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Exhibitions 2006


The Stone Studio New Zealand

18 November - 2 January

   Green River by Chris Wilson

   HERE WE ARE! in situ
Recent artwork from local contemporary artists

25 November - 29 January


   Contemporary Maori art from Toihoukura  

   9 December - 12 February

Enduring Forms


Stacy Gordine & David Galanin

6 January - 6 February

 read what the press said


 Te Kauwae Runga or Things Celestial 

     24 March - 30 April

  Raranga (weaving) of Alixne Brooking & Fiona Collis


 Alternative photography of Jarad Ferris and Polli Marriner


CROSS - Polli Marriner                             ODE TO POLLI - Jarad Ferris

3 February - 19 March


Historic Places Trust
10 February - 30 April
50 Years of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

In 2005, the New Zealand Historic Places Trust will be 50 years old. Created by Act of Parliament in 1954, the Trust held its first Board meeting in September 1955 and gave its first report to the House in April 1956.
A range of activities are being planned over the 2005/06 year to celebrate 50 years of recognising, protecting and promoting New Zealand's heritage places.

Kamaka Ceramics
17 February - 7 April


 Te Kauwae Runga or Things Celestial

   24 March - 30 April


Raranga (weaving) of Alixne Brooking & Fiona Collis

We Will Remember Them

April 6 - May 2


Commemorating local New Zealanders at war. Anzac Day.


10 April  -  30 April


  Eric N Gully      Above Sponge Bay  1943  Watercolour  215X280mm 75-197-1

A display of art works from the Tairawhiti Museum collection.

This exhibition will be accompanied by performances of 'Art'.

 Xtreme Art Award - Finalists
        12 May - 2 June


 Artists & Potters 2006

       19 May - 25 June 
       Golde - Kath Mcloughlin                                    Barbara Skelton

Geoff Tune

26 May - 16 July    

New Zealand painter, Geoff Tune, born 1947, has been exhibiting regularly since 1969 and is represented in both public and private collections including the James Wallace collection and the Waikato Museum.
Between 1966-69 he attended the University of Auckland, gaining a Dip FA Hons and in 1970 Dip Tchng at Auckland Secondary Teachers Training College.
His works are highly sought after in the international market. In recent times, five of Geoffs works have found a home in the Cathay Pacific Airline lounge in Bangkok.
'The Concise Dictionary of New Zealand Artists' describes Tune as a painter who "works in oil, acrylic, graphite and coloured pencil, explaining his work as a personal response to time and place through referencing images/symbols on continuity and mortality".
Art theorist, Mark Kirby, describes in his essay on Tune's body of work, as visual memoirs. This is in reference to the highly personal nature of this art in which 'the artist records via the formal language and devices of painting, his scrutiny of where he was physically, emotionally and psychologically at a given period'.
Geoff currently lives in Mt Eden in Auckland.

Rowan Belcher
9 June - 16 July


   Crochet Queen


Born Solihull Birmingham U.K. 1954.

In the mid sixties in England the culture was intoxicating.
I was surrounded in art and music and have very intense memories of the times. Particularly hearing the music of the psychedelic era in the rural fields of Worcestershire at weekends where my friends and I would lie back in the long grassy fields wearing our hippie gear and listening to the likes of Sgt. Pepper on our transistor radios. This is where I spent the summer of love.
The Beatles song ‘All you need is love’ became my anthem of the times. From then on I knew that art and music were going to be my life.
These paintings are about the “summer of love”.
Individually they are responses to music, some of the music of the sixties particularly the Beatles, George Harrison and Joni Mitchell.
More recently on a train in Sydney I found myself humming the song “you turn me on I’m a radio” by Joni Mitchell it was like a mantra with the repetition of train noises. On my return I painted to the music on an already prepared pink surface (“who needs the static it hurts the head”), the result was an exciting visual experience.
Music fills me with the need to express myself with color.
I would like the viewer to experience the works and take something of them with them out into the world.

  Heart-warming Quilts - Gisborne Quilters

30 June - 7 August


   Taonga Tuku iho - Family Treasures
24 July - 3 September

Year 7 and 8 students from a number of our local schools will be exhibiting their stories and treasures at the Tairawhiti Museum.   

