Due to incurable ugliness, we are moving the Concerned Citizens site over to wordpress. You can keep up to date with what we're doing over here:
Who we are
Concerned Citizens is a diverse community of artists and musicians from around New Zealand that unite regularly to put on public events, exhibitions and concerts. These events provide an eclectic showcase of local and international art, music, film, and seminars, while raising funds and awareness in support of a range of positive social and political causes. We are excited by the idea that ceative projects can break down barriers between people, reframe discussions, and engage people who might otherwise be reluctant to participate in socially driven causes.
We have teamed up with a range of organisations to date, including Wellington Women's Refuge, the SPCA Emergency Earthquake Fund, Architecture for Humanity, October 15th Solidarity, and the Wellington Palestine Group, the ActiveStills photography collective, and the Afrapix photography collective. If you would like to be kept informed about upcoming events, please head over to our sign up page to join the mailing list.
What we are doing
As of Monday March 19th, Concerned Citizens have secured a space at 19 Tory St in the heart of Wellington City. We intend for the space to be massively diverse in its use and radically participatory: a space for open-source art, learning, music, exhibitions, workshops, film screenings, talks, markets and more.
Developments are currently under way. Progress is breathtakingly rapid: 24 hours after opening a Facebook discussion group for the space, we had 400 members engaging and sharing their ideas. We are developing systems to channel everybody's good ideas into a manageable program of diverse creative events.
Photography Exhibition to Raise Awareness About Upcoming UN Decision on Palestinian Statehood
In September, the UN will make a decision about whether or not they recognise Palestine as a state. To draw attention to this issue, we're currently organising a series of large collaborative photography exhibitions in centres around the country, to take place in August.
The core of the exhibition features works from Active Stills (Israeli and Palestinian photographers' collective), Afrapix (seminal South African photographers' collective), and some local legends including Gil Hanly, John Minto, and Tāme Iti.
In addition, groups across NZ (Auckland, Hamilton, Gisborne, Whanganui, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin) will be displaying the works of more than 50 local photographers, holding film screenings, and putting on concerts.
More details can be found on the Unrecognised page.
Urewera 18 Exhibition
Our most recent event raised over $6,000 for the defendants in the Urewera 18 'terror raids' case, but more importantly, it got hundreds of people all over the country talking about the issues surrounding the case: such as the roles of the police, government, and media in the public perception of 'activism' vs. 'terrorism', and the importance of legitimate dissent in a healthy democracy. It also riled up a few people that needed a bit of a shake-up and allowed us to respond in a public forum.
If you couldn't make it to the exhibition and you'd like to show your support for the defendants, please visit http://october15thsolidarity.info and make a donation.
In addition to hosting a massive online art auction, we used a catapult to launch 'buses' at George Bush to test the feasibility of the assassination plot the police said was planned by these so-called terrorists.
Contributing artist Emulsion Burns documented the first trial run of our homegrown weapon of mass destruction in this beautiful short film:
More details about this event can be found on the Past Events page.