Past Exhibitions – 2016
Whakakitenga pāhi

A Visual Thing –  BAVI, UCOL
13 November 2015 – 21 February 2016

The annual exhibition of the work of the UCOL Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging graduands; it is a treat for our visitors to see the fine work that these students produce each year.

Dust Devils
21 November 2015 – 6 March 2016

Celebrating 70 years of Speedway in Palmerston North. The exhibition encompassed two gallery spaces. Visitors could try on items of speedway drivers’ clothing, relax in the 1960s lounge and watch a documentary on Speedway or view historic speedway bikes and midget cars.

27 November 2015 – 2 March 2016

An annual exhibition of work by graduands of the Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts programme at Massey University; this married well with the Toioho XX suite of exhibitions.

Toi Whenua (Toioho XX suite)
3 December 2015 –29 May 2016

This exhibition celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Bachelor of Māori Visual Art programme at Massey University, showing work by artists who related to the land in their practice.

Toioho XX
5 December 2015 – 29 May 2016

This exhibition celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts programme at Massey University, with works by twenty graduates of the programme. Featured artists included Dr Huhana Smith, Ngāhina Hohaia, Saffron Te Ratana and Ngātai Taepa.

The Storm Beneath the Calm – Annabel Neall
25 January 2016 – 3 April 2016

Paintings by Annabel Neall explored the layers revealed when land is dissected for the purposes of geological study. The inclusion of soil sections demonstrated the physical layering of the land, and the images reconnoitred the multi-layered explorations of an artist who travelled the world with a husband who is also a geologist.

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. Six of the folios displayed had achieved a scholarship.

Frida Kahlo – Her Photos
19 March 2016 – 24 July 2016

An exhibition of 241 photographs from the personal collection of Frida Kahlo, curated by the Museo Frida Kahlo, La Casa Azul, Mexico City, and toured internationally. Te Manawa was the only New Zealand venue for this exhibition. The photographs provided insight into the life and art of this celebrated and iconic artist.

Power to the People
25 March 2016 –12 June 2016

Images of the Keith Street Power Station taken by the Applied Photography Group of the Manawatū Camera Club. The photographs offered a glimpse into the machinery of electricity generation in Palmerston North. This historic building is threatened with demolition as it is an earthquake risk.

Fun and Fury – Ewan McDougall
15 April 2016 – 7 August 2016

Paintings by Dunedin-based artist Ewan McDougall, which examined the highs and lows of his life as a party animal and rock and roll drummer.

A Beautiful Destruction – Fran Dibble
18 April 2016 – 27 June 2016

Fran Dibble was inspired by the works of J. W. Turner and his romantic exploration of human interaction with nature. Likewise the work of Adrian Villar Rojas, who intentionally selected media for the way they would break down while being exhibited. The exhibition sought to convey a sense of the awe and beauty of nature, nature that may destroy but which creates a moving aesthetic spectacle, one that is dynamic and changing.

Inspired By…
24 June 2016 – 16 October 2016

Creative Journeys members created art in response to works from the Te Manawa collection, which are then displayed alongside them. The Creative Journeys artists will be working in the Gallery 1 space for the duration of the exhibition.

The Adipositivity Project – Substantia Jones
30 June 2016 – 29 August 2016

These beautifully realised photographs showed fat people embracing their bodies and defying the negative stereotypes of a society obsessed with idealised images of bodily perfection.

Dinosaur Encounter
24 September 2016 – 24 February 2017

Proudly supported by city partner Fly Palmy, Dinosaur Encounter brought our favourite prehistoric beasts into a modern, in fact Palmerston North, environment. The gallery was transformed into an ‘urban jungle’ and reproductions of skeletons, skulls and fossil remains added breadth to the experience. Developed and brought to Te Manawa – the first and only venue in New Zealand by London’s Natural History Museum, Dinosaur Encounter featured nine moving dinosaur models brought to life by state-of-the-art animatronics, giving visitors a thrilling glimpse at the ‘terrible lizards’ of 70 million years ago.