Our Island: art and conservation on Rakiura

WHO: This collaborative exhibition displayed conservation-art produced by the Stewart Island community alongside work by Masters of Science Communication student Elsie Percival. The community art was made over a weekend print-making workshop led by Jenny Rock and Lynn Taylor, with over 50 participants contributing their finished work.

WHERE: The art workshop was held at the Stewart Island Community Centre on 12-13th September 2015, with the exhibition held there the following weekend.  

WHAT: During the print-making workshop, participants were shown how to make jelly prints, woodblock prints, and how to ink-up plates to use with the printing press. As well as using the conservation-themed printing plates provided, participants were encouraged to bring found objects and special images to create solar-plate relief images for printing, as these would help them tell their personal story of conservation on Stewart Island: how they valued biodiversity, and how they wanted to protect it. 

For the exhibition of Elsie's work, six panels were used, with works also mounted on plinths and positioned on the floor. Light boxes were used to display ceramic pieces and scientific tracking equipment, and plywood boards were used to mount paintings, photographs, and other artworks. Labels were tied onto the Sandpit structure using twine, and decorative native plants were positioned around the base of the panels. 

The community artwork was cropped and mounted on backing cards by Lynn Taylor, and these were displayed on the walls of the Community Centre.