Naumai, Haere Mai  Kings Theatre, Kawakawa 

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13 Aug

New Work

I’ve just completed my new range of work for a solo show at Kings Theatre Kawakawa. The work was created to illustrate a short story I have written for children that highlights the cycle of water. It is the journey of a teardrop from Ranginui to Papatuanuku. I thought I’d share a little before the opening. Naumai Haeremai 5th – 27th Sept ‘Far above us the water gathers, water evaporated from the mists and oceans. Ihorangi collects the moisture and...

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Cultural Exchange

 ‘Returning Cross Culture: Blending our identities 2015’  14th January to 24th January 2015. In January I attended a 10 day cultural exchange between Queensland indigenous artists and Maori artists. We shared our cultures and created collaborative works together.  It was an amazing trip that forged friendships that will last forever. The exchange was held in the Byfield National Park North Oueenland on the coast. There were some fantastic art created, later exhibited in Yepoon, and I am sure the work...

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Te Tirity Exhibition

Exhibition opens  Friday 30th Jan, 5pm at Kings Theatre Creative, forty incredible artists bring their talent, experience and connect to this significant kaupapa that commemorates Waitangi Day 175 years on. … over 40 artists including Shane Hansen, Linda Munn, Lester Hall, Colleen Urlich, Scott McFarlane, Regan Balzer, Te Hemoata Henare, Gabrielle Belz, Carla Ruka, Davina Duke, Rhonda Halliday, Piripi Ball, Jo Lumkong, Will Ngakuru, Leanne Jackson, Arohanui Harris …. This exhibition features prints, paintings, sculpture, whakairo, glass, clay and raranga....

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RIP SHIT and BUST

Rip, Shit and Bust A response to invasive mining realities. Featuring work by leading Taitokerau artists, supporting emerging artists and an anti-invasive mining message. Our First Exhibition in Kings Theatre Creative. To visit us on Facebook Featured image is a painting by Northland artist, Julien Atkinson, ‘Tui the true Riches of New Zealand’  

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Kings Theatre Creative Opening in Kawakawa

Kawakawa now has a wonderful new arts space and creative team to support arts in Te Taitokerau. Kings Theatre opened its doors in 1936 as the ‘Showcase of the Bay of Islands’ screening movies and creating entertainment and memories until 1976. The Theatre was then converted to a clothing store, second-hand-mart and most recently a kids play area. Now the new owner, Laurell Pratt and a creative team hope to transform the theatre back into a showcase, not just of...

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SEM B Te Wananga o Aotearoa We unveiled the new mural that was created by my 2014 students on the arts course for Te Wananga o Aotearoa. It was a wonderful day with ministers blessing our work and many of the community attending. The whole school, Ratana band, Kapahaka and whanau all celebrating the hard work and dedication our students put in towards the murals that now beautify Kaikohe Intermediate and tell depict the histories of the area. If your...

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Textiles
5 Aug

Textiles

 Ive been working, or more experimenting with fabric. Love the textures and randomness. Here are some runners I did for the Maori Business Awards, ended up getting flooded in so never got them to Whangarei. Resists are awesome, they are the medium used to stop dye from getting to the fabric. Love the cracks they make, Ruaumoko hardout

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July 2014. My Semester B Kaawai  Raupapa course for Te Wananga o Aotearoa in 2013 was at Parapara Marae. The students designed and painted the Tahuhu for the Whare Tupuna Te Manawa o Ngati Tara. The Tahuhu depicts the connection of the people, hapu to the water. It depicts water fron Ranginui to the awa and sea, Te Aurere. It was an amazing wananga, huge amount of work for 5 weekend noho. The Tahuhu is over 20 m long and...

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July 2014. I have just finshed teaching a Kaawai Raupapa course for Te Wananga o Aotearoa. It was 18 weeks, comprising 5 weekend noho. 24 students successfully completed the course stage one of a mural that has been entered in to a Resene National Mural competition. Awesome students. The Whanau Komiti of Kaikohe Intermediate approached Te Wananga o Aotearoa and Te Puni Kokiri to assist with resourcing an initiative to compliment the “Ma te Iwi” – “It Takes A Village...

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