Raising Sakinah | Finding Peace exhibition: Saturday 25 March – Sunday 21 May

An exhibition about transforming tragedy through creativity

Raising Sakinah | Finding Peace is a project under the umbrella of Darkness into Light. It honours the Shuhada, those taken from us on March 15, 2019, and provides creative tools to help people affected by the attacks through their grief and healing, taking into account their individual spiritual and cultural needs. In the aftermath of the mosque shootings, survivors and supporters joined Janneth Gil and collaborators to transform tragedy through creative community.

Art and photography immortalise the experiences of those affected, amplifying the voices of the survivors, encouraging both personal healing and social cohesion among diverse participants, and inviting viewers to reconsider the unconscious biases they may hold towards those we often see as ‘other’.

Workshops and inks crafted by Janneth from the tributes that poured in make these metaphors and lessons visible, reminding us of the loss of innocent lives and the hope that unity, healing and wellbeing can carry us through our darkest days, bringing to life conversations and images carved from the memories of our friends and neighbours as they pursue Raising Sakinah | Finding Peace.

The exhibition is on from Saturday 25 March to Sunday 21 May at at Te Pito Huarewa / Southbase Gallery, located on Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2, Tūranga.

Find out more about the Darkness into Light project on Janneth Gil's website.
All images courtesy Janneth Gil, Darkness into Light Project. Photographs: Arabella Spoors.

Listen: Janneth Gill talks about the origin of the project after 15 March and the collaboration between professionals and the community since this tragedy. Janneth provides insight into how the idea for the exhibition came about, the process of making these prints and invites everyone to come and experience these stories as they share universal messages of hope and love. 

Download: Raising Sakinah | Finding Peace exhibition brochure [913KB PDF]

Raising Sakinah | Finding Peace exhibition programme

Raising Sakinah | Finding Peace Documentary screening and Panel discussion - Sunday 26 March 2pm to 4pm, Tūranga

Come and enjoy a free screening of the Raising Sakinah | Finding Peace documentary film followed by a panel discussion with members of the Muslim community.

  • Location: Tautoru / TSB Space, Hapori |Community, Level 1
  • Free, no bookings required
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Raising Sakinah | Finding Peace badge making workshop - Saturday 8 April 2.30pm to 4pm, Tūranga

Write your own messages of peace and transform them into a badge of your own using paper from the 1000s of origami cranes made as tributes to the March 15th Mosque attacks.

  • Ages 6 plus
  • Free, no bookings required
  • Location: Auahatanga | Creativity, Level 4, Tūranga
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Raising Sakinah | Finding Peace mindful print making workshop - Thursday 13 April 1.30pm to 3.30pm, Tūranga

Come explore basic print making techniques, the themes of healing and well-being and take home your own original artwork to showcase!

  • Ages: 10-15 years
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings required: book online
  • Location: Ngā Purapura / Activity Room, Hapori | Community, Level 1
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Raising Sakinah | Finding Peace mindful print making workshop - Monday 17 April 1.30pm to 3.30pm, Tūranga

Come explore basic print making techniques, the themes of healing and well-being and take home your own original artwork to showcase!

  • Ages: 10-15 years
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings required: Book online
  • Location: Ngā Purapura / Activity Room, Hapori | Community, Level 1
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Raising Sakinah | Finding Peace badge making workshop - Saturday 20 May 2.30pm to 4pm, Tūranga

Write your own messages of peace and transform them into a badge of your own using paper from the 1000s of origami cranes made as tributes to the March 15th Mosque attacks.

  • Ages 6 plus
  • Free, no bookings required
  • Location: Auahatanga | Creativity, Level 4, Tūranga
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The Making of Raising Sakinah | Finding Peace - Sunday 21 May 1pm to 4pm, Tūranga

Join the Darkness into Light project team to mark the exhibition’s closing weekend. Enjoy a book launch and screening of the Raising Sakinah | Finding Peace documentary film. This will be followed by a panel discussion with the makers of Finding Peace and members of the Muslim community. Light refreshments will be provided.

  • Free
  • Bookings required, book online
  • Location: Tautoru | TSB Space, Hapori | Level 1, Tūranga

Image courtesy of Darkness into Light Project, Janneth Gil. Photo credit: Janneth Gil