An elite line up of Māori artists, will be showing their work with Kura Gallery from October 13 – 23, in the much publicized Waka Māori on Auckland’s waterfront and Rugby World Cup’s Fanzone.
Sandy Adsett, Clive Fugill, Steve Gibbs, Gordon Hatfield, Ross Hemera, Moana Maniapoto, Hepi Maxwell, Baye Riddell, Paerau Corneal, Sonia Snowden, Colleen Waata-Urlich, Michael Matchitt, Cliff Whiting, and Robyn Kahukiwa will no doubt impress both local and international viewers. Long established, and located in both Auckland and Wellington, Kura Gallery owner Jude Dods and Vicky Thomas, manager of the Auckland gallery, say they have always valued the authenticity of works from Māori artists.
As well as the line up of Māori artists showing in Waka Māori, others including Chris Bailey, Te Rongo Kirkwood and Carla Ruka, are showing artworks in the Eden Park Rugby World Cup VIP lounges as part of a TIKI and Rugby New Zealand 2011 coordinated project. Professor Bob Jahnke at Massey University, Sandy Adsett and TIKI trustees: Ata Te Kanawa, Editor of TU MAI magazine and Elizabeth Ellis secured the opportunity to work with Rugby New Zealand 2011 VIP coordinator, Jane Mather in early June.
Using TIKI’s network, the project enlisted regional coordinators and curators to find artists with high quality artworks for display in VIP lounges across the country. And at the newly opened Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, the work of toi iho supported artists Ralph Hotere, Fred Graham, Arnold Wilson, Shane Cotton, Para Matchitt and Michael Parekowhai are being exhibited.
Even the new Te Wao Nui at Auckland’s Zoo shows the works of Lyonel Grant, Manos Nathan and Bernard Makoare including the 7m tall sculpture at the entranceway. In his exhibition entitled ‘Re-patterning at Parnell Road’s ARTIS Gallery, toi iho advocate, furniture and interior artist, Carin Wilson presents his new work until Oct 13.