The Elms, 15 Mission St, Tauranga
A special exhibition at the Elms Te Papa Tauranga, open 11am – 3pm daily.
15 Mission Street, Tauranga. Entry fees apply.
The Rooms is a collaboration between The Elms Te Papa Tauranga and Tauranga Art Gallery Toi Tauranga that brings to life the history of this significant site and family home through seven insightful artist projects.
Built between 1838 and 1847 The Elms mission house and external library are some of the few remaining buildings in the Bay of Plenty from this dynamic period of Aotearoa’s past. This particular house, beyond its relatively brief period as a religious outpost, was also a private residence for the majority of its life. Over consecutive generations different family members have lived here and established themselves as part of the local community. Each room in the house is imbued with the layers of lived experience from the numerous individuals who have spent many hours working, entertaining and resting within its walls.
Maureen Lander, Shades of Pink (detail), 2018
Seen through the eyes of contemporary artists Maureen Lander, Vita Cochran, Matthew McIntyre Wilson, Crystal Chain Gang, Emily Siddell & Stephen Bradbourne, John Roy and Gavin Hurley, the rooms in the house have been transformed.
Using their own artwork and the collections of The Elms these artists have created installations that act as windows into this rich past, highlighting specific moments and individuals associated with the house and grounds.
With the help of guided tours and accompanied by a catalogue featuring original photography by Andrew Warner, visitors will gain unique access to this exceptional project housed in this distinctive buildings and grounds.