wet_land Public Programmes

wet_land artists Lisa Clunie + Thorsten Hoppe are onsite at the gallery every Saturday morning from 10am-12pm (excluding holiday weekends). The communal and communication aspect is central to this exhibition’s kaupapa, reaching out to a broader swamp community through workshops run by the artists.

Public Programmes


Saturday 16


Artist Talk – Repo, swamp, floodplains or wetland? The history of the Hikurangi Swamp is complex and multi-layered. The artists will talk through their ideas, processes, and the community engagement that formed a central component of this place-based artwork.

Saturday, 16 January at 12pm

Whangārei Art Museum


Sunday 17

11am – 3pm


Hikurangi and the Swamp – Visit the Hikurangi Historical Museum, then experience drawing en plein-air (in the open air) and gathering sounds in one of the nature reserves in the Hikurangi Swamp.

Drawing materials will be provided but participants interested in capturing sounds should bring either a phone or another form of recording device with them. A subsequent improvised sound workshop will build upon these sound samples in the creation of new soundscapes informed by the area. Participants interested in sound should also consider booking a place in the improvised sound workshop.

Sunday 17 January, 11am – 3pm

Hikurangi Historical Museum, 1 Alfred St, Hikurangi

Limited spaces available email Lisa to reserve your space: artapparat@gmx.com

Koha- gold coin for the Hikurangi Historical museum

Saturday 23

10am – 12pm

WAM Workshop

Flora- hand-tied bouquets with Megan Dickinson – Learn how to create your own hand-tied bouquet of flora- celebrating the diversity of plant life found around your ‘place’.

From native plants to cultivated gardens, and roadsides, riverbanks, forests, wetlands and hedgerows, what do the plants in your locale tell you about its complex and shared histories? We appreciate the nuanced beauty of native flora, the showmanship of cultivated plants but is there also room for weeds within our ecological understanding? Planted initially perhaps for protection, convenience, fodder and/or nostalgia, are weeds and wildflowers still an important story in our history of place-making? Local gallerist and floral designer Megan Dickinson will run a workshop exploring the basics of creating your own handtied bouquet with any of the plants that you can find around the area where you live.

Saturday 23 January, 10am – 12pm

Whangārei Art Museum

Bookings essential -email Megan to reserve your space: megan@mdgallery.co.nz

Please bring your own plant material and secateurs


Sunday 24

10am – 1pm

WAM Workshop

Improvised sound workshop for children – This workshop for free improvised music and sound will create a soundscape by using sound recordings from the Hikurangi Swamp area in conjunction with live played music. It is suitable for all skill levels.  Bring an instrument if you have one and be part of this sound experience. Even if you have not learnt to play an instrument you can still participate and make improvised music. You listen and respond intuitively without following a certain structure. Together we will develop a unique moment and explore the Hikurangi Swamp with our sense of hearing. The improvised session will be recorded and all participants will receive a copy. Participants will have the option to be part of a live performance on World Wetland Day (02/02) at the Whangārei Art Museum.  

Sunday 24 January, 10am – 1pm

Ages: 10-18 Years

Whangārei Art Museum

Booking essential email wamcomms@wdc.govt.nz to reserve your space

Bring your own musical instruments / sound making devices.




Tuesday 02

5.30 – 8.30pm

World Wetlands Day

Collaborative work and guest speakers – February 2nd each year is World Wetlands Day to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet. This day also marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

To celebrate we are bringing together specialists and our community from the Hikurangi Swamp area to share their stories and knowledge. There will also be a live performance with free improvised music including recordings from the area.

Tuesday 2 February, 5.30-8.30pm

Whangārei Art Museum


Saturday 13

10am -2pm

Field Trip 

Hūkerenui farm and Jack Morgan Museum – On this field-trip to Evan Smeath’s farm near Hūkerenui you can learn more about how it is to be a farmer in the swamp. Evan has lived and farmed in the area for many years. Evan will share his experiences and show you around on his farm. Beside his work as a farmer Evan is strongly engaged in the community and he also replant’s parts of his farmland with native plants. We will have a picnic together at lunchtime and then drive back to the Jack Morgan Museum, where Evan will give us a tour.

When: Saturday 13 February, 10am – 2pm

Where: Jack Morgan Museum, State highway one, Hūkerenui

Limited spaces available email Lisa to reserve your space: artapparat@gmx.com

Bring your lunch for the picnic

Koha- gold coin for the Hikurangi Historical museum

Entry costs for Jack Morgan Museum – $2 Children and $6 Adults