It’s been a unique experience working on a commissioned piece for Creative Waikato’s Kotahitanga initiative over the past few weeks. Founded in 2020, 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 works which will be displayed in 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 exhibition, which will take place at the University of Waikato’s Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts gallery space, has been postponed due to the current Covid restrictions. The online gallery will soon be featuring the works from this year’s artists – click here to visit. I’m really looking forward to checking out all the creations and to attending the exhibition opening when it comes around. Grateful to be involved in this meaningful project.