Te Tuhi is excited to announce the panellists for the Wastescape Panel Discussion: artist Gayle Chong Kwan, Dr Alex Monteith and Dr Mike Joy.

Gayle Chong Kwan's immersive installation Wastescape weaves thousands of milk bottles into a mesmerising image that reflects our consumer habits, particularly of plastic used by the dairy industry in New Zealand.

Exploring the environmental impact of excessive waste, the artist discusses the role of artists in building awareness of human responsibility in the pollution of our planet.

The discussion will tease out the beauty and brutal reality of an otherworldly landscape made of waste.

Wastescape is commissioned by Te Tuhi, Auckland, in partnership with art and environmental organisation Invisible Dust, UK, and the Humber Museums Partnership, UK.


Gayle Chong Kwan is a British artist whose photographs, sculptures, events and installations are exhibited internationally, both in galleries and in the public realm. Her work explores simulacra and the sublime through constructed environments, imagined futures, ritual experiences and sensory registers.

Dr Mike Joy was a late starter in academia. He first attended university in his early thirties at Massey Palmerston North where he received a BSc, MSc and PhD in Ecology. He began lecturing in Ecology and Environmental Science in 2003 and became an outspoken advocate for environmental protection after seeing first-hand the decline in freshwater health in New Zealand. Mike has received a number of awards for this work which include an Ecology in Action award from the NZ Ecological Society, the inaugural New Zealand Universities Critic and Conscience award in 2016 and was a semi-finalist for the 2018 Kiwibank New Zealander of the year. waterqualitynz.info

Alex Monteith’s works explore the political dimensions of culture engaged in turmoil over land ownership, history and occupation. Her works traverse political movements, contemporary sports, culture and social activities. Projects often take place in large‐scale or extreme geographies. She is also a member of the collective Local Time, and is a some-time political and environmental activist.


  • Sat 09 Mar


  • 4:00 pm — 5:00 pm

Villa Maria Gallery, ASB Waterfront Theatre

  • 138 Halsey St
  • Auckland, 1010