What do you dream?

Inspiration Station is home to some new, poignant photographs. Taken as part of Little Lotus Project, we’re really pleased to have them exhibited in Te Papa. 

Run by volunteers from New Zealand, Little Lotus Project is a collaborative art project, linking international artists with refugee children on the Thai/Burma border and aiming to bring colour and hope to displaced children.  

As part of the “What do you dream?” initiative, refugee children drew their hopes and dreams. Returning with these artworks to New Zealand, Little Lotus Project asked New Zealand artists to create works of art in response to the children’s dreams.

Little Lotus exhibition Photographer: Kimberley Gustavsson © Te Papa.

Little Lotus exhibition Photographer: Kimberley Gustavsson © Te Papa.

Over 30 talented creatives came together from around the world for the exhibition which will ultimately build new dreams for the children who inspired them. In October, an exhibition of work inspired by the children’s dreams was held at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. All the funds that were raised went back to the children on the Thai/Burma border.

What do you dream? Photographer: Kimberley Gustavsson © Te Papa.

What do you dream? Photographer: Kimberley Gustavsson © Te Papa.

Photographs of the children who took part in the Little Lotus Project are exhibited in Inspiration Station. It’s certainly worth pausing to think about these children’s dreams and to hope that they can fulfil them.

Little Lotus exhibition Photographer: Kimberley Gustavsson © Te Papa.

Little Lotus exhibition Photographer: Kimberley Gustavsson © Te Papa.

You too can share your dreams with us! We’re asking what you dream. Come in and see the Little Lotus Project images and have a think about what you dream.

Sometimes moving, sometimes materialistic, sometimes funny; no matter what you dream, we’re always interested in hearing from you. So, what do you dream?

What do you dream? Photographer: Kimberley Gustavsson © Te Papa.

What do you dream? Photographer: Kimberley Gustavsson © Te Papa.

You can see the Little Lotus Project photographs in Inspiration Station, Level 4.

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