It was a unique experience creating a new work for the Kotahitanga initiative over the second half of August this year. Founded in 2020 by Creative Waikato, this project invites artists from all mediums to submit proposals each year to create new artworks that hold and express the importance of Kotahitanga – a united community against racism.
This year another diverse group of artists were chosen to create new works for the Kotahitanga online gallery. My work, three reflections, for voice and piano, features three mini-movements and aims to evoke a poignant space that encourages the listener, or performer, to reflect on how they can extend kotahitanga in their community. It prioritises music’s universality and its ability to transcend language, racial and ethnic barriers.
The physical exhibition, held at the University of Waikato’s Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts gallery space, will run from October 2021 to February 2022 and features all of the works from this year’s and last year’s artists. Click here to visit the Kotahitanga online gallery. Scrolling through the online gallery, I feel inspired by this collection of unique and meaningful works of art created in response to Kotahitanga, and very grateful to be involved in this project!