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Loose Parts and Joyful Mayhem – Rebekah Rasmussen 

One of the many sculptures from Loose Parts and Joyful Mayhem.
27 Jul 2020 to 15 Aug 2020
Open weekdays 10am - 8pm, weekends 10am - 4pm.
Loose Parts and Joyful Mayhem explores the boundaries between a child’s and an adult’s creativity.
Event type: 
Art, Exhibition
Toi Pōneke Gallery
61 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro, Wellington


Viewing the world through childlike sensibilities, artist Rebekah Rasmussen presents a colourful medley of serendipitous collapse. Inspired by and created with the help of students from Te Aro School, Loose Parts and Joyful Mayhem celebrates humble materials and playful processes. 

After becoming a mother Rasmussen’s practice took a new direction. Pushing back at the perceived constructs and physical parameters in which the roles ‘mother and artist’ positioned her, she saw how her experience as a mother was rich with viable source material. As her daughter grew, she began collaborating with her, navigating the space where a child’s and an adult's creativity intersect. 

Acknowledging the reciprocal learning that happened within this process prompted Rasmussen to explore the idea of collaboration with young artists further. The concept of Ako refers to a shared learning experience where new knowledge and understanding can grow. It was within her developing understanding of Ako that Rasmussen extended her research to work with her daughter's school, through weekly art sessions with a class of year 3 and 4 students during Term 4 in 2019.

The process was full of inspiring creations and failed ones, as well as a lot of problem solving. Plasticine pine cones, gloopy hands and precarious towers vied with one near miss of skewer-meets-eyeball and the odd burn from a glue gun. It was child’s play, and work, a playful celebration, loads of mess and lots of tidying up. 


Free Family Workshop
12pm - 3pm, Saturday 1 August


Written by

Wellington City Council - City Arts

27 Jul 2020

Interests Wellington City Council aims to make it easy for all Wellingtonians to access and participate in the arts. It does this by supporting the arts through funding, arts programmes and advice and by providing venues and facilities such as Toi Pōneke, Wellington Arts Centre.