FRONTLINES: From Porirua to Passchendaele
29 Sep – 29 Oct 2017
A hundred years ago in October, many men from the Porirua District were involved in the muddy horrors of WW1 battles in France and Belgium— including Passchendaele — the greatest loss of life in one day in New Zealand’s history. This exhibition discovers and remembers the local lads who served at the Western Front from 1916-1918. We also remember the families back on the Home Front who waited anxiously for news and kept the home fires burning and the home farms working.
CLIVE KELLY – Approaching the Narrows
13 Oct – 26 Nov 2017
Clive Kelly’s recent series of paintings demonstrate his long held fascination with contrasts of surface and depth, stillness and movement and the joint themes of containment and protection. These works explore the spiritual beauty and turbulent history of the confiscated lands of Te Urewera, the turangawaewae of the Tῡhoe people, an area crisscrossed by the tracks of missionaries, troops and European settlers for the last 200 years. The Narrows is a geographical feature on Lake Waikaremoana.
Hats by Liza Foreman
13 Oct – 26 Nov 2017
Wellington milliner Liza Foreman would like women to rediscover the pleasure of donning a hat.
These days hats are objects that serve to beautify and embellish, making one feel good, whether you’re the observer of the spectacle or the wearer. What was once a social necessity is now an object of art and body adornment that makes a statement, gets attention and speaks of fun.
Liza has used various traditional millinery techniques with feathers, silks, lace and vintage flowers to create a range of hats, fascinators, corsages and brooches. She focuses on vintage chic, cool elegance and wearability. Her use of summer colours complements the racing and wedding season with oranges, yellows and soft pinks.
Recollections + Wayne Youle
Until 14 Aug 2017/22 Jan 2018
We’re improving our storage rooms for our museum collection, so we’re storing it all in two of our galleries from June to August. While we do that, visitors have a unique chance to see some of the interesting things we have. As part of Pātaka’s collection store upgrade project, we’ve asked Titahi Bay-born artist Wayne Youle to create an installation that responds to our collection and highlights some of the objects he believes are significant to museum collecting and the history of Porirua.
DARK HORIZONS – Abdul Abdullah, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Khaled Sabsabi
27 Aug 2017 – 22 Jan 2018
Dark Horizons is a suite of three interconnected solo exhibitions by Abdul Abdullah, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Khaled Sabsabi. Each of these artists presents an individual contemplation on migration and multiculturalism explored through sculpture, film, photography and painting. Through a process of personal introspection, the artists shed light on our own complicity in contributing to the economic, environmental and social conditions afflicting our international neighbours.