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Spanish exploration in the South Pacific
Opens 17 December

Between 1567 and 1606 three Spanish voyages to the South Pacific were led by Alvaro de Mendana, Pedro Fernanez de Quiros and Isobel Barreto, the first woman to ever become admiral of and command a fleet. The first Spanish ships to sail through the South Pacific were primarily looking for gold. The series of Spanish voyages by Mendana (1567-9), Mendana and Quiros (1595-6) and Quiros and Torres (1605-6) established that the islands of the South Pacific held little mineral wealth. This exhibition affords a view of those who traversed the Pacific, how they saw the ocean, its island and its people.

The Future of Food Roadshow
25 September – 29 November

Commissioned by the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology this exhibition is toured and managed by The National Science- Technology Roadshow. It is based on thorough research within a wide framework of stakeholders and offers an exploration of the significance of the food we eat today and the challenges our food habits will present to us in the future.

The Gisborne Artists Society and Pottery Group Exhibition 2009

17 April - 31 May


The Gisborne Art Society has an illustrious history. Established in 1948 as a branch of the Hawke’s Bay and East Coast Art Society, it became an independent group in 1954. As well as organising regular exhibitions and fostering the growth of art in the Tairawhiti region for over 60 years, the art society was responsible for setting up the museum and art gallery in Lysnar house on Kelvin Rise. While the art society and museum are now independent organizations, they remain neighbours (the art society and pottery group are based in Lysnar House behind the Tairawhiti Museum) and the annual art society and pottery group exhibition is an important part of the museum’s exhibition programme.

Passing People - John Badcock
3 April - 7 June


'Passing People' An installation of 100 life-sized portraits painted by the artist John Badcock during a single year. The subjects were chosen by chance from 100 people who passed through the painter's studio in the Canterbury town of Geraldine.

John Badcock, b.1954 in Queenstown, NZ. John hails from a artistic family and is primarily self-taught. As a young boy he would join his father, Douglas Badcock on various painting expeditions. Established now throughout New Zealand as a landscape and portraiture artist he has been painting professionally for over three decades. After completing an apprenticeship in cabinet making in Invercargill from 1969-1973, John began his own business doing public and private commissions of furniture and wood carving up until 1986 when he opened his own gallery in Geraldine and began painting full-time. In 1992 he traveled to Europe and the U.K to further his artistic study and did so again in 2001. John has had a wealth of solo and group exhibitions throughout New Zealand (with his first ever exhibition held at Fishers Fine Arts, Christchurch in 1985), recieved an extensive number of awards and been the subject of numerous reviews and published works including two films ‘John Badcock – A film by Brian High’ and ‘A Changing Landscape – A film by Cowboy Productions; Simon Pattison’. His works are included in many significant public and private collections including those of B.P, Telecom and Christchurch Art Gallery.


24 July - 30 August

         Kaitiaki Hina - Robyn Kahukiwa


The Kauwae collective was formed in 1997. The inaugural exhibition was hosted by the Tairawhiti Museum in 1998. The sisterly bond amongst the core group is still as strong and supportive as when it began, 11 years ago.

Each exhibition to date has been filled with works displaying rich inventiveness and new discoveries. This year the banner will fly over the contributions of 50 artists participating in three shows.

Ornament: The Art of Pleasure

7 August – 20 September

An exploratory sweep across all collections housed in the museum. Dr Damian Skinner will curate and select objects to beguile, fascinate and inform.


Threads of Memory -Ruth Browne

14 August – 27 September


Ruth is a textile design graduate from Massey University. She was the supreme winner of the prestigious Zonta Design Awards 2008. "Last year I learnt a new technique that is not very widely known or used in New Zealand. The process involves removing the natural gum from around silk organza fibres. I combined this process with the traditional shibori technique."

Shibori is a Japanese term for several methods of dyeing cloth with a pattern, similar to the tie-dye method by binding, stitching, folding, twisting or compressing.


Threads of Memory

This textile design collection is an individual rendition of memory and an exploration of how mundane objects encapsulate time and stimulate memories. Visual inspiration primarily came from a small jewellery box which has survived the test of time. Within the fabric designs this suggestibility of time is evoked through subtle clues. Design can trigger culturally shared memories, evoke recollections and create fictional realms as they encapsulate a particular period in history and trigger the mind's eye. Initial inspiration was inspired by the theorist Sigmund Freud as he regarded memories as 'screens' that have been 'papered' over real memories.

As memories are not static but rather subject to change a range of selected technical processes have been adopted to represent the unclean disposition of memory through deconstruction and manipulation of fabric structures.

I wish to dedicate this exhibition to my beautiful mum. Judy Browne

We Can’t Stop Now! - Print-makers exhibition

11 September – 25 October

   Shapes Past and Present - Jean Johnston

"Well we can’t stop now! Let’s get together on the first Sunday of each month." This was an announcement by the late Penny Omerod thirty-three years ago after a successful zinc-plate etching workshop in Lysnar House and gave birth to the Gisborne Print-makers.

Of the original group, Jean Johnston, Phyllis Underdown and Norman Maclean remain. Doreen Costello also a foundation member sadly passed away in July of this year.

"Without Penny’s inspiration and enthusiasm, we would never have begun in the first place. She was an enormously generous and encouraging tutor, delighted to watch our progress and lavish in her encouragement. She would be delighted to know that not only can we not stop now – we have no intention of doing so in the future either!" Norman Maclean