Monday 5 September to Wednesday 26 September 2022

10am to 4pm   |   Monday to Saturday   |   The Village Hall   |   Free Entry

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Hosted by The Incubator Creative Hub, The Secret Keeper is an exhibition of sculpted works and photographic images that details the story of Catherine Daniels’ childhood trauma and sexual abuse that she kept secret for years. 

Catherine Daniels became an artist when trying to write about the trauma and abuse she suffered as a child at home and at school, became too hard. Finding it too difficult to write about her experiences, she decided to make a sculpture to portray what she couldn't say in words. The figures she went on to create formed the basis for her touring exhibition The Secret Keeper, along with photographic images by her collaborator, Esther Bunning.

Through her works, Catherine hopes to start the important conversations needed to help others navigate their own journeys of healing through childhood trauma, parental neglect, sexual abuse and mental health issues.

By bringing this exhibition to Tauranga, not only will it allow people to view these world-class artworks, but will also provide an opportunity for individuals and a variety of community organisations, to engage with, bring awareness to and start conversations about a subject which is often shrouded in secrecy and shame.

You can learn more about Catherine’s journey and work in her video here. **Trigger Warning/ Content Warning** Confronting artwork and sculptures.

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Your support is needed


The Incubator needs our community to help us raise funds that will help pay for the costs of this exhibition, including transportation, artist fees, artist accommodation, publicity, and exhibition space hire from 5 September to 26 September at The Historic Village in Tauranga.

From Monday 25 July you’ll be able to donate to our BoostedArts crowdfunding campaign online using the link

We also need your help to spread the word about this campaign – we’ll be posting on social media from so please share these posts and tell all your family and friends about how they can help too!