22 January 2016
Bloom, an exhibition commemorating the fifth anniversary of the 22 February 2011 earthquake through poetry, stories and flowers, opens at Canterbury Museum on Monday 1 February.
Flowing through the exhibition will be a river of paper flowers handcrafted by local primary school children including students from Southbrook Primary and Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery Schools. Paper flowers can be brought to the Museum and added to the river throughout February. Children and families can also make them at weekend drop-in workshops between10.00 am and 2.00 pm every Saturday and Sunday in February.
A mural will be created on a window in the Museum inspired by the winning poem in a competition run by Poetica for primary school children at the end of last year. The other shortlisted poems also feature in the exhibition. The mural will be unveiled at 4.00 pm on Monday, 22 February 2016 in the Museum’s Visitor Lounge.
High school students, youth groups and individuals are being invited to write poems to create a river of reflection about the earthquakes and the last five years in the exhibition. Help is on hand for anyone who would like to contribute their own poem at weekend drop-in workshops between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm every Saturday and Sunday in February.
On Sunday afternoons, between 2.00 pm and 3.00 pm, local authors and poets will read from their works which reflect upon the earthquakes and our experiences since. A sample of writing from each of the invited authors will also be exhibited.
The month-long exhibition is a collaboration between the River of Flowers project (Avon-Otakaro Network and Flourish Inc), Poetica and Canterbury Museum with funding support from the Tindall Foundation.
Further details on Canterbury Museum’s website www.canterburymuseum.com