to May 24

Taurite, Art Exhibition



Tēnā koutou katoa.

This May, join us for Taurite. A group exhibition presenting works with the theme of balance. 
This collaborative show will host a variety of mediums including printmaking, uku, sculpture, painting and mixed media. 

Artists included in the show: BJ Natanahira, Mike Tupaea, Victor Tepaa, Amorangi Hikuroa, Maude Cook-Davies, Ida Edwards, Rhonda Halliday, Tash Mason.

Friday 3rd May, 6PM

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9:30 AM09:30

Tai Tokerau IndigiFolk Jam Session - with Danny Kilbride


Session 1: IndigiFolk Exchange 9:30am-12:30pm

The day session will have a strong focus on kōrero, exchange and collaboration, with the key themes for discussion being:

- TRAC: Folk Development for Wales - background and journey of founding TRAC
- About Danny's music
- Folk music and global indigenous music in general
- Welsh Language and Traditions
- Indigenous language revitalisation

- Indigenous exchange - the Wales/Aotearoa connection: kōrero and exchange for participants to share languages, stories, art, histories, lessons and learnings together

Session 2: IndigiFolk Jam Session 5:00pm-9:00pm (instrument setup from 4:00pm)

The IndigiFolk Jam Session will begin with Danny revisiting and recapping the themes of the day session, but in a more concise way. From there we will hold a brief showcase from Danny and move quickly into a jam session with local Indigenous musicians and Folk musicians. Bring your instruments and we will begin setup from 4pm to kick off by 5pm! The aim of the evening session is writing, composition, and jamming! Sowing seeds for more collaborative music projects both locally and with Wales.

"We see our language threatened. Our children find it more difficult to engage with our indigenous culture. Our songs are being forgotten and with them the history of living with land and ancestors. Alongside that we see that professionalising our traditions can make it harder for folks to just do something because they like it. This is true for many indigenous people but it’s also true of rural communities, grassroots musicians and for people who want to pass on their traditions to new generations. I helped found Trac over twenty years ago to prevent our traditions from becoming museum exhibits." - Danny Kilbride

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to Feb 8

Improv Now - Charlie Parker


At the gallery this month is 'IMPROV NOW' a collection of oil paintings by local Whangarei artist and Radio DJ - Charlie Parker. Charlie's work incorporates a variety of motifs from jazz portraiture to colourful, dreamlike landscapes.

“At an early age I was hit by a car, resulting in a severe brain injury. As a result, amongst other things, I’ve had to learn to use my left hand.

My painting allows me to express myself, as my mind is often out of order and I am frequently at a loss for words. Inspiration for my work can come from within, from the spirit and life all around us. Music plays a great influence on my life and helps me find the essence of my painting.

One thing I hope that my painting will do is to inspire emotion in the untrained eye and a wonder of what could be...” - Charlie

Come join us for the opening on the 25th January as we celebrate this unique body of work

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to Dec 8

Toi Tu - Te Wananga o Aotearoa

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Toi Tu - Te Ara, is an exciting group exhibition promoting our tauira whakairo (carving students), their taonga and their creative journey with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. Nau mai haere mai. 

Te ara - the breaking of waters (in childbirth) as a metaphor provides you an insight to the Te Wānanga o Aotearoa tauira (students) have engaged over the last nine months. The taonga displayed have an ancient whakapapa in their origin. Though the hands that crafted these taonga are infant, in practice, their skill will mature with each strike of their mallet.
The last five weeks of the course has been dedicated to compiling taonga for this exhibition. The skill shown here can be directly attributed to the many hours tauira sacrificed away from their whanau.

For more information about this carving programme visit:

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