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Currency - Wai Taonga: Art Exhibit

Currency - Wai Taonga: Art Exhibit

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  • Fri 21 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sat 22 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sun 23 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Fri 28 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sat 29 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sun 30 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Mon 31 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Tue 1 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Fri 11 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sat 12 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sun 13 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Fri 18 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sat 19 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sun 20 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 3:00pm
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Tutere Gallery & Creative Space, 48 Tutere St, Waikanae


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

A jewel of an art exhibition is currently showing in Tutere Gallery, at Waikanae Beach in Kāpiti, Aotearoa New Zealand.

As the national and global debate about water supply and distribution continues to heat up a local artist working with district council and local iwi brings us face to face with our priorities. In this first NZ art exhibition about the privitisation of water, environmental jeweller and artist JoAnna Mere questions the values we place upon water and challenges us to consider anew our role as kaitiaki, earth stewards.

In "Currency - Wai Taonga", Mere has presented an evocative range of contemporary and apocalyptic metalscapes. From handheld golden ingots through to a wall-sized, watermarked 'banknote'; the artist has used light refraction to represent air and water in dynamic scenes of windswept mountain lochs, waterfalls, forest streams, estuarine coastlines, tundra and sky.

Hand carved, painted and drawn on salvaged metals including copper, brass, steel, iron, gold and silver; the artworks review water as a priceless commodity.

Also exhibiting in the show is the stunning paua-shell like cloak "Kāpiti Matariki Korowai". Created by Mere along with 100 local school children, this Creative Communities Scheme funded toi mahi makes a strong visual statement about the effects of plastic packaging.

Located at 48 Tutere St (by the café’s), the gallery is open 10am-3pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, New Year's Eve & New Year's Day and also by appointment. The artist is working onsite and will be giving floortalks and an open korero at 1pm on Saturday 5th and 19th January 2019, everybody is welcome.

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