EXHIBITIONS 2023

De la Milpa a la Mesa

De la Milpa a la Mesa takes visitors on a journey of discovery to a country of incredible cultural and ecological diversity, whose agriculture and cuisine are treasured World Heritage. From the farm to the market to the table, food has been the heart and soul of Mexican life for millennia.

18 February 2023 — 7 May 2023  |  See exhibition detail

Rita Angus: New Zealand Modernist | He Ringatoi Hou o Aotearoa

Te Papa touring exhibition Rita Angus: New Zealand Modernist | He Ringatoi Hou o Aotearoa brings together 20 works by one of New Zealand’s most iconic 20th-century artists, Rita Angus (1908–1970). She was fundamental to the establishment of a distinctive, modern school of art in New Zealand. Over a period of 40 years, Angus produced a remarkable body of work.

4 March 2023 — 30 April 2023  |  See exhibition detail

Rozana Lee: Sekali pendatang, tetap pendatang

The title of this exhibition by Auckland-based artist Rozana Lee comes from an Indonesian saying, which means ‘once an immigrant, always an immigrant’. Lee’s project draws from personal histories to consider the journeys and status of migrant communities in society globally, and particularly in relation to her own Chinese-Indonesian heritage.

18 March 2023 — 30 July 2023  |  See exhibition detail

Andy Leleisi'uao: Unbeautiful evening

In late January this year, Tāmaki Makaurau saw enough rain for two months in one night, devastating Samoan artist Andy Leleisi’uao’s South Auckland home and studio. This presentation of Leleisi’uao’s flood-damaged works reflects on how, just as water cycles through its various properties, when its swells settle and throats are quenched, a new process in life begins.

25 March 2023 — 28 May 2023  |  See exhibition detail

Ufuoma Essi: Is my living in vain

Te Uru presents a major new film commission by London-based filmmaker and artist Ufuoma Essi. Is my living in vain is a meditation on the continuing history and emancipatory potential of the Black church as a space of belonging, affirmation and community organising. Weaving together the lived experiences and transgenerational histories of Black women.

13 May 2023 — 23 July 2023  |  See exhibition detail

In/Sight

During 12 weeks of workshops and photo walks, InSight photographers experimented with processes, techniques, and subject matter to reveal their own visual pathways captured by photography. Communities often struggle to make space for young people as they transition into adulthood, but in the hands of these students, the camera becomes a tool of connection; each image showing how they relate to the physical and social spaces where they live and move. 

13 May 2023 — 16 July 2023  |  See exhibition detail

Iann An: Frank

In Te Uru's window space, we unveil an arresting installation featuring Frank, a figure seated on a stool, seemingly within their private sanctuary. A casement fosters a voyeuristic tension between the viewer and Frank, prompting introspection on the essence of monstrosity and its origins.

20 May 2023 — 9 August 2023  |  See exhibition detail

Shona Tawhiao: Pākākano

Artist and Māori fibre weaver Shona Tawhiao has created new semi-abstract sculptural forms based on seedpods, a powerful metaphor for renewal of life forces. Harvest promises new beginnings: each seed’s DNA carries a vital encoded message to develop and sustain new life. Across the world stories and histories are woven around the meaning of the seed and its capacity to shape our futures.

3 June 2023 — 3 September 2023  |  See exhibition detail

Green Bay High School: Concatenation

This exhibition is part of Green Bay High School’s 50th Anniversary celebration events with works from Green Bay High School Visual Arts and Creative Industry students. The imagery exhibited as part of Concatenation is a select series of smaller works – enticing snippets from the beginnings of a student’s journey. They demonstrate the way a succession of visual inquiries combines to refine an idea. Leaving the viewer wondering ‘where did they go from here?'

22 July 2023 — 17 September 2023  |  See exhibition detail

Aura Satz: A Pluriverse Siren

A Pluriverse Siren’ re-imagines the siren in order to forge a new understanding of present and long term emergencies. Part of Aura Satz’s documentary film Preemptive Listening (2017-ongoing), this chapter of the project features the voice of Erin Matariki Carr (Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tūhoe, Welsh, Croatian, English), lawyer, scholar and activist, Co-Lead for RIVER (Revitalising Indigenous Virtues for Earth’s Regeneration) and Taonga Pūoro performance and music by Horomona Horo (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Porou, Taranaki, English Devon, MacGregor Scotland).

