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Exhibitions 2008


Toihoukura - Whakawhiti - te - ra

7 December 07 - 20 January 08

Toihoukura annual contemporary Maori art exhibition opens. Ruanuku award sponsored by Professor Jack Richards presented.

Famous Faces II

25 January - 16 March

A selection of the region's personalities are profiled .

An exhibition in association with The Pride In Gisborne Trust.

He Whakaaraara - An Awakening

December 07 - 13 April 08

Taonga Exhibition opens for four months – a wide range of items from the museum’s 1,500 + piece taonga collection are on display. Find out what staff learnt about the state of the collection in its first audit of the Maori taonga collection since the 1950s.

IWI - Simon Lardelli

18 April 08 - 1 June 08


Gisborne Artists Society and Pottery Group

April 08 - 25 May 08

Metaphysical Heart - Peter McKay

4 April 08 - 25 May 08


McKAY'S Metaphysical Heart series (1991 - 2006) illustrates jewellery's potential for narrative, a story told to the audience by the artist. Worked up each year, and running now for over 15 years, they are scenes from an ambiguous tale, linked by format (the heart frame), technique (chasing and piercing), and the recurrence of characters and images. Like a long-running soap opera, the story lines and characters have developed and changed, with certain elements (the girl, the raven, the boat, the cross, the crescent moon, the plane, the Brancusi column) recurring every now and then. This series is a major achievement, which is why it gives its name to this retrospective project. - Damian Skinner

Out Of The Kiln

30 May 08 - 27 July


Seven Bright Lights

06 June 08 - 13 July 08



1 August 08 - 28 September 08

Melody Craw, Lisa McKendry With Friends Making Connections



Kokowai - paintings by Michelle Tautau

04 July 08 - 31 August 08


Quilt Fiesta

18 July 08 - 7 September 08


      Quilts, quilts and more quilts by local Gisborne quilters. This may be your chance to purchase a much loved heirloom.


      Taking Off - Unity Theatre
       16 September - 20 September

Taking Off is a poignant, touching, sharply funny and insightful tale from New Zealand's favourite playwright, Roger Hall.
This is the story of four women, who set out (perhaps a little later in life than most) - on their big OE. Frankie, a teacher, wins Lotto, ditches her husband and is off to re-create herself. Noeline, a nurse who spent years looking after an ill husband, needs R&R. Ruth, a farmer’s wife, leaves her husband after she discovers his affair with a share-milker. Jean sets off with her redundancy payment after the death of her closest friend. Dreaming of romance and the exotic, it’s now or never for these flying Kiwis.  The travel adventures of these four will resonate for anyone who has ever “done” Britain.
Tickets will be on sale from the beginning of September for $22 at the Museum counter.
No passport necessary.

Jenny O'Connor

9 September - 21 September