Present Tense : Wāhine Toi Aotearoa exhibition

Present Tense : Wāhine Toi Aotearoa
30 April – 24 May, 2019
RAMP Gallery, Kirikiriroa/Hamilton


Join Designers Speak (Up) + RAMP Gallery for the exhibition opening of Present Tense : Wāhine Toi AotearoaTuesday 30 April 4:30pm – 7:30pm — a project featuring over 70 posters and writings by designers, artists and educators from the Directory of Women Designers.

Present Tense : Wāhine Toi Aotearoa is a moment-in-time record of the current landscape of women in design, using the poster format to give visibility and voice to the unsung diversity of Aotearoa design. This iteration of the exhibition includes silk-screen posters from ĀKAU Studio, Anna Wilkinson, Alessandra Banal, Elisapeta Hinemoa Heta, Ella Sutherland, Fiona Jack, Katie Kerr, Kyra Ta-Waka Clarke, Nell May, Pipi Press, Sarah Maxey and Sonya Lacey, along with over sixty contributions by members of the Directory in response to the #ff3333 Poster Call.

The posters will be presented in various formats, from printed to projected to published online. Written contributions — the first being Broken record by Lana Lopesi — will accompany the work and offer contextual discussion during our hīkoi around Aotearoa New Zealand.

A day of kōrero / kai / mahi will be held on Saturday 11 May, beginning with an informal hui at the Hamilton Zinefest, followed by an afternoon of poster making, finishing at RAMP Gallery (details below).

RAMP Gallery is the first stop on the project and exhibition hīkoi around Aotearoa which includes Laurel Projects in Ōtepoti, 2–23 August, and Enjoy Gallery in Pōneke in Spring — with other venues and details to be announced.

View the event on Facebook — all welcome.

Ngā mihi nui, ka kite anō au i a koutou,
Designers Speak (Up) + RAMP Gallery


kōrero / kai / mahi

Saturday 11 May, 10:30am – 5:00pm

The day will begin with an informal hui at the Hamilton Zinefest, followed by an afternoon of poster making at the gallery >>

Alice Connew, 2016 / Women’s Work (detail)

Around-the-table kōrero w/ Designers Speak (Up) + contributors to Present Tense : Wahine Toi Aotearoa
when: 10:30am – 12:15pm
where: Hamilton Zinefest, The Meteor Theatre, 1 Victoria Street

Poster-making workshop
when: 1:30 – 4:00pm
where: Wintec R Block (access through RAMP Gallery)

Installation of workshop posters
when: 4:00 – 5:00pm
where: RAMP Gallery, 111 Collingwood Street

Keep an eye on Facebook + Instagram for updates.


#ff3333 Poster Call

The #ff3333 Poster Call remains open and designers are encouraged to contribute posters over the next few months as the project grows and accumulates. Join the conversation, be a visible part of the landscape and have your voice. Download the template + guidelines.

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All posters submitted to Present Tense : Wāhine Toi Aotearoa in response to the initial call, and ongoing over the next few months, will be added into the Designers Speak (Up) online poster collection.

Present Tense : Wāhine Toi Aotearoa is an opportunity to give visibility and voice to all women-identifying and non-binary designers to speak up using the poster medium. The project is a space for myriad voices to be heard, supported and championed in the wholehearted, collective way that is the Designers Speak (Up) kaupapa.


*Not on the Directory? Join up!