Hana Rakena

Whenua Hou on Tour
 

The Tauranga Art Gallery is touring the exhibition Whenua Hou: New Māori Ceramics, an exhibition curated by Karl Chitham (Director – Tauranga Art Gallery) and Kim Paton (Director – Objectspace) that surveys current uku (clay) practice. 

The exhibition 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.

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

Aaron Scythe

Maori uku art began its development in the 1980s through a small group of artists who formed Nga Kaihanga Uku, the National Maori clay workers association.  In the decades since, thanks to these influential forerunners, uku has become an established material within Māori art making.  

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

There are 134 artwoks in the exhibition; 95 of them make up an ‘installation’ by Aaron Scythe; one is an interactive work by Hana Rakena.

The exhibition takes up approximately 23 m2 plinth area and 1 m2 wall area (plus signage).  

Available September 2017 - June 2018. For more information or to book the exhibition for your gallery please contact Jo Torr Registrar jo.t@artgallery.org.nz.  

Download the Exhibition Proposal here.