Whether you're a professional artist or passionate amateur, times of uncertainty and change can encourage us to get creative.
We make things to spread a message, to perform a function, to fundraise, or just for the joy in crafting. You may have even created something while New Zealand was in lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, to express how you were feeling or to learn a new skill.
Here are some objects in our collection that have been made during moments of significance, big and small, and their stories.
We’re looking for Covid-19 material. If you have an object you think might help tell the story of New Zealand’s lockdown, read more about our call for contributions here.
(1) Adrienne Foote in conversation with the author, 28 September 2019.
(2) Hugh Grenfell, email to the author, 28 March 2018.
(3) Wall, Louisa, “Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill — Third Reading”, 17 April 2013.
Blog Creativity in Momentous Times by Jane Groufsky. Published May 2020
Jane Groufsky is Auckland Museum's Project Curator, History for the Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Stories of Auckland gallery.
Visitors can see the grappling hook, the protest badge and Louisa Wall’s rainbow jacket in Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Stories of Auckland when it opens later in 2020 at Auckland Museum.