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.