NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

At Home at War exhibition

Five Auckland schools work with the Navy Museum to create artworks exploring the New Zealand home front during the First World War.

The Navy Museum invites five Auckland secondary schools to launch our First World War centenary commemorations. Exhibition opens August 2014.

In the lead up to the centennial anniversary of the start of the First World War, the Navy Museum has been working with five Auckland schools to create artworks inspired by the stories of the New Zealand home front. In each school we are delivering four workshops, designed to guide students through the process of putting on an art exhibition in our museum.

In the Object Handling Workshop, we challenged students to make cultural and temporal leaps through artefacts from our collections. Students asked themselves questions like, “What was life like in New Zealand during the First World War? How did the war shape New Zealanders’ identities?”

In the Techniques Workshop, we introduced fabric art techniques that students may use in their art.

Individually, each student is creating a piece that explores an aspect of the home front. The whole class then brings the pieces together to create one finished work that will be on display in our temporary galleries from August to October this year. Students learn to work collaboratively, problem solve together, and ultimately how to put on a real-life art exhibition. Their teachers are their project managers.

The Navy Museum has the pleasure of working with 278 students from the following schools on this project. Papatoetoe High School Manurewa High School Liston College St. Cuthbert’s College St. Mary’s College Don’t miss the At Home at War exhibition showing at the Navy Museum this August!

This activity is being worked on from
January 2014
 to 
December 2014
Date added: 20 June 2014 | Last updated: 28 January 2015

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