FRIENDS OF ANZAC BRIDGE FELLOWSHIP (since 2006)
This artist works with issues surrounding war, peace, memory and history in conjunction with The Friends of ANZAC Bridge and the memorial service at the Kaiparoro Bridge on ANZAC Day.
The purpose of this Fellowship is to maintain a rich cultural context for the annual commemorations centred at New Zealand Pacific Studio and the nearby ANZAC Memorial Bridge in northern Wairarapa. The Fellowship is made possible with a community grant from Trust House Community Enterprise, Masterton, which comes with the mandate that the fellowship project engage the residents of the nearby communities on and around ANZAC Day (25 April). Creative practitioners working in any medium are invited to make project proposals as to how they would involve the nearby communities of Eketahuna and Northern Masterton (including Kaiparoro/Mount Bruce, Mauriceville, Rongokokako and Nireaha) and how they could contribute to or enrich the annual ANZAC memorial service. Selection will be based on the nature and strength of proposed project, its relevance, depth and feasibility; and the degree to which all parties would benefit – creative practitioner, NZPS, the Friends of the ANZAC Memorial Bridge, and the nearby communities.
Application period: CLOSED.
2019 Residency period: 5- 26 April 2019 (Three weeks including April 25, ANZAC Day).
Sponsor: Trust House Community Enterprise
2014 - Anna Borrie, Multimedia artist, Fiordland -- Harakeke Cloak Remembrance Project
2016 - Philippa Werry, author, Wellington --Two Bridges, Two Countries (Kaiparoro, NZ and Brooweena, Australia) http://anzacbridge.blogspot.co.nz/
2017 - Christine Yardley, theatre and ceramics artist, Australia -- For King and Country , a series of community concerts featuring local and Australian performers, and also creative activities at local schools.
2018 – Rebecca Holden, Visual Artist, Wellington NZ -- Aotea – A Home Away from Home, WW1 project on the NZ women who ran the Aotea Convalescent Home for NZ soldiers in Egypt. She held a poignant Exhibition at Aratoi of this work.
2019 – Karen Wrigglesworth. Writer and Engineer, Whanganui, NZ -- Her writing project considered why we choose to build memorials to those we love, and explored the different forms memorials can take. She delivered a moving speech at the ANZAC Day Service at the Memorial Bridge at Kaiparoro - 'Memorials - Keepers of the stories we tell ourselves' - here are excerpts:
"As an engineer, it interests me that some war memorials are symbolic – like the broken cenotaph at Carterton, while some are functional – like the library at Nireaha. There are also a rare few – like this bridge – that are both...
"To my mind, there is no ‘better’ type of memorial. The relief they provided for those who built them, and the responses, conversations and the coming together they gift to us who come after, is reason enough for their existence. Memorials remind us what actually matters – kindness, compassion, and doing our best to care for one another."
As part of her Fellowship, Karen worked with Alfredton School students, some of whom were descendants of those remembered on the Kaiparoro Bridge, to write stories. They read stories aloud at the ANZAC Day service at Kaiparoro, and displayed artwork at Pūkaha afterwards.
Since the 2019 Fellowship, Karen has been working on a biography about Alfred Falkner, the engineer who designed the bridge at Kaiparoro, as well as a fictionalised story about Alfred and his bridge. In August 2019, for the first part of a Robert Lord residency, she began research on a similar engineering heritage project near Dunedin.
Note: Another relevant creative project is the 2012 children’s book The Eels of ANZAC Bridge, authored by Ali Foster, illustrated by Viv Walker, and published jointly by Fraser Books and Wairarapa Archive - all four parties have been involved with NZ Pacific Studio over the years.