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The Children's War

 8 April 2016 – 19 June 2016

Wounded soldier doll, Dean's Rag Book Co.   1983.62

The First World War had a significant and lasting impact on a generation of New Zealand children, though we only rarely consider the wartime experience through their eyes.

Girls and boys were immersed in principles of patriotism, heroism and sacrifice at school and in youth organisations, and also played an active role in contributing to New Zealand’s war effort.

At home they had to cope with the long, anxious vigil, the uncertainty and sacrifices that came from a long separation from distant fathers, brothers, uncles and grandfathers, some who would never come home.

As part of our ongoing series of exhibitions commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War, this display, drawn from Tairāwhiti Museum’s collections, reflects on children’s experiences of war.

Waitangi Wahine

 15 April 2016 – 26 June 2016

                                              Not For Sale - Linda Munn

To commemorate the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, Curator Chriss Doherty-McGregor gathered together five of Aotearoa’s most highly regarded Māori women artists.

In a statement about the artists and the exhibition Doherty-MacgGregor has said “essentially this group of work is in response to the impact of the Treaty and its effect on Māori today. It makes you think about the Treaty and what it means, and what it has meant for us a nation, both Māori and Pakeha. Together the artists featured provide political statements on this debate, on the significance and status of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s founding document and the intention, spirit or principles of the Treaty.”

Artists Robyn Kahukiwa, Tracey Tawhio, Linda Munn, Suzanne Tamaki and Andrea Hopkins offer a contemporary and insightful critique on the impact of colonisation since the signing of the Treaty in 6 February 1840.

Home Is Where The Heart Is - Walter Dewes

 22 April 2016 – 3 July 2016

Preview 5:30pm, 22 April 2016

                                                           Broken - Walter Dewes

I paint about my life, and the ups and downs of it, with an emphasis on finding a balance somewhere between all things Aotearoa, East Coast and Family. It's about appreciating the people in your world, whānau and friends.

Using colour, ornamentation, random shapes, symbols and other elements, I invite the viewer to participate in the narrative, to find themselves reflected in the work and to be connected. I am more interested in conveying mood and emotion than simply trying to copy the exact scene or idea that is in my head. They are stories about my creative journey but anyone can reinterpret and envision these interesting moments in their own lives and experiences.

Becoming a Dad recently has a huge effect on me, and influenced my practice in a massive way. My ideas have always been quite personal and family oriented but even more so now I'm a parent.

My latest works have been inspired by my children and family - depicting the pros and cons of living in these modern times, handling whatever tomorrow is going to bring and learning from our mistakes.

-Walter Dewes 

Ad Astra - Reach For The Stars

Jean E Loomis

 6 May 2016 – 10 July 2016

Preview 5:30pm, 6 May 2016

                                    Sagittarius (side 2) - Jean Loomis

Human fascination with the stars spans thousands of years and many civilizations. The Northern Hemisphere seasons and mythology provided the inspiration for images and the naming of constellations. Māori and Pacific cosmology provided tools for navigation and the timing for seasonal planting and fishing. Now, as urban people the significance of a seasonal calendar has less impact on our lives.

We have all seen huge changes in the environment and destruction of animal habitat on land and ocean. Faced with the headlong rush for resources at all costs I believe we all need a vision and understanding of where we have come from and what kind of future are we passing on. We exist on a small blue globe, there is no planet B, we need to care for the gift we have been given - Planet Earth.

These artworks are printed on both sides of an aluminium sheet and are free standing. I have used historic/mythical images on side one and contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand images on side two. There is a limited edition of three copies of each object.

- Jean Loomis

 Gladstone Road

  Now showing

   Horse racing in Gladstone Road

Gladstone Road, named after British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, has been the main street of Gisborne (Tūranga) since its establishment in the late 1860s.

Hotels, banks, retailers, churches, halls, theatres, a post office, a courthouse, and a newspaper have all resided on Gladstone Road.

The popularity of Gladstone Road has ensured its capture by way of photography. The museum photographic collection has a good coverage of the central business area over a number of decades. The Gladstone Road exhibition will feature some of the more interesting images of the road and the buildings associated with it.

In 1975 a photographic survey of Gladstone Road from Reads Quay to Roebuck Road was made by a university student and donated to the museum. A similar survey was made in 1993. Maybe it is time to produce another? The 1975 photographs will be 'merged' together resulting in a long continuous view of each side of Gladstone Road that will run along the walls of the photographic gallery.

 Cameraman With A Mission - Hakaraia Pahewa

  Now showing

Coastal Life - Hakaraia Pahewa 1921.

                                        Coastal Life - Hakaraia Pahewa 1921.

Whaling in Te Kaha, native schools in Hawkes Bay, Marae in the early 1900s, Tokomaru Bay wharf and the cultivation of kūmara are subjects of interest to the camera of Hakaraia Pahewa. Following in the footsteps of his father Matiaha Pahewa, an Anglican priest of Tokomaru Bay, Hakaraia trained at Te Rau Theological College in Gisborne.

As a priest that travelled a lot, Hakaraia's camera was often at hand recording images of everyday life in a soft, often romantic, but purposeful style. Over 30 of his images will be available to view on the stairwell that leads to the Te Moana-Maritime galleries.


 Jack C Richards Decorative Arts Gallery



One of the major attractions at the long awaited grand opening of the museum extensions will be the purpose built and specifically designed gallery displaying Dr Jack C Richard’s eclectic collection. Taking centre stage, decorative vessels highlighting the beauty that is Art Deco and Art Nouveau by the great masters of French glass René Lalique and Émile Gallé.

Over the years, the museum has been granted privileged access to the Richard’s collection which enabled the exhibition team to produce a selection of exhibitions. In 2010 ‘Power Dressing’ curatored by Dr Damian Skinner featured the breathtaking elegance of 20 Chinese and Korean robes. In 2011 the museum presented two exhibitions, the dazzling, eye-popping ‘Guatemalan textiles’ of the Mayan culture and the lavish ornamentation of ‘Le Style Lalique’.

It is safe to say that all of these items will have their day in this designated gallery. The collection is ever growing with numerous surprises in store that will ensure visitors will delight in sharing the joy of this private collection offered for public viewing.

See video of the opening of the gallery -