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 (launching early June 2019).

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 and Toronto Arts Council.

Photo Tony Nyberg 


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).

In partnership with Tauranga City Libraries and the whanau of Kapua Joy Bennett.