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Thu 1 Apr 2010, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 4 Apr 2010, 10:00am–4:00pm
Mon 5 Apr 2010, 10:00am–4:00pm
Tue 6 Apr 2010, 10:00am–4:00pm
Wed 7 Apr 2010, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: PATAKA Art + Museum, Cnr Parumoana and Norrie St, Porirua - Mana, Wellington Region

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: MCH Admin

Four internationally acclaimed print and paper makers from the Solomon Islands will demonstrate their skills at Pataka Museum and Gallery from 24 March to 7 April.

Their public workshops will include demonstrations for all levels - school groups, Whitireia Polytech trainees and other New Zealand print and paper makers.

Michel Tuffery (now among New Zealand's foremost artists) visited the Solomons in 1994 to help teach the villagers how to make woodblocks and how to print. Solomon Island artist Joe Lindsay also helped with the introduction to the islands of screen printing.

In 1996, Michel Tuffery returned with others to assist and upskill local artists, many of whom were already highly skilled wood carvers. The shift from three dimensional carving to paper and print making soon revealed some outstanding artists. One art style that is now famous far beyond the Solomon Islands is the use of a montage of traditional totem-like fish, bird and animal designs now known as 'Spirit of Solomons.'

The workshops at Pataka Museum have been sponsored through a travel grant from Creative New Zealand, while the accommodation and local expenses are to be provided independently through various friends of the Solomon Islands in Porirua.