Artist talk and Q&A: Warren Maxwell – 3/07/2021


Please join us for a relaxed talk and tour hosted by Warren Maxwell whose interactive exhibition, Kia tūhono ki te Taiao; Re-connecting to the Natural World, opens at the Audio Foundation on Friday 2 July.

Warren will discuss the themes and processes which inform his work and is happy to take questions from those in attendance.

Tea and coffee will be provided.


Warren Maxwell (Ngāi Tuhoe, Ngāti Rakaipaaka, Ngāti Tūkairangi) has been a professional musician and composer for the better part of two decades. He is an Associate Professor at Massey University in Composition and Performance and in 2016 was inducted into the Institute’s prestigious ‘Hall of Fame’. Maxwell has composed for film and television (notably in recent times for the 2021 film adaptation of Patricia Grace’s novel, Cousins), and performed at numerous Festivals Internationally.

Warren composes and produces from his own recording studio in the beautiful South Wairarapa. In 2018 Warren was commissioned to compose the opening of the N.Z. Arts Festival in Wellington, celebrating Traditional Polynesian Ocean Navigation which included a 300 piece choir. The event was attended by 20,000 strong audience and recently won ‘Best Arts or Cultural Event 2018’ for the New Zealand Events Awards.

In October 2016 he was invited to Antarctica as part of Antarctica N.Z’s ‘Artist Community Outreach Programme’. Since then, Warren has campaigned fervently around environmental issues focusing his composition and research around environmental connections (Tūhonotia ki te Taiao) and the impending Anthropocene.


Saturday 3 July @ Audio Foundation, from 2pm
Free (donations welcomed)