Past Exhibitions | Whakaaturanga i muri


A club symbol in red and white neon

3 November 2016 - 3 FebruaryATA - A Third Reflection

‘Ata,’ meaning form or reflection in Te Reo Māori, explored connections between light and perception, history and retrospection. Robert Jahnke translated neon forms into diamonds, triangles crosses and clubs, and words such as ‘ATA’ and ‘TUKU’ into spatial reflections that appeared endless.
Polished red steel

3 November 2016 - 6 FebruaryAra-I-Te-Uru

The installation Ara-i-te-uru (2011) by Israel Birch is a way of portraying the intangible elements of te ao Māori, in this case summoning the ancestral guardian taniwha of the Hokianga harbour, Ara-i-te-uru, in visible form as a river of lacquered steel and light.
Text: Nova

3 September 2016 - 12 March Nova

From the everyday to the extraordinary, the Te Manawa collection is full of treasures that reflect past and present life in the Manawatū. Nova showcased the stories and people behind selected art, taonga and objects acquired by Te Manawa between 2010 and 2015

17 November 2016 - 28 MayA Generous Heart

For 33 years, Bruce Rennie devoted himself to cultivating art and drama activities at Rangitikei College in Marton. The Generous Heart collected half a lifetime of creative output, from posters announcing the next school production to unique, personalised envelopes and letters sent to friends. It highlighted the joy and energy that comes from encouraging an unabashed love of the arts.
Two ceramic swans facing each other

18 November 2016 - 19 FebruaryUp Out Onward

Selected works from the graduates of the UCOL Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging course. Combining traditional forms like photography and illustration with new directions, such as board games or bacterial cultures – Whakaari Up Out Onward showcased the bold directions a new generation of artists is taking.
Text: Matatau

26 November 2016 - 19 FebruaryMatatau

An exhibition of work by the graduating students, Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts, Toioho ki Āpiti, Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts, Massey University.
Rembrandt's painting "Night Watch: - soldiers in 18th century dress parade through the street

11 March - 25 AprilRembrandt Remastered

A remarkable collection of digitally remastered and life size paintings from one of the world’s greatest painters, Rembrandt van Rijn. Fifty-seven paintings were reproduced as they may have looked upon leaving the master’s studio 400 years ago. Exhibited in collaboration with the Rembrandt Research Project Foundation.
Rosettes of tightly bound horse hair sewn to a tapestry

3 March - 29 MayThe Horses Stayed Behind

Victorian-style mourning rosettes made from horse hair by artist Cat Auburn commemorate the horses that served their country in WWI, and could not return to New Zealand with troops. Each horse and rider who donated hair was recognised in the work. The exhibition is toured by Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui and was the winner of Best Exhibition Regional Art at the Service IQ 2016 New Zealand Museum Awards.
Text: Excellence - Level 3 Visual Art

23 March - 17 AprilExcellence 2017

Folios from Manawatū high school students who attained Excellence marks in NCEA Level three in 2016. Te Manawa and the Manawatū Art Teachers Association were proud to present the work of these young artists and designers.

12 May - 8 OctoberThe Exquisite Wound

An interdisciplinary installation that included a new invention, the ‘Smoke Bubble Machine’, by visual artist Rebecca Swan, in collaboration with composer Charlie Ha, engineer Peter Swan, light artist Peter Stoneham and scientist David Shillington, with the support of the S+ART Trust. The works contemplate how we relate to the disappearance of our physical bodies, which gives rise to the question, ‘what are we without them?’
A black and white photo of Jools and Lynda Topp

20 May - 5 NovemberThe Topp Twins

The Topp Twins and the characters they have developed over the years epitomise the vision we hold of ourselves as down-to-earth, hard-working and resourceful New Zealanders. This exhibition looked at the Topp Twins from their childhood to the present day; their lives as performers, as political activists, as roving yodelling musicians and advocates for truth, LGBT rights and social justice. He wahine toa ēnei tokorua he wahine pumau i te aroha hoki.

20 May - 2 JulyButch

A photographic exhibition by Rachel Hoskins that captured the normalcy of Butch culture in current society and studied the human reaction to this.
Four triangles containing images and the words "Ngā Kete Toi"

9 June - 24 SeptemberNgā Kete Toi

An exhibition of works by graduates and tutors of the Bachelor of Māori Arts degree in weaving at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, in Palmerston North. Combining the customary Māori forms rāranga (weaving), tukutuku (woven panels) and whatu (main technique used to weave cloaks) to reveal creativity, quality and innovation.

14 July - 5 NovemberGolden Dreams

Celebrating 40 years since the Manawatū Art Gallery opened on 3 July 1977, Golden Dreams provided a glimpse into landscape art collected by Te Manawa Museums Trust and Te Manawa Art Society, and offered the public an opportunity to reveal its dreams for the visual arts in the Manawatū.

18 August - 19 November Painter

“Forever renegotiating his position, direction and even the very fact of his existence, Euan Macleod is himself the central figure in the vast majority of his paintings—marching, striding, studying the ground in front of him or the canvas that rises before him like a sail.” - Gregory O’Brien, exhibition curator