Past Exhibitions – 2017

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.

ATA – A third reflection – Bob Jahnke
3 November 2016 – 6 February 2017

‘Ata,’ meaning form or reflection in Te Reo Māori, explored connections between light and perception, history and retrospection. Jahnke translated neon forms into diamonds, triangles crosses and clubs, and words such as ‘ATA’ and ‘TUKU’ into spatial reflections that appeared endless.

Ara-I-Te-Uru – Israel Birch
3 November 2016 – 6 February 2017

The installation Ara-i-te-uru (2011) is a way of portraying the intangible elements of te ao Māori, in this case summoning the ancestral guardian taniwha of the Hokianga harbour, Ara-i-te-uru, in visible form as a river of lacquered steel and light.

3 September 2016 – 12 March 2017

From the everyday to the extraordinary, the Te Manawa collection is full of treasures that reflect past and present life in the Manawatū. Nova showcased the stories and people behind selected art, taonga and objects acquired by Te Manawa between 2010 and 2015.

The Generous Heart – Bruce Rennie
17 November 2016 – 28 May 2017

For 33 years, Bruce Rennie devoted himself to cultivating art and drama activities at Rangitikei College in Marton. The Generous Heart collected half a lifetime of creative output, from posters announcing the next school production to unique, personalised envelopes and letters sent to friends. It highlighted the joy and energy that comes from encouraging an unabashed love of the arts.

Up Out Onward – Whakaari/BAVI
18 November 2016 – 19 February 2017

Selected works from the graduates of the UCOL Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging course. Combining traditional forms like photography and illustration with new directions, such as board games or bacterial cultures – Whakaari Up Out Onward showcased the bold directions a new generation of artists is taking.

26 November  2016 – 19 February 2017

An exhibition of work by the graduating students, Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts, Toioho ki Āpiti, Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts, Massey University.

Rembrandt Remastered
11 March – 25 April 2017

A remarkable collection of digitally remastered and life size paintings from one of the world’s greatest painters, Rembrandt van Rijn. Fifty-seven paintings were reproduced as they may have looked upon leaving the master’s studio 400 years ago. Exhibited in collaboration with the Rembrandt Research Project Foundation.

The Horses Stayed Behind – Cat Auburn
3 March – 29 May 2017

Victorian-style mourning rosettes made from horse hair commemorate the horses that served their country in WWI, and could not return to New Zealand with troops. Each horse and rider who donated hair was recognised in the work. The exhibition is toured by Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui and was the winner of Best Exhibition Regional Art at the Service IQ 2016 New Zealand Museum Awards.

MATA – Excellence
23 March – 17 April 2017

Folios from Manawatū high school students who attained Excellence marks in NCEA Level three in 2016. Te Manawa and the Manawatū Art Teachers Association were proud to present the work of these young artists and designers.

The Exquisite Wound – Rebecca Swan
12 May – 8 October 2017

An interdisciplinary installation that included a new invention, the ‘Smoke Bubble Machine’, by visual artist Rebecca Swan, in collaboration with composer Charlie Ha, engineer Peter Swan, light artist Peter Stoneham and scientist David Shillington, with the support of the S+ART Trust. The works contemplate how we relate to the disappearance of our physical bodies, which gives rise to the question, ‘what are we without them?’

The Topp Twins
20 May – 5 November 2017

The Topp Twins and the characters they have developed over the years epitomise the vision we hold of ourselves as down-to-earth, hard-working and resourceful New Zealanders. This exhibition looked at the Topp Twins from their childhood to the present day; their lives as performers, as political activists, as roving yodelling musicians and advocates for truth, LGBT rights and social justice. He wahine toa ēnei tokorua he wahine pumau i te aroha hoki.

20 May – 2 July 2017

A photographic exhibition by Rachel Hoskins that captured the normalcy of Butch culture in current society and studied the human reaction to this.

Ngā Kete Toi
9 June – 24 September 2017

An exhibition of works by graduates and tutors of the Bachelor of Māori Arts degree in weaving at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, in Palmerston North. Combining the customary Māori forms rāranga (weaving), tukutuku (woven panels) and whatu (main technique used to weave cloaks) to reveal creativity, quality and innovation.

Golden Dreams
14 July – 5 November 2017

Celebrating 40 years since the Manawatū Art Gallery opened on 3 July 1977, Golden Dreams provided a glimpse into landscape art collected by Te Manawa Museums Trust and Te Manawa Art Society, and offered the public an opportunity to reveal its dreams for the visual arts in the Manawatū.

8 August 2017 – 1 July 2018

SuperNova follows Nova by showcasing new stories and people behind selected art and objects acquired by Te Manawa between 2011 and 2016; this time the themes explored are ‘Te Awa/the river’, ‘Palmy at Play’ and ‘Handmade in the Manawatū’.

Painter – Euan Macleod
18 August – 19 November 2017

“Forever renegotiating his position, direction and even the very fact of his existence, Euan Macleod is himself the central figure in the vast majority of his paintings—marching, striding, studying the ground in front of him or the canvas that rises before him like a sail.” – Gregory O’Brien, exhibition curator

Brick Flicks
1 December 2017 – 30 April 2018

Brick Flicks brought together photography and hands-on creativity using LEGO, the world’s most popular toy.

Photographer Warren Elsmore recreated iconic movie scenes using LEGO bricks and minifigs; to this Te Manawa added creation stations where visitors built models to their heart’s content (including a DUPLO station for younger children)*.

Those models could then be taken to the stop-motion stations to star in a movie of their very own. Once it was time to go home, visitors could make their mark on the signature wall—a name, an icon, anything!