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14:00 Sunday afternoon concert..

18:00 When We Dead Awaken Tour..

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 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 special in their family that has been handed down from generation to generation. Whether it’s a family tradition, a family trait, a prized heirloom or a memory; people gather and pass down treasures which hold personal significance. Some treasures are sentimental, some are collected for interest and some are held onto for profit. Often the stories that accompany these treasures enrich their significance and can change them from something interesting into something wonderful.

Taonga Tuku Iho: Family Treasures is an exhibition which draws on treasures and their stories from 19 families within the Tairāwhiti region. Aimed at school aged children, the show is diverse in its collection and includes tangible and intangible treasures.

Taonga Tuku Iho: Family Treasures is a fantastic way families can make connections with each other and then share their stories with the wider community. Family stories help to provide valuable perspective and understanding of the past and present. They also help strengthen family ties across the ages.

Lina Marsh - Curator

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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 -