News | 5 August 2022
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Library hosts exhibition of children's art promoting world peace

Wellington City’s Johnsonville Library at Waitohi is hosting the Tūmanako annual exhibition of children's art supporting a nuclear-free world and an inclusive Aotearoa where all lives are celebrated.

Artwork representing peace with hands across the world

The free exhibition, which includes 280 pieces of work from participating schools around the Wellington region, is open to the public from 5 August to 21 August.    


First held in Wellington in 2015, Tūmanako is timed each year to coincide with Hiroshima Day on 6 August, the anniversary of the atomic bombing at the end of World War Two.


Laurinda Thomas, Manager Libraries & Community Spaces, says: “This year's theme is based on a Whakataukī / Māori Proverb: ‘Kōtahi te kākano whakaaro, he nui ngā hua o te rākau houhou rongo’, ‘One seed of thought grows the forest of peace’.


“We are delighted to be hosting this wonderful exhibition of children’s art from around Wellington at Waitohi Library.”


Vanessa Lyall of Waitohi Community Hub says “Tūmanako! (meaning Hope!) captures the essence of this art.


"Each year children and youth, aged 18 years and under, express in art their hopes and dreams for a peaceful world to thrive in. This year the Tūmanako exhibition even includes 3D art.”


More information about Tūmanako 2022 can be found on the Waitohi Hub Facebook group.