Māori arts exhibition reflects creative journeys

30 November 2016

Māori arts exhibition reflects creative journeys

An end-of-year exhibition of work by NorthTec’s Maunga Kura Toi degree students reflects the creative journey each aspiring artist has undertaken, says renowned tutor, Kura Te Waru-Rewiri.

The works by the second-year students are on display for just a few days this week, at the Toi Te Wai-Ngārahu (Māori Arts) space on NorthTec’s Raumanga campus.

When they complete the degree next year they will be the first to graduate from the NorthTec Bachelor of Māori Arts – Maunga Kura Toi programme, which is the only such degree in Te Tai Tokerau.

The exhibition opened yesterday (29 November) with a whakawatea attended by around 50 students, tutors, whānau and friends.

The works represent all three strands of the degree programme, with whakairo (carvings), raranga (weaving) and rauangi (visual arts) on display.

Kura Te Waru-Rewiri said: “The work reflects the journey for the students for the year, in terms of their creative process and their creative practice. In the creative process they have to take into account the technical skills that they have developed throughout the year.

“The technical skills enhance the concepts they have been working with, to do with wai (water), hau (wind) and whenua (land). These are the visual elemental narratives that they have had to research in terms of the cultural context of the degree, and their connections to those narratives.

“Their creative practice was about how they work together collectively, to show what their individual contribution is to the practice, and also involved the application of principle values of kaitiakitanga (guardianship of knowledge gained), ahurutanga (culturally safe environment to learn and share), koha (contribution of knowledge from the past to take into the future, and mauri ora (well-being).”