Project Toru video
He kākano: The magic seeds of the circle
Home Ground is a collective of artists, responding creatively to the challenges women and
whānau face in the New Zealand justice system.
We all bring something to the table, we all have those magic seeds, it is what we choose to put in the circle that matters.
We wanted to bring our space to life, to show what we bring to the table. How do we do that? With a boil up.
Project Toru 2020 worked with two groups inside and outside of Arohata Prison.
A three-week intensive project was held in the community in February. This was followed by a month of workshops, with the last week moved online due to the Covid-19 lockdown.
Home Ground delivered a series of workshops inside Arohata at the same time. Home Ground worked with the New Zealand Festival of the Arts and Te Ata Festival to present Neo Muyanga at Arohata Upper Prison. The Home Ground participants led the welcome at the event, and approximately 40 women and Corrections staff attended the event. Neo performed and participated in a question and answer session and the women performed several waiata in exchange.
In Toru we began work on an installation of a re-fashioned kitchen table created by artist Kath Foster. This and a selection of other work was displayed at the end of Project Toru’s presentation.
Our intention is to collaborate over a series of projects and installations to start community conversations and develop our advocacy through a range of public events, online or in the real world.
We came out of Project Toru with two artistic aims:
The public launch of a resource book for women in the justice system, by women in the justice system.
The Home Ground Kitchen Table project, a series of installations based around the kitchen table.
Because Covid happened we added a third:
Three curated digital advocacy pieces based on the participants’ artistic work in collaboration with professional artists.
Project Whā was the result.