Big Weekend at Pataka
Pataka celebrated our new season of exhibitions at the weekend with events, openings and artist’s floortalks.
Hundreds of visitors braved the wintry storm to attend a plethora of events including artists’ demonstrations, a forum, floortalks and poetry recitals, and also a big launch of all six new exhibitions.
Pataka was delighted to host so many of the exhibiting artists including all the Uku Rere artists – Baye Riddell, Wi Taepa, Manos Nathan, Colleen Waata Urlich and Paerau Corneal and also Joseph Michael, John Pule and Rob McLeod.
We were also grateful to our guest speakers including Ngati Toa Kaumatua, Taku Parai, Porirua’s own Mayor, Nick Leggett, Head of Te Puni Kokiri, Michelle Hippolite and Mike Hutchison – CEO of New Image.
We would like to thank everyone who came for their support in turning up on such a rainy day and for making it such a rich and vibrant opening celebration.
The new exhibitions are: Uku Rere - Dark Cloud/White Light - Titokowaru’s Dilemma - Impostors, Angels and Aliens - Refugee - Sadness Spirit
Melanesia Day a rip-roaring success
Pataka enjoyed hosting the Melanesian community on Saturday 27 April with a cultural celebration of this unique and vibrant part of the Pacific.
We enjoyed tasting Melanesian kai, sipping kava from Vanuatu, tring to speak Pidjin languages and seeing the many stunning performances including the Asaro Mudmen from Papua New Guinea. What a great day!
Ancey Wamiri from Papua New Guinea said:
“You have really allowed us, Melanesia to share our culture and ourselves with New Zealand, an opportunity that has been the first of its kind I believe. Thank you so much, and I for one, look forward to more events/celebrations like this!”
Thanks to the Melanesian communities for making this a very special and memorable day that was enjoyed by many Pataka visitors.
Thanks to all those who came to the opening of Niki Hastings-McFall’s In flyte exhibition and Ben Bohane’s The Black Islands - Spirit and War in Melanesia exhibition at Pataka on Sunday, especially on a hot day and with the Sevens on. For those interested in hearing Ben Bohane talk about his work and experiences in Melanesia, go to Radio NZ’s website to hear his ‘Nine till Noon’ interview: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2545441/feature-guest-ben-bohane
Image: (above) Christina Jeffery (Trust Manager for Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust) and artist Niki Hastings-McFall.
Kay Paget’s artwork (showing in Bottle Creek Gallery at Pataka) caught the attention of one admirer who just wouldn’t leave it alone. Nice work Kay.