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14:05 Home Is Where The Heart Is -cl..

17:30 Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, M..

10:00 Young Country Kerry Hines -op..

14:00 Sunday afternoon concert..

16:00 Ad Astra - Reach For The Stars..

10:00 School Holiday Programme - beg..


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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

Gisborne Artists and Potters
Winter Exhibition 2016

 2 July 2016 – 7 August 2016

Preview 5:30pm, 1 July 2016

                                     Eastwoodhill 2015 - David Andrew

Out in the elements the chill of the season maybe on the turn but a visit to the latest instalment of the local artists and potters exhibition should add a modicum of warmth for your creative discernment. The annual gathering of the artistic community gives a broad representation of the various styles and techniques that the different art groups have to offer.

In the meantime, keeping abreast of the trends can be monitored through the number of specialised workshops held throughout the year in Lysnar House. All members are welcome to enrol in these courses; regular notifications of upcoming events are sent out through [gisborneartistssociety2013@gmail.com] so make sure you are on their mailing list.

The latest weekend workshop was hosted by noted ceramicist Dulcie Draper from Auckland who practises the art of slab work and hand building. “Although clay is relatively valueless in its raw state, it can be transformed by pushing, scraping or paddling into almost any imaginable shape and then decorated with designs and glaze,” she says.

 Young Country
 Kerry Hines

 9 July 2016 – 18 September 2016


Whilst browsing online, curator, poet, writer and researcher Kerry Hines came across the core focus for her PhD in creative writing - the imagery of amateur photographer William Williams, a railways employee.


Williams, a Welshman who immigrated to New Zealand in the 1880s captured the poetic sensibilities of Hines, filling her with an excitement and enthusiasm for ‘the most remarkable photos, in a raw and remarkable landscape’.
For sixty decades Williams chronicled his daily life through the medium of photography, laying bare the intimacy of his domestic life, the bustle of colonial settlements during the late 19th to early 20th century and capturing the expansive vistas of an ever changing horizon.


Accompanying the exhibition is a book of poetry by Hines which mirrors the contents of the exhibition and gives a myriad of responses to each image.
Photographer Wayne Barrar created hand-made albumen prints for the exhibition using materials and processes which would have been familiar to Williams. This printing process is slow and painstaking, rarely used today, but offers beautiful tonal qualities ideally suited to Williams’ work.

 Supported by Mahara Gallery. Toured by Exhibition Services.

Taonga Tuku Iho: Family Treasures

 13 August 2016 – 9 October 2016

 Preview 5:30pm, 12 August 2016

Everyone has something in their family that has been handed down from generation to generation, it’s often the stories that go with them that make them special.

Here is an opportunity to have your family treasure on display at Tairāwhiti Museum in an exhibition called Taonga Tuku Iho: Family Treasures. Your taonga/treasure could be an object, a song, a tradition, a dance, a poem or a story.We’re interested in humble things that have meaning to your family. The stories need to be told from a school aged child’s perspective.

All you need to do is send us a picture of your taonga (for physical objects), and a short written story, or short video telling us what you have.

Want to know more, give us a call or email; info@tairawhitimuseum.org.nz.

We’ve extended the date to receive applications to July 15th. Participation
in this exhibtion is open to all people living in Tairāwhiti.

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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.

 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 -