MILK Bottle People a Community Art Project

The Project

Have you ever dreamed of having your artwork displayed in an exhibition? Now is your chance! Inspired by Christina Darras's 2019 Bottle People installation at Craft Victoria in Melbourne, Frankton Library is hosting a community art project around the theme of identity, belonging and kinship, portraying how migration affects us personally within the social fabric of our families and the community.

Feel free to download our flyer here with all the information or scroll down for details on how to create a MILK Bottle Person and enter them into the project.

"Am I a migrant?"

We all are. Migrant is a broad term that applies to anyone who has ever moved. This includes people who have moved from one region to another within the borders of their own country, or from their country of birth to another part of the world.

We invite all Queenstown Lakes District residents, regardless of your artistic ability, to decorate a bottle for our upcoming exhibition celebrating individuality through the power of ideas, stories and experiences.


Using recycled bottles, participants will create personal totems representing themselves and their journeys to Queenstown.

We will be leading a series of free totem-making workshops starting on Thursday, 28 April. All materials provided.

The resulting artworks will be used as a basis for an installation at Te Atamira launching on Wednesday 15 June.

  • Instructions on how to create a MILK Bottle Person can be found here.
  • When you're totem is ready, download and complete this entry form to hand in with your submission.


Frankton Library

Thursdays, 28 April - 9 June 2022 from 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Click here for details.

Te Atamira

Saturdays, 21 May – 11 June 2022

Drop-in session 10.00am - 1.00pm

Click here for details.

*DIY kits and instructions will be available at the above locations to take away. Please note that recycled bottles, paint and brushes are excluded. If you require some PVA glue mix, it can be collected from Frankton Library, just bring your own container/jar.


Te Atamira

15 – 19 June, 9.00am - 5.00pm

Launch*: 15 June, 6.00pm - 8.00pm 

Come along and get to know your neighbours. All ages and abilities are welcome!

This is a FREE community event. Group booking* is essential, individual booking is encouraged. For more information, please contact Natasya Zambri from Frankton Library at

*consisting 5 people or more

Important Information

  • Please adhere to all Covid guidelines
  • Please bring a mask (or exemption card)
  • All details on visiting the libraries can be found here