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X-Marks: Conversations in Cloth

X-Marks: Conversations in Cloth

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  • Sun 9 Jun, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Mon 10 Jun, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 11 Jun, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 12 Jun, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 13 Jun, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 14 Jun, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 15 Jun, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 16 Jun, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 17 Jun, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 18 Jun, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 19 Jun, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 20 Jun, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 21 Jun, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 22 Jun, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 23 Jun, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 24 Jun, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 25 Jun, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 26 Jun, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 27 Jun, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 28 Jun, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 29 Jun, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 30 Jun, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 1 Jul, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 2 Jul, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 3 Jul, 9:00am – 4:00pm
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Northart, Norman King Square, Ernie Mays St, Northcote


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission



A fascinating textiles exhibition, on loan from Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi, brings to life the long-silent voices and daily activities of both Māori and Pākehā women from a pivotal period in New Zealand’s history. With historic Mission samplers at its centre, it explores the relationships established between missionary and settler wives and Māori women living in the Bay of Islands in the early 1800s. Textile artists Vivien Caughley, Makareta Jahnke, Maureen Lander, Toi Te Rito Maihi, Dude Beatson, Michelle Mayn, Jo Torr and Helen Schamroth, among others, were each invited to respond to various aspects of these likely exchanges by creating their own pieces, bringing a contemporary understanding to the possible interactions.

Varied cloth techniques are celebrated with weaving, flag-making, garment-making, sampler-making, mawhitiwhiti tauira and blanket-stitching, and detailed introductions by textile scholar Vivien Caughley to each of the exhibition’s eight sections provide context to the displays.

X-Marks: Conversations in Cloth is supported by a grant from Creative Communities, Auckland and will include both a floor talk by Vivien Caughley and a children’s embroidery workshop by award-winning embroiderer Shirley Pygott during its run. For more information on these events visit www.northart.co.nz/public-programmes

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