Ariā can be defined as the physical representation of an atua (ancestor with continuing influence). These influential characters could manifest as all types of supernatural beings, deities or guardians. This work represents the intrinsic connections between whenua (land/site) and atua.
In March 2017, Edith Amituanai spent five weeks as Hastings City Art Gallery’s first artist-in-residence, working with students at Kimi Ora Community School, Flaxmere. The result is #keeponkimiora, presenting a series of powerful images of the students in their everyday life and play.
This exhibition sits alongside See What I Can See, and is a selection of works from moving image and photographic artists with connections to Hawke’s Bay. These include Nova Paul, Richard Brimer, Joyce Campbell, Mark Smith, Deborah Smith, Rakai Karaitiana, Juliet Carpenter and Helena Hughes.
Co-curated by Gregory O'Brien and Sarjeant Gallery curator Greg Donson See What I Can See is a celebration of that remarkable, well-travelled, ever-changing invention – the camera – the New Zealand that it captured, and the artists who wielded it. Toured by Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui
Alcove: 6 May - 18 June | Artist Makareta Tātare creates works based on kōwhaiwhai, using repetition of Māori patterns and symbols. Tātare portrays the origins of kōwhaiwhai by describing its arrival from Hawaiiki, the land Māori are said to have migrated from hundreds of years ago. Tātare says that “By going back to traditional art forms and bringing them into the contemporary world, we can truly see the evolution of identity”.
Foyer and Alcove Galleries: 25 March – 30 April | In this exhibition Hawke’s Bay artist Asaki Kajima draws on her preoccupations with connection and communication. Combining wire, clay and fibres including twine and rope, Asaki’s ethereal sculptures connect the natural and manmade.
Holt Gallery: 10 March – 28 May | Curated by Roy Dunningham and Bronwyn Thorp, this exhibition delves into some of the private collections in Hawke's Bay, to bring us diverse, dynamic works from New Zealand artists.