An exhibition of new works by students and staff from Toihoukura School of Māori Visual Art and Design
The Māoriland gallery Toi Matarau is to host the second of its 2020 Matariki exhibitions with new works from students of the highly respected Gisborne based art school Toihoukura.
The Gallery and online exhibition called WHAREHOU is showcasing emerging Māori artists and supporting the broader context of contemporary Māori art education and Māori art practice.
Up to 20 students and staff of Toihoukura will travel to Ōtaki to present the stories behind their new works created during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The kaitiaki of Toi Matarau, Maakarita Paku says WHAREHOU is a collection of 50 mixed medium artworks by 35 Toihoukura artists and will be Toihoukura’s first invitational exhibition in Ōtaki.
“It is an exciting opportunity to connect East Coast artists to artists here on our West Coast. We are honoured to be hosting Toihoukura at Toi Matarau.”
The Toihoukura students are from Certificate Year 1, Degree Years 1-3, Honours and Masters programs. Current tutors are Steve Gibbs, Erena Koopu, Makarini Solomon, Ayson Lewis, Melanie Baldwin, Ngaire Tuhua and Denise Te Hau. Featured in Wharehou is also Tā Derek Arana Te Ahi Lardelli KNZM who is widely respected as a tāmoko artist, painter, carver, kapa haka performer, composer, researcher and kaikōrero.
Tā Derek Lardelli, a noted Tā Moko artist, printmaker and sculptor, joined the programme as a senior tutor in 1992. Sadly, Ivan died that same year, and his position was filled by renowned kowhaiwhai artist, Sandy Adsett. Painter, Steve Gibbs, was appointed in 1994. Together this teaching team developed a dynamic foundation programme, followed by an Advanced Diploma and, in January 2007, a Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts was accredited and implemented.
While the school built its kaupapa from the strong arts traditions of Te Tairawhiti, the students throughout Toihoukura’s history have been an amalgamation of iwi from across the country. Derek Lardelli and Steve Gibbs remained at the heart of the teaching team when in 2002 Sandy Adsett moved to Hastings to work within his own tribal area of Ngāti Kahungunu.
Christina (Tina) Hurihia Wirihana, the most recently appointed tutor, is a specialist in fibre and weaving, who has had an involvement with Toihoukura over many years. Tina spent 17 years at Waiariki Polytechnic in the Visual Art and Design school. Her last position was with the art faculty at Te Wānanga o Awanuiarangi in Whakatane, which spanned a 7-year period. She provides a high calibre of lecturing across all programmes introducing, developing and assisting with appropriate fibre related practices including sustainability of natural materials.
Toihoukura provides a nurturing environment based on manaakitanga (care and protection), and whanaungatanga (family foundation) within which the students develop their individual artistic practice.
The focus of Toihoukura is to ensure the continuing development of art forms that are specifically Māori. This is promoted through the development of, and participation in an arts ‘wānanga’ learning environment that encourages the personal and professional development of every student.
The kaupapa of the programmes delivered within the school have been developed in direct response to the continuing need to strengthen Māori Art within a contemporary Māori context.
Cultural concepts and technical knowledge acquired through practical work and experience is analysed through wānanga learning. Students are empowered to develop their own direction, vision and independence with regard to cultural expectations and conditions.
On-going exploration of traditional elements in Māori art and design ensures that students will develop a strong sense of imagery related to their own ancestral whakapapa (genealogy).
Ngāti Ruapani, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Porou
Medium: Relief mixed media Dimensions: 450mm x 1.2m x 150mm
Materials: NZ native, Feathers, twine, copper nails, paint on board, shellack, deer antler
Kaupapa: A tribute to our many kaitiaki moana and the connections through whakapapa, whenua and wairua.
The Whai/stingray is sometimes regarded as a good omen. They remind us that they are the lords of their environment and we are merely manuhiri. It is our responsibility to support their wellbeing and preservation. Through colonisation, we have become disconnected and desecrate their space without conscience. My hope is that we can reinvigorate our sense of duty and responsibility to protect their existence and environment.
Brooklyn Te Kani Ruha
Ngāti Porou, Tuwhakairiora
Brooklyn Te Kani Ruha of Tuwhakairiora and Te Whānau ā Apanui is a drawer and painter who draws figurative images. He is inspired by Māori design elements as well as the Japanese culture of anime. Brooklyn hopes to influence young generations.
