Past Exhibitions | Whakaaturanga i muri

2021

A mantis and a monarch butterfly frame a pink splash with BUGS! in white cartoon letters

17 October 2020 - 2 May 2021BUGS! Our Backyard Heroes

A fully interactive science exhibition exploring the lives of the smaller creatures of our world and all the ways they benefit humans. There were live wētā, cockroaches, locusts and other tiny beasts, alongside microscopes, audio-visual, dress-up and more.
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15 November 2020 – 20 February 2021Toioho XXV - Matatau

The second show making up Toioho XXV was an expanded version of the annual Matatau exhibition, focusing on the work of graduating students.
Exhibition title - Children's Holocaust Memorial, with a button and a black and white photo of a child

19 February - 27 JuneChildren's Holocaust Memorial

A New Zealand-made exhibition collecting 1.5 million buttons, each representing a child murdered during the Holocaust. They were displayed in containers of ever-increasing size to ensure the importance and identity of each individual was not lost, and the magnitude of the atrocity. The exhibition highlighted the importance of standing up to discrimination and prejudice and the violation of human rights.
A collage of painted facial details makes up a whole

27 February - 18 AprilExcellence

Our annual MATA show exhibited the Excellence portfolios of Year 13 students from across Manawatū. They submitted work across a variety of media: painting, drawing, printmaking, and design.
A woman's tattooed arm holds a felt pincushion defiantly aloft

3 April - 19 SeptemberSuffrage in Stitches

Suffrage in Stitches was a unique handcrafted exhibition honouring our whakapapa, history and the power of New Zealanders. It paid tribute to the women and men who came together to win suffrage for women in 1893, a major milestone in our nation’s story.
A brown bear catches a fish

17 April – 18 JulyWildlife Photographer of the Year 2020

From the Natural History Museum in London came the world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, featuring spectacular wildlife and landscape photography from around the world, and with a focus on conservation and the impacts of climate change.
A veteran sits in his living room surrounded by photographs

1 May - 15 AugustOperation Grapple

In 1957 and 1958 the British conducted a series of nuclear tests in the Pacific. Many New Zealand servicemen were in attendance. This exhibition told the story of the tests in the veterans' own words - from the excitement of being involved to the health problems that would plague them in later life.
A green diamond with 150 Palmerston North City

4 June - 15 OctoberPalmerston North Centennial Collection

The brainchild of Palmerston North Art Gallery Director Ian North and Awapuni Jaycee Incorporated, the collection comprises 16 works by 15 highly regarded New Zealand artists of 1970-71, and were selected for acquisition by public and dealer art gallery directors from around Aotearoa.
Image of Palmerston North Centennial Parade

4 June - 10 OctoberPalmy on Parade

Photos taken by Arthur De Maine at the Palmerston North Centennial Parade in 1971. The exhibition supplemented the Centennial Collection and helped mark the city's 150th anniversary.
Two goldfish on metal rods

1 July - 13 March 2022Curious Contraptions

A display of works from the UK’s finest contemporary automata makers, complemented by automata from New Zealander Blair Sommerville. A visually stunning and playful experience.
A fabric meat cleaver stuck in a block of wood

14 August - 21 NovemberKutarere Sunrise

In Kutarere Sunrise, mixed media artist Lauren Lysaght encouraged audiences to take the hand of her childhood self and brought them with her into the butcher shop once owned by her dad, Nelson Lysaght.
A carriage and a topiaried bush

14 August - 21 NovemberTrifecta

Lauren Lysaght's thought-provoking multimedia installation dealing with racing and the associated social issues surrounding gambling, a subject relevant to many in New Zealand society. It was gifted to Te Manawa in 2012; this was its first time on display here.
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28 August - 10 OctoberTown and Country Stitched

An exhibition collecting textile work from embroiderers' guilds across Manawatū and the lower North Island. Each piece strove to use the medium in a new and interesting way.
A Māori cloak

22 October - 12 DecemberNāku te kaupapa, māu e tāniko

An exhibition weaving together the works of both past and current students of the Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Maunga Kura Toi, Bachelor of Māori Arts programme. The selected works explore and reflect on Te Whare Pora (the house of weaving) through all three disciplines of Ngā mahi a te whare pora (Weaving), Whakairo (Carving) and Rauangi (Visual arts).
A painting of the statue of Peeti Te Awe Awe

23 October - 30 January 2022Locals

Works from the Te Manawa collection by artists with a connection to our city and region, from contemporary Te Papaioea residents to Kiwi greats such as Rita Angus. Specially curated by the Te Manawa Art Society.