PATAKA EDUCATION Term 1 & 2, 2015
Kia ora koutou from Pataka. 

We are very excited about the great programmes and exhibitions we have on offer for you this year. We have a series of exhibitions that you can develop your WW1 and ANZAC programming around with hands on and collaborative activities and a unique Porirua perspective. Our programme will also explore a variety of art making processes and art works that have been influenced by the Asian aesthetic.

Contact the Education Team to design your programme and visit us at Pataka. We provide an innovative learning experience in a unique and vibrant learning setting.

Esmé, Linda and Margaret
Pataka Education team

Term 1 & 2, 2015

Imagine Asia: New Zealand Artists Respond to Contemporary Asia
22 February – 17 May 2015

Kerry Ann Lee, Big City Rising, 2013

IMAGE: Kerry Ann Lee, Big City Rising, 2013
Courtesy the artist and Bartley + Company, Wellington

Celebrating eight years of residencies offered by the Asia New Zealand Foundation to New Zealand Artists. This exhibition provides cutting edge and exciting contemporary artworks including digital media, installation, painting and drawing. Our programme will explore a rich variety of art making responses and discuss the influence of culture on art making ideas.

Featured artists – Reuben Paterson, Kushana Bush, Steve Carr, Tiffany Singh, Jae Hoon Lee, Ben Buchanan, Kerry Ann Lee, Lorene Taurerewa, Eric van Zon, Chris Pole, Fiona Amundsen, Kate Woods, Matt Logan, Liyen Chong, Matthew Cowan, Tim Veling, Number 8 Collective and Jade Townsend.

Pre and Post Visit Activities:
• FIND OUT what the organisation Asia New Zealand does and what their role is
• IDENTIFY on the world map what countries are a part of Asia and RESEARCH what festivals are unique to these countries
• RESEARCH symbols, motifs found in Asia art
• CREATE a glitter art work inspired by Reuben Paterson
• IDENTIFY animals from the Chinese Zodiac and find out some of the stories associated with them.
• CREATE your own animal symbol to represent yourself, your school or where you live. MAKE a wearable art costume and a short film explaining why you selected a particular animal
• CREATE an origami paper folding club or corner in the classroom
• CREATE a paper lantern or find out about paper cutting techniques
• RESEARCH the issues around water and the monsoon season and how this is changing due to climate changes in the world. Tiffany Singh’s art work will inspire you. Visit her website and make a collaborative art work with rain, river or stream water that you collect.

Paul McLachlan: Home Ground
WW1 Prints
22 February – 17 May 2015

Soldier Four 2013 detail
IMAGE: Paul McLachlan, Soldier Four, 2013
Courtesy the artist

Paul McLachlan is a New Zealand printmaker who has created an intimate portrait series of young soldiers. He has used digital sculpting software to re-model faces from memorial sculptures around New Zealand. He then renders these images as photo-intaglio prints that capture and revive stories of bravery, pride, nationalism and heritage. We will discuss ‘how we remember’ and we will make a memorial structure and poppy wreath as a part of our programme.

Pre and Post Visit Activities:
• FIND OUT where there is a war memorial close to your school – it could be your school gates, a list in the school or community hall or a library
• COLLECT stories from your family and community connected to war
• VISIT the QR code wall at PATKA and learn about some local war stories for WW1
• MAKE and design your own war memorial and design what symbols you would like to have in your design.
• MAKE a diagram that shows the proportions of the face and complete a self portrait
• MAKE a mono-print portrait sketched from early photographs of WW1 soldiers
• FIND out what a Princess Mary Box is and what was inside of it. CREATE your own box for a soldier
• READ some letters written by soldiers whilst in the trenches and make a short play or film using a letter
• FIND OUT on the map where these battles were fought – Gallipoli, Sommes, Messine and Pascschendaele
• MAKE a wreath of poppies and find out what the red and white poppy symbolise
• DISCUSS what the word ‘futility’ means and create a poster using a slogan to express this

Chris Charteris & Jeff Smith: Tungaru: The Kiribati Project
21 March – 31 May 2015

Tungaru install shot by Sam Hartnett
IMAGE: Chris Charteris with Jeff Smith, Tungaru: The Kiribati Project,  2013 (installation detail shot)
Courtesy the artists. Photo by Sam Hartnett

This exhibition is a creative collaboration between artists Chris Charteris and Jeff Smith. The project was born from Chris’s desire to return to his ancestral homeland Kiribati and to meet his family and experience life on these islands. The exhibition is an artistic response to their time spent on the island. Not only does it have a personal narrative it also speaks of global issues such as the rising ocean, over-population, pollution and resource depletion. Discuss how the artworks can express cultural identity and how an art installation works.

Pre and Post Visit Activities:
• LOOK on a maps an find the location of Kiribati
• FIND OUT about global warming and how this is effecting Kiribati and other Pacific Islands
• MAKE a visual board with other examples of Chris Charteris’ work
• CREATE an art installation that has a subject of global warming

Term 3, 2015

We Built This CityPorirua: 50 Years Young

31 May – 20 September  2015

Neil Penman Last Cars production line 1998

IMAGE: Photo by Neil Penman. Last cars production line at Todd Motors, 1998

Celebrate and explore Porirua: 50 Years Young and find out about the creation of this city since 1965 through its buildings, streets and villages. When the new city of Porirua was built, the old town completely disappeared. The new 1960s city emerged brand new. Find out about the unique history of the region and what makes a city.


Kingsley Baird – Serve: a recipe for sacrifice

31 May – 30 August 2015

Baird has designed and created public memorials including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Museum in Wellington and Te Korowai Rangimarie at the Nagasaki Peace Park in Japan. Baird uses mess tin kits, ANZAC biscuit recipes and cookie cutters in the shape of soldiers in this installation work. Our programme will explore symbolism and include creating a memorial monument for WWI and peace.


Te Tini a Pitau
Ngataiharuru Taepa
12 years of kowhaiwhai

14 June – 6 September  2015

Ngatai Taepa Tane Pupuke

IMAGE: Ngatai Taepa. Tane Pupuke, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington.

Ngataiharuru Taepa is of Te Arawa, Te Ati Awa and Pakeha descent. This is a 12 year survey of his work and exploration 
of the language of kowhaiwhai. Taepa works with a range of contemporary materials using computer software and industrial technology to create highly polished surfaces for kowhaiwhai. Explore both the traditional and contemporary meaning of kowhaiwhai with a hands-on making programme.