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Whenua Hou: New Māori Ceramics

29 October 2016  – 29 January 2017 

This exhibition is a survey of current uku (clay) practice. It features the diverse work of 8 Māori artists who explore a range of responses to the physical and conceptual properties of this very tactile artform.  

Dan Couper, Rangatira, 2013. Image courtesy of the artist and Rotorua Museum

Whenua Hou includes work from Dan Couper, Davina Duke, Stevei Houkamau, Hera Johns, Tracy Keith, Jess Paraone, Hana Rakena and Aaron Scythe. 

Māori uku art began its development in the 1980s through a small group of artists who formed Nga Kaihanga Uku, the National Māori clay workers association.

In the decades since, thanks to these influential forerunners, uku has become an established material within Māori art making.


Whenua Hou is now available for tour. More information here... 


This exhibition has been curated by Tauranga Art Gallery and Objectspace and has been generously supported by First Sovereign Trust.



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