Past Exhibitions | Whakaaturanga i muri


A grey icosahedron

13 November 2015 - 21 FebruaryA Visual Thing

The annual exhibition of the work of the UCOL Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging graduands; it is a treat for our visitors to see the fine work that these students produce each year.
A closeup of a red motorcycle, showing the model name "Indian" in gold script

21 November 2015 - 6 MarchDust Devils

Celebrating 70 years of Speedway in Palmerston North. The exhibition encompassed two gallery spaces. Visitors could try on items of speedway drivers’ clothing, relax in the 1960s lounge and watch a documentary on Speedway or view historic speedway bikes and midget cars.
A Māori woman dressed in white performs in the Art Gallery

27 November 2015 - 2 MarchMatatau

An annual exhibition of work by graduands of the Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts programme at Massey University; this married well with the Toioho XX suite of exhibitions.
A dark background with woven flax and text: Toi Whenua

3 December 2015 - 29 MayToi Whenua

This exhibition celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Bachelor of Māori Visual Art programme at Massey University, showing work by artists who related to the land in their practice.

5 December 2015 - 29 MayToioho XX

This exhibition celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts programme at Massey University, with works by twenty graduates of the programme. Featured artists included Dr Huhana Smith, Ngāhina Hohaia, Saffron Te Ratana and Ngātai Taepa.

25 January - 3 AprilThe Storm Beneath the Calm

Paintings by Annabel Neall explored the layers revealed when land is dissected for the purposes of geological study. The inclusion of soil sections demonstrated the physical layering of the land, and the images reconnoitred the multi-layered explorations of an artist who travelled the world with a husband who is also a geologist.
Three highly stylised humanoid figures

12 March - 3 AprilExcellence 2016

The art folios from secondary school students around the region that attained an Excellence mark in Level 3 NCEA. Six of the folios displayed had achieved a scholarship.
A closeup photograph of Frida Kahlo

18 March - 24 JulyFrida Kahlo - Her Photos

An exhibition of 241 photographs from the personal collection of Frida Kahlo, curated by the Museo Frida Kahlo, La Casa Azul, Mexico City, and toured internationally. Te Manawa was the only New Zealand venue for this exhibition. The photographs provided insight into the life and art of this celebrated and iconic artist.
A monochrome photo of a large generator at the Keith St Power Station

25 March - 12 JunePower to the People

Images of the Keith Street Power Station taken by the Applied Photography Group of the Manawatū Camera Club. The photographs offered a glimpse into the machinery of electricity generation in Palmerston North. This historic building is threatened with demolition as it is an earthquake risk.
Brightly coloured abstract human figures dancing

15 April - 7 AugustFun and Fury

Paintings by Dunedin-based artist Ewan McDougall, which examined the highs and lows of his life as a party animal and rock and roll drummer.
Sculpted shapes sit on a table

18 April - 27 JuneA Beautiful Destruction

Fran Dibble was inspired by the works of J. W. Turner and his romantic exploration of human interaction with nature. Likewise the work of Adrian Villar Rojas, who intentionally selected media for the way they would break down while being exhibited. The exhibition sought to convey a sense of the awe and beauty of nature, nature that may destroy but which creates a moving aesthetic spectacle, one that is dynamic and changing.
Four people invite you to see their artwork

24 June - 16 OctoberInspired By

Creative Journeys members created art in response to works from the Te Manawa collection, which are then displayed alongside them. The Creative Journeys artists will be working in the Gallery 1 space for the duration of the exhibition.
A woman stands in her living room

30 June - 29 AugustThe Adipositivity Project

These beautifully realised photographs showed fat people embracing their bodies and defying the negative stereotypes of a society obsessed with idealised images of bodily perfection.
A tyrannosaurus rex roars against a red background

24 September - 24 February 2017Dinosaur Encounter

Proudly supported by city partner Fly Palmy, Dinosaur Encounter brought our favourite prehistoric beasts into a modern, in fact Palmerston North, environment. The gallery was transformed into an ‘urban jungle’ and reproductions of skeletons, skulls and fossil remains added breadth to the experience. Developed and brought to Te Manawa – the first and only venue in New Zealand by London’s Natural History Museum, Dinosaur Encounter featured nine moving dinosaur models brought to life by state-of-the-art animatronics, giving visitors a thrilling glimpse at the ‘terrible lizards’ of 70 million years ago.