Titled Toi Poutama, this exhibition takes its name from the weaving and carving degree programme offered at Whitireia. Programme manager and renowned artist Kohai Grace describes it as "an exhibition guaranteed to provide a feast for the eyes and to nourish the soul."
Showcasing art work representative of the Toi Poutama flavour, all the contributing artists have utilised natural materials indigenous to Aotearoa, such as harakeke, pingāo, kiekie, tree barks, as well as feathers for woven art forms and various wood types for carving, and the occasional use of pāua shell for further adornment.
The artists show how they have drawn from ancient Māori art forms, including whāriki (woven mats), tukutuku (lattice panels), and weaponry such as tewhatewha and taiaha, to create pieces to bring into a modern context.
Artists include Moana Hilliard (BAppA), the very first Toi Poutama graduate (2015), with her kete range and tukutuku work, Year Three students Te Rehia Matthews, Emma Ariu, Linda Scott and Ranea Aperahama, each showcasing their Body of Work to mark their final degree year. The show will also feature a kete created by Sonia Snowden, a renowned weaver and specialist who has been a guest tutor on the programme.
Nau mai, haere mai!
The exhibition runs from 5-18 November, with an official opening on 4 November at 5.30pm.