This project has been a wonderful opportunity for students to research family history, and in particular a family treasure. The students have researched, shared their treasures, written about them, and presented them in a class book to be shared with the communities of the Tairawhiti.

From these books certain stories and taonga have been selected to exhibit in the Museum.

We are delighted to share these Stories and Taonga with you.


The house that Jack Built
21 July 27 August

Step into The House That Jack Built

This is the dog,
That worried the cat,
That killed the rat,
That ate the malt…

…that lies in the exhibition of The House That Jack Built toured by The Dowse.

The brand new show celebrates this remarkable picture book; a New Zealand retelling of the classic rhyming tale by acclaimed author and illustrator Gavin Bishop.

Tairawhiti Museum invites visitors to step into the picture-book world of The House That Jack Built. This is a magical insight into the story behind the book.

There are 21 of Gavin’s original works in pen and ink wash on display, as well as a te reo Mâori translation of his text. There will be activities for kids, too, as visitors step straight into Jack’s world.

25 August - 15 October






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         Hemi MacGregor
8 September - 29 October


                 Tane nui a Rangi


 Lightplay - Sue Lloyd

1 September - 22 October


 Gisborne artist Sue Lloyd attended art school in the UK before immigrating to New Zealand in the seventies.
“ Even though art and creativity have always played a huge part in my life, I decided in 2002 to pick up where I left off and moved to Wellington to become an art student again.” Now back home in Gisborne Sue is committed to being a full- time artist, and participates in exhibitions throughout the country.
“ I’m inspired by the rhythms and repeating patterns of nature, discovered when focusing on small detailed areas. I love the painting process itself; colour choice and layering and what can be suggested by the simplest of marks. What I learn from the close observation required in realism resurfaces in the creation of the slightly unreal elements in my work. I hope to keep in balance these intuitive and technical influences and to capture your gaze and arouse your curiosity.”

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 John Bannister
27 October - 10 December


Art and soul in surfing.


For several years I have felt compelled to try and express the soul of surfers and surf spots-mainly local- through photographs and text. The title alludes to the fact that I feel this soul most keenly “on shore “- as opposed to “off shore “. (“Off shore”, amongst the breaking waves, adrenaline and machismo dominate and this is not of photographic interest to me). I am hopeful that even non surfers can feel this more reflective side of surfing in this exhibition.

John Bannister October 2006

(I should explain to non surfers the double entendre in the title. It describes the wind direction as blowing from the sea to the shore. An “on shore “wind direction makes the waves “messy “– disorganised, turbulent- and unsuitable for surfing.)

A Kings Code - Matt King
20 October - 3 December

Matt King’s-Artist Statement

I make artworks for emotive reasons; I am motivated by memory and place. I am very interested in the symbolic and the development of the symbol. I hope to evoke from the viewer a personal response rather than a collective one. I completed a Diploma in Fine Art from Otago School of Art in 1996. I have had two solo shows; and a number of group shows since graduating.

“A King’s Code” is the first major body of work I have completed since returning to Gisborne. Most of my own creativity has been surrendered to my students. Ideas and production of works is often fractured due to a lack of opportunity and energy to create. From the aesthetics to process there is a large variation in the works; the common thread in the pieces is that of my personal responses and commentary to Tairawhiti and its people. This has helped me form my position to political and social issues.

Guild of Arts & Crafts
3 November - 17 December 



    TE TOI O NGA RANGI - Toihoukura  art and design  Maori
   8 December - 4 February



    HYMNOS - Norman Maclean  Recent works
   22 December - 28 January

       Hymn to Apollo

      Cris Morrell......roll on summer

15 December - 11 February


I was born and educated in Gisborne. I have had no formal training in art so I have just gone along and painted probably breaking a few rules along the way!! but   hay rules are made to be broken.! I get so much inspiration from wainui beach as you can see by my paintings, the colours and feelings the beach evokes is a large part of what I am trying to portray and hopefully in the most part succeeding!  enjoy the yellows, blues, greens, khakis and the feeling that summer is in the room with you!'    - Cris Morrell 2006