My Whakapapa Story

Students look at the work of 23 creative practitioners from across the country with ties to Hawke’s Bay. Among the themes underpinning the artworks there is a strong interest in the importance of whakapapa and questioning conventional knowledge structures.

  • Curriculum strands: Visual Arts, English and Social Studies
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Suitable: Primary, Intermediate, Secondary
  • Cost: Free
  • Dates: 11 August – 11 November 2018

EAST 2018 is the Gallery’s biennial exhibition. The diversity of selected artists and designers reflect a wide array of creative practice connected to the region, such as painting, ceramics, photography, architecture, industrial design, video, conceptual art and performance.

East 2018 recognises the legacy of locally based artists who have been pivotal members of the community. There are also a number of artists who have recently moved to the Bay, revealing that the region continues to attract strong talent. For those artists who live in other parts of the country or who predominantly exhibit internationally, EAST 2018 offers a long overdue opportunity to reconnect with Hawke’s Bay.

– Curator, Bruce E. Phillips

Each school visit will be split in to two parts, in the first, students look at Ayesha Green’s work and discuss issues raised by it and other artworks in the exhibition. Green’s artwork references a gold medal won by her nana, Katie Portas, in the 1994 Commonwealth Games. Ayesha’s practice attempts to rethink and redefine the power relationship within Maori representation. Ayesha’s aim is to examine how Maori have been depicted within the context of history and nation building, and how these two areas of representation come together to create ideology around Maori and Maori culture.

The second is a hands-on workshop in which students reflect on their own whakapapa and paint a story of their own family member – a memory of them, an achievement or a special event that makes them feel proud of their whakapapa.