37 Sawanston Street
ARTISTS DREW PETTIFER, JADE WALSH, TEXTAQUEEN, MIKE ELEVEN, KHI-LEE THORPE, INGE FLINTE, CAMERON MAY, PATI SOLOMONA TYRELL, NANCY WILSON, MIRIAMA GRACE-SMITH
WRITERS JAKE ARTHUR, HAMISH CLAYTON, SELINA TUSITALA MARSH, TAYI ASHLEY TIBBLE, MATARIKI WILLIAMS, SEAN M WHELAN, ANDY JACKSON, JEANINE LEANE, DIDEM CAIA, ELLEN VAN NEERVEN
Fasten your seatbelts! And welcome aboard Return Flight MEL>CHC: a multidisciplinary, trans-Tasman trip from Melbourne to Christchurch, and back again.
For our second edition, Return Flight asked ten artists from Melbourne and New Zealand to create works that commented on the theme of ‘home’. We then paired each artwork with a writer from the opposite place and asked them to respond. Writers could engage with the artworks however they liked, but we didn’t let them off that easy: artists’ identities were withheld until the very end.
Afterwards, we sat our artists down for a Skype call with their assigned writers to discuss the collaborative process.
You’ll find the transcripts of these conversations in the print edition of Return Flight: MEL>CHC, and you’ll see and hear them at our Melbourne and Christchurch launches.
Curated by Elizaveta Maltseva, edited by Megan Anderson and designed by Jacqui Hagen, Return Flight features works and interviews by Drew Pettifer, TextaQueen, Sean M. Whelan and Selina Tusitala Marsh, which merge (or clash) Australia with Aotearoa, and ask whether the world really is as vast and disconnected as it feels.
Opening Night | Thursday 12 Jul, 6pm–8pm
Panel Discussion | Saturday 21 July, 2pm
Return Flight contributors in discussion with Elizaveta Maltseva
Gallery Open | Tuesday-Saturday, 12pm-6pm
Closed on public holidays