Past Exhibition

Ōtepoti Stor(i)es. Vicki Lenihan

Wenerei 4 -
Hātarei 7

Wednesday 4 -
Saturday 7


Image: Vicki Lenihan, Ōtepoti Stor(i)es, Installation View, 2022. Photo: Justin Spiers.

Image: Vicki Lenihan, Ōtepoti Stor(i)es, Installation View, 2022. Photo: Justin Spiers.

He kaikai, he kaukau, he kaimāka, anā!

Pātaka kai open for exchange:
Wednesday 4 – Friday 6 May, 11am – 5pm and Saturday 7 May, 11am – 3pm

Rourou available for collection:
Saturday 7 May between 4–5pm (details below)

Ōtepoti Stor(i)es is a new site-specific interactive installation by Vicki Lenihan which highlights the history of Ōtepoti, the formative trading site located directly across the street from Blue Oyster Art Project Space. Lenihan has created an interactive experience focused around a pātaka kai of preserved plums collected from the artist’s own yard, to emphasise the importance of manaakitaka, kaihaukai, and kā kete o te wānaka–the sacred repositories of human kindness, seasonal observation, and ancestral wisdom. 

Manuhiri visiting the gallery are invited to receive preserved knowledge in exchange for a donation of non-perishable food or ukauka which will be donated to Te Whare Pounamu Dunedin Women’s Refuge.  We encourage you to consider what you give carefully, and donate generously for the coming winter.

This meal is the second in a series of artist-led projects which invite people to share a meal together.

Te riroka mai, he kaitaoka!

Join us Saturday 7 May from 4pm to kōrerorero with Vicki Lenihan, and take home your very own rourou filled with a degustation prepared by Lenihan from farm-grown seasonal produce and mahika kai.

Nāku te rourou nāu to rourou, ka ora ai te iwi!

Te Whare Pounamu Dunedin Women's Refuge advocates for women, whānau, tamariki and rakatahi supporting a pathway to safety, regardless of ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or socio-economic circumstances. Their aim is to eliminate family violence in our community by providing support, advocacy, education, and awareness

Vicki Lenihan

Vicki Lenihan (Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe, Ngāi Tahu) is a multimedia artist whose practice centres on sustainability, celebrating identity interwoven with our unique and irreplaceable environment, and highlighting issues connected to self-determination and hauora. She is also a writer; an educator; a museum professional; a regular broadcaster; an arts producer; Community Events Advisor – Cultural at the Dunedin City Council, and until recently Secretary of the Paemanu Ngāi Tahu Contemporary Visual Arts Charitable Trust.