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Contemporary Art that Inspires Authentic Relationships to Our Environment,Our Organisations and to One Another.

D I O N logo H I T C H E N S


I first started collaborating over thirteen years ago with a series of public sculptures created with Charles Koroneho.  I learnt from this experience that to collaborate you have to leave space for your collaborator.  The type of space left depends on the project and the collaborators.  The largest collaborative project I have achieved has been with 1800 students. One of the recent collaboration  series of shows ha been with Seek Art projects. The details are below.

Seek art projects


Title: Seek Art Projects

Collection: Artist Collection.

Location: Level 17 Art Space - Victoria University Melbourne,
Mangere Arts Centre - Nga Tohu o Uenuku,
Aratoi Wairarapa Museum,
Expressions Art and Entertainment Center - Upper Hutt,
Paul Nache Gallery - Gisbourne.Materials: paper, paint, steel, vinyl, wood, animation,

Scale: installation.


Seek Art Projects is a collaboration between James Ormsby (Later Day Saint), Bill Riely (Agnostic), and myself (Buddhist). We produced a series of installations that engaged audiences in different ways. In the earlier shows in Upper Hutt, New Zealand, and at Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, we made a large black box. A gallery inside a gallery where the audience would have to literally ‘Seek’ the art work, finding it initially through constructed peep holes.



The light inside the box leaked out of different shapes throwing patterns and symbols onto the venues’ walls. The symbols were informed from our philosophical positions. The Aratoi installation marked a significant shift for us because the audience had to exchange non-persisable food to gain entry into the Black Box.The food went to a local organisation for distribution to locals that needed it.



At Level 17 Art Space - Victoria University in Melbourne, we extended on this idea further by donating art works and inviting local artists to donate art work that would then be exchanged for non-perishable food. Our discussions had shifted to value - human values driven from our philosophical positions and the value of art. We had other works in the show that were also exploring values and commodities. The non-perishable food went to Front Yard Youth Services in Melbourne.



At Mangere Arts Centre - Nga Tohu o Uenuku, we made the show purely about the exchange of value. We set up a scenario where we produced over 1500 collaborative paintings that were formally placed in the gallery space. We installed a school bag hook, one for each child that had died the previous year from poverty related illness. We then simply invited the art audiences to
exchange children’s winter clothes and shoes for an art work. The audience responded in the most fantastic way, filling the back room of the gallery with clothes. They were then distributed through multiple organisations that were already well established in the community.