Prue MacDougall – Navigating Worlds

24 May – 30 June 2019

Globe-trotting New Zealand printmaker Prue MacDougall is a visual story teller. Each work in Navigating Worlds is part of a series of narratives, playing around with concepts and eclectic mixes of images to express an idea or emotion.

For her third exhibition in Pātaka’s Toi Galley, MacDougall has created a series that explore the European heritage of most New Zealanders. Using her recently uncovered maternal family tree, she presents themes of journeying, both physically and chronologically, and the effect these experiences have on our identity.

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7 June – 14 July, 2019

E ngā iho kura o tēnā waka, o tēnā maunga, o tēnā awa huri noa i te motu, nei rā te mihi, te reo karanga anō hoki ki a koutou katoa. IHO is a collaborative exhibition which explores the terms used to describe traditional Māori hairstyles, types and methods of adorning hair. The exhibition will demonstrate the stylised interpretation of these terms, through a series of dramatic portraits and written works.

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Whiti Te Rā – The Story of Ngāti Toa Rangatira

Until mid 2022

From May 2018 Pātaka Art + Museum is proud to bring Whiti Te Rā! – the Story of Ngāti Toa Rangatira back to Porirua after its showing at Te Papa.

Featuring unique taonga, the exhibition explores the successes, dramatic setbacks, and extraordinary resurgence of Ngāti Toa Rangatira, starting from Te Heke Mai Raro (the Southern Migration) 200 years ago when Te Rauparaha lead the iwi to the Wellington region.

The exhibition follows the progress of the iwi through their economic rise of the 1820s and 30s, and the bitter conflicts with the colonial government of the 1840s and 50s.

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Our Harbour – Te Awarua-o-Porirua
Children’s Interactive Gallery Space>

Using colourful wall murals and objects from Pātaka’s history collection plus lots of interactive games, this new children’s gallery explores what life has been like around Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour for the people and creatures who have lived here. The harbour has been a unique home to all kinds of birds, fish, insects and some animals for thousands of years, and to people for hundreds of years. Young visitors and their families can explore our amazing harbour through time and get a glimpse of what life was like a long time ago and in the more recent past.

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Shannon Novak: Nexus

From 22 January 2018

From 22 January 2018, the full height windows of Pātaka’s atrium will become a multi-coloured lantern of interconnected geometric forms. Created by award-winning New Zealand artist Shannon Novak, this specially-designed installation will flood the atrium with tessellating patterns of colour.

Key elements from Pātaka’s window installation will also be echoed at other sites scattered throughout the city later in the year, including a dynamic makeover of the outside of Cannon’s Creek library.

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