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Introducing: Buy Nothing Day!

Submitted by on November 26, 2010 – 9:15 am One Comment


For Immediate release:  26 November 2010

Buy Nothing Day, a 20-year old day of international protest against consumerism, is this Saturday 27 November.  And in time for this date and surrounding week of action, artist Eve Armstrong has installed Taking Stock: a sculpture comprised of plastic product packaging. Taking Stock can be found in an empty Wellington retail space at 143 Featherston Street until December 2.
Armstrong’s work is the latest from the Letting Space public art programme which causes us to pause and consider our buying habits, say Letting Space curators Mark Amery and Sophie Jerram.
“Enjoy thrift, celebrate Buy Nothing Day by visiting the shop where there’s nothing for sale” says curator Mark Amery.
Engaging with all the seductive qualities of retail and advertising display, Taking Stock uses the materials that surround our goods – the sort that you usually have to rip apart to get to the goodies.
“Taking Stock and Buy Nothing Day both provide a little breathing space as we head into the crackle and whirl of Christmas shopping and all its attendant packaging”, says Amery.

Taking Stock has just extended its shop hours, 10-6pm Monday-Tuesday, and 11-3pm on Saturdays, with night trading from 10am-9pm on Wednesday December 1st and Thursday December 2nd at 143 Featherston Street Wellington.

The programme Letting Space, supported by Creative New Zealand, seeks to transform the relationship between artists, property developers and their city. It commissions temporary art works from leading New Zealand contemporary artists for commercial CBD spaces. This project is also being supported by property managers CB Richard Ellis.

For more information about the project and Letting Space please contact Gabrielle McKone tel 021 373 873 or see
For information on Buy Nothing Day and links to other events:

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  • Neo says:

    Sounds like what i do for most of the 365 days of the year…
    And I really only buy seconds whenever i can. Old is the new black! Kudos to this awareness building exhibit! And to all the recyled clothing shops, second hand and pre-loved traders, cash and carry, op shops and sallies! Would like to see more of them everywhere!

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