Celebrating Matariki 2019

To celebrate Matariki, the Maori New Year, the Tauranga Art Gallery present three unique exhibitions that reflect our past; paying homage to our ancestors and our indigenous history.

The three exhibitions span the entire upper floor of the Gallery and are being supported by an art education programme.

Louise Potiki Bryant and Santee Smith

22 June – 6 October 2019

This exhibition is an immersive video installation and ceramic display arising out of an international Indigenous collaboration between Kahnyen’kehàka artist Santee Smith (Artistic Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre) and Ngāi Tahu video/dance artist Louise Potiki Bryant.

Toured by Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in partnership with the Auckland Arts Festival with support from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and Creative New Zealand.




Hā: Lewis Tamihana Gardiner

22 June – 13 October 2019

Lewis Tamihana Gardiner (Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Whanau a Apanui, Ngāi Tahu) is a leading pounamu artist who is exhibiting a selection of his works for the first time at Tauranga Art Gallery.

Mātiro: A survey of photography by Kapua Joy Bennett

22 June – 13 October 2019

This is the first survey exhibition of black and white photography by Tauranga-based Kapua Joy Bennett (Ngāti Ranginui, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui).

Principal Exhibition Partner: Carrus
Project Partners: Tauranga City Libraries and the whanau of Kapua Joy Bennett

Matariki Events

Matariki Drop-in Session for Families
Saturday 29 June

10am – 12pm
Get creative with uku (clay) in the education studio.
Entry: $2 per participant. 

No bookings required

Matariki Weaving Workshops
Sunday 7 July
10am – 12pm (children), 1pm – 3pm (adults)
Parewhati Taikato will teach workshop participants the art of weaving in the Tauranga Art Gallery education studio.
Entry: $20 per person


July School Holiday Programme
Week 1: 8–12 July
Programme 1: Children will explore different techniques to create their own printed artwork
Week 2: 15–18 July
Programme 2: Children will experiment with the art of whakairo (carving) using soap, paua and shells Inspired by Gardiner’s pounamu (greenstone) work
Entry: $20 per person


Uku (clay) Workshop 
Saturday 10 August
Workshop one: 10am – 12pm (ages 15+)
Workshop two: 1:30pm – 3:30pm (ages 15+)
For this hands-on and creative adult workshop, artist Linda Munn will teach participants pinch pot and coiling techniques to create small sculptures using uku (clay).
Entry: $35 per participant. Cost includes materials.

Matariki Children’s Art Studio Workshops
Thursdays 1, 8, 15 August 
3:30pm – 5pm
Explore the land of paint: over three workshops your child will experiment with a variety of materials exploring landscapes, colour and texture. This exploration will form the basis of a landscape artwork with a sculptural element which has been inspired by Matariki. 
Entry: $60 for 3 sessions