Past Exhibitions | Whakaaturanga i muri


Text: Mighty Small, Mighty Bright in yellow and red on a blue background

23 November 2019 - 19 SeptemberMighty Small, Mighty Bright

This touring show from MOTAT in Auckland was an interactive exploration into applications of photonics, advanced materials, and nanotech. These are some of the world’s most exciting scientific fields, and the exhibition explained what they are and how they get used outside the lab.
Orange and gold circles on a trio of black and yellow panels

November 2019 - 19 July 2020Multiples

A request to display Gerda Leenards Roaring 40s work gave us the opportunity to pull together a small number of works from our collection that complemented the work. The collection had the unifying theme of all works being in multiple parts.
Exhibition title: Animalia, surrounded by cartoon animals

7 December 2019 - COVID.Animalia

This colourful exhibition of works from our collections, all featuring animals as subjects, brought G5 to life. The theme pulled together glazed works from across our collections.
Text: Ki Mua, ki muri, Toioho ex ex vee, on an ochre background

7 December 2019 - COVID.Toioho XXV - Ki Mua, Ki Muri

Toioho XXV presented works by staff at Toioho ki Āpiti, and past graduates of the Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts programme. Unique to Massey University, Toioho ki Āpiti privileges Māori visual arts, Māori language, Māori culture and Māori customs.
Large printed panels depicting regenerating forest stretch from floor to ceiling in an art gallery

12 December 2019 - 19 JulyA Songless Land

Whanganui-based artist Sue Cooke brought her large-scale print based exhibition to Te Manawa. A Songless Land remembered the forests of the past, highlighted the dangers of the present, and invited contemplation of a future rich in native trees.
Full length mirrors stand in the exhibition space

14 December 2019 - 16 MayMirror Magic

This Te Manawa-developed touring science exhibition is a perennial favourite and it had another run in the sun over summer in the Atrium and Atrium Foyer

25 May - 25 OctoberHe Tangata Noa - Everyday People

An exhibition about life experience through the lens of mental health and wellbeing
A row of World War Two medals

25 May - 27 September Ngā Toa - Many Warriors

There are millions of stories from the Second World War, but Ngā Toa – Many Warriors focused on just two of them. Hugh Nairn and Cedric Young lived in this region and, though they fought in the same theatres, had very different experiences of the war – experiences that were communicated in their own words, art and photographs.
Text: Excellence - Level 3 Visual Art

25 May - 25 OctoberExcellence

Our annual MATA show exhibited the Excellence portfolios of year 13 students from across Manawatū. This year we had 32 artists' work on display, representing painting, drawing, printmaking, and design.

26 June - 6 SeptemberCommon...Pause

Common … Pause was a digitally projected exhibition in the physical space of Te Manawa’s art gallery. In direct response to the Covid-19 lockdown, the project played with ideas of inclusion, exclusion and the connectivity that came through New Zealanders sharing a common experience.

18 September - 21 March 2021Park Up

On an elevated site above the Manawatū River is Te Motu o Poutoa, known also as Anzac Park but generally referred to by a different name: Pork Chop Hill. In 1998, photographer Catherine Russ completed Pork Chop, a project documenting the steady stream of visitors to the car-park there. More than twenty years later she returned with this follow-up exhibition.
White text on blue: Ngā hiere o highbury, the voices of highbury, and a photo of a man on a bicycle with a sound system

1 October - 29 NovemberNgā Hiere o Highbury - Voices of Highbury

Ngā Hiere o Highbury was a photographic research project created by local Highburians and people who have a strong connection to the neighbourhood. Their images explore the theme of manaaki (to support, take care of, give hospitality to, protect and care for others in different ways), and highlight the strength of manaakitanga within the neighbourhood through people and places.
Four cartoon panels backlit by blue LEDs

7 November - 7 February 2021Nocturnia

UCOL’s Bachelor of Creative Media third year students presented Nocturnia, an exhibition showcasing their final year works made at all hours of the night. 2020's show had five artists presenting work in a range of media and creation methods – photograph, illustration, 3D modelling and printing, photograph manipulation, and film. These students had spent the last twelve extraordinary months challenging their skillsets, and exploring new and different ways of creating.