Get stuck on art, or, stick it to the man!

Here at Te Papa we passionately believe in the power of art to enrich, empower and challenge our lives and we are committed to bringing art to the widest possible audience.

Te Papa's school holiday programme visit the 'Collecting Contemporary' exhibition with Crystal Sciascia, April 2012. Photo: Te Papa

Te Papa's school holiday programme visit the 'Collecting Contemporary' exhibition with Crystal Sciascia, April 2012. Photo: Te Papa

Recently, a small group of us have teamed up to develop and trial a new project called Stick it to the man in conjunction with one of our current art exhibitions. Collecting Contemporary is an exhibition of contemporary New Zealand art works from Te Papa’s collection. It includes work in a wide range of media from video to jewellery, painting to furniture design, photography to sculpture and more.

If you come to visit the Collecting Contemporary exhibition up on Level 5 over the next few weeks, come and take a look. Feel free to pick up a clipboard and respond to four quirky questions which prompt you to make a connection between the art work and your own life. It will make you look at that art work in a whole other way!

Some of our visitors 'sticking it to the man' (aka Te Papa's boss Mike Houlihan). Photo: Te Papa

Some of our visitors 'sticking it to the man' (aka Te Papa's boss Mike Houlihan). Photo: Te Papa

Would this activity drive you crazy? Do you love it? Would you like to see us do more of this sort of thing? Leave a comment below and tell us what you think.

Want to participate?  Come along and visit the exhibition on Level 5 at Te Papa. It’s free and open seven days, 10am-6pm, with late night Thursdays till 9pm.

Want to see an online version of this activity? Let us know and we’ll see what can be arranged…

We’ll report back in a few weeks time with an update of how the project is going.

- Edy MacDonald, Lucinda Blackley and Sarah Farrar

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