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Photo by Katie Coogan-Mason. This photo was taken on Yuin Nation shorelines. [Descriptor: It is a picture of kelp washing ashore and heaped in piles on the sand.]

Tōku reo, tōku ohooho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea / My language is my awakening, my language is my treasure.

Please join us for the opening of Insurge, presented by New Wayfinders artist collective and curated by Isabella Whāwhai Waru at Kingston Arts Centre Galleries. Insurge features new work by visual, sound, and performance artists of Oceanic descent, commissioned by Kingston Arts for Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Featured artists:

Grace Vanilau
Ella Rowe
Jacynta Fuamatu
Peter Lemalu
Yasbelle Kerkow
Collective artists led by Fallon Te Paa & Elaine Toma
Isabella Whāwhai Waru

In the United Nation’s International Year of Indigenous Languages, Insurge ignites the voices, and documents the languages, stories and talanoa//korero//conversations of Birraranga’s diasporic Pasifika peoples.

We call in the mana of our peoples, our voices and our storytelling for a process of cultural resurgence, revitalising the power of our ancestral tongues; the vast and complex languages of the Pacific.

 **Download the Exhibition Catalogue PDF here .**

Public Program

To celebrate the exhibition, we are hosting a free, one-day workshop series for Pasifika and Indigenous young people with spokenword artists and activists, Grace Vanilau and Jacynta Fuamatu.

Where: Kingston Arts Centre, 979 Nepean Hwy. Moorabbin (wheelchair accessible venue)

When: Wednesday 2 October, 10am - 3pm

  • This event is for Pasifika and Indigenous young people aged 15 - 23 years.
  • Free, places limited. Lunch is provided.
  • RSVP by Monday 23 September with dietary requirements - or (03) 9556 4462.

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Workshop: upu - word

Spoken Word Workshop facilitated by Grace Vanilau

‘Upu’ - is the Samoan term for word.  

The authority and energy we give to a word or a thought, can shift our lens and provide a powerful understanding of how we can navigate and manifest our dreams into lived realities.

In celebration of the 2019 Year of Indigenous languages - ‘Upu’ will encourage participants to explore their worlds and identities through language, oratory, cultural values and beliefs.  Transforming their stories into a spoken word performance piece or poem.  



Pacific Climate Warriors Storytelling Workshop facilitated by Jacynta Fuamatu

The power of storytelling can be as big as our imagination allows. The most empowering stories that are told about climate action are from communities who are living at the frontlines of its impacts. Frontline truths are real stories told by real people in their own words and in their own way. This is a tool used by the Pacific Climate Warriors who have inspired change in the movement. 

There are many ways to tell a great story, this workshop will give you the tools to practice sharing your story.

If you knew your story could influence change in your community, would you be willing to share it?






Opening: Tuesday 24 September, 6 - 8pm (Auslan interpreted)
Exhibition: Wednesday 25 September - Saturday 26 October
Workshops: Wednesday 2 October, 10am - 3pm


G1 + G2, Kingston Arts Centre, Moorabbin

979-985 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin


Admission free