Friendly Girls Society – Unofficial Unpaid Labour Day Exhibition and Parade

The Friendly Girls Society  invites your group to participate in
The FGS Unofficial Unpaid Labour Day Exhibition and Parade.
   The Friendly Girls Society invites your organisation to participate in The FGS Unofficial Unpaid Labour Day Exhibition and Parade, an interactive art project at Artstation from 14 – 24 October 2009.

This is the latest project by the Friendly Girls Society – a group of artists who create arts-based happenings aimed at generating discussion related to the significance of goodwill and community in today’s society.

The intention of this project is to celebrate the ‘value’ of unpaid labour alongside Labour Day commemorations, which acknowledge paid labour.

The FGS Unofficial Unpaid Labour Day Exhibition and Parade:

This project aims to involve a cross-section of the Auckland community in the making of an exhibition and a parade float. It is an opportunity for participants to be a part of both the ideas and the creation of a community based art project.

The project is two-fold and participants may be involved in the exhibition workshops and/or the parade.

In the workshops that run for around an hour participants can help make paper flowers and flags using materials provided. These will be used to decorate the gallery and become part of a float, which will then be part of a parade. The session will also include a talk by the FGS about the ideas behind the FGS Unofficial Unpaid Labour Day Exhibition and Parade project.

The aim is to draw attention to today’s commodified culture, which gives greater value to paid work, even though New Zealanders spend more time doing unpaid work. The flowers and banners will accordingly acknowledge friends, family, colleagues, volunteer workers and so on who contribute to the unpaid labour workforce.

At the culmination of the exhibition, on Saturday 24th October, FGS will showcase the finished float in a parade and picnic beginning outside Artstation at noon sharp.* The float will travel along Ponsonby Road to Western Park where it will become the centrepiece of a shared picnic until 2pm.

Everyone is welcome to join the parade celebration and bring a plate to share.

* In case of rain the event will take place inside Artstation.

The FGS Unofficial Unpaid Labour Day Exhibition and Parade is generously supported by Creative Communities, Auckland City. Entry is free and all art materials are provided.
Yours sincerely,

Tracey Williams, Amanda A’Hara and Debbie Stenzel (for the Friendly Girls Society).

How to book:

If your group would like to take part in this project it is important to book as there are limited sessions available. Please note: Individuals and small groups can turn up at any time to take part.

To book or for further information about this project please contact Kathryn at Artstation on

Tel: 376 3221or email:

Bookings are available on: Wednesday 14th, Thursday 15th, Friday16th, Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th, and Wednesday 21st of October 2009.

Sessions run for 1 hour 10am to 12pm or 1pm to 3pm
● Numbers per session are limited to a group of 30 participants.

● Each session will involve a talk by the Friendly Girls Society about the context of the exhibition and creative tuition.
● Bookings close 2 October 2009.
● Entry and participation is free. All art materials are provided.

Recent Friendly Girls Society (FGS) projects:

In 2007 FGS invited the public to be part of a project at Artstation called Birdhouse, which attracted 800 participants in two weeks. People embellished birds that first became part of a colourful exhibition, and were then passed back to their makers or posted on as gifts to nominated people. This exhibition also drew the public’s attention to the voluntary services of Sylvia Durrant, the ‘Bird Lady’.

Last year FGS ran a public club house for Auckland City Council’s Living Room programme called The FGS Remembrance & Rest Clubhouse, which was convened to intersect with ANZAC commemorations. The endeavour was to delve into the histories of women that carried out important deeds for the city and the country during historic war times. A magazine was produced especially for the event; meanwhile the serving of tea and homemade Anzac biscuits, and activities and conversation offered within the club house provided a respite in the city’s central business area.

About Tracey Williams, Amanda A’Hara and Debbie Stenzel:

Tracey Williams, Amanda A’Hara and Debbie Stenzel are all Auckland based artists. Tracey and Amanda are experienced teachers, and Debbie has a background in community projects.

Tracey Williams studied art in London and New Zealand and has an MFA with honours from Elam School of Fine Arts – where she tutors. She has taught at Elam and for Auckland University’s Centre for Continuing Education since 2005. Tracey has consistently exhibited her work within New Zealand, and it has been shown overseas. She has also participated in several design projects and commissions. Her last two solo shows were A Short History of Some Other Things at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts; and Portals at Wellington dealer gallery Bowen Galleries.

Amanda A’Hara has an MFA with honours from Elam School of Fine Arts and a Diploma in Teaching from the Auckland College of Education. Amanda is an experienced teacher and has taught art, design, Photoshop and photography at a various Auckland schools and institutions. Most recently Amanda curated and exhibited her photography in a show called Empty Spaces at The Digital Darkroom and exhibited her embroidered artworks at Objectspace and Satellite Gallery.

Debbie Stenzel is a third year student at Elam School of Fine Arts. She has been a core contributor in many community-based projects and artistic commissions. Debbie’s current projects include participating as a Girl Guides unit helper, running a support and exercise group for morbidly obese people and developing the conceptual framework for an upcoming collaborative project ‘ART’ an un-exhibition. For more information about