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14 May - 9 OctoberNgā Hau Ngākau

A collaborative installation by painter Robin Slow, master carver Brian Flintoff and musician Bob Bickerton, this exhibition explores narratives of Te Ao Māori through rich and evocative imagery and an other-worldly soundscape.
three portraits of women

Until 19 JuneNgā Whakaahua - Portraits

Portraiture traps a moment of expression and holds in it place for our contemplation. A good portrait communicates instantly the essence of a person. We have gathered some examples from the Te Manawa collection: from works that show mastery of traditional formal portraiture through to more experimental contemporary works where the artists test the boundaries of how to depict individual identity.

Until 6 JuneExcellence

Our annual exhibition of the best work by NCEA students in 2021 - design, painting, printmaking and photography portfolios that gained an "Excellence" mark.

28 May - 4 SeptemberEdith and George: in our sea of islands

This exhibition contrasts two sets of portraits created by two New Zealand photographers who each performed the role of village photographer within their communities. Their work bridges the Pacific Ocean and more than 100 years. One set is a selection of photographs of Cook Islanders, taken by New Zealander George Crummer at the start of the twentieth century. The images were chosen from the collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa by contemporary photographer Edith Amituanai. In response, Amituanai has compiled a complementary set of her own portraits of youth from her community in suburban West Auckland. What emerges in the space between these two sets of portraits is a conversation about migration, colonisation, settlement, cross-cultural exchange and identity across the Pacific Ocean. Photographic technologies, the formal language of portraiture, and the politics of representation have been caught up with these intermingling global currents, spreading, contaminating and adapting as they go. “Edith & George’ reveals how archives and portraiture can enrich our conversations about the shared history and future of what Epeli Hauʻofa terms ‘our sea of islands’, by making them real and personal.”
Two ceramic figures painted in red and black

4 June - 9 OctoberThe Iny͂ People of Central Brazil

Coming from South America, “The Inỹ People of Central Brazil” is a collaboration between Te Manawa, Massey University and the Museu do Índio in Rio de Janeiro. It’s an insight into how indigenous people in a small area have preserved their unique heritage, in particular through the rituals that balance and preserve their way of life. Central to the exhibition are unique, ceramic figures called ritxoko. These are made by Inỹ women artists who proudly use their art form to maintain their tribe's cultural traditions. In a first, all of the featured bespoke, handcrafted artefacts will be available for purchase.