Inside Page Baner

Maori culture contemporary artwork exhibition opens

Published: 22 October 2018

Maori culture contemporary artwork exhibition opens

An insight into the Maori culture will be on show at the Logan Art Gallery.

City Lifestyle and Community Chairperson, Councillor Steve Swenson, said the He kākano āhau (I am a seed) contemporary artwork exhibition by local Māori artists.

“I encourage the community to take the time to visit this wonderful exhibition which highlights Maori art practices and gives an insight into Maori culture,” Cr Swenson said.

“The exhibition looks at how Maori people have moved to a new country and each artist has responded from their personal experience.”

Cr Swenson said the eight artists involved in the exhibition had come up with the concepts and ideas with the support of staff from the art gallery and the exhibition has been developed over the past 18 months.

“One of the artists has become better connected to her culture through the project,” he said.

“Over the past few months the artists have been running a community weave project to produce a cloak for inclusion in the exhibition.”

A variety of activities will be held in conjunction with the exhibition which was running until November 24.

Cr Swenson said as part of the full exhibition program, a talk and artist's demonstration were also planned for October 26.

He said the community would also be able to learn more about the traditional Māori artform Tukutuku (arapaki, tuitui) in a special session from 10am to 1pm on November 10.

“You can enjoy an informal tour through the current exhibitions and a demonstration of traditional carving by Māori carver Teraimana Tahiata,” he said.

“Workshop participants will be able to take home a small framed piece from this three hour introductory class that teaches basic techniques, using contemporary materials.”

A highlight of the Maori exhibition would be a Maori Cultural Fun Day on November 17.

“Running from 10am to 2pm this day will feature traditional food and drink, artists' talks, storytelling, art activities, market stalls, a fashion show and a host of entertainment from performers and more,” Cr Swenson said.

“This is a free event so all are welcome.”