This year, Tauranga Art Gallery Toi Tauranga is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Affectionately known as TAG, the gallery was officially opened by former PM Helen Clark on 20 October 2007.
This provides the perfect opportunity for gallery director Karl Chitham and his team to reflect on all of the amazing things the gallery has achieved over the past decade while looking forward to all of the possibilities the future holds.
Alongside some fun events, talks and workshops there will be an exciting exhibition programme that will really highlight TAG’s place in the heart of the city.
Photo: Scott Boardman Collective.
The celebrations for TAG’s 10th anniversary year started on March 28 with Paradox Inside, which was the inside element of Tauranga Street Art Festival, for which the gallery has partnered with Tauranga City Council and Oi YOU!
Paradox presented immersive installations and huge artworks by some of the world’s finest street artists plus the Oi YOU! collection which features amazing street artworks including 22 works by Banksy.
Then in July, Tauranga Art Gallery has reopend with 6 new projects and there are a bunch of other gems scheduled for the remainder of the year, including some great projects as part of the Tauranga Arts Festival.
Things to look out for are The 80s Showwith works from the Fletcher Trust Collection.Willow, a major atrium project by Sara Hughes, known for her dynamic installations and public works. Papamoa-based contemporary Māori artist Todd Couper's first survey exhibition Toi Mauri, Jae Kang's amazing drawing project Waves of your Breath in the stairwell, and Kereama Taepa's graphic mashup Insert Coin in the lift.
Also, former TAG Director Penelope Jackson has curated a fabulous 10th Anniversary show called Generosity with works from the Tauranga Art Gallery collection.