- Thu 17 Mar 2016
- Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
- Free entry
What was it like working with New Zealand’s political movement groups?
Sit amongst the work of the Wellington Media Collective as Philip Kelly and Chris McBride revisit what it was like working with some of New Zealand’s most significant and active political groups.
Established in 1978, the Wellington Media Collective came together under the banner 'We Will Work With You, Not For You’. The cooperative of graphic designers, printers, photographers and their friends saw sharing their skills in graphic design and communication to political and community groups, artists and individuals across a spectrum of cultural issues and campaigns for social justice.
Over two decades, the Collective worked for mostly politically left-leaning causes, their clients ranging from trade unions to arts and activist organisations, with involvement in all the major political movements of the era, including the fight for a nuclear free New Zealand, tino rangatiratanga, women's rights, employment issues and an end to apartheid.
This selection for the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is a retrospective exhibition which examines the politics of style implicit in the Collective’s substantial body of graphic work, and through this lens, surveys a history of public culture in Wellington and New Zealand.
The Collective’s graphic archives interweave a story of political activism with a cultural history of performance and art, both located against a changing economic environment, new networks of distribution and communication, and the technological shift from page to screen.
The exhibition is curated by Chris McBride and Philip Kelly. McBride and Kelly curated the first installation of ‘We Will Work With You’ at the Adam Art Gallery, Wellington in late 2012, and designed/curated its tandem publication published by Victoria University Press in early 2013. The exhibition has been staged at St Paul St Gallery Auckland (2014) and the Mangere Art Centre 2015.