Dawson Clutterbuck

Relevance Activities

28 Mar — 25 Apr 2015


Dawson Clutterbuck, Show Day, North Hokianga A&P Show, 2015 (still)


Dawson Clutterbuck, C.E.R.A. (Community Environment Relevance Activities), Installation, 2015


Indoor bowls workshop with St Pauls Indoor Bowls Association, 11 April 2015 


Indoor bowls workshop with St Pauls Indoor Bowls Association, 11 April 2015


Lunchtime Yoga with Movement Art Practice


Public programme activities


TPPA March


Hex Waves gig


Dawson Clutterbuck, Show Day, North Hokianga A&P Show, 2015 (still)

Public Programmes

Tuesdays 7-9pm Life Drawing with Hannah Beehre ($15)
Wednesdays 12.30-1.30pm Lunchtime Yoga with Movement Art Practice (koha)
Wednesday 8 April, 4-6pm Public Forum: Changes to Council Arts Funding
Friday 10 April, 8pm Hex Waves with support from Les Baxters & Motte
Doors open 8pm, free entry.
Saturday 11 April, 1-3pm Indoor bowls workshop with St Pauls Indoor Bowls Association
Thursday 16 April, 6-7.30pm Social Practice reading group with Melanie Oliver
Shannon Jackson, "Performance, Aesthetics, and Support," in Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Publics (Oxon: Routledge, 2012), 11-42.  

CERA (Community Environment Relevance Activities) transplants to The Physics Room the ethos and activities of a rural social space. Resembling a sports hall or community centre, complete with dartboard, indoor bowls and court lines, the gallery is set for action. An accompanying video work documenting the North Hokianga A&P Show provides a glimpse into this provincial community and highlights the importance of such social events to create a sense of being in common.

In Christchurch, the acronym CERA is more commonly associated with the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, a government agency established to lead and coordinate the rebuild of the city. The terms Dawson Clutterbuck has used to substitute for CERA – Community Environment Relevance Activities – are also taken from their website though they are, arguably, used as mere rhetoric.

Acknowledging that a ‘community’ is rooted in its sociopolitical context, Clutterbuck encourages critical reflection on the local political situation, offering the gallery as a space for social interaction and community group events.


Dawson Clutterbuck b. 1987, Kaitaia
Dawson Clutterbuck's research-based art practice often engages performance, film and sculpture. By collaborating with individuals and community groups and viewing art as a process of reciprocal creative labour, Clutterbuck develops projects that engage with the sociopolitical context of shared spaces, exploring ideas of 'community', institution and place. Completing a Master of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts in 2011, Clutterbuck is a co-founder of artist-run space Ferari and is based in Auckland. Recent exhibitions include; Te Tiriti- Treaty, Kings Theatre Kawakawa [group], Between Land and Sea, Halsey Wharf Waterfront Auckland [solo], Ferari Boys, Pilot Space Hamilton [group], Boom Bap, this space, these t-shirts, Rm gallery Auckland [solo] and Rangahaua, New Zealand Film Archive Auckland [solo].

Nicola Verdon in conversation with Dawson Clutterbuck (pdf)