This exhibition celebrates the life and work of the late, self-taught ceramic artist, Robert Rapson, best known for his wonderfully wonky yet uncannily accurate sculptures of boats. Against The Tide reflects both Rapson’s passion for ships and his position outside the artistic status quo, and his clever and quirky way of looking at the world.
Wanda Gillespie is an Auckland-based artist working with wood to create bespoke abaci. Her contemporary interpretations of this ancient counting instrument explore and expand upon the creation of value, systems of measurement, and encounters between material and mystical worlds.
Otherwise-image-worlds brings together five newly commissioned artworks from artists working in animation. Working against the commercial demand for spectacle and efficiency, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Juliet Carpenter, Tanu Gago, Ary Jansen and Sorawit Songsataya, all expand and reconfigure the conventions of image-making, asking what modes of interaction, imagination, attention, and refusal animation can cultivate.
MOTUTAPU is the conclusion of a four-year journey by artist Benjamin Work and photographer Brendan Kitto. This exhibition looks at the shared history of Motutapu (sacred island) throughout Moana Oceania as places of sanctuary, reconnection and reconciliation.
Matariki Ring of Fire follows Emily Karaka’s 2021 McCahon House residency. The exhibition centres on the festival of Matariki, which is being marked by a public holiday for the first time in 2022, the Matariki star cluster, and the fourteen Tūpuna Maunga of the Tāmaki Makaurau region.
This exhibition features work created by students from two local schools as part of a collaborative research project in partnership with the University of Auckland | Waipapa Taumata Rau. Combining science, mātauranga Māori and the arts, students explore ways to contribute to ngahere ora as kaitiaki in response to kauri dieback and myrtle rust.
Malaloi—presented in Te Uru's window space—speaks directly to the urban environment, comprising a scaffold structure upon which concrete-dipped garments sourced from Koloi's family and the wider Pacific community are hung. It addresses to the separation of people from the land, the effects of industrialisation and capitalism within Pacific communities, and the shared responsibility of humanity, past, present and future, to tread lightly.
This mid-career retrospective brings together garments created by designer and fashion activist Jeanine Clarkin. Spanning her thirty-year career, the exhibition explores Clarkin’s early influences, significant milestones, and enduring passion for sustainability, with her Māori identity a common thread through it all.