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Exhibitions 2004

Ko te Whaea o te Ao - Mother of the World - Cleo Thorpe-Ngata
August 27 - October 17
Cleo Thorpe-Ngata
Born in Gisborne 1981, Cleo has been passionate about art since she could hold a crayon. Growing up in Gisborne with wonderful artistic teachers from kindergarten to high school, Cleo graduated from GGHS in 1999. She started exhibiting her work that summer at the Works Cafe and has had several sell-out exhibitions there over the last 4- years, in between having two beautiful boys and living in Rotorua for one year.
Cleo paints in acrylic with the occasional use of charcoal and chalk pastel. Most of  her paintings involve the East Coast landscape, plants, women and portraits. This exhibition 'Ko te Whaea o te Ao' -'Mother of the World' has been waiting patiently since Cleo's first pregnancy, evolving and growing in sketchbooks. It is a celebration of being pregnant, the goddess-like state of growing a baby, in perfect unison with the universe. Every mother is a mother of the world. Every child is the union of two people, two families, two cultures. These paintings attempt to convey some of that wonderful miracle.

In Pursuit Of Paradise - Anthony Davies, printmaker
August 20 - October 17



No Milk Today - Murray Deakin
Closes September 26

                       The Wairoa Dairy factory recently had its 100th birthday.

"Working in the building, with historical reminders tucked away in places not needed for its present use and recorded on its walls by people who worked here in the past, spurred me to do something to mark it's centenary.

Hence this photographic wander through the spaces of the old dairy factory...which may bring back memories for those who have been associated with it. This is not intended to be a factual documentation of the history of the factory-more a glimpse of what it was and is now.

I have included images of dairy farms-past and present-to illustrate that,although the factory is no longer its 'hub', the dairy industry  continues..."
                                   - Murray Deakin, photographer.

Crawford's Women - A photographic portfolio curated by Peter Ireland
October & November

The exhibition, Crawford’s Women, has been extracted from the portfolio of the same name which appeared in issue 52 of the New Zealand Journal of Photography. Peter Ireland was guest editor for this issue in which his intention was to provide a modest introduction to the work of William F Crawford. Crawford was an early local photographer whose images are now part of the museum photographic archive. The museum acknowledges Peter's kindness and the generosity of the publishers, New Zealand Centre for Photography, in allowing us to use the portfolio as an exhibition.

October 22 - December 5

                        Contemporary Maori woman artworks.

Kaihanga Uku
October 22 - December 5

                         Contemporary Maori artists claywork.

Toihoukura - Visual Arts Maori - PATUKITAHI
December 10 - January 30

Gisborne Contemporaries - SEEING ANGELS
December 17 - February 6


Helena Andersson - 'reflections' & 1940-1985 - a jewellery experience
December 3 - 20 February