Knot Touch Opening Weekend


Saturday September 30 & Sunday October 1

10am - 4pm 

To celebrate the opening of our new exhibition by contemporary artist Jae Kang, the Maritime Museum is hosting a weekend of free family activities and entertainment.

This tactile and interactive exhibition celebrates the versatility and traditions of knots, and welcomes visitors of all backgrounds and needs, to engage with art in a playful way. 

The weekend's activities include musical performances, knot workshops, demonstrations, pirates and pretzels - plus plenty of opportunities to learn knots and knot-based craft.  

 About the exhibition

Using netting, rope and a range of knots, artist Jae Kang has created a spatial installation to stimulate the imagination and provide a unique experience. The tactile nature of the exhibition makes it accessible to all ages and abilities.

Often, galleries and museums are off-limits to visitors as far as touching the art and objects. Children are “educated to hold their hands behind their back and to stand back from the artwork,” says Kang, “This restriction greatly affects their experience and what they learn”.

The site-specific installation Knot Touch, which is located in the museum’s Edmiston Gallery, removes this restriction and invites visitors to interact and engage with the work.

Jae Kang is a Korean-born, sculptor and painter who lives in Auckland. A trained art teacher, she has worked with both children and individuals from the autistic community. From the outset she wanted to offer these groups an opportunity to fully interact with an artwork without fear of being reprimanded for touching. The ability to move through and be surrounded by an artwork provides a very different and engaging experience.

The exhibition has been created from netting and ropes – materials commonly found in the maritime industry.  “The open spaces between the looped and knotted cord and rope allow viewing through both sides of the net,” says Kang.

The effect simultaneously promotes the notion of entrapment and freedom, depending on which side of the net you are. The different zones of the installation invite visitors to engage their imagination.”

A soundscape by Christine White supplies a spirited audio component to the experience. White’s composition explores the textures and qualities inherent in different types of knots. She was also inspired by a long list of quirky knots with names such as baggywrinkle, monkey fist, constrictor knot, the falconer, and crown loop to name just a few.

A small selection of tools and knots from the museum’s collection is on display and a Knot Station has been set up to enable visitors to have a go at tying several basic, yet useful knots.

The museum will host a variety of public workshops and activities throughout the duration of the exhibition. 

  • Residents of the Auckland region can visit the Maritime Museum galleries for free if they provide proof of address on arrival
  • Children: 5-14 years old (4 years and under are free)
  • Family Pass = 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children

Our staff are passionate about making the Museum accessible for all people.
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