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Blue Radius


Limen Lab designs, organises, and runs events to help the public engage creatively with climatic and ecological challenges faced by our environments, our beaches, and our oceans.

These events have been made possible with funding from Foundation North and from many supporters in the community without whom this work would not be possible. We extend heartfelt thanks for all this support.

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'Taraiti SOS' - a Pop-Up Exhibition about the impacts of Sand Mining at Pakiri Beach, Northland on Monday 31 Oct from 10am

Blue Radius Events will be opening a Pop-Up exhibition entitled 'Taraiti SOS' as part of 'Journey of Sand from Seabed to City' Schools Art Project. It will be held at the Memorial Hall, Pakiri on Monday 31 Oct. from 10.00 until 16.00.

'Taraiti SOS'  is an account of the plight of Fairy Terns at Pakiri in the face of on-going sand extraction. It is the concept of Sharley Haddon who has created an illustrated text about the impact of sand mining on these iconic marine species found at Pakiri. Her work will be displayed in the hall as a series of large scale posters that tells the story of 'Tara and Iti' who live on the beach and witness the impacts that sand mining is having on their lives.

This exhibition will form part of the 'Journey of Sand from Seabed to City' project, which is the creative concept of Alanah Knibb and Julia West that brings young people from the city together with members of the Pakiri community to creatively inform, explore, and discuss the extraction of sand from the seabed, its journey to the city, and how sand is used for construction. 

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Lantern-making and Sea-level Rise Procession at Devonport
on Sat 17th Sep 1-6pm

If you’re looking for something to do today Saturday 17 September, Depot Artspace’s current exhibition curator Laura Donkers is hosting a public art workshop at the Devonport Community House from 1-6pm, followed by a light sculpture walk along Devonport beach.

Working with local lantern making legend and master carver, Natanahira Te Pona, participants will learn how to create Blue lanterns, as part of the Sea Level Rise Procession that will take place along Devonport beach in the evening.

All are welcome to this event. If you have made Matariki Lanterns with Natanahira Te Pona before, please bring them along and you can re-cover them in blue tissue paper. Refreshments will be served from 5:30, before the walk.

After the workshop participants will walk with their lanterns and create a blue light sculpture along Devonport beach at sunset.

You can also pop in to Depot Artspace if you’ve not yet seen the exhibition Blue Radius which uses art and science to explore climate change induced sea level rise


Blue Radius Lantern Procession on Waiheke Is. on Sat 29th Oct from 7pm.
Lantern-making sessions start at 10.30am

Please join us on Oneroa Beach, Waiheke Island on Saturday 29th October to make together, share experiences, and express your support for the moana and all marine life by taking part in a Lantern Procession at 7pm.

The day will begin with Lantern-making 'Drop-In' sessions (no booking necessary) from 10.30am at the Waiheke Adult Learning Centre, 2 Korora Road, Waiheke. The evening lantern procession will leave from Artworks Courtyard at 7pm and follow the path down to Oneroa Beach.

This Blue Radius Event is using art to engage the public with local manifestations of ecological collapse that we could be preventing, in order to drive home the immediacy of climatic impacts on marine ecology. 

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Sustainable Coasts Panel Talk at Depot Artspace 

Thursday 15 Sept at 6:30pm

A panel talk will take place between three invited speakers who discuss how science, politics, and carbon emissions relate to the threat of sea level rise on the Auckland region. 

Professor Giovanni Coco is a coastal oceanographer based in the School of Environment in the Faculty of Science at the University of Auckland. He is also a Devonport resident and so has a particular knowledge of the potential impacts that sea level rise will have on the locality. 

Alex Rogers is the Executive Officer of the Hauraki Gulf Forum and will share his kōrero about the politics of protecting and restoring the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park to lead to a healthier future for Tīkapa Moana, Te Moananui-ā-Toi.  

Richard Wallis is the director of The Carbon Cycle Company and inventor of the Carbon Cycle Composter. He helps individuals, companies and communities to reduce CO2 emissions created through food waste that could help to prevent more than 70 billion tons of greenhouse gases over the next three decades while feeding people, increasing economic benefits, and preserving threatened ecosystems. 

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Auckland Climate Festival
Land Radius|2 film screening at NZ Maritime Museum, on the weekends of 1-2 Oct and 29-30 Oct

NZ Maritime Museum is hosting several screenings of LandRadius|2 as part of the Auckland Climate Festival taking place during October. Land Radius|2 is a 60-minute, meditative film devised and directed by ecological artist Laura Donkers. It presents an audiovisual exchange between artists, scientists, mana whenua and community activists who share observations and frustrations about the ecological emergency in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Visitors are invited to view LandRadius/2 in its entirety, or to drop in to experience the film in segments.

The film will be screened on rotation during museum hours 10am-5pm.


The New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui a Tangaroa represents one of the most maritime nations in the world and the stories of every one of us who is affected by the sea, whether through immigration, trade, design, innovation or leisure. The Maritime Museum is a hub for all of these stories; we express them in our galleries and through our programme of events, special exhibitions, heritage sailings and more.

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Limen Lab presents:

Blue Radius

3–28 September 2022

Opening event: Saturday 3rd September, 3–5 pm

Limen lab has worked with artists, activists, scientists and organisations to bring you a dynamic exhibition of video, photography, sculpture, and an online 'serious' game. Please join us for the opening event on Saturday 3rd September from 3pm. Bianca Ranson will be delivering an opening talk about the 'Carbon Stack' sculpture she has created for the exhibition.


Blue Radius is a local exploration of the ecological emergencies taking place along Tāmaki Makaurau coastlines, namely climate change-induced sea level rise. The exhibition’s starting point is LandRadius|2, an audiovisual exchange between artists, scientists, mana whenua and community activists who share observations of the at-risk Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, directed by award-winning artist Laura Donkers.

Blue Radius also looks at the ways in which we damage local marine ecology through ongoing extractive practices, from the mining of coastal sand for construction to permits for marina building on fragile sites.


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