Past Exhibitions – 2015
Whakakitenga pāhi

14 November 2014 – 1 March 2015

An exhibition of work by the under-graduates and post-graduates of the Māori Visual Art programmes, Toioho ki Apiti at Massey University. The 2014 work included performance, video, painting, and photography.

Uku Rere – Nga Kaihanga Uku
22 November 2014 – 15 February 2015

Featured the work of five internationally renowned Māori ceramic artists, Manos Nathan,  Wi Te Tau Pirika Taiepa, Paerau Corneal, Colleen Waata Urlich and Baye Riddell. It also featured several performances of Kiri, a dance and video work by Louise Potiki Bryant.

The exhibition was developed by Pataka Art + Museum.

Excellence, Top Art Manawatū
12 March 2016 – 3 April 2016

The art folios from secondary school students around the region that attained an Excellence mark in Level 3 NCEA.

Kermadec – Lines in the Ocean
16 March – 21 June 2015

Featured the work of nine artists who had been invited to travel to the Kermadec Islands by the PEW Environmental Trust. The artists explored the biology of the Kermadecs, the anatomy of  life surrounded by volcanoes and the ocean, and the litter that was cast on the beach by the sea.

This exhibition was developed by the PEW Environment Trust in collaboration with the artists. It was toured by Exhibition Services.

Rangitāhua – Volcanoes in the Sea
26 March – 28 June 2015

This exhibition showed some of the science of the Kermadec Islands including photographs of volcanic eruptions on Raoul island and footage from deep in the Kermadec Trench sourced from NIWA.
Developed with assistance from Science Centre Inc and NIWA.

Dinosaur Footprints
4 April – 21 June 2015

The exhibition examined the discovery of the first dinosaur footprints found in New Zealand, preserved in rocks in the Nelson. It looked at the processes palaeontologists used to document their discovery, included material about local fossils, and featured dinosaur models from our education and props collections.

The exhibition was developed and toured by GNS Science.

Pasifika: Treasures in the Manawatū
16 August 2014 – 19 July 2015

The exhibition was co-created with the Pasifika community of Palmerston North. They loaned their measina (treasures) and these were displayed alongside taonga from the Te Manawa collections. The title was specifically worded to imply that the measina and taonga are treasures, but the people, the community, are the greatest treasure of all.

Sunlight – Ihi Kōmaru
18 April 2015 – 6 September 2015

A Te Manawa-developed interactive exhibition that explores the Sun and its impact on life and culture, and the various properties of light.

Farewell Zealandia – Forgotten Kiwi Songs of WWI
25 April – 28 August 2015

The forgotten Kiwi songs of World War One tell the story of what it meant to be a New Zealander living through the turmoil and tragedy at the time. Commemorating campaigns and battles as well as life on the home front, Farewell Zealandia is a musical record of people’s hopes and fears, sense of duty, loss and remembrance.
Developed in collaboration with Musical Heritage New Zealand, and supported by Radio New Zealand and the Lotteries Commission

Kia Ora Rugby League
23 June 2015 – 16 August 2015

Celebrating 40 years of the Kia Ora Rugby League Club, this exhibition displayed the achievements of a sporting organisation that provided more than an outlet for the physicality of many Māori and Polynesian youth; the club has become a spiritual home where they can work out the problems of adolescence in a supportive environment.

Graeme Percy – A Micronaut in the Wide World
6 July 2015 – 26 September 2015

The life and work of illustrator Graeme Percy, an artist who left New Zealand in the 1960s to study at the Royal Academy in London; he never returned but his whimsical drawings frequently referenced the land of his birth.

Pioneer Highway – Tim Croucher
11 July 2015 – 8 November 2015

Paintings that reflected on a youth misspent in the environs of Palmerston North. The images evoked recollections of burnouts in Manchester Square, Feilding, picnics by the old Opiki bridge, eeling in the lagoons and tooling around the region in beat-up cars.

National Geographic – 50 Greatest Photos
8 August 2015 – 1 November 2015

Photographs selected from the many thousands of images that have graced the pages of National Geographic magazine. More than ten thousand people visited this exhibition. Many visitors were moved and took the time to record their poetic responses to the images. Brought to New Zealand in partnership with Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre.

Balls, Bullets and Boots
22 August 2015 – 27 October 2015

An exhibition that examined the intersection of rugby and World War I through the lives of New Zealand rugby players who served in the armed forces; developed and toured by the New Zealand Rugby Museum.

When We Were Young – Embroiderers Guild
29 August 2015 – 11 October 2015

An exhibition of the work of the Manawatū, Horowhenua and Taranaki Embroiderers Guilds. This display elicited much admiration for the fine work and exquisitely detailed stitching of these clubs’ members.

Burlesque – Costumes by Flo Foxworthy
8 October 2015 – 8 November 2015

Developed to coincide with the annual New Zealand Burlesque Festival held at the Globe Theatre, this exhibition displayed the creative work of Flo Foxworthy, a local artist whose burlesque costumes have been worn by internationally famed proponents of the art including Dita von Teese. One costume had to be removed from the exhibition early to be sent to the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles for its eventual wearer, Mrs Hugh Hefner.

10 October 2015 – 10 January 2016

Three artists contributed to this exhibition – Terri Te Tau, Bridget Reweti and Rongomaia Te Whaiti. Taipō translates as “goblin” and the word was used to refer to a surveyor’s tripod. The exhibition spoke of the ways that the land was surveyed and broken, and the ways that surveillance has been used by governments to disadvantage the people of New Zealand, particularly tangata whenua.