First Māori arts degree show launched

2 November 2017

First Māori arts degree show launched

The walls of the Geoff Wilson Gallery are adorned with striking weaving, carvings and artworks, as the first ever degree show is held for the NorthTec Toi Te Wai-Ngārahu (Māori Art) programme.

It is the first exhibition of student Māori arts in the region featuring all three main strands of raranga (weaving), whakairo (carving) and rauangi (visual art).

Twenty-one students have spent the last three years developing and perfecting their practice, and are preparing to graduate with a Maunga Kura Toi qualification - Bachelor of Māori Art.

The graduate exhibition, He aha te kai a te Rangatira, was launched on Tuesday (31 October) with a pōwhiri and gallery opening, with hundreds of whānau, friends and guests from the community joining the students and staff to enjoy the works.

Tutors Lorraine King, Te Hemoata Henare and Te Kuiti Stewart are proud of the varied works  on display, and of the personal and artistic journeys their students have made over the course of the programme.

The works include intricately carved kauri kumete (bowls), finely woven flax kakahu (cloaks) and whakiri (mats), printed silks, ink etchings and paintings.

The works will be on show for public viewing until 17 November. Gallery hours are Mondays to Fridays, 10am to 4pm, and Saturdays, 10am to 1pm. Parking is available near the gallery.