Cora-Allan Wickliffe: From Otītori Bay Rd

This exhibition presents a series of landscape paintings made by Cora-Allan Wickliffe during her residency at Parehuia, which sits at number 67 Otītori Bay Road – a short but steep descent from Te Uru, toward the waters of the Manukau Harbour. Using paints harvested and processed from the local Waitākere whenua, the images are intimate studies of the land and a living archive of it, as well as visual journals of the artist’s stay.

26 February 2022 — 5 June 2022  |  See exhibition detail

Project Banaba The untold mining history of Banaba Ocean Island

Project Banaba by Banaban scholar and artist Katerina Teaiwa (Tabiang and Tabwewa) is a traveling multimedia installation that commemorates the history of Banaba, also known as Ocean Island in the Moana Pacific.

5 March 2022 — 29 May 2022  |  See exhibition detail

Te Kaneati

Te Kaneati is a presentation of Banaban arts, culture and heritage by Tāmaki Makaurau’s Banaban community, presented alongside the exhibition Project Banaba by artist Katerina Teaiwa (Tabiang and Tabwewa) highlighting the resilience of the diaspora.

5 March 2022 — 29 May 2022  |  See exhibition detail

Notes For Tomorrow

Notes for tomorrow is an exhibition conceived by Independent Curators International (ICI), featuring artworks selected by curators from around the world to reflect on a new global reality ushered in by the Covid-19 pandemic. In this cultural moment of transition, each work is a source of inspiration from the recent past and a guiding perspective for the future.

12 March 2022 — 12 June 2022  |  See exhibition detail

Wanda Gillespie: Counting frames for a transient era

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.

28 May 2022 — 15 August 2022  |  See exhibition detail


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.

4 June 2022 — 4 September 2022  |  See exhibition detail

Benjamin Work And Brendan Kitto: Motutapu

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 santuary, reconnection and reconciliation.

11 June 2022 — 11 September 2022  |  See exhibition detail

Robert Rapson: Against the tide

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.

11 June 2022 — 7 August 2022  |  See exhibition detail

Emily Karaka: Matariki Ring of Fire

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.

18 June 2022 — 18 September 2022  |  See exhibition detail

Toitu te Ngahere: Art in schools for forest health

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.

13 August 2022 — 25 September 2022  |  See exhibition detail

Hulita Koloi: Malaloi

Malaloi—presented in Te Uru's window space—speaks directly to the urban environment, comprising a scaffold structure upon which concrete-dipped garments donated by Koloi's family and her wider Pacific community are hung. It addresses 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 on the earth.

22 August 2022 — 16 November 2022  |  See exhibition detail

Tia Ranginui: Gonville gothic

Sometimes described as Māori fairy folk, patupaiarehe were said to live in the mountains and forests, cleaving to darkness, and building their homes from swirling mists. They had pale skin and red or fair hair, and bewitched people, especially young women, luring them away. Redhead and albino Māori were sometimes said to be the result of interbreeding. Today, some speculate that patupaiarehe descended from early Europeans who arrived here before Polynesians.

10 September 2022 — 26 February 2023  |  See exhibition detail

Elizabeth Thomson: Cellular memory

Elizabeth Thomson's practice engages with science, imagination, culture, and fundamental questions about humanity’s place in nature and what citizenship means within this expanded realm. Cellular memory surveys these enquiries, attesting to Thomson’s life-long commitment to grappling with natural and human histories, as well as the lasting influence of her childhood in Titirangi.

24 September 2022 — 4 December 2022  |  See exhibition detail

Te aho tapu hou: The new sacred thread

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.

1 October 2022 — 20 November 2022  |  See exhibition detail


Students from Kelston Intermediate explore connection to whenua and rangatiratanga through making with uku (clay), a medium with a long history of use in the Kelston area. In this collaborative exhibition, they present a collection of hand-coiled kaitiaki forms, and sculpted pūtangitangi (flute) instruments.  This project has been supported by leading ceramic artist Carla Ruka through the Ministry of Education’s Creatives in Schools programme.

1 October 2022 — 12 February 2023  |  See exhibition detail

Portage 22

Te Uru is delighted to present the Portage Ceramic Awards 2022. This annual award provides a vital platform to showcase the diversity of contemporary clay practices in Aotearoa. The awards are open to all New Zealand artists both established and emerging whose work spans sculptural and domestic clay traditions as well as other disciplines, including photography and videography.

26 November 2022 — 5 March 2023  |  See exhibition detail

Fiona Jack & Courtney Sina Meredith: Earth Posters

Earth posters is the first presentation of a collaboration between writer Courtney Sina Meredith and artist Fiona Jack. The result is a merging of text and clay that captures an exchange between friends, and a moment in time. 

26 November 2022 — 5 March 2023  |  See exhibition detail

Ayesha Green: Still life

These new works by Ayesha Green (Ngāti Kahungunu, Kāi Tahu) were produced during her recent residency at Parehuia-McCahon House. They mark a shift into still-life painting and the negotiation of the complex conventions of this historic genre. As with all of Green’s work, these new paintings are layered with references and are mindful of the formats and genres they utilise, prompting us to consider the history and politics of representation. Many are juxtaposed with painted tributes to important texts that present various frameworks for unpacking our national narratives.

10 December 2022 — 28 May 2023  |  See exhibition detail

Moniek Schrijer: Screensaver

In response to being artist-in-residence at Parehuia-McCahon House in 2021, jeweller Moniek Schrijer presents an exhibition influenced by the ecology of the McCahon House garden, local climate, lunar events, and the distinctive light at this famously forested historic residency. These works document shifts in atmospheric conditions, contrasting perspectives and details from the landscape, streetscape and built environment with zoomed-in close-ups of liquids, changing shadows and observations of the play of light as time passes.

10 December 2022 — 12 March 2023  |  See exhibition detail

Cellular memories and planetary designs: Three works by Elizabeth Thomson

Titirangi-born Elizabeth Thomson (born 1955) has devoted much of her career as a sculptor/visual artist to exploring both the order and randomness she finds not only in the physical world but in the fabric of human life and thought. As a special encore for the recent exhibition, Cellular memory, three works are exhibited in Te Uru’s distinctive spiral staircase and highlight three very different approaches to art-making, each of them bringing together elements from the methodology of sculpture, painting, photography and applied arts. Thomson’s works take the forms, colours and textures of the world around us and translate them into a visual language which is, at once, mysterious yet strangely familiar.

10 December 2022 — 2 July 2023  |  See exhibition detail

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