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Gisborne Artists' Society and Gisborne Potter's Exhibition

  2 June 2018 – 8 July 2018

Untitled by Derek Solomon

The annual Gisborne Artists’ and Potters exhibition is the one opportunity artists and potters collectively have to show the residents of Tairāwhiti what they have been have been creating over the previous year.

Both groups have their own Facebook pages, which to a certain extent keep the public in touch with what has been going on, but there is nothing like seeing the finished art works in a well curated exhibition.

Stars of the show this year will include Jamie Quirk and Peggy Ericson of the Gisborne Pottery Group, both artists produce highly original , thought provoking pieces.

It is always a pleasure to see Roger Shanks’ atmospheric landscapes, and to see what new approaches Graeme Nicoll is taking with his landscapes.
Janet Roderick has taken a break from oils and is becoming adept at using coloured pencils. Art society stalwart, Norman Maclean’s highly distinctive style and approach is always visually interesting and appealing to local art collectors.

The printmakers will be well represented too, look out for Ian McKelvey, a recent Molly Morpeth Award Winner and Amber Graham, an up-and-coming local artist who studies at Te Wananga o Aotearoa.

Artists enjoy producing art, but it is always gratifying when others view and appreciate the end product and even more gratifying when they decide to purchase a piece of original local art.

Chris Smith, President, Gisborne Artists’ Society


A Quilt Does Not Have To Stand Alone

  22 June 2018 – 19 August 2018

This year eight textile artists were given the challenge to create artworks using objects and methods not generally associated with quilting. In this exhibition each of these ‘quilters’ offer a unique perspective whilst moving away from conventional quilting.

Quilter Donna Rowan partnered with photographer Lynne Haseldean using photographs of doors and windows printed onto organza and layered using raw edge appliqué and traditional piecing techniques.

Sister and brother duo, Bronwyn Furlan and ceramicist Jamie Quirk combined textiles with clay, while Irene Smith filled room dividers with fabric work. Kathy Grimson enlisted the help of Makauri School pupils to fashion a mixed media design themed for the 2019 Te Hā Sestercentennial commemorations.

Poll Wlliams reworked the back of her late mother’s chair with a combination of cane and quilted fabric while wire, stones, wood and twine, embellish the work of Deb Williams.

Niuean artist Lina Marsh has reutilized lampshades and Morva Thomson has altered the base of her pieces, by producing a fusion of onion/garlic skins and printed/dyed paper to make her ‘fabrics’.
-Irene Smith

The 80s Show

  14 July 2018 – 16 September 2018

Karakia II - Gordon Walters

The 80s Show, with paintings from the Fletcher Trust Collection, has been curated by Tauranga Art Gallery to give those born after 1990 an opportunity to contextualise the period, while reacquainting earlier generations with a time that has become synonymous with pop culture classics and tumultuous events. “The 1980s represented a global boom in conspicuous consumption. It was a decade known for neon Lycra, leg warmers, pop art and the Rubik’s cube and during this time, New Zealand made international headlines for its anti-nuclear stance and protests against apartheid.” says Tauranga Art Gallery director Karl Chitham. “What's fascinating is that things that might have appeared shocking in the 80s are now accepted as essential parts of our visual culture, and very much enjoyed wherever they are hung.” says Fletcher Trust Collection curator Peter Shaw. The Fletcher Trust Collection, which had its beginnings as long ago as 1962, has collected contemporary New Zealand art since 1967. The 80s Show features paintings by significant New Zealand artists such as Philip Clairmont, Julian Dashper, Dick Frizzell, Max Gimblett, Jeffrey Harris, and Gordon Walters. 



Pou Whare – A pillar of Strength 

  1 July 2018 – 23 September 2018

Opening 4.30pm Sunday 1 July
Floor talk 10.30am Monday 2 July

Leading up to the 150th commemoration of the return of Te Kooti Rikirangi Te Turuki and his followers (Ngā Whakarau) landing at Whareongaonga, this exhibition is a visual artists tribute to the koroua offering a platform for the artists to voice their stories celebrating their connections to Te Kooti Rikirangi Te Turuki through their whakapapa, the stories of their tīpuna that served with him throughout his campaign, or stories of their tīpuna who were followers of the Ringatū faith.

The contribution of twelve artists makes reference to 12th of the month and the Sabbath (Saturday), there are four important days, or rā, on the Ringatū calendar, which are known as ngā pou o te tau (the pillars of the year). They are 1 January, 1 June, 1 July, and 1 November. 1 July marks the beginning of the seventh month, the ‘sabbath of the sabbath’; and celebrates the cycle of renewal, or coming from death at the beginning of spring.

Dr Haare Williams; Simon Lardelli; Steve
Gibbs; Tiopira Rauna; Tai Kerekere;
Nick Tupara; John Moetara; Matthew
Thornton; Tawera Tahuri; Henare Tahuri;
Erena Koopu; Kaaterina Kerekere



Family photographs are one of our greatest personal treasures. The family photo album is the one item people consider they would ‘grab’ in a fire. We see them as a collection of life’s memories rather than an assemblage of images.

The museum regularly receives donations of family photographic collections. Some are beautifully set out and each photograph described and identified, some sadly are ‘found’, perhaps in an attic, with little or no information on the people and places depicted within.

The Mahunga Collection is a collection of early twentieth century photographs donated by the Briant family. Most of the family can be identified, dates can be estimated, places and sites can be recognised but a lot of the occasions and particulars have been lost in the passing of time.

The Mahunga Collection depicts the establishment of the Mahunga farm station situated on the Te Wera Road near Matawai. The images transport us to the early 1900s and an insight to family and farming life in an isolated rural environment.

The museum wishes to thank the Briant family for their donation, creating this exhibition and to acknowledge the long time support of Bob Briant.



 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 -