhi Rito New Zealand Reading Ambassador, Ben Brown (Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Koroki, Ngāti Paoa – above left, image: Sophie Taylor-Brown), poet and playwright Pohlen Newbery (Ngai Tūhoe, Ngāti Manunui), dancer and poet, Jacqueline Coia and synesthetic combinations of spoken word and visual art by Scarlett-Rose Adamson. Places are limited so booking advised here


Improvisations on Margaret (Live music/sound performances): Saturday 1 July, 5.30-7pm

What might a Margaret Stoddart painting sound like? Be prepared to have your eyes and ears opened as musicians improvise live music in response to specific paintings. In this unique event at the historic birthplace of the respected Impressionist painter, some of Whakaraupō’s most respected improvising musicians and exhibiting artists will use Stoddart’s paintings as their score. The performers include Anita Clark (Motte), Bruce Russell (Dead C – above right, image: Marine Aub), Luke Wood (The Opawa 45s), Peter Wright & Helen Greenfield (Teen Haters), Malcolm Riddoch, Nicolas Woolaston and Gemma Syme (Instant Fantasy). Whakarongo Whakaraupō exhibiting artist, Motoko Kikkawa will also be improvising with some of these musicians to her own paintings. Places are limited so booking advised here.


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