Image: Hei Matau by Alix Ashworth
Image: Hei Matau by Alix Ashworth

Exhibition Date:
30 July – 10 September 2023


Exhibiting Artists:
Alix Ashworth (Manning) (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha), Chris Harvey (Moriori, Kati Mamoe, Ngāti Mutunga, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira), Rangimarie McDowell (Ngāti Hine), Ngaroma Riley (Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri), Tessa Harris (Ngai Tai ki Tāmaki, Waiohua, Ngāpuhi), Keri-Mei Zagrobelna (Te Whanau-a-Apanui, Te Āti Awa), Piri Cowie (Kāi Tahu, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa), Hanie Mauheni (Ngāti Porou)
This exhibition showcases new work by participants in the Toi Māori Aotearoa Whakakai Mentoring Programme.


Initiated by Rangi Kipa, the programme aims to develop a supportive cohort of wahine Māori artists working in three-dimensions.


By focusing on small-scale forms and techniques, the teaching is widely applicable across various media and provides a strong foundation for large-scale work.


Convened in October 2020 and initially meeting online, the group came together in May 2021 for a three-day wānanga hosted by Rangi, Bernard Makoare and supported by Glen Skipper and Te Rangikaiwhetu Kipa.


Working with bone and high-density plastic, the group produced matau (fish hooks) and toki (adzes) forms and received tuition in aho (cordage).


This exhibition includes work produced during and since the wānanga along with sculptures that introduce the practice of individual participants who came to the programme from a wide variety of backgrounds, including moko, weaving, ceramics, bronze casting, stone and wood carving.