Ngā Kōhine Kiwi: He Hītori Taitamāhine o Aotearoa
By Ashley Remer
Do you have collection items related to girlhood in New Zealand? If so, you are invited to be a part of a new NZMuseums community exhibition project, Kiwi Chicks: New Zealand Girl History/Ngā Kōhine Kiwi: He Hītori Taitamāhine o Aotearoa.
Kiwi Chicks is a collections-driven exhibition project that will explore New Zealand girlhood from the 18th to 20th centuries. It will be co-produced by Girl Museum and National Services Te Paerangi. In order to preserve New Zealand girl culture, the project aims to identify ‘girlhood’ objects in New Zealand museums, libraries, archives, schools, historical societies, and art galleries. These will then be used to create an exciting exhibition that informs and inspires girls of today with the stories, achievements, and struggles of yesterday’s girls, as well as reaching a general audience.
The goals of the project within the sector are to create a collaborative online community and establish a continually growing online exhibition. We want to enable museums to look at their collections in a new way and provide incentive to digitise new objects to share with others. The wider outreach is to provide a public research and educational database platform and empower New Zealand girls with knowledge of their own histories.
Kiwi Chicks is designed to showcase all types of objects from New Zealand girl history. We want objects used by girls, for girls, about girls, and girl material culture, including found objects, photographs, fine art, clothing, and ephemera. For the purposes of this exhibition, ‘girl’ is defined as females under 21.
Participation is simple, as long as you have an eHive account. Just join the Kiwi Chicks eHive community and select objects in your account to be included in one click. You are able to contribute content to the community right now and the site will become available to the public in late 2012.
There are many benefits to participating in Kiwi Chicks for your organisation. You get to be a part of a new collaborative community project by increasing your organisation’s web presence and making your collection accessible to a new online audience. Through promoting your collections this way, you can develop connections with other organisations with similar collections for further collaboration.
If you have any questions, send them to Ashley.Remer@tepapa.govt.nz.