Te Wananga o Aotearoa Graduate Weavers 2018

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. Tuia Te Tangata translates in regard to this exhibition as ‘That which binds us’ a reference to the materials employed and to the cohesiveness of the students who have shared the experience of training as Maori weavers. The exhibition will showcase the skill and ability of the eight 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. An artwork jointly created by all eight graduates will be a highlight of the exhibition.

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 last 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.”

This is the fifth year that the arts degree in Raranga (weaving) has been offered at the Papaiōea (Palmerston North) campus of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and the fourth year that Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts has hosted the ‘end of year’ exhibition. Tuia Te Tangata will showcase the work of the following graduates: Rosemary Tait, Te Whatuiapiti/Ngati Kauwhata; Corabelle Summerton, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Hako, Ngāti Maniapoto; Cathy Payne, Pākehā; Maatakiwi Wakefield, Kāi tahu whānui, Ngāti Toa, Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Maniapoto; Justine Riwai, Tuhoe; Tracy Te Hēmi, Kāti Wīwī, Kāti Pākehā; Christina Chase, Ngati Tuwharetoa and Ari Tipa, Ngāti Kauwhata / Ngaruahinerangi.

Any member of the public interested in Maori art should make an effort to view this show from 12th – 24th November. For course information call Te Wānanga o Aotearoa at the Papaiōea campus 06 355 3381 or on their free number at 0800 355 553.

Other Upcoming Exhibitions.

Previous Exhibitions.

The Mountains and the Sea
By: Paul Lyons
- 22 Mar 19

RETRO - SPECTIVE: Cash & Carry Sale of Silkscreen Prints
By: Malcolm Warr
- 22 Feb 19

SUMMER FLIGHT: New Zealand Birds and Landscapes
By: Jayeta Valentine
- 25 Jan 19

By: Michele Theobald & Val Jones
- 30 Nov 18

By: Te Wananga o Aotearoa Graduate Weavers 2018
- 12 Nov 18

By: Rachael Smith
- 26 Oct 18

“Licorice All Sorts”
By: Georgia Lambert
- 11 Oct 18

The Art Room (Term 3)
By: Manawatu Art Teachers Association
- 24 Sep 18

By: Willie Docherty
- 25 Aug 18

“A Bouquet of Paintings”
By: Mary Mulholland
- 03 Aug 18

The Infinite Smallness of Being
By: Raemon Rolfe and David Lupton
- 13 Jul 18

Land & Water
By: Timon Maxey
- 22 Jun 18

By: Don Hill & Steve Leurink
- 01 Jun 18

By: New Paintings by Ross Whitlock
- 07 Apr 18

By: Roger Staples
- 02 Mar 18

A Family Affair
By: Colin Hoare and sons James and Alex
- 02 Feb 18

By: Vivian McKenna
- 12 Jan 18

Echoes Of Fiordland
By: Annabel Neall
- 12 Dec 17

By: Te Wananga o Aotearoa Graduate Weavers 2017
- 13 Nov 17

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

By: Alfred Memelink
- 23 Mar 17

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

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

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

By: Dennis Greenwood
- 15 Sep 15

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