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Ministry of Vulnerable Suburbs

In the two weeks of 21 November to 3 December 2016 12pm to 4pm you have the opportunity to visit the headquarters of the Ministry of Vulnerable Suburbs: in a beautiful 'abandoned' house at 12A Parliament Street just above the motorways hum in the Wellington well-to-do innercity suburb of Thorndon. The Ministry is the impressive culmination of artist Tim Barlow's PhD. 

Letting Space has had the great privilege of working closely with Tim over a range of projects in recent years. Tim has inspired us: from The Public Fountain in Taupo through to his massive part in two Transitional Economic Zones of Aotearoa in Christchurch and Porirua. And then, in 2013 he produced the remarkable Elbe's Milk Bar in Lower Hutt while at the same time founding the Wainuiomata Water Festival, works that have helped inspire the theme of water for 2017's Common Ground Festival which we are producing.

Park the driveway is the Hillman Hunter pulled 'Just in Time mobile community centre response unit', while inside the house's rooms upstairs and down, devoted to film and ephermera documenting and exploring these projects as experiments in community art. Tim is occupying the house for week as home and studio. Do pop on in for something special.


 Image: Amanda Joe

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