Te Coolies perform Sriwhana Spong’s The Painter-tailor | Live performance


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Renowned New Zealand musicians Te Coolies perform a twenty-minute improvisation of Sriwhana Spong’s ‘personal orchestra’, a key component of Spong’s Walters Prize exhibition, The Painter-tailor, 2019-2021.

Made over the last few years, these instruments were inspired by the Indonesian gamelan: a unique orchestra whose pitch traditionally differed from village to village in Bali.

Spong is compelled by the notion of a place and its community being represented by its own specifically tuned orchestra, each of her instruments is named after a friend or collaborator, and will be activated across the period of the exhibition.

This is your last chance to hear the orchestra in action in this year’s Walters Prize exhibition.



Chartwell Gallery, Level 2