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Rich in Gisborne, East Coast history Poverty Bay - taonga maori
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Rich in Gisborne, East Coast history

Poverty Bay - taonga maori



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We invite you to glance through this portal which will allow you to witness the many activities undertaken by the Tairāwhiti Museum. Welcome to our web-site.
We are very excited about being able to showcase all that we have to offer local residents and visitors to the region.


New Exhibitions   

JAN SHONE From Poverty Bay to Port Misery -  Jan Shone


       13 February 2015  - 19 April 2015


Jan Shone is from Gisborne but has lived in Adelaide in the Port Adelaide area for the last 30 years. Port Adelaide was originally named Port Misery hence the subtitle. This exhibition comprises new works on paper using a combination of drawing, painting, collage and printmaking techniques the media used is diverse

The processes involved in the making are layered, complex and random. Jan often starts working by experimenting with monoprints, marks, patterns, and observational drawings. Parts or all of these are later cut, torn and pasted into the main work. A torn or razor edge pasted into a drawing can suggest definition of an object, while a richly patterned surface can create bulk shape and interest. Nothing is planned and a work can take a while to emerge and assume form. Similar approaches (though without collage) are used in the ink wash series.

Her main subject matter is what she finds around her, in her studio and neighbourhood. In some works there is a little bit of referencing to the droll symmetry of having grown up in Poverty Bay and living most of her adult life in Port Misery.


The exhibition will be opened by Norman Maclean on Friday 13 February, 5:30pm.

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The Times they are a changin'

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Not Just Black & White

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Dresses for Special Occasions

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A Splendid Isolation

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