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Jo Torr: Into the Southern Hemisphere

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  • Wed 25 Jul ’12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 26 Jul ’12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 27 Jul ’12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 28 Jul ’12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 29 Jul ’12, 1:30pm – 4:00pm
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Tairawhiti Museum, Stout St, Gisborne


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Tairâwhiti Museum has invited textile artist Jo Torr to create an exhibition of her wonderful ‘cultural exchange’ garments, which will be exhibited at the same time as Te Ara o Kôpû: The Transit of Venus. At the heart of the Transit of Venus exhibition is the encounter at Opoutama (Cook’s Cove, Ûawa, Tolaga Bay) between Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti and the people on the Endeavour in October 1769.

Travelling south to New Zealand with James Cook, Joseph Banks, and the crew of the Endeavour was the Tahitian tohunga and navigator Tupaia. Tupaia is remembered by Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti for his ability to communicate with them in their own language and his knowledge of Polynesian places and ancestors that were also part of their history. Tupaia developed the art of drawing while travelling on the Endeavour and some of his drawings are held at the British Museum, London. These drawings have been a source of inspiration for Jo Torr for more than a decade.

For her exhibition Into the Southern Hemisphere at Tairâwhiti Museum, she has created an eighteenth century style long coat and waistcoat decorated with elements from the well known sketch by Tupaia, which is thought to show Joseph Banks exchanging a piece of cloth for a koura (crayfish) being offered by a resident of Opoutama (Cook’s Cove).

Lecture and guided tour:
Jo Torr will give a presentation about the development of her art work and give a floor talk in Into the Southern Hemisphere at 7pm, Wednesday 27 June.

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