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Towards past and future 

9 SepCollections / Exhibitions

A new exhibition now open at the Te Manawa Art Gallery celebrates the enduring importance of Māori visual arts education in Te Papaioea. “Toioho XXV – Ki Mua, Ki Muri” marks the...

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Warding off the march of time

25 AugCollections

The digitisation of artworks in the Te Manawa collection has passed another milestone. All the unglazed large works – more than three hundred of them, living on racks in the collection...

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A rebel for all seasons

27 MayCollections

John Asher was a New Zealander who, shall we say, did things his own way. This ostrich egg in the Te Manawa collection, painted with a scene from South African life, is an unusual milestone...

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Behind the mask, behind the scenes

15 MarCollections / Community / Events

A mask is a strong cultural touchstone. From the plains of Argentina to the theatres of Japan, from the islands of the Pacific to the street parties of Italy, masks encapsulate tradition, belief...

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A champion for the Art Gallery

18 JanCollections / Community / Events / Exhibitions

Building on the successful re-invigoration of the city’s art gallery, Te Manawa has appointed a new Art Gallery Manager to oversee gallery activities, events and programmes. Toni Edmeades...

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A Renaissance

29 OctCollections / Community / Exhibitions

When the decision was made to curtail the Art Gallery renewal project, the three branches of Te Manawa that create exhibitions knew something special would be required of them. The April 2019...

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A community treasure

8 AugCollections / Community

Cindy Lilburn, our Collections Manager for Social History, has been given a special award by the Palmerston North Heritage Trust, in recognition of her devotion to heritage matters in...

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The truth about booths

8 JulCollections / Exhibitions

Museums often house preserved examples of endangered or extinct species. Te Manawa’s collection includes tui, kereru – even a huia. Yet it is to a different kind of rarity that we turn our...

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An Unbreakable Bond

9 MayCollections / Community / Exhibitions

A new exhibition at Te Manawa of art by Polish soldiers aims to highlight an unexpected Manawatū connection to the Second World War. New Zealand soldiers overseas received regular parcels and...

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The town’s gowns

19 SepCollections / Community / Exhibitions

Te Manawa interviews Jill White, who was mayor of Palmerston North from 1998-2001, about the robes of office, now on display in our Nova exhibition. This interview can also be listened to on our

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A blanket solution

16 SepCollections / Community / Exhibitions

Te Manawa interviews Ernie Norris, who worked at Ralta and designed a number of electric appliances now on display in our Nova exhibition. This interview can also be listened to on our Radio page...

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Phone is where the heart is

16 SepCollections / Community / Exhibitions

Te Manawa interviews Dr Bob O'Driscoll about his experience with one of the first iPhones bought in the world, in 2008. That very phone is now on display as part of the Nova exhibition. This...

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