Join us on Saturday 8th June from 4-6pm for the opening of two new exhibitions – Fred Graham: Toi Whakaata / Reflections and Rehutai: Shannon Te Ao and Arapeta Hākura

Toi Whakaata / Reflections is an exhibition of significant works by esteemed artist Fred Graham (b.1928, Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, Tainui) made over the course of almost 50 years between 1965 and 2013. Reflecting on Graham’s career, this exhibition celebrates the artist’s defiant dedication to making art that speaks to his Māori identity, through the contemporising of traditional Māori art practices and imagery. This exhibition highlights Graham’s freestanding and relief sculptures, demonstrating his ability to move deftly between intimate works and the large-scale public sculptures which are throughout Tāmaki Makaurau.

For Rehutai Arapeta Hākura (Te Rarawa, Kahu, Te Patu Koraha, Tohianga, Marutūāhu, Whanaunga, Ngai Te Rangi, Mahuta, Whakamarurangi, Tuirirangi, Koata, Te Wehi, Whangaparāoa, Tahinga, Motemote, Ruanui, Porou, Croatia, Scotland, Norway) and Shannon Te Ao (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Wairangi, Te Pāpaka-o-Māui) were invited to make work in response to the collection of Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum. In doing so, they address the ways collections, archives, and the cultural heritage they represent are remembered, revised, or re-enacted. This exhibition is made in partnership with Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum, co-curated by Nigel Borell, James Gatt and Andrea Low.

08 June, 4-6pm