Sea Conversations

12 April - 19 May 2019

In April 2019, hot on the tail of the Perpetual Guardian Sculpture in the Gulf, Waiheke Community Art Gallery is holding a significant show with the theme Sea Conversations.

Curated in collaboration with AUT PhD Researcher Lisa Waldner, Sea Conversations considers our relationship to the sea via three components: a fine art response, virtual reality piece 'Ontogeny' and The Intertidal Zone. These all respond to the theme: “If you could have a conversation with the sea, what would you say?”.

The fine art component of Sea Conversations, in the main gallery, features over 20 visual New Zealand visual artists, many of which are from Waiheke. Works include contributions from Virginia King, Emma Bass, Lucy Eglington, Anton Forde, Katie Trinke-Legge and Ilya Volykhine.

Ontogeny, in the small gallery, comes to us courtesy of Mairangi Art Centre. Here, visitors are invited to explore the trials of our native Koura via a virtual reality presentation that was developed in collaboration with marine biologists.

In The Intertidal Zone gallery visitors can work with

PhD Researcher Lisa Waldner and design their own conversation with the sea as a poster or a social media graphic.


Work with designer and PhD researcher Lisa Waldner in this interactive design lab. Create your own visual, a poster or social media graphic, one for the gallery walls, one for you. No experience necessary. Join a workshop group or pop in to the gallery Tuesday-Friday from 10am–2pm. Please note, under 16's must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian.

Lisa will be onsite to work with gallery visitors from 10am - 2pm Tuesday-Friday, 16 April - 19 May 

 Free public workshop sessions:

2-4pm Sunday 14 April

2-4pm Sunday 21 April

2-4pm Sunday 28 April

2-4pm Sunday 5 May

(Booking recommended, ph. 372-9907)

The Intertidal Zone is part of a PhD research project on how graphic design can interest people in environmental issues. Interaction with participants and their design work forms part of the project. Photographs may be taken during workshop sessions. The Zone is open to everyone, but taking part in the research is optional. You can let the gallery or Lisa know if you would like to opt in prior to participating. Research has AUTEC approval ref: 16/271. For more information pick up an information sheet from the gallery or contact

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