NZSOS 2016

Bernie Harfleet & Donna Turtle Sarten

Bernie Harfleet and Donna Turtle Sarten are artists well known for their social-political art practises.
Their work examines aspects of society that sit outside the comfort zone of many. Topics include war, domestic abuse, the aged, child poverty, mental health and homelessness.
Sarten holds a MFA from Elam, and Harfleet is self-taught.
While maintaining individual practises, they increasingly work collaboratively on a number of projects. Together they have developed projects that not only have a visual aspect, but also involve direct activation and interaction with communities. These have included the ‘Feed the Kids Too’ projects that saw 7,500 low decile students gifted lunch boxes and lunch, ‘Give a kid a blanket’ that through community support gathered 1300 blankets for kids living in cold and damp housing, and ‘Words & Pictures’ where strangers illustrated and wrote postcards to unknown sick children, elders and refugees. 

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