Ko Opuke te maunga, Ko Rakaia te awa, Ko Whakamatau te roto. This short pepeha, or introduction, acknowledges the mountain, river and lake that nourished me growing up. Long before I became a museum exhibition designer. Alongside my career as an exhibition designer, I have always been intimately involved in the landscape of Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Kayaking its rivers, skiing, and tramping in its mountains, and more recently sailing its seas. I’m well aware that human economic activity is rapidly outstripping the resources of this natural economy. It’s easy to feel helpless in the face of the scale of the problem, but we can all do something small to help.
Now, towards the end of my career, I have a small solution, the beginning of an idea, of a more sustainable way of creating exhibitions, that I hope others can take forward and develop. I am Juliet Cooke, of Intouch Design, Wellington. I’ve been installing, designing, and managing exhibitions for 30 years.
Speaking at Green Museums Summit 2023:
Zero Miles Zero Waste Touring Exhibition
Imagine a touring exhibition with zero shipping miles and zero waste yet could facilitate the exchange of ideas between communities across the globe. Sounds impossible, doesn’t it?
Tune in to discover how designer Juliet Cooke has successfully trialled a zero waste, zero shipping exhibition. And realised in the process that it has even greater potential.