Nov. 13, 2020, 9:58 a.m.
The Te Tai Tokerau Māori Artists Collective was set up in 2009 and comprises over 100 artists who have exhibited large scale shows and community based arts projects.
Their latest exhibition at Hihiaua Cultural Centre, Ngā Toki showcases over thirty indigenous artists in a range of mediums.
Artist BJ Natanahira says these exhibitions are important to show a variation of what's possible.
“You get a broad flavour coming through and that's beneficial to young artists because they get to see other styles. As we are Māori, we want to share what we can and you get to have a one on one conversation with the artist and all of these things help young budding artists get the courage to step out.
Andrea Hopkins has been a working artist for over twenty years and a part of the collective since the inception.
“My piece is probably one of the most intricate line works I’ve ever done. Pure kowhaiwhai, rectilinear patterns and I’ve based it on the manaia hand and how the hands and different colours cross-cultures.”
“If you don’t want to go to a tertiary organisation, these days with the internet everyone has a platform. My advice is just start and see if you find your tribe that way and don't let anyone tell you to “get a real job”. If this is your passion, do it.”
The exhibition is showing at Hihiaua Cultural Centre until 5 December.