Exploring sites on the West Coast of the South Island that used to be towns but are now no longer or only sparsely inhabited, ‘No Town’ utilises photography and embroidery to show the sites as they are, and explore the communities that have been lost. Incorporating eight areas, which include thirteen towns, the exhibition highlights the economic migration often forced upon communities in regions where jobs are dependent on unreliable resources.

The exhibition ‘No Town’ opened on 24 April 2014 at Aratoi, Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Masterton. Since then it has also been shown at: Te Uru, Titirangi, Auckland, The Hokitika Museum, Left Bank Gallery Greymouth, and the Reefton iSite Gallery.

To see all images from the exhibition please visit the online photographic archive www.thenotownproject.org

Hear Caroline talk about 'No Town' on Radio New Zealand National

'No Town' installation Aratoi Museum of Art and History

'No Town' installation Aratoi Museum of Art and History

'No Town' installation Aratoi Museum of Art and History

'No Town' installation Aratoi Museum of Art and History

No Town site map sampler (2014).  

'Brighton' from 'No Town' Aratoi Museum of Art and History

Brighton text sampler. (2014).   

Former site of Brighton, currently  DOC carpark, July 2013. (2014).

Brighton Times sampler. (2014).   

'Denniston' from 'No Town' Aratoi Museum of Art and History

'Denniston' detail from 'No Town' Aratoi Museum of Art and History

Damn Denniston sampler. (2013).   

Denniston map sampler. (2014).   

Former school building, now Friends of the Hill museum, Denniston, 2012

Bowling green, Denniston, June 2012 . (2014).

Former rope road between Burnett’s  Face and Coalbrookdale, Jan 2013

'The Waimea' from 'No Town' Aratoi Museum of Art and History

Waimea sampler. (2014).   

German Gully packtrack Goldsborough  , January 2013. (2014).

'Greenstone' from 'No Town' Aratoi Museum of Art and History

Greenstone sampler. (2014).   

Tailings, Greenstone, June 2013.  (2014).

'Waiuta' from 'No Town' Aratoi Museum of Art and History

'Waiuta' detail from 'No Town' Aratoi Museum of Art and History

'Waiuta' detail from 'No Town' Aratoi Museum of Art and History

Waiuta sampler. (2013).   

Recreation Ground, Waiuta,  January 2013. (2014).

Swimming pool, Waiuta,  December 2011. (2014).

Bowling Club, Waiuta,  January 2013. (2014).

Interior ‘Gill Cottage’, Waiuta,  December 2011. (2014).

'Notown' from 'No Town' Aratoi Museum of Art and History

Notown sampler. (2014).   

Former site of Notown,  July 2013. (2014).

'Big River' from 'No Town' Aratoi Museum of Art and History

Big River sampler. (2013).   

Interior of abandoned private  residence, Big River, January 2013

Shacklock Orion stove pot rest,  Big River, January 2013. (2014).

'Lyell' from 'No Town' Aratoi Museum of Art and History

Lyell map sampler. (2013).   

Lyell text sampler. (2013).   

Lyell Cemetery, June 2012. (2014).