Artists include: Kohai Grace, Charlotte Graham, Diane Prince, Tawera Tahuri, Jodie Tautari, Donna Tupaea, Marie Warrington and Tina Wirihana.
The exhibition is the first of several to launch Te Ngahuru A Decade of Toiohu ki Äpiti with Te Manawa Art Gallery, Palmerston North. The exhibition continues until 19 April 2006.

Mäori Visual Arts celebrates ten years at Massey

Massey University's Mäori Visual Arts programme celebrates ten years with the opening of an exhibition at Te Manawa Art Gallery.

Te Tataitanga Matatau is an exhibition of artwork from Massey University's postgraduate Mäori Visual Arts students.

Mäori Visual Arts was first introduced into the Mäori Studies programme by renowned artist and carver John Bevan Ford in 1986. John died earlier this year and his work in introducing the arts to Mäori Studies is still acknowledged today.

Head of Mäori Studies, artist and exhibition curator Professor Bob Jahnke says it's an exciting range of diversity from Mäori women.

These artists include experienced renowned artists, weavers as well as a number of relatively new and emerging artists, he says.

Te Manawa Manager and Curator Alice Hutchison says the exhibition is stunning and provides an interactive experience.

One artist has created an interactive environment which requires you to walk through a black box and view a dazzling and morphing fluorescent art work under black light, she says.

There are paintings based around the hei tiki motif, work crafted from copper wire and another from woven plastic. There is also multi media paintings and a woven cloak.

This is a high quality exhibition with a great deal of professionalism and variety of visual language displayed, says Alice.

Artists include: Kohai Grace, Charlotte Graham, Diane Prince, Tawera Tahuri, Jodie Tautari, Donna Tupaea, Marie Warrington and Tina Wirihana.

The exhibition is the first of several to launch Te Ngahuru-A decade of Toiohu ki Äpiti with Te Manawa Art Gallery, Palmerston North. The exhibition continues until 19 April 2006.

 

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