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Whakaata – Contemporary Māori Art Prints


Wed 18 Nov 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Thu 19 Nov 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Fri 20 Nov 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 21 Nov 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 22 Nov 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Russell Museum, 2 York St, Russell, Bay of Islands

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $10.00
  • Adult Combo with Pompallier Mission: $16.00
  • Unaccompanied Children: $5.00
  • Accompanied Children Free: $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Russell Museum

Whakaata looks to show a connection to a Māori print history. It acknowledges the place, Kororāreka - Russell, the proximity of Pompallier House with its historic printing press and its role in communication during the time of early contact. This exhibition presents numerous voices with some of the many Māori artists who have engaged in print and contributed to a Māori understanding of printmaking over the past 60 years. Some of these include: Pauline Yearbury, Marilynn Webb, Cliff Whiting, Toi Te Rito Maihi and Clive Arlidge from this senior generation.

The Toi Whakataa Māori print collective based its name on the idea of introducing ink to mark making (as in the process of Taa moko). The collective brings together a dynamic new generation of print makers that are committed to pushing new ideas in the practice - the exhibition brings these two generations together on the walls of Russell Museum's gallery.

In a satellite display at Pompallier Mission, paintings by Russell artist Pauline Kahurangi Yearbury are exhibited. These original works were for the illustrations in her 1976 book "The Children of Rangi and Papa". The first edition of the book is on display at Pompallier, one of a limited edition of 350 numbered copies signed by the artist-author, fully bound in top-grain goatskin, stamped on the front and spine in pure gold and enclosed in cloth-covered slipcases. The endpapers were specially laminated for the edition from a hand-made Japanese rice paper.

The exhibition title Whakaata carries connotations of mirroring, of revealing to light. The defining concept for the exhibition refers to the ‘AHAA moment’, that action when the paper is lifted; the print is pulled into the light and the reflected image revealed. Here, process and concept are intertwined.

The exhibition was curated by Gabrielle Belz and is supported by Creative NZ, Toi Māori Aotearoa and Te Atinga – Contemporary Maori Visual Arts Committee.