By Richard Latty, Visitor Services Host – Wellington Museum
For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past year, Flux is a co-operatively run dynamic, living and thinking space that opened in Wellington Museum last March. It is run through a co-op of volunteers who curate the exhibitions on display, program the workshops and assist with any other community events that might be held in the space.
Wellington is a city full of art and culture, but we had noticed the lack of spaces for Wellington young creatives. So the Wellington Museum management team decided to do something about this, launching Flux at the end of March 2017 as a space for 18-30 year old creatives to:
- share stories through exhibitions
- stage performance, events and public programmes
- create content and experiences that are relevant to you
- explore ideas and perspectives
- build community relationships
The kaupapa of Flux in based on inclusion for all people involved. We want it to be a safe space where all people feel comfortable and welcome. We aim to showcase this through the variety of exhibitions, programs, events and programmes we host in the space. Another key aspect of the kaupapa of Flux is connecting with different communities who feel a connection to Te Whanganui a Tara and building on these relationships. We do this while ensuring we keep Flux sustainable so future generations can continue to enjoy the planet as we do today.
Flux is run through a co-op of volunteers who strive to meet once a month. The co-op is made up of a variety of people who work in Wellington Museum along with fellow young Wellington creatives. During our monthly meeting we get together and talk about what is going well, what is going not so well, and choose the submissions we will be accepting. We would like to be able to meet on a more regular basis but because we all either study or work full time already, it can be hard to pin everyone down.
During the nearly 12 months that Flux has been in existence we have hosted a number of varying exhibitions, events, programmes and workshops. These range from a dog life drawing workshop to In the Midst, an exhibition from a variety of young people at different stages of mental health. In 2017 we had 9 exhibitions and we hope to match this in 2018. Add to this a number of workshops, theatre performances and gigs and this group of volunteers has their work cut out for them.
The Flux co-op decided to have a break over the summer months after a very busy 2017. We are slowly starting to creep into 2018 with a number of very cool events coming up in the next few months.
April proves to be a very exciting time for Flux with the Play by Play Games Festival transforming Flux into any gamer’s dream. You will get the chance to have a go at playing the video games that have made it to the final of the 2018 Play by Play Games Festival, not to mention having a go at some Virtual Reality Gaming. This will be running from the 16th of April for one week so don’t miss out.
We are currently looking for exhibitions, workshops, gigs, whatever you want to put on display, for the next couple of months. If you are interested in putting something on in Flux don’t be afraid to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. We see ourselves as being here to facilitate your needs and we will do everything in our power to do so.
Finally, the co-op are always looking for fresh ideas so if you are interested in joining or coming along to a meeting to see what we do, flick us an email- email@example.com or find us on facebook at www.facebook.com/fluxatwm to find out more about us or what we have coming up.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Museums Wellington and Experience Wellington on behalf of the co-op. Involving myself in Flux has been, and will continue to be, a learning curve and I hope that others are willing to come join us on the journey.
Rico on behalf of the Flux co-op