Past Exhibitions | Whakaaturanga i muri


Text: Super Nova

8 August 2017 - 1 July 2018SuperNova

SuperNova follows Nova by showcasing new stories and people behind selected art and objects acquired by Te Manawa between 2011 and 2016; this time the themes explored are ‘Te Awa/the river’, ‘Palmy at Play’ and ‘Handmade in the Manawatū’.
Lego Minifigs face a bright light

1 December 2017 - 30 April 2018Brick Flicks

Brick Flicks brought together photography and hands-on creativity using LEGO, the world's most popular toy. Photographer Warren Elsmore recreated iconic movie scenes using LEGO bricks and minifigs; to this Te Manawa added creation stations where visitors built models to their heart's content (including a DUPLO station for younger children)*. Those models could then be taken to the stop-motion stations to star in a movie of their very own. Once it was time to go home, visitors could make their mark on the signature wall—a name, an icon, anything!
A rusty knife sticks out of a ravaged canvas

9 December 2017 - 3 June 2018Doors: Hyper Objects of the Chthulucene

“James Robinson shows us a world that is tangled up with stuff that is both human and non-human, organic and inorganic. His encrusted, collaged doors open into a place where thoughts collide with rubbish, and the ghosts of childhood are challenged by magic aliens and chants of anger, sadness or hope. The paintings are all about resilience.” - Bridie Lonie, Emeritus Member Otago Polytechnic, Te Kura Matatini ki Otago
A painting of a fern against a blue sky, with beach ball and union jack

12 December 2017 - 9 March 2018Summer Haze

Summer Haze features 24 works from the collection that evoke summer heat, summer fun and summer adventures. Alongside these are some larger works whose themes are all drawn together by a single piece.
Clay busts of Māori

3 March - 10 JuneWhenua Hou

“Whenua Hou: New Māori Ceramics is a snapshot in the evolution of uku (clay) practice as it exists today” - Karl Chitham. Includes work from Dan Couper, Davina Duke, Stevei Houkamau, Hera Johns, Tracy Keith, Jess Paraone, Hana Rakena and Aaron Scythe. Curated by Karl Chitham, Director Tauranga Art Gallery, and Kim Paton, Director Objectspace.
Text: Excellence, Level 3 Visual Art, Manawatū

9 March - 30 JuneExcellence 2018

An exhibition showcasing the highest achieving secondary school students in the Manawatū region in the 2017 NCEA level three Visual Arts external examination.
Painting: people try to influence what a man holding fish will do with them

23 March - 1 JulyEric Brew: I am of this

An exhibition surveying forty years of local artist Eric Brew's work. His murals will be familiar to anyone who's passed through the Feilding town centre, but to those the exhibition adds his still lifes, his landscapes and his socially conscious "Iconics" series. "I am of this" was the first time the unparalleled breadth of his creative output has been collected in a single exhibition.

31 March - 4 JuneThe Great Bandanna Challenge

This nationwide sewing competition has everyone from professional quiltmakers to school children pulling out their sewing machines and getting creative. This exhibition presents fabric works that incorporate material from CanTeen bandannas.
Drawings and objects created by Polish soldiers hang on the wall and are displayed in cases

12 May - 17 JuneAn Unbreakable Bond of Friendship

During World War II, New Zealanders created the Polish Army League, banding together to supply Polish soldiers, fighting alongside Anzac troops, with the same parcels and letters that Kiwi soldiers enjoyed. Te Manawa presents an exhibition celebrating "niezniszczalna więź przyjaźni" - an unbreakable bond of friendship - between New Zealand and Poland. It features "trench art" made by Polish troops to thank their supporters back in Aotearoa - people they would never meet. Curated by Karl Chitham, Director Tauranga Art Gallery, and Kim Paton, Director Objectspace.
Illuminated photographs of the Mona Lisa

1 July - 14 OctoberThe Secrets of Mona Lisa

In 2004, the French government and the Louvre museum granted French optical engineer and examiner of fine art, Pascal Cotte, unprecedented access to Mona Lisa for the most advanced analysis ever undertaken. What he found will astound and thrill art connoisseurs and amateurs alike. Cotte revealed previously hidden elements of the painting through more than 40 super-magnified, high-resolution sectional images exploring every aspect of the work. Includes the only 360 degree exact replica ever made, original archives and memorabilia.
A flax kete decorated with paua shell

10 July - 20 JulyPasifika Fusion

The annual Pasifika Fusion event lets young Pasifika people showcase their culture through a variety of art forms and embrace their cultural diversity. Te Manawa is delighted to display works from the festival's wearable art section, each garment deliciously layered and richly in detail.

26 October - 31 January 2019Palmerston North Hospital 125 Years

An exhibition of objects and images from Palmerston North Hospital to mark the Hospital's 125th anniversary.
Text: Matatau 2018 and a white butterfly made of paper

23 November - 24 February 2019Matatau 2018

Matatau 2018 straddles territories of people and culture, land and environment. Concepts that have evolved respond to space and ownership, the appropriation and commodification of culture, customary lineage, genealogical disconnect, genealogy of carving from the East Coast, disruptive impact on the Taranaki and Whanganui ecosystem, and impact of routeway closure on communities. The exhibition features works from undergraduate and internal post-graduate diploma and Master students from Toioho ki Āpiti, Māori Visual Arts, School of Arts, College of Creative Arts, Massey University.

24 November - 24 February 2019Eat S̶l̶e̶e̶p̶ Create Repeat

Photographers, Illustrators, Animators, Directors, Cinematographers, Modellers, Designers: all things we once aspired to be and now are. We are creators, forever dreaming new ideas and ways of implementing them in our world. For three years, we’ve developed our skill, passion, and eagerness to learn while in UCOL’s Bachelor of Creative Media degree. We’ve honed talent and developed craft, and this exhibition showcases curated samples of our creations. The title: Eat, Sleep, Create, Repeat, is befitting of our journey.