25-28 Oct 2019

FRI 25 OCT :: 12PM – 8PM
SAT 26 & SUN 27 OCT :: 12PM – 8PM
MON 28 OCT :: 10AM – 1PM


Auckland, AOTEAROA

Te Whāinga is a convergence of world-class artists, scholars + cultural practitioners – all critically examining the notion of civility.


Ahsin Ahsin

Rodney Bell

Marc Conaco

Elliot Collins

Maria Dumlao

Dr. Léuli Eshraghi

Erin Fae

Tanu Gago

Jack Gray

Rebecca Ann Hobbs

Photo: Sione Monu

Hina Kneubuhl

In*ter*is*land Collective

Kerry Ann Lee

Photo: Jack Fisher, courtesy of Te Papa

Qiane Matata-Sipu

Carl F.K. Pao

Rosanna Raymond

Miranda Smitheram

Kereama Taepa

Rosabel Tan

Tufala Meri
(Reina & Molana Sutton)

Photo: Jermaine Dean

Pati Solomona Tyrell

Silo 6 & Silo Park are situated in the area of Te Waitematā, a place of rich cultural narratives and meaning to the 19 recognized iwi of Tāmaki Makaurau and a meeting place between land and the sea.


Visitors to Te Whāinga will immerse themselves in over a dozen new and original art experiences, performances and interactive activities.

Today's Scheduled Happenings

Programs & timings subject to change

Sunday 27 Oct

10am-12pm @ Lit Lawn (20 people max)
WĀ HINE (Wānanga Rātapu) w/ Qiane Matata-Sipu, Vicky Tamariki & Rebecca Ann Hobbs

Ongoing throughout the day @ Silo Park Waterfront (around 3pm, 5pm & 7:30pm)
TANGATA TUUTAHI performance w/ Rodney Bell & Dancers of Difference

Ongoing throughout the day @ Silo 6 Entrance
Here, but also here tours w/ Erin Fae

Listen to audio tours

12pm @ Lit Lawn
Durational reading of Hone Tuwhare's ontology

1pm-4pm @ Silo 6
SATELLITES Pop-up: Knotting workshop w/ Wai Ching Chan

5pm-6:30pm & 7pm-7:30pm – every half hour beginning in Silos
WHAKARONGO embodied tours w/ Jack Gray

6pm-8pm @ Silo 6
SATELLITES Pop-up: Goal Shoot w/ Vanessa Crofskey

6:30pm beginning in Silo 6
BACKHAND MAIDEN activation w/ Rosanna Raymond

Reckoning with Civility

2019 situates us in a host of collisions between our complex histories, enduring systems and beliefs, greater awareness of our ecological pressures and our future aspirations.
This year marks the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s arrival in Aotearoa New Zealand, UNESCO has declared 2019 the Year of Indigenous Languages and the New Zealand Government has delivered a landmark action on climate change.
Meanwhile, people throughout the world and from various walks of life have recognized that the solutions to today’s greatest challenges, inevitable tensions and intersections can only be realized by seeking compatibility of aspirations without denying these fundamental cultural and cognitive complexities amongst one another.
Te Whāinga is a unique opportunity to engage and collaborate with some of today’s most creative talents to explore what it truly means to coexist within our communities, societies, and humanity.

Culture Labs are community-centred museum experiences where kaupapa are shared to nurture collective imagination that prioritize equity, peer-to-peer learning.

Te Whāinga is the fourth in a series of Culture Labs introduced by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center beginning in 2016, and the first in partnership with the Auckland Museum.

Read the Culture Lab Manifesto


We believe that museums engaging communities should be built upon:

A culture of memory.

Every place embodies genealogies we must honor. Amplifying hidden histories builds empathy. Intervening in public space enriches our collective memory.

A culture of representation.

Prioritize local artists, participants, and organizers. Nothing about communities without those communities.

A culture of becoming.

Open yourself to growth through conversation. Push both your ideas and practices.

A culture of imagination.

Place value on daydreaming. Not everything is a logistic. Find the amazing in the margins.

A culture of presence.

Live-time interaction — nothing replaces human contact. Make all spaces maker spaces.

A culture of equity.

Pay artists. Pay artists fairly. Dismantle hierarchies. Everyone shares in the work.

A culture of community.

Create lasting collectives. Come to museums to be challenged, to change, to fall in love.

A culture of intersectionality.

Step outside the silos that constrain our narratives. Allow yourself to think, feel, and remember in the same complex ways that we live.

A culture of relevance.

Choose to engage in what matters right now.

A culture of belonging.

Forge brave space. Extend welcome and safety to all peoples and communities. Make room for the marginalized, especially by questioning what marginalizes them.

A culture of beauty.

Who gets to decide what counts as beautiful? Question aesthetic classifcations and priorities.

A culture of inspiration.

Open the process. Dream together. Make together.

A culture of fun.

Play is innovation. Play is care. Play is life.

A culture of action.

We have a social contract with one another to protect the vulnerable and ensure human rights for everyone.

A culture of sustainability.

Treat your space as if you are preparing for 40 generations of inheritance. Strive to leave a small footprint, but a major impact.