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Tender Webs

15 March - 15 April 2023

Xin Cheng (Chinese)

Zoe Thompson-Moore (Pākehā)

Georgina May Young (Te Ūpokorehe, Whakatōhea, Pākehā)

This exhibition celebrates our connections to the living environments we tend to.


The artists featured in Tender Webs look closely at the green and growing places around them. They use video, publications, installation, and textile work to show us what they see. Visitors are encouraged to be part of the exhibition by bringing herbal plants to add to the communal tea area, and/or drawing or writing about a garden they like to spend time in.

The Tender Webs exhibition text and further leading list are coming soon - check back later on :-)


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Artist Bios and Works List

Xin Cheng (Chinese) works across art, social design and local ecologies. She was a co-director of the artist-run space RM in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland (2007 - 2012), holds a Master of Fine Arts from Hamburg University of Fine Arts (DE), and currently teaches design at Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland.



Seeing Like a Forest  (2019)

Moving image with sound

A seedbag for resourcefulness (2019)

Printed publication (five booklets in paper pouch)


Zoe Thompson-Moore (Pākehā) was born in Christchurch and grew up in rural Canterbury. She now lives with her family in Te Awakairangi ki Tai Lower Hutt.



The ties that bind (from Open-field) (2022) 

Last summer's plant ties cut from old t-shirts


Woolgathering (from Open-field) (2022) 

Nails salvaged from rotting pallets once used to hold motherload-motherlode compost heap (2017-2018)

Spell it out (2023) 

Wood salvaged from the neighbourhood worm farm, slug trails


Georgina May Young (Te Ūpokorehe, Whakatōhea, Pākehā) was born in Ōpōtiki and is now based in Ōtepoti. Her practice is centred on loom, garden, needle, and thread. Young's work is informed by the process of time: intricate layers weaving literally and figuratively between ancestral knowledge and optimistic futures. All hail Mother Dirt!


Garden e hoa

Cotton thread embroidery on handwoven linen stained with uku from Ōhiwa.

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