Whenua Hou: New Maori Ceramics

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A new exhibition at Whangarei Art Museum Te Manawa Toi showcases a survey of current uku (clay) practice, and the work is likely to be quite different from what you may have seen before.

Whenua Hou: New Māori Ceramics features the diverse work of 8 Māori artists who explore a range of responses to the physical and conceptual properties of this very tactile art form. The exhibition includes work from Dan Couper, Davina Duke, Stevie Houkamau, Hera Johns, Tracy Keith, Jess Paraone, Hana Rakena and Aaron Scythe.

The touring exhibition is curated by Karl Chitham, Director Tauranga Art Gallery, and Kim Paton, Director Objectspace and generously supported by First Sovereign Trust.

The project came about as a response to the successful Uku Rere: Kaihanga Uku and Beyond. Developed and toured by Pataka Art + Museum, this exhibition was on display at Tauranga Art Gallery from May until August last year.

“Whenua Hou: New Māori Ceramics is a snapshot in the evolution of uku practice as it exists today,” Karl says.

“It has a unique flavour, highlighting the diverse approaches of each artist, while also making a distinct statement about contemporary Māori art produced today,” he says.

The exhibition will include a body of work from each of the participating artists which will be a mix of new and existing pieces representing a broad range of forms and approaches to clay.

Whenua Hou: New Māori Ceramics can be seen at Whangarei Art Museum from February 27 – May 21 2017.

This touring exhibition has been curated by Tauranga Art Gallery and Objectspace and has been generously supported by First Sovereign Trust.

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LocationWhangarei Art Museum, Town Basin, Dent Street, Whangarei
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Cost No Charge
RestrictionsAll Ages

Venue details

AddressTown Basin, Dent Street
Phone(09) 430 4240
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About this Venue

The Art Museum opened in June 1996 in an historical arts and crafts building in beautiful Cafler Park adjacent to the cultural amenities of Forum North Theatre and the conservatory and Fernery.

It is the public gallery of the city and district and custodian of the extensive city art collection. The Museum is also the venue for national touring exhibitions and internally curated exhibitions and public programmes.