Previous Exhibitions

Sarah Hudson: Ariā

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.

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Makareta Tātare: Uru-te-ngangana

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”.

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Asaki Kajima: Respiration

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.

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Iwitoi Kahungunu

Main Gallery: 18 February – 14 May | Iwitoi Kahungunu is a recently formed collective of established artists from the visual, performance and language disciplines, whom either whakapapa to Kahungunu or reside in the iwi.

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Library of Curiosities: Meryl Winter

Alcove Gallery: 17 December – 6 February Meryl Winter uses assemblage to draw attention to conflicting utopian ideals and their effect on society. With this interest in diversity as a global unifying concept, Library of Curiosities sees each object or ‘book’ in the library as a representation of an aspect of the human condition.

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Index: Martin Poppelwell

Main Gallery: 30 July – 24 October This idiosyncratic look at the alphabet uses images and icons that Poppelwell has built up over years. Exploring the idea of the ‘alphabet’, the project is an acknowledgement of how in the context of New Zealand, Te Reo is entirely integral to how...

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South of Here: Matt Palmer

Foyer Gallery: 22 October – 4 December Matt Palmer’s images avoid idealised notions of scenic beauty and pristine wilderness. South of Here is a deliberate conversation about the altered landscape. Looking at the objects that are scattered across it like a still life painter surveys the table top. Trying to...

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