Kia ora Tatou, Haere mai ki te whare taonga o Porirua.

We are excited to offer you our season of International Arts Festival exhibitions that will inspire your students and provide you with some topics for your term inquiry. Our specialist and experienced education staff are here to support your programmes. For inquiries contact: Have a great term! Kia ora – Margaret, Linda and Esmé

Pricing for a school visit $1 per student within Porirua and $2 per student outside of Porirua.

Esmé, Linda and Margaret
Pātaka Education team


21 February – 15 May 2016

George Nuku, Bottled Ocean 2114. Installation at the Taipei Contemporary Art Center, Taiwan_1 George Nuku, Bottled Ocean 2114. Installation at the Taipei Contemporary Art Center, Taiwan_2
IMAGES: George Nuku, Bottled Ocean 2114. Installation at the Taipei Contemporary Art Center, Taiwan. Photos by Reinhart Cosaert 2014

Bottled Ocean 2116 presents an expansive translucent double-hulled waka created from recycled plastics. This Wakapounamu (of the future) floats in space and is surrounded by imagined creatures of the deep. A great tide of plastic has spread across the world creating new islands of plastic waste and putting devastating pressures on our marine animals, oceans, ecosystems, sea levels and economies. Every aspect of this waka reflects the navigational journeys of Nuku’s ancestors within the Asia/Pacific region. Plexiglass acts as the pounamu of this futuristic world with the reflection of light and carved haehae patterns. This is the perfect exhibition to ‘launch’ an inquiry about sustainability with your students.

Pre and Post visit ideas
Find out about the navigation skills of Māori and how they travelled across the Pacific
> Make a diagram and model of a wakapounamu that has an on-board wharenui for shelter and storage.
Find out the Māori names for the different parts of the waka and wharenui e.g Amo etc.
> Discuss what is meant by the term eco-artist
> Find out about global warming and the effect that this is having on low lying islands in the Pacific

> Create a waka hourua, a double-hulled vessel, out of plastic bottles – see if you can make your waka float
> Do a plastic bottle and packaging audit for your school and design alternative packaging for shopping and packaging that is sustainable
> Make diagrams of carving or whakairo patterns. Identify what Iwi the carving style is connected to and what the patterns symbolize.
> Find out about the plastic trash islands that exist in our oceans and what effect they are having on the planet

BOB JAHNKE – ATA: A third reflection
21 February – 15 May 2016

Bob Jahnke_Navarro patiki 2015. Courtesy the artist_1 Bob Jahnke_Navarro tukutuku 2014
IMAGES: Bob Jahnke, Navarro patiki 2015 (left) and Navarro tukutuku 2014 (right).  Courtesy the artist.

‘Ata’ in Te reo Māori references artistic concerns such as reflection, form, light and shadow. Professor Robert Jahnke’s Ata explores Māori creation narratives and Christian and prophetic imagery through light and reflection.

21 February – 15 May 2016

Yto Barrada_The Smuggler, 2006 (video still)
IMAGE: Yto Barrada, The Smuggler, 2006 (video still)

Video works by contemporary female artists from the Middle-East.

Two years before the European refugee crisis attracted world-wide concern in April 2015, international art curator Elisabeth Klotz presented an exhibition at ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art in Karlsruhe, Germany, which attempted to raise awareness of the dire consequences of prolonged conflict in the Middle-East. Her exhibition, titled ‘Cross Borders,’ presented critical investigations by a diverse group of female Arab artists on the dehumanising effects of borders in war zones and strategies for overcoming them.

Artists: Yto Barrada, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Rana ElNemr, Reem Ghazzi, Susan Hefuna, Emily Jacir.


KELCY TARATOA – Privacy verses Patriotic Idealism
21 February – 15 May 2016

Kelcy Taratoa_Zoom In, 2015
IMAGE: André Hemer, New Smart Object Plus #12, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Bartley and Company Art

Surveillance and privacy are big issues of our modern cyber and digital times. It is hard to know what is real and who has access to monitoring aspects of our lives. Kelcy Taratoa uses images from pop –culture to unpack how we feel about this online monitoring and public surveillance.

Pre and Post visit ideas
Discuss what social media means, what does it cover?
> Read George Orwell’s book 1984 (written in 1949) and discuss how he anticipated what the future world of no privacy and constant monitoring would be like
> Create a list of how many different ways you can communicate with someone
> Find out what pop culture is
> Create a photo montage of images from pop culture to make a painting
> Discuss with your school principal if you have surveillance cameras at your school and what the reasons are for having the cameras
> What is a spy? What famous spies have you heard about?
> Find your school on Google Earth and find out the conditions for Google Earth and how it operates
> Make a list of the positive aspects of surveillance and CCTV and discuss them with your classmates

JADE TOWNSEND – Shopping and other rituals
21 February – 15 May 2016

Jade Townsend, Typical Relics 03, 2015
IMAGE: Jade Townsend, Typical Relics, 2015. Courtesy the artist.

These LED light artworks were developed during a recent three month residency by the artist in Beijing, China. With a background in the fashion industry, Jade Townsend’s sculptures explore what we buy and why we buy it, material possessions and good ‘taste’ within the world of consumerism. The environment of Beijing has both a traditional and created material culture that is influenced by a western world’s appetite for style and trends.

Pre and Post visit ideas
Take photographs of the different signage in your local shopping area
> Make a collage of different lettering styles found in a magazine
> Find some statistics on what we buy and how much of it turns into landfill
> Find out what trends are happening for fashion, sport, music and food at your school and make a survey as to why people like these things
> Create a new ‘trend’ at your school, give it a name and logo-design



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