Scarcity & Abundance exhibition


Jul 23


Scarcity & Abundance

A group exhibition of photography and mixed media at Thistle Hall, 293 Cuba Street, 29 August – 7 September 2023.

Scarcity & Abundance, a group exhibition by fine art and architecture students, reflects on the value we place on the resources of Papatūānuku. Over one-third of households in Aotearoa NZ are struggling to afford the necessities of food and shelter. This exhibition re-examines resource use and distribution, kai security and our urban communities who come together to support each other.







Kaibosh and The Free Store are partnering to support a group of students for a thought-provoking mixed media exhibition that turns the lens on food insecurity and urban scarcity in Pōneke.

The Thistle Hall Community venue is activated as a welcoming place for all to view the art, meet the artists and our Kaibosh and Free Store communities. Hot drinks and soup provided free each day thanks to BGI, Wellington Timebank, The Free Store, Seeds to Feeds and Kaibosh.


  • Tuesday 29 August – Opening night & panel kōrero hosted by Kaibosh – 6-8pm
  • Thursday 31 August – Poetry & creative night hosted by The Free Store – 6:30-8pm
  • Friday 1 September – Picnics in Parks outside the Thistle Hall for coffee and conversation – 11:30am-1:30pm

Whether you can pop in for a look, or stay for a while – we look forward to seeing you!











Brianna Parkinson, who lives in Tāmaki Makaurau, explores the value we place on food resources in her photographs and sculptures. Her works in the exhibition include photographs capturing the mahi of two organisations involved in food rescue in Pōneke and more recent still-life photographs of rescued food. Parkinson holds a Certificate in Visual Arts from Massey University (Wellington) and is currently studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Elam Art School at Auckland University.

Zoë Glentworth is a fifth-year architecture student at Victoria University of Wellington. She has volunteered at The Free Store since 2018. Through her mahi, she is exploring how generous public places can be created through co-design and co-creation with people from The Free Store. Zoë has completed an NZ L4 Te Reo Certificate at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (2021), a Diploma of Theology at Bishopdale College (2022), and runs a small business with her whānau called Zoë’s Kawakawa.

Seth Haggard is an artist recently landed in Auckland from Newcastle, Australia; With a multidisciplinary practice spanning photography, video works, illustration, and text-based works. Creating work from a basis of radical subjectivity, his work examines class inequality, activism, police repression and modern living conditions. He graduated from the Newcastle Art School and is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland.