The Grey Lynn & Around Project team for Papatūānuku Urban Flora and Fauna Trails and related activities comprises Board members Jules Carroll and Sue Warren, and local resident and art enthusiast Hannah Holm.
Their goal is to create a presence for Artweek2020 that reflects local community values and encourages collaboration between local creative talent and retailer and hospitality enterprises.Hannah Holm has considerable subject expertise, local networks and credibility in the creative and arts community. She is author of Contemporary NZ Photographers (2005); she was a Patron of City Gallery Foundation, and on the Board of the Sculpture Trust in Wellington.
”We’ve looked for unrepresented artists not with Dealer Galleries; giving an opportunity to show their work,” says Hannah.
“There’s been a very positive response from the artists we’ve approached - showing a broad range of visual artists, photographers, ceramicists and two sculpture installations in Kelmarna Gardens,” she says.
Sue Warren brings 25 years’ communications experience to the role of promoting Grey Lynn & Around and its Arts and Creative Hub, providing a unique opportunity for the community to foster talent, and celebrate the local buzzy 'vibe.'
“Everyone can benefit from the vision of artists during the pandemic; to help spread the message of caring for our local environment, and connect and learn from each other,” she says.
“We are working with local mana whenua to learn more about the history or our area and the walking routes that have historical significance in Grey Lynn… the Great North Road ridgeline was a walking route used by Maori to reach the Manukau Harbour long before European settlement of Auckland / Tāmaki Makaurau.”
Sustainability expert Jules Carroll has impeccable project management skills gained during 25 years in leadership and operational roles here and overseas.
Jules says: “Covid restrictions or not, we are planning this event to cover all eventualities with art both inside and in window fronts. We also view the overlap with elections as a great opportunity. Walk the Trail on route to your polling stations!”