Soft shell is the name that Jordan Davey-Emms has given to the Parnell Project Space, while she curates a programme of exhibitions and events as part of her Curatorial Internship. Soft shell is launching on Sunday 9 June with a special event, Gathering: rau, rākau, rope.

Participants are invited to have a go at making rope, add drawings or stories to a shared rope workbook, and help warm soft shell in preparation for an upcoming artist residency which will take place in a few weeks. Assorted materials for the workshop will be provided, but if guests would like to donate some tī kōuka (cabbage tree) leaves for use in the space, they're welcome to bring some over.

Gathering: rau, rākau, rope is part of the Taura project, the first project in the soft shell programme, which features artists Brook Konia (Ngāti Porou, Kōtimana, Pākehā) and Louie Zalk-Neale (Ngāi Te Rangi, Pākehā).

The event is open to everyone and free to attend. No booking required.