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Tuia Te Tangata: Te Wananga o Aotearoa Graduate Weavers 2018

Tuia Te Tangata: Te Wananga o Aotearoa Graduate Weavers 2018

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  • Thu 15 Nov ’18, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 16 Nov ’18, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 17 Nov ’18, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Mon 19 Nov ’18, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 20 Nov ’18, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 21 Nov ’18, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 22 Nov ’18, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 23 Nov ’18, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 24 Nov ’18, 10:00am – 3:00pm
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Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, 33 George Street, Palmerston North


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

It is with great pleasure that Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts again presents the end-of-year projects of the graduating weavers of Te Wananga o Aotearoa based in Palmerston North.

'Tuia Te Tangata' translates in regard to this exhibition as ‘That which binds us’ a reference to the materials employed and to the cohesiveness of the students who have shared the experience of training as Maori weavers. The exhibition will showcase the skill and ability of the eight graduating Wananga students who have learned to use the natural fibres and dyes derived from harakeke (native New Zealand flax, Phormium tenax) and related plants.

The artistry of these students has been learned from their award-winning tutors who have shared their knowledge passing on the skills acquired from generations of Maori weavers who have gone before. In addition to learning the traditional skills and mastering these techniques, the students are challenged to ‘push the boundaries’ developing new weaving patterns and ways of working with traditional materials.

This exhibition effectively demonstrates the level of weaving craftsmanship to which these artists have risen, presenting work of the highest level of creativity and innovation in both traditional and contemporary weaving. An artwork jointly created by all eight graduates will be a highlight of the exhibition.

A special feature of the exhibition is that the students themselves have done the planning and setting up of the exhibition, as well as placing work in the exhibition. Adrienne Spratt, the degree kaiako who teaches the degree classes, is excited to see her students’ work in public venues such as Te Manawa where student work was displayed last year.

“A venue such as Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts where the students can create their own show is a unique way for them to end their scholastic year. It is a great learning experience for them and a wonderful opportunity for the public to see the incredible standard of work that is being produced through the Toi (Arts) programme at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.”

This is the fifth year that the arts degree in Raranga (weaving) has been offered at the Papaiōea (Palmerston North) campus of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and the fourth year that Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts has hosted the ‘end of year’ exhibition.

Tuia Te Tangata will showcase the work of the following graduates: Rosemary Tait, Te Whatuiapiti/Ngati Kauwhata; Corabelle Summerton, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Hako, Ngāti Maniapoto; Cathy Payne, Pākehā; Maatakiwi Wakefield, Kāi tahu whānui, Ngāti Toa, Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Maniapoto; Justine Riwai, Tuhoe; Tracy Te Hēmi, Kāti Wīwī, Kāti Pākehā; Christina Chase, Ngati Tuwharetoa and Ari Tipa, Ngāti Kauwhata / Ngaruahinerangi.

Any member of the public interested in Maori art should make an effort to view this show from 12th – 24th November.

For course information call Te Wānanga o Aotearoa at the Papaiōea campus 06 355 3381 or on their free number at 0800 355 553.

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