Past Exhibitions – 2014
Whakakitenga pāhi

Off the Wall: World Of Wearable Art Up Close
2 November 2013 – 23 February 2014

A tribute to the joy and energy of World of WearableArtTM where the designers see the body as a blank canvas on which they can develop any idea that appeals to them.

Exhibition toured by the World of WearableArtTM.

Hā: Winter’s Breath: The Fleeting Intensity of Life
7 December 2013 – 2 March 2014

Interdisciplinary artist and acclaimed film-maker Vincent Ward explores the space between moving image and painting and this exhibition reflects his ongoing concerns with metamorphosis and human vulnerability; capturing the body floating, falling and ascending.

Colour My World
6 February – 6 April 2014

Supporting the art education programme, Colour My World investigated themes of abstract and figurative art, and explored a wide variety of New Zealand art works from the past six decades, each portraying different media and style.

Raquel Esquives: The Disappeared
21 March – 18 May 2014

Peruvian artist Raquel Esquives’ installation of suspended and decorated fabric silhouettes memorialises the people who have been abducted by government forces or insurgent guerrillas over a number of decades in Peru’s history, and ‘disappeared’. The exhibition was timed to coincide with Palmerston North’s Festival of Cultures.

Black Rainbow: Ralph Hotere and Michael Parekowhai
22 March – 22 June 2014

Black Rainbow features works by Ralph Hotere alongside Michael Parekowhai’s Venice Biennale 2011 entry, He Korero mo Te Awanui o Te Motu: story of a New Zealand River – an ornately carved red Steinway grand piano. It was played daily, including by Kris Kristofferson. Michael Houstoun performed a benefit concert one evening, with the revenue from the concert going to Te Manawa Art Society for acquisition of works for Te Manawa art collection. In conjunction with the exhibition, significant works by Hotere from the collection of Te Manawa were displayed as well as some of his working drawings from the Hocken Library, Dunedin. The exhibition was developed as a tribute to Ralph Hotere who passed away in 2013.

The exhibition was developed and toured by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Mauri Ora: A Story of Creation
29 March – 29 June 2014

A glass and light installation by contemporary Māori artist Jamie Boynton that explores universal themes of creation through a Māori creation narrative ‒ the formation of Ranginui (Sky Father) and Papatūānuku (Earth Mother).

Greg Semu: The Battle of the Noble Savage
29 March – 20 July 2014

In 2007 Auckland-born artist Greg Semu was the first artist-in-residence at the Museé du quai Branly, Paris, France.  He was commissioned to create an artistic response to the Bonded by Blood Adidas™ campaign featuring the All Blacks for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, hosted by France. A series of spectacular staged photographs, drawing on the trope of the ‘noble savage’, was the outcome. Te Manawa augmented the exhibition with contextual material reflecting the idea of the ’noble savage’ in New Zealand from the 18th to 20th centuries, including works borrowed from Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira.

Exhibition toured by City Gallery Wellington and the artist.

Top Secondary Art from the Manawatū 2014
11 April – 11 May 2014

This exhibition showcased the highest achieving secondary school students in the Manawatū region in last year’s NCEA level 3 Visual Arts external examination and featured 26 folios of students’ work featuring painting, design and photography.

Costly Habits: Costumes Inspired by Shakespeare
16 April – 20 July 2014

This year marks the 450thanniversary of Shakespeare’s birthday, and from 21 – 27 April there was a Shakespeare Festival in the Manawatu. As part of the festival Te Manawa developed an exhibition of Elizabethan/Tudor costume created by students in their first year of the Diploma in Costume Construction at Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School, alongside costumes created for Palmerston North’s 2013 Summer Shakespeare production of The Tempest.

Mirror Magic
6 June – 12 October 2014

A kaleidoscope of different experiences awaits in Mirror Magic’s full spectrum of interactive displays: turn life upside down with Head Stand; reflect on the puzzle presented by mirror writing; and solve the illusion of the phantom jellybeans. The science is hands-on and there are well-illuminated explanations for all its phenomena. One of Te Manawa’s most loved touring shows, Mirror Magic promises a fun and educational experience for the whole family.

Black River: A collaboration in print and poetry
14 June – 31 August 2014

Inspired by Ralph Hotere’s collaboration with poets, and Michael Parekowhai’s reference to the river in his piano He Korero Pūrākau mō Te Awanui o Te Motu: story of a New Zealand river, Te Manawa brought together local artists and poets to actively engage in the collaborative process. With the Manawatū River as their muse, artists and poets were inspired by one another, mixing ideas and motifs across the disciplines of printmaking and poetry to produce new work for the exhibition and also for the Te Manawa collection. This project was made possible with the generous support of Te Manawa Art Society, the artist and poets.

Whare Taonga – Alexis Neal and Rona Osborne
5 July – 26 October 2014

Artists Alexis Neal and Rona Osborne created this exhibition that investigated the human presence within the Wharenui, using a variety of different media to educate, celebrate and converse with the public.
Developed and toured by the artists.

Gondwanaland to GoneWonderland
12 July – 5 October 2014

Developed as the culmination of her PhD study at Toioho ki Āpiti, this exhibition by Liz Grant featured a series of open specimen drawers displaying the painted bronze moths and bugs that were their contents. It explored themes of colonisation and the dynamics of conservation.The exhibition was developed by the artist.

Undressing the Pacific – Shigeyuki Kihara
19 July – 9 November 2014

Shigeyuki Kihara’s performance and photographic works ‘undressed’ historical representations and established European stereotypes of Samoans and Samoa to expose the complex social, political and economic factors at play in the island nation, historically and in the present-day. This exhibition included photos and video of the artist in performance.
Toured by the Hocken Library, Dunedin

Netball Manawatū – Everyone’s Game
3 October – 30 November 2014

This exhibition had its genesis in a request for a display of costumes and memorabilia from Netball Manawatū to celebrate their 85th Anniversary, and grew to become the story of netball in the region.
Developed in partnership with Netball Manawatū.

The Map is Not the Territory
18 October 2014 – 18 January 2015

The Map is not the Territory comprised new work by Manawatū-raised artist Kathryn McCool. It blended notions of nostalgia, time, memory, loss and adolescence captured within a series of images taken in two ‘territories’, Missoula, Montana, U.S.A. and Palmerston North, New Zealand, in 2013, on the thirtieth anniversary of their sister city relationship.
Developed in collaboration with the artist.

Out of the Box
8 November 2014 – 25 January 2015

The graduation exhibition of the Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging students at UCOL, held in the MacDiarmid Gallery was a showcase of the best of the work produced by the graduating students. This year it featured design, animation, textiles, photography and jewellery.
Developed in association with UCOL.