As part of the Waitangi Day Festival on the shores of Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour, a group of Whitireia artists are joining together for a unique but brief exhibition. Waitangi at Whitireia is a one-day pop-up exhibition and art sale featuring work from over twenty artists associated with Whitireia; both graduates and past and present teaching staff.
Waitangi at Whitireia will be held on the ground floor of Te Kete Wānanga, the wharewaka-shaped learning skills centre that looks out over the harbour. The work presented represents some of the fruits of over 30 years of raranga, whakairo, jewellery and visual arts at Whitireia.
Artists range from recent graduates Ranea Aperahama and Birgit Moffatt, who both graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts last year, to established leaders in their field such as Wi Taepa and Tracey Morgan, who were some of the first graduates of the fledgling visual arts programme at Whitireia three decades ago.
Showing alongside the graduates are current arts tutors Deb Donnelly and Kohai Grace, as well as past tutor and frequent visitor to Whitireia, Michel Tuffery. There are also a number of artists who, like Wi Taepa, have both learnt and taught at Whitireia, including jewellery tutor Matthew McIntyre Wilson, and painter James Molnar, who studied at Whitireia in the early 1990s and returned as a whakairo tutor a decade later.
Waitangi at Whitireia runs from 10am – 4pm on Tuesday 6 February at the Waitangi Day Festival. Ground floor of Te Kete Wānanga, Wi Neera Drive, Porirua. In addition to seeing artwork, visitors will be able to watch printmaking with Michel Tuffery and feather cloak weaving with Kohai Grace.
The artists exhibiting include: