Saturday 21st October
10:30am – 12:30pm
Field drawing (in its many forms) is one of our oldest natural history traditions- a practice of recording our experiences with Te Taiao, our questions and our learnings. Through observation and mark-making, field drawing gives us an opportunity to slow down and archive real time experiences of ecology and whakapapa, and to share our personal impressions with others.
Orokonui invites you to join lead guide and local artist Madison Kelly on a 2 hour field drawing workshop. Together we will visit key Orokonui locations, learn about their ecologies, and explore fundamental drawing methods to record our understandings of each site.
All experience levels welcome!
This version of the workshop is best suited for participants aged 12 and up.
Participants are welcome to bring their preferred materials, or make use of basic supplies available on the day.
Please note: the tour will involve walking to visit different sites in the upper sanctuary, along a range of tracks and terrain. Please come prepared with decent walking shoes, and suitable layers for all weather conditions.
While benches may be available in some locations, other exercises may include drawing while standing or moving around the tracks. Please ask ahead if you have any questions about mobility or other accessibility needs.
Madison Kelly (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Pākehā, b.1994) graduated from the Dunedin School of Art in 2017, with a BVA (Hons First Class) in drawing. Grounded in Kāitahutaka, observation and sensory experience, their Ōtepoti based practice works across multispecies histories and futures.
Alongside their art practice Kelly is a percussionist, and lead kaiārahi/guide at Te Korowai o Mihiwaka, Orokonui Ecosanctuary.
Recent shows include Huikaau: Where Currents Meet (Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 2023), TAUTIAKI HAPTIC (Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 2023), toko by and by (Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 2022), Pollen in the Trough (Wormhole, Edgecumbe, 2022), and Paemanu: Tauraka Toi (Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 2021). Kelly co-curated He Reka te Kūmara (Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 2021), and held the 2022 Blue Oyster Caselberg Trust Summer residency in Whaka Oho Rahi Broad Bay. Kelly is one of Te Tumu Toi The Arts Foundation’s 2023 Springboard award recipients, mentored by Peter Robinson.