Te Wananga o Aotearoa Graduate Weavers 2017

It is with great pleasure that Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts again presents the end-of-year projects of the graduating weavers of Te Wananga o Aotearoa based in Palmerston North. The exhibition will showcase the skill and ability of the nine graduating Wananga students who have learned to use the natural fibres and dyes derived from harakeke (native New Zealand flax, Phormium tenax) and related plants. The artistry of these students has been learned from their award-winning tutors who have shared their knowledge passing on the skills acquired from generations of Maori weavers who have gone before. In addition to learning the traditional skills and mastering these techniques, the students are challenged to ‘push the boundaries’ developing new weaving patterns and ways of working with traditional materials. This exhibition effectively demonstrates the level of weaving craftsmanship to which these artists have risen, presenting work of the highest level of creativity and innovation in both traditional and contemporary weaving.

A special feature of the exhibition is that the students themselves have done the planning and setting up of the exhibition, as well as placing work in the exhibition. Adrienne Spratt, the degree kaiako who teaches the degree classes, is excited to see her students’ work in public venues such as Te Manawa where student work was displayed earlier this year. “A venue such as Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts where the students can create their own show is a unique way for them to end their scholastic year. It is a great learning experience for them and a wonderful opportunity for the public to see the incredible standard of work that is being produced through the Toi (Arts) programme at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.” Te Ira Tangata will open to the public at 12:00PM on Monday 13th November; the public is cordially invited to view the exhibition and to meet the artists at that time. The exhibition, which will continue through 25th November, can also be viewed during normal gallery hours.

 This is the third year that the arts degree in Raranga (weaving) has been offered at the Papaiōea (Palmerston North) campus of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and the second year that Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts has hosted the ‘end of year’ exhibition Te Ira Tangata will feature work by Taranaki weaver, Sue Soffe, Te Ati Awa; Nina Paaka, Ngati Porou/Tuhoe/Ngati Toa Rangatira from Porirua; Paula Rigby, Ngai Tahu/Ngati Kahungunu/Ngati Ruapani and Tui Maree Falwasser, Ngati Mahuta/Te Aowera/Ngai Tuhaitara ki Kaiapoi both from Christchurch. Palmerston North/Manawatu weavers in the exhibition are Lisa Pirini, Whakatohea; Iona Inglis, Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairoa; Georgia Larkins, Rangitane/Ngati Raukawa/Ngati Tuwharetoa; Corrinne Tripp, Rangitane/Ngati Raukawa and Christina Winitana, Ngai Tuhoe/Ngati Kahungunu.

 

The weavers have also created a large group work: Te Ira Tangata, which is also the title of the exhibition. The phrase means ‘Human Genes’ or ‘Human Essence’ and ‘Created by Peoples’ which illustrates the working together like worker bees. Each piece of the artwork is being made separately by the weavers at their home or marae and will be joined in a honeycomb or hexagonal pattern like the structure of a beehive. The shape of the project also reflects molecules of DNA, again a direct connection to the interconnectivity of the ‘people’.

 Any member of the public interested in Maori art, weaving and carving should make an effort to view this show from 13th – 25th November. For course information call Te Wānanga at the Papaiōea campus 06 355 3381 or on their free number at 0800 355 553.

Other Upcoming Exhibitions.

Previous Exhibitions.

ANTARCTICA: ART EXHIBITION
By: Sue Weterings
- 20 Oct 17

IRIS: Photography Exhibition
By: 2017 Epsom/NZIPP Award Winners
- 06 Oct 17

Land and Water
By: Jacky Pearson
- 08 Sep 17

Moments of Transcendent Beauty
By: Paul Lyons
- 11 Aug 17

“Exploring the Intersection Between Detail and Suggestion”
By: John Tidball
- 15 Jul 17

‘The Spaces Between’
By: Anne Morris
- 17 Jun 17

‘The Primacy of Gesture’
By: Ross Whitlock
- 12 May 17

LAND & SEA
By: Alfred Memelink
- 23 Mar 17

Animalia
By: Vivian McKenna
- 03 Mar 17

Across the Ditch
By: Australian and New Zealand Print Artists
- 04 Feb 17

“GIVEN TIME AND SPACE” Abstracted Imagery
By: Colin Hoare
- 06 Jan 17

“ECLECTIC IMPRESSIONS”
By: Watercolours by Celia Guy
- 03 Dec 16

E Toru nga Mea
By: Weaving and Carving Graduates Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Papaio
- 14 Nov 16

Dot's Nice
By: Elka
- 21 Oct 16

Colour Blast: Work That Jump Off the Canvas
By: Boyd-Dunlop
- 10 Sep 16

Heart Standing Still
By: Rachael Smith
- 30 Sep 16

SAMPLING: Paintings by Jayson Rollon & WARMING BODY & SOUL: Caohagan Island Quilts
By: Jayson Rollon & WARMING BODY & SOUL
- 25 Jul 16

Head for the Coast New Work
By: Beth Charles & Robert Charles
- 11 Mar 16

Extraordinary Art: Paintings
By: Paula Novak
- 12 Feb 16

Window to the Falling Sun: Paintings
By: Annabel Neall
- 04 Dec 15

TEXPLORATIONS: Paintings
By: Paul Lyons
- 14 Nov 15

An exhibition of Maori Art - Maunga Kura Toi degree artists of Te Wananga o Aotearoa
By: Te Koru
- 03 Nov 15

Country to Coast
By: Nicholas Hayter
- 11 Oct 15

Anything Goes: Annual Exhibition
By: Manawatu Spinners and Weavers Guild
- 28 Sep 15

WATERCOLOUR ASPECTS: New Paintings
By: Dennis Greenwood
- 15 Sep 15

"Soul Is Eternal":
By: Wayne Hansen
- 29 Aug 15

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