The Hongoeka Marae gallery was at capacity over the weekend, with a constant flow of visitors taking in the artworks that surrounded them.
The Toi@Hongoeka exhibition was opened to the public during last Saturday’s Hongoeka Summer Festival, with paintings, wood carving, sculpture, weaving, and more on display. The exhibition is a collection of work from eighteen Māori artists local to Te Ūpoko o Te Ika, from Wellington to the Kāpiti Coast.
Curator Kohai Grace, whose own woven artwork features, described the exhibition as a collection by “Hongoeka whānau artists and their artist friends and whānaunga (relations).”
Grace teaches on the Whitireia Bachelor of Applied Arts (Toi Poutama) programme, and noted that there is a strong Whitireia connection in the group, with pieces from Matthew McIntyre Wilson, Wi Taepa, Tracey Morgan, Miriama Grace-Smith, Neke Moa, James Molnar, Sidi Reihana-Wilson, Ranea Aperahama, Clare Butler, Maryjane Winiata, and Moana Hilliard also featuring.
Pip Devonshire and Diane Prince, both teachers at Te Wānanga o Raukawa in Ōtaki, also have artwork in the exhibition, as does Mark Sykes, who currently works as a curator of taonga Māori at Te Papa Tongarewa. Illustrator and kaumātua of Hongoeka, Brian Gunson, includes his illustrations for the children’s book Maraea and the Albatrosses, written by his sister, author Patricia Grace.
The exhibition runs until Sunday 6 March.