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TE HĀ ART AWARD 2016 - exploration of a dual heritage

TE WHAKAWHIWHINGA MAHI TOI A TE HĀ 2016 – tūhura kōrero tuku iho tairua

Image: Peter Ireland, One minute to midnight (James Cook as curator)Tairawhiti Museum collection  

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In October 2019 our region and nation will commemorate the 250th anniversary of the first meetings of tangata whenua and those on the Endeavour in Te Tairāwhiti. This significant event encourages us to consider our region’s unique and fascinating heritage. 

Hai te marama o Whiringa-ā-nuku 2019 ka whakamaharatia e te rohe me te motu te 250 tau mai anō i te tūtakitanga a te tangata whenua me te iwi tūwaewae o Endeavour ki roto i Te Tairāwhiti. He mea kipakipa tēnei kaupapa nui kia whai whakaaro ai tātou ki ā tātou kōrero tuku iho. 

The theme of the 2016 Te Hā visual arts award is

Pacific and European voyaging and navigation traditions, and their impact on Aotearoa 

Ko te kaupapa o te whakawhiwhinga mahi toi a Te Hā 2016 ko

Te hekenga mai me ngā tikanga whakatere waka o Te Moana-nui-ā-Kiwa me Tauiwi, me ōna whai pānga ki Aotearoa


Te Hā Art Award 2016 - Open (all ages) $3,000

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Te Hā Art Award 2016 –Youth (up to 12 years of age) $500

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Te Hā Trust and Tairāwhiti Museum invite you to submit  your interpretation of our dual heritage to the inaugural Te Hā Art Award. 

Conditions of entry                                                                                                                                      

Entry is free and all work must be received at Tairāwhiti Museum with an entry form (available from Tairāwhiti Museum reception or www.tairawhitimuseum.org.nz) securely attached by 21st September 2016. Late entries will not be accepted. 

Up to two works completed over the past 12 months may be submitted by individual artists. 

Visual artworks in the following categories are eligible for submission: painting, drawing, photography and digital art. 

The work must not infringe upon NZ copyright laws, and must be the sole work of the artist entering. 

All works must be for sale, and must include 30% gallery commission plus 15% GST


Size and presentation                                                                                                     

Work must not exceed 1.5metres including frame 

Freight and insurance

Freighting of works to and from the gallery is the responsibility of the artist. 

Insurance while the work is in transit and in the exhibition space is the sole responsibility of the entrant. All reasonable care will be taken in the handling of all entries, but no liability for loss or damage will be accepted by Tairāwhiti Museum 

Selected Works: 

The Te Hā Art Award exhibition will be selected from the entries received.

Entries which are not selected for the exhibition must be uplifted - Monday 26th September 2016. 

Museum staff and their families may enter for selection into the exhibition but will not be eligible for the awards.



The winner of each section will be determined by a judge or judges. Judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

The winning entries will become the property of the Tairāwhiti Museum. 

The Te Hā visual arts award exhibition will be selected from submissions and the awards will be presented at the exhibition opening on Friday 7 October at Tairāwhiti Museum.


Contact for enquiries:

JOLENE DOUGLAS Curator of Art Kaitieki Toi Tairāwhiti Museum

jolenedouglas@tairawhitimuseum.org.nz 06 867 3832


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