Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts is honoured to host the end-of-year exhibition of graduating students from both the weaving and carving degrees conferred in 2016 by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. E Toru nga Mea refers to ‘three things’ in this case to works by students in the Harakeke (native flax, Phormium tenax) weaving programme, works by students in the Whakairo (carving) programme and a group artwork by all the weavers. A special feature of the exhibition is that the students themselves have done all 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.” E Toru nga Mea will open to the public at 1:00PM on Monday 14th November; the public is cordially invited to view the exhibition and to meet the artists at that time. The exhibition, which will continue through 30th November, can also be viewed during normal gallery hours.
This is the second 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, but the first time that both degree programmes have been showcased at the gallery simultaneously. The works on display will include project work by the students in each programme as well as the celebratory group piece that gives the exhibition its name. E toru nga mea refers to the whakatauki (Maori saying) about faith, hope and love; the three basic techniques in weaving; the three years of the degree and the three kete (traditional woven baskets) of knowledge that were retrieved from the heavens in Maori tradition.
E Toru nga Mea will feature work by three weavers from Taranaki: Trudi Taepa, Ngati Whakaue te iwi; David Konkin and Vivianne Phillips, Nga Puhi/Taranaki iwi. Manawatu based weavers are: Pru Robbie; Johnnita Houghton, Ngati Kahungunu me Te Arawa; Iona Bichan and Jude Nelson, Te Atiawa. Patricia Hinaki, Ngati Kotimana, Whangai-o-Ngati Porou is from Wellington.
Carvers featured in the exhibition are Latrell Kamura-Grant, Ngati Porou; Leighton Girling, Ngati Raukawa; James Wall, Ngati Tuwharetoa; Pine Wipaki-Hawkins, Ngati Porou, Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Tuwharetoa; Marvin Chase, Ngati Rangitane, Ngati Kahungunu; Matthew Green; Te Rongonui Tunoho, Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Tuhoe and Dyanni Simon, Ngati Pikiao. Marvin Chase is from Dannevirke; Matthew Green is from Eketahuna and the other 6 are from Palmerston North.
Any member of the public interested in Maori art, weaving and carving should make an effort to view this show from 14th – 30th November. For course information call Te Wānanga at the Papaiōea campus 06 355 3381 or on their Free number at 0800 355 553.
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