Diversity On Show at Terenga Mai

July 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.

A local art display is celebrating the union of people from across oceans in both the physical and spiritual worlds with a presentation of our past, present and future at the Hihiaua Art exhibition “Terenga mai”.

Local artist and curator Lenny Murupaenga was approached by carver Te Warihi Hetaraka to curate the show with a request for a range of mediums in both traditional and contemporary forms.

“I’m primarily an artist, I've curated a number of shows and I’m the creative advisor at creative northland.”

“This is pivotal for our community.  It's important bringing in diversity into the Hihiaua cultural centre, I've invited artists to come in and help curate and showcase their mahi,” Murupaenga said.

The show features 60 artists with a range of media including whakairo, painting, graffiti, taonga puoro, mixed media, illustration, uiku, sculpture, printmaking, taonga and raranga by established artists as well as emerging NorthTec students.

“We have 60 artists and we’ve got artists from emerging all the way through to the established but my focus was more the emerging artists.

“Bringing on artists from NorthTec and Te Whare Wānanga who are well represented in this show.”

Artist Poutama Hetaraka said this is the first time he has exhibited a piece of which he was inspired by the theme of “Terenga Mai” and the gathering place of whales.

“Its cool that this is my first time exhibiting and that it’s also a first in the Hihiaua Cultural Centre from the get go so it’s a huge honour and a privilege for me,” he said.

“Terenga Mai”  is a pilot exhibition in preparation for Tuia 250 commemorations happening around the country later this year and is open to the public at the Hihiaua Cultural Centre until September 2.

Tags: Contemporary Art

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