Brooklyn is currently in his 1st year of the degree at Toihoukura.
Dimensions:1000mm x 300mm
Materials: panel, paint
Kaupapa/Background Description: A mixture of my family.
Denise Te Hau
Ngai Tamanuhiri, Ngāti Porou
Dimensions: 40cm x 25cm
Kaupapa/Background Description: Vessels of multiple use.
Ngāti Awa, Te Whānau a Apanui
Erena Koopu is a painter and Māori performing artist who’s works are influenced by Te Ao Māori with a focus on retelling iwi narratives. Erena uses her position as senior lecturer to broadening knowledge of toi Māori through teaching and engagement at Toihoukura, School of Māori visual art.
He Kawa tō Kawa
Dimensions: 1200x 900
Materials: Acrylic on Board
Kaupapa/Background Description: ‘He Kawa tō kawa’ is reflection of individuals contrasting values and beliefs. Where there is light there is darkness, where there is right there is wrong, where there is love there is hate, where there is pain there is healing. He Kawa Maiora taku kawa.
Erena Bridy Lundon
Ngāti Māhuta, Ngāpuhi
Erena (Ngāti Māhuta, Ngāpuhi) is a painter, who is influenced by Māori culture and history. Erena explores the beauty of nature and all aspects of indigenous perspectives and traditions. Erena is a first-year student studying at Toihoukura working towards her degree.
Te mātahi o te tau
Dimensions: 76 x 51m
Materials: Acrylic on canvas
Kaupapa/Background Description: Ka rewa a Matariki ka rere te kanakana. Nau mai te iwa o Matariki, te mātahi o te tau hou Māori.
Waikato, Ngāti Porou
Haakona Rangiawha (Waikato, Ngati Porou) is an emerging contemporary Māori artist studying at Toi Houkura. His main mediums are working with pen and paper and paint. Haakona is inspired our whenua, whānau and whakapapa when it comes to creating his works.
Ngaa Kuri Paaka
Materials: Pigment liner, copic markers, pencil, fabriano paper
Kaupapa/Background Description: This piece relates to the front line of Ngāti Porou (Nga kuri Paaka) who were Korohou, Kuku and Rongotangatake. Known to protect their people they were also troublemakers.
Ngāti Raukawa, Te Whakatōhea, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou
Materials: acrylic paint
He whakamānawa ki te whetu tārake i te rangi, e whakatarihauhunga i ngā tōmina nui o te tau.
Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Whatua
Toitu Te Whenua
Medium: Framed Drawing
Dimensions: 450mm x 625mm
Materials: Ink pen & watercolour on Fabriano
Kaupapa/Background Description: The diamond shape Taniko indicates a waka (society) moving through turbulent waters, represented by the puhoro and koru flowing off. The two Manaia at the top show us we have a path to choose, do we move back to and indigenous model of looking after our world or stay on the capitalist’s path to destruction and exploitation of natural resources.
Hinemoana Te Aroha Ngaru Roa Tautari
Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Porou
Materials: acrylic on MDF
Kaupapa/Background Description: “He Pukepukerau” inspired from my iwi Ngati Hine Pukepukerau. This piece represents the many hills in Ngati Hine Pukepukerau. On every hill stands a taniwha and a rangatira that will stand as kaitiaki and protect the descendants of Ngati Hine.
Karaitiana Te Amotawa Tibble Pou
Ngāti-Porou, Te Whānau-a-Apanui
Dimensions: width: 460mm Length: 560mm
Materials: Acrylic paint and gesso on stretched canvas
This piece portrays the celestial being represented in the feather travelling through different dimensions of your inner self..
Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata
“Te mauri ka Whakapiki”
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Kaupapa/Background Description: This Piece for me is a special one,Covid 19 was a hard time for me and coming out of it and being back at school and also being with friends and whanau I had not seen in a whilereally uplifted my spirit hence the name “Tenei Te Mauri Ka Whakapiki”
Kassana Te Aho-Waikari
Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, Tuwhakairiora
Dimensions: 760 x 380 mm
Materials: Acrylic paint and gloss on stretched canvas
Kaupapa/Background Description: Te Rapunga captures a defining moment in time, where our tipuna harnessed a deep understanding of the stars and used them to navigate across the pacific ocean. Acknowledging Atua along the way.
Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Te Whakatohea
Dimensions: 600 mm diameter
Materials: Kiekie, Dyed Harakeke
Kaupapa/Background Description: This piece is about allowing the evolution of thought in order to create an evolution of self
Te Whānau A Kai , Ngāti Kahungunu
Makarini is a multi faceted artist whose primary disciplines are carving, tāmoko and painting. He focuses on fusing traditional concepts with contemporary methods using contemporary materials to create his unique work. He is one of the first graduates of Toihoukura, where he now teaches in the undergraduate program.
Medium: Mixed Media
Materials: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 700 mm diameter
Kaupapa: This work depicts the full blue moon.
Ngāti Haua, Ngāti Kahungunu, Waikato-Maniapoto
Mahaki is a second year student at Toihoukura, he is a multi faceted artist, however focuses on primarily painting and drawing. His upbringing in a large passionate Māori whanau inspires his works. Mahaki comes to Toihoukura from Waikato.
He āo ano i tua
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 18 x 36
Materials: acrylic, stretch canvas, linear brush
Kaupapa/Background Description: This piece is about my life after getting hapu with my little one, it made me realise that there’s more to this world then we know, and it’s not about me anymore, its about everyone around me, my friends, my loved ones and most of all my little family. I wanted to acknowledge that there’s more to my life then people think but you also don’t know the other stuff that’s happening in other people world. Kiaora
Maia Keane is a young aspiring contemporary Māori artist who is currently studying towards Te Toi o Nga Rangi – Māori Visual Arts Bachelor degree from Toihoukura Māori Visual Arts school. Maia grew up in West Auckland, and has iwi affiliations to Ngai Tāmanuhiri and Rongowhakaata.
Maia is a painter and illustrator, whose work embraces and reacts to her endless journey into her māoritanga.
Dimensions: 28” diameter
Materials: Acrylic Paint on MDF
Kaupapa/Background Description: This piece is my depiction of over-thinking. It was my intention to make it look like an eyeball with a tiny figure trapped in the iris. The figure is a design of mine that I have been developing over the past few months, it is my take on the traditional pitau a manaia kowhaiwhai pattern. My goal for this piece was to use the circular shape in a different way, meanwhile adding more character to the story of the piece.
Te Whānau a Kai, Ngāti Kahungunu
Mahaki is a multi medium artist and is infuenced by traditional narratives and emotions. He is focussed on relief, using layers of mediums to create shadows. He is currently studying at Toihoukura.
Medium: Relief Painting
Materials: Resin on MDF
Ahakoa ko wai koe, ka taea e koe. Ahakoa nō whea koe, he uri koe nō Māui.
Melanie Tangaere Baldwin
Ngāti Porou, Rongomaiwahine
Melanie Tangaere Baldwin (Ngāti Porou, Rongomaiwahine) is a multi disciplinary artist who’s work focuses on whānau, motherhood, mana wahine and the Māori colonised experience.
She is a Masters graduate from Toihoukura, where she now teaches in the undergraduate programmes.
“The condition of women in a nation is the real measure of its progress” – Ngūgī wa Thiongo
Dimensions: 760 x 1020mm
Materials: Oil stick, acrylic, shellac on stretched canvas
Kaupapa/Background Description: I want people to notice women, the realities of womens’ lives, of the lives of Māori women – and consider how comfortable they are with what they see.
Michelle Hinekura Kerr
Ngāti Raukawa, Te Aitanga a Hauiti
Michelle grew up in Uawa and comes from a family of kai raranga. Her grandmother Madeleine Tangohau and wider family have been hugely influential in her weaving practice. Michelle has been weaving seriously for the past 15 years. Wearable Arts is a passion for Michelle and features strongly in her weaving. Michelle is also a painter who enjoys the dreamlike aspects of surrealism. Michelle is inspired by purakau, current affairs and the natural world.
Michelle has exhibited in the past with Toi Hauiti, Toihoukura and with her whanau have completed numerous whaariki for local marae in the Tairawhiti. Michelle is currently studying towards her Masters in Maori Visual Arts at Toihoukura. Michelle’s weaving is contemporary, suitable to be worn with a hint of tradition. While her painting is full of wonder, kaupapa and korero!
Te Waewae Kapiti o Tara raua ko Rangitane
Dimensions: 50 x 172cm
Materials: Acrylic on stretched canvas and gold leaf
Kaupapa/Background Description:Ka rāhui ngā manu, ka ora.
Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kahungunu
Medium: graphite, charcoal on paper
Dimensions: 650 x 475
Materials: graphite pencil, charcoal, paper
To adapt is mankind’s preservation in this world; according to history.
Ngaire Tuhua (Waikato, Ngati Whatua) is a multi-faceted visual artist whose primary artforms include painting, digital art and ta moko. She draws inspiration from the rich history and heritage of Waikato to create artwork that focus on kotahitanga, mana motuhake and the intricate tapestry of whakapapa.
Conquer by Contract
Materials:Digital print on board
Kaupapa/Background Description: Conquer by Contract addresses the dirty politics and misleading, legally binding contracts created by early European settlers, for Maori in a desperate attempt to ‘civilise’ Maori after a failed attempt to annihilate Maori in battle.
Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata, Waikato, Ngapuhi
Porourangi is a drawer/painter whose works are inspired by hapu and whanau based narratives. He focuses on using combinations of painting and ink drawing to display the different examples of Māori art that derives from his marae. Porourangi is currently working on strengthening and expanding his knowledge of Māori contemporary art in his first year of the degree at Toihoukura.
Medium: ink on fabriano
Dimensions: A3 (420×297mm)
Materials: ink pens, fabriano
“He hononga whakapapa he hononga tangaengae”
Ko porourangi nana a ueroa ko tokerau ka puta ko iwi pupu nana ko kahungunu ko kahukuranui ko rakaihikuroa ko tupurupuru ko rangituehu ko tuaka ko mahinarangi. Na reira ka tiro ake ki nga kawai whakapapa e herea nei I nga iwi I Waikato me ngati porous me ki.
Ki roto I tenei tumomo mahi toi ko taku hiahia kia whakaatu I te hononga waenganui I enei iwi pehea? ma te hononga whakapapa hei tapiri ano ki te kaupapa nei ko te whakamana I te haukainga I ngati raukawa.
Steve Gibbs is a painter of Ngai Tamanuhuri who resides in Turanga nui a Kiwa. His work incorporate contemporary Maori Design within a traditional context and inspired by the uniquely painted meeting houses in his home region of Tairawhiti. Much of his imagery contains personal references to his tribal histories of Turanga (Gisborne) and his Papakainga, or ancestral home, Tamanuhiri Marae, Muriwai. His recent works and research have been based on the hoe.
Dimensions: 500mm x 400mm
Materials: Acrylic on Montval Aquarelle paper
Tapuhi TauTau Broughton Tuapawa
Te Aitanga A Hauiti, Ngāti Tuwharetoa
Tapuhi from Te Aitanga-A-Hauiti, Ngāti Tūwharetoa is a multi-disciplined artist who is influenced by Te Ao Māori and kōrero from home. Tapuhi explores different kinds of art to create and tell stories. Tapuhi is in her first year of degree at Toihoukura.
Dimensions: 61 x 30m
Materials: Acrylic on canvas
Taylor De’la’mere Robson
Te Rarawa, Te Whānau-a-Apanui
Taylor De’la’mere Robson (Te Rarawa, Te Whānau-a-Apanui) is a painter whose works are inspired by the environment, tribal narratives and whakapapa. He uses his artwork to discover his tatai whakapapa and reconnect to the people, land and sea.
Materials: Acrylic on canvas
Kaupapa/Background Description: An artwork created in response to Covid and the opportunity it created to regenerate the children of Tangaroa and Tane Mahuta
Tuhoea Kihi (Waikato) is a multi-disciplined artist who’s work is focused on tradition and contemporary Maori artwork. Tuhoea is enrolled into the Level 4 Certificate program at Toihoukura.
Te Po Uriuri
Materials:Acrylic on stretched canvas
Kaupapa/Background Description:In context, te po represents the realm of potential where I draw inspiration and courage to express my creative ability.
Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou
Paora is a wood working and relief artist whose works are made from recycling old materials with a focus on re-telling traditional narratives from a Māori perspective. He creates works that tell narratives using Tewhatewha but also making his works functional. He is currently working on creating more functional artworks that continue to bring traditional narratives into the modern landscape.
Te Tohu o Tū
Medium: Whakairo, carving, relief
Description: Mounted and framed
Dimensions: 420 X 1445 mm
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