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Heroic Inspirations Exhibition: Nga Kaakano Whakamanawa

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‘Heroic Inspirations Exhibition: Ngā Kākano Whakamanawa’ at Te Oro Arts Centre in Glen Innes is the initiative of a group of artists who hold an interest in the arts as pathways to improved wellbeing and lifestyle.

Their artworks have explored themes of personal and cultural identity in a variety of media including painting, sculpture and multi-media in group and indvidual projects. They have invited established local artists to join them in a fundraising exhibition, which will see a percentage of the proceeds going towards mental health projects that facilitate community inclusion; with the remainder going to artists. The Kāhui Tū Kaha event promises variety, a high calibre of creative integrity, and lively dialogue through artistic expression.

One of the highlights of the year-long journey has been a project through the Kupenga Ora community programme, Ngā Mahi Toi, whereby the group made an original sound track to narrate the story of Papatūānuku and Ranginui, which took place in the Te Oro sound studio. This became the focus of a contempoary dance composition, which the group went on to perform at InterACT Festival on 2 November.

This will now return to the Te Oro venue as a multi-media exhibit, alongside the goddess-mascot of the stage, ‘Māramanui in Her Startlight Woven-Cape’ as a part of the silent auction. Exhibits will also include murals which were produced at the 2018 Look Up Youth event hosted by Kāhui Tū Kaha at Te Oro on 16 August. These reflect a youth viewpoint through personal symbols, mark making and inspirational words.

‘Heroic Inspirations Exhibition: Ngā Kaakano Whakamanawa’ has been supported by Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board and will be an opportunity for the viewing audience to benefit from an enriching arts experience; and to support the very worthy fundraising intitiative showcasing both the work of fringes artists on iconic journeys and artists who are established in their profiles.

The silent auction will begin at the opening event 5.30 – 7.00 pm Thursday 22 November, and will continue until 1.00 pm on Saturday 24 November. There will be a range of small artworks and crafts products with Māori, Pasifika and a contemporary European foci that will make the purchase of art accessible to all.

For further information, please contact:
Marion Gordon-Flower
Kupenga Ora Service Manager, Kāhui Tū Kaha

Phone: 027 7003123

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