PUIAKI – Carved Knowledge


27 May – 19 Aug 2018

Waka huia are carved wooden treasure boxes shaped like a waka. Highly prized by Māori, they were used to store huia feathers and other tapu adornments worn by high-born people. During the late 19th and early 20th Centuries many waka huia were taken from New Zealand and traded or sold on the European ‘Curios and Collectables’ market. This exhibition showcased waka huia purchased and traded in England and tell the story of their eventual return to New Zealand.

Past Exhibitions

Owen Mapp: Dragons & Taniwha – 50 Years an Artist Carver


27 May – 19 August 2018

Pātaka’s major retrospective exhibition OWEN MAPP: Dragons & Taniwha – Fifty Years an Artist Carver celebrates Owen’s ground-breaking achievements as the country’s first professional contemporary artist carver of bone and the important influence he has had on the many carvers who have followed him.

Past Exhibitions

DANIE MELLOR: Pleasure and Vexation – the strata and spectacle of history

27 May – 19 August 2018

Danie Mellor: Pleasure and Vexation – the strata and spectacle of history will be the first major exhibition of works by this award-winning contemporary Australian artist to be shown in New Zealand. Curated by Pātaka Art + Museum, the exhibition will feature over 20 outstanding works, many large in scale, including some loaned from Australian museum and gallery collections.

Past Exhibitions

Hugh Mill & Friends Celestial Wood

29 Jun – 5 Aug 2018


In 2016 Gary Lowe, an English wood-turner, decided to experiment with Jo Sonja’s iridescent paint when decorating a platter. Using a small compressor to blow the paint across the surface instead of using a brush, he created cloud like shapes which he likened to Cosmic Clouds. Hugh Mill and his fellow wood-turners have challenged themselves to embellish an extensive group of pieces using and experimenting with the ‘Cosmic Cloud’ concept; resulting in the exhibition they’ve titled Celestial Wood.

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Creative Fibre Wellington: Filaments, fibre and form

29 Jun – 29 Jul 2018

“Filaments, fibre and form” showcases a selection of recent fibre-craft creations from its members including; spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, crochet, dyeing, art yarns and multimedia fibre art. Wool is the predominant fibre used but materials such as alpaca, silk, mohair, flax, cotton, bamboo and man-made materials are also included to create unique works of art.

Past Exhibitions