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 Celebrating Wood

 16 July 2016 – 6 November 2016

Preview 5:30pm, 15 July 2016
Floor Talk 2pm, 16 July 2016


A touring collection of Laurence Aberhart photographs sit alongside objects from the museums collection to create a conversation and celebration of wood, its local and national significance, its past and future.

Local designer Katy Wallace has delved in to the museum archives and uncovered some of the intriguing items that contextualise wood in our past. Wooden tools, domestic items, treasures, and trinkets are selected to mark how the role of wood has changed in the evolution of technology and industry. See if you can spot the wooden laptop!

As Aberhart's photographs tour, each venue responds to the images to produce a site specific installation that generates discussion about the history, evolution, science, and future of wood as a nationally significant material. The collection of images, spanning from 1970 – 2012, provides a perfect springboard to examine our material culture in wood.

Huge thanks go to McNamara Gallery for conceptualising and touring the show, and to Laurence Aberhart for lending the collection of photographs.

Intervention Series - John Roy

  September 2016


Tauranga based artist John Roy is noted for his highly decorative, figurative ceramics. His current touring ‘Intervention series’ are wall-based installations which occupy spaces in unexpected ways.

‘I see interventions as an interesting way of creating dialogues with gallery space, how we look at the space. These ceramic works act as colourful abstract patterns creeping across the wall or lurking in corners. In this way the installation has multiple interpretations depending on personal experiences.‘

 Te Hā Art Award 2016

 7 October 2016 – 27 November 2016

Opening and award presentations, 7 October 2016, 5.30pm

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.

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

The theme of the 2016 Te Hā visual arts award is;
Pacific and European voyaging and navigation traditions, and their impact on Aotearoa

Te Hā Art Award 2016
– Open (all ages) $3000
Sponsored by Pultron Composites

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

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 2016 at Tairāwhiti Museum.

Entries must be submitted by 21 September 2016. Full conditions and entry forms are available at Tairāwhiti Museum reception and on-line.

Artist's Proof  -  Dick Frizzell

 14 October 2016 – 27 November 2016

Floor Talk: Saturday 15 October, 3pm

Opening: 14 October, 5.30pm

   Cheeky Charlie - Dick Frizzell

In 2011 Dick Frizzell gifted a major collection of artist’s proofs to the Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust – a set of works, retained by the artist, which had been produced in addition to each of his limited edition prints. This collection takes a whistle-stop tour through the riotous imagination of one of New Zealand’s most prolific contemporary artists.

Frizzell began making prints in the late 1970s. His first post-art school print, Still life with glass of wine and olive branch, was produced from Auckland’s Snake Studios in 1977. After the establishment of Auckland’s Muka Studios in 1984 Frizzell was fully drawn into the world of printmaking.

This collection of prints dates from the mid- 1990s to the present day. Together these works highlight the role that prints have come to play in Dick Frizzell’s recent work; creating a space to revisit ideas, reach out to new audiences, and remix different creative worlds. This exhibition includes the brand new 2015 edition of the original Still life with glass of wine and olive branch – coming full circle to celebrate almost forty years of prints by Dick Frizzell.

An exhibition developed and toured by MTG Hawke’s Bay.

A Visual Journey - Judy le Maistre Smith

  12 November 2016 – 15 January 2017

   Opening: 11 November, 5.30pm


                                      Kookaburra, New South Wales

Take seven sketchbooks, three relating to ceramic sculpture, and four visual travel diaries covering Greece, USA, Peru and Australia. Over the past three years I have put together a body of work which includes ceramics, painting and printmaking.


The sketchbooks, diaries and ceramics were produced in Scotland, where I trained at Glasgow School of Art and spent a career as a practicing artist and Art College Lecturer. The printmaking was undertaken under the guidance of the Gisborne Artists' Society Printmaking Group, and the paintings were created over the last 12 years whilst living in Gisborne, NZ.


Drawing and research has always been the backbone of my artistic work. My interest in ancient cultures has also greatly influenced me in creating these pieces. I hope the viewers of this exhibition will be able to identify with the source material and interact with the work on display.


Judy le Maistre Smith

 Ko Rongowhakaata

 17 December 2016 – 2 April 2017

Opening 17 December, 10am

Mauri Tangata

Mauri Kōrero

Mauri Whenua

Te kotahi ā Tūrāhiri, ripo ana te moana.

Descendants of Tūrāhiri, ancestress of the Rongowhakaata people, are progenitors of unique talents, innovation and craftsmanship; a quality that has rippled and propagated throughout the land and throughout Rongowhakaata history. These qualities continue to exist in the Rongowhakaata uri (descendants) today and will be reflected in this exhibition.

This exhibition is the second part of a three-part exhibition series for Rongowhakaata. Part one was the successful Rongowhakaata marae based exhibition earlier this year and part three will be the iwi exhibition at Te Papa Tongarewa in 2017. This exhibition is about Rongowhakaata reaffirming who they are as a people, and re-telling their stories in their homelands so that the next generation can hear, see, and feel Rongowhakaata history and the unique experiences that build the fabric of the Rongowhakaata people. It is an immersion into facets of the world of Rongowhakaata people, both old and new, as expressed through their historical and contemporary arts.




Kōwhaiwhai panel (section) from Manutūkē Church, 1849 -1863 

 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 -