29 July 2023 — 3 September 2023  |  See exhibition detail

Hannah Ireland: Running With Scissors

Hannah Ireland’s (b1995 Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi) practice embodies the notion of contemporary portraiture. The essence of each subject conveyed emotively through a gestural depiction. Ireland’s works, though painted, have an undeniable sculptural quality in how she approaches not only display but also the process of making. Often repurposing disused window frames as a painting support, Ireland paints the foreground first to achieve her finished compositions. The layering achieved in the process of painting on glass creates a sense of abstraction and allows room for interpretation.

12 August 2023 — 12 November 2023  |  See exhibition detail

Susan Te Kahurangi King: Untitled

Untitled references the consideration that the artist’s works are consistently without a title. Susan Te Kahurangi King (b1951) makes work that speaks for itself without any written language to describe or frame them. The artist herself stopped verbally communicating at the age of four years old and was, much later, diagnosed with autism in 2015. There is an immediacy and confidence in Te Kahurangi King’s mark-making that is compelling, it is not surprising that she has exhibited extensively around the world and her drawings are housed in important public collections including MoMA, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, American Folk Art Museum, and the Chartwell Collection (Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki). Untitled shows a small range of Te Kahurangi King’s practice, highlighting ten early and twelve recent works - including two hand-coloured lithographs made in collaboration with APS.

12 August 2023 — 12 November 2023  |  See exhibition detail

Layla Walter: Layla Dahlia

Layla Walter is one of Aotearoa’s leading glass artists. This work is a stunning example of the artist’s practice, grand in scale but with an incredible level of detail and delicate palette. We see layered forms and textures through the translucent surfaces, bringing a fourth dimension to the viewing experience.

12 August 2023 — 3 December 2023  |  See exhibition detail

Greta Anderson: There Is Nowhere to Go, There Is Nothing to Do

There Is Nowhere to Go, There Is Nothing to Do brings together a focused selection of photographs by Tāmaki Makaurau based artist Greta Anderson, produced between 1997 and 2022. The exhibition premise anticipated the launch of a new monographic publication of the same title, designed by exhibition curator New Public.

9 September 2023 — 3 December 2023  |  See exhibition detail

Ihirangaranga / Resonances of the Forest: Toi Taiao Whakatairanga

Drawing from a premise that forest health is under threat from kauri dieback (Phytophthora agathidicida) and myrtle rust (Austropuccinia psidii) the exhibiting artists have researched and explored expressions of grief, healing and restoration.

9 September 2023 — 3 December 2023  |  See exhibition detail

I AM

I AM is a collaborative exhibition of self-portraits in a range of media including painting, textiles and ceramics created by the artists in residence at Two4nine Community Gallery and Studio.

23 September 2023 — 12 November 2023  |  See exhibition detail

Don Binney: Drawing the Waitākere Coast

Throughout his life, Don Binney had a strong personal connection with the Waitākere coast and surrounding areas. In 2010 Binney published Drawing the Waitakere Coast which pairs a series of 24 drawings capturing the area from Huia to Te Henga with text by the artist.

18 November 2023 — 3 March 2024  |  See exhibition detail

Portage 23

This annual award provides a vital platform to showcase the diversity of contemporary clay practices in Aotearoa. Established in 2001, the Portage Ceramic Awards is a hallmark event for Aotearoa’s ceramics community, showcasing some of the best work currently being made, and serving as a platform for dialogue about developments in the ceramics field.

24 November 2023 — 3 March 2024  |  See exhibition detail

Alan Ibell: Exterior (with Buried Keepsakes)

Alan Ibell’s diorama-like installation in Te Uru’s window space takes its inspiration from an earlier painting by the artist, House at Night (2020). The shift to three-dimensionality allows Ibell to expand further upon themes that regularly underpin his work: enclosure, isolation, the tussle between interior versus exterior.

9 December 2023 — 28 April 2024  |  See exhibition detail

Hiria Anderson-Mita: kuhu mai

Since 1998, Hiria Anderson-Mita (Rereahu, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Apakura) has been capturing the unassuming and intimate details of everyday life in delicate paintings. kuhu mai gathers a selection of paintings that focus on spaces and scenarios unoccupied by human figures.

9 December 2023 — 17 March 2024  |  See exhibition detail

Laura Williams: Settle Petal

Small to medium in scale, Williams’ ‘amuse-bouche’ paintings typically comprise colourful, fanciful and delightful arrangements of flowers. Settle Petal is a celebration of these works, and the floral imagery which threads through Williams’ paintings. 

9 December 2023 — 17 March 2024  |  See exhibition detail

Bill Culbert: Blue Cloud, Green Waterfall

a selection of works by esteemed New Zealand artist Bill Culbert made between 1974 and 2012 alongside previously unexhibited archival material dating from 1963 onwards.

9 December 2023 — 11 February 2024  |  See exhibition detail

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