21 Jul – 27 Aug 2017
Whanganui artists Leonie Sharp, Angela Tier, Tracey Piercy and Emma Cunningham bring their collective artistic talents (jewelry, ceramics, photography and mixed media) together with one common theme in mind – birds. The artists all share a common interest in birds, however, for them the bird is more than purely subject matter. Feathers, bones, and wings are used as a resource, providing the material, and instilling meaning and beauty in their work.
Máximo Laura – Eternal Vision
21 Jul – 27 Aug 2017
Award winning and internationally recognised tapestry weaver Máximo Laura Taboada brings his mix of Peruvian tradition with contemporary aesthetics to Porirua, with his latest exhibition “Eternal Vision”.
TAKU HIKOI, LA’U MALAGA – My footprint, my walk, my journey
21 Jul – 20 Aug 2017
Life is a journey, filled with a number of different paths, routes and destinations. These paths are all experienced on an individual basis to which we each bring our own skills and specialties, hopes and dreams, pace and style. This exhibition of artists/ consumers from the Te Korowai Whariki mental health services of Rangipapa, Purehurehu and Tangaroa and the Rangitahi/youth service, based Porirua, Raiha Street, aims to showcase the achievements and the journey of people who are making art works as part of their recovery journey from mental illness to health and wellbeing. Large scale tape art, ceramics, stylised bird house models, charcoal drawings and masks are just some of the art works you can expect to see.
20 May – 13 August 2017
INFLUX is the eighth Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust exhibition of artworks made by students of Pacific Island heritage who are currently studying art at universities and technical institutes in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Artworks in the exhibition collectively reflect the strong sense of political agency that many students develop during their tertiary studies. Guest curator Ane Tonga states that the exhibition attempts to expand our locally-informed perception of the Pacific, to engage in ways of being and seeing that are much larger than Aotearoa New Zealand.
KEREAMA TAEPA – Whakapī
20 May to 13 Aug 2017
Whakapī employs virtual environments and 3D printing technologies to propose new creative principals and philosophies within Māori art and culture. Taepa uses the analogy of the iro, or maggot, from which the term whakairo (meaning carving or artistry) derives. When Māori observed iro eating the flesh of a carcass, they saw that the maggots would leave a circular patterns on soft-bone tissue. This reductive process became the philosophical basis for Māori carving in pre-colonial times.