‘Amui ‘i Mu‘a: Ancient Futures – Book Launch and talk at The Wallace Art Centre, Pah Homestead. Saturday 10 April 2021, 1pm

‘Amui ‘i Mu‘a – Ancient Futures is the significant creative outcome of recent ‘hands-on’ research by Dagmar Vaikalafi Dyck and Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi in historic collections at museums in Australasia, across Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. Tohi and Dyck are investigator artists attached to a research and art development project titled Ancient Futures: Late 18th and Early 19th Century Tongan Arts and their Legacies, funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden … Continue reading


‘Amui ‘i Mu‘a: Ancient Futures
Dagmar Vaikalafi Dyck
Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi

with contributing essays by
Dr. Billie Lythberg,  Dr. Phyllis Herda
Dr. Melenaite Taumoefolau
and  Dr. Seini Taufa

Contemporary artists, academics and master practitioners of Tongan art celebrate the treasures of the Kingdom of Tonga and the history of their dispersal throughout world institutions and collections.

This book documents two landmark events:

The first, a symposium in Nuku‘alofa, Tonga, in early October 2019, focused on the material culture of Tonga held in public and private collections worldwide. The research team led by Dr. Phyllis Herda, … Continue reading

Hinemihi: Te Hokinga – The Return

The book had a warm welcome in Hinemihi’s home region of Rotorua, the heart of the Tuhourangi, Ngāti Tarawhai and wider Te Arawa, generously hosted by the Rotorua Library – Te Aka Mauri on 10th February. Opening mini whakatau given by Kingi Biddle and kōrero tene by the Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick, Dr Keri-Anne Wikitera, Rangitihi Pene, Jim Schuster and Hamish Coney was followed by nourishing kai.

HERE is Rotorua Daily Post article by Shauni James.

From left: Lyonel Grant, Hamish Coney, Mark Adams, Jim Schuster, Dr Keri-Anne Wikitera.

 

ENTOURAGE: aka Physical Distance Theory, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Videogames

by Tim J. Veling

Limited edition (50) artist book by this prolific photographer from Otautahi Christchurch. Available from Rim Books in limited quantity.

Author of Red Bus Diary (2006), Veling began photographing his home city of Christchurch well before the 2010-11 quakes changed the CBD forever. Since then, for the full decade, he has amassed passionate and personal observations of the transformation and rebuild, publishing many photobooks and portfolios via www.placeintime.org, a project facilitating and promoting documentary work about Christchurch and a … Continue reading

Hinemihi: Te Hokinga – The Return
Hamish Coney and Dr Keri-Anne Wikitera
with contributions by Jim Schuster, Lyonel Grant and photographs by Mark Adams

 

The journey of the carved house Hinemihi o Te Ao Tawhito (Hinemihi of the old world) is one defined by cataclysmic events and the unpredictability of elemental forces. Through eruptions, fires, wars and displacement she has endured. Today she is an honoured kuia, revered by her iwi in the United Kingdom and her original owners and creators, Tūhourangi, as well as the wider iwi of Te Arawa.

Hinemihi is also an artwork, a … Continue reading

The Holding
Allan McDonald.
Text by Jeanette Budgett, Design by Fiona Lascelles.

The Holding is a sequence of photographs preoccupied with the pleasures of walking and reading, of experiencing the city as a book or a song.  At a time when the activities of reading and listening are caught in the shift from analogue to digital these images record an aspect of our material culture in a time of transition. 

Allan McDonald is an eminent photographer, who engages with his image archive of more than 50 years to curate narratives around social history and place. The Holding is the … Continue reading

. . . . . and then there were none
Harvey Benge
Jon Carapiet
Lloyd Jones
Haru Sameshima
Stu Sontier

A collaborative book by four New Zealand-based photographers and one writer, breaks out of conventional story-telling to play out their anxieties and doubts about the world they see.

Developed over the last two years with regular meetings indulgent in wine and homemade cheese as excuses for friendship and banter, . . . . . and then there were none grew from conversations and arguments about mortality, our technologically mired existence and the degradation of the environment. The project triggered its own version of flygskam for the collaborators, conflicted by the … Continue reading

The Weight of the Captain’s Wrist: Paintings from the Cook, Waitangi Wallpaper & related series
Peter Ireland with an introduction by Jane Stafford & Mark Williams and an essay by Gerald Barnett

The first monograph of the New Zealand painter Peter Ireland – this book surveys his practice, on the theme of Captain Cook’s voyages to the Pacific. Ireland’s exquisite, detailed and enigmatic “history painting” is beautifully reproduced in this 100pp., spot varnished, offset reproduction, to reflect the oil on paper originals. Coinciding with the 250th anniversary of the first sustained European contact with Aotearoa New Zealand, this book features … Continue reading

Garden of Memories: Extending quilt making traditions from around the Pacific Rim
Giles Peterson with Shona Pitt, Sheena Tavairanga, Lisa Reihana, Vea Mafile’o, Reina Sutton, Lina Pavaha Marsh, and Ken Khun.

Garden of Memories, curated by Giles Peterson, brings together heirloom and contemporary Pacific quilts from Peterson’s collection and uses these precious objects as the starting point for exploring contemporary craft and object-making by extending this traditional form into creative interpretations and new works by artists from across Asia and the Pacific.

Six quilts from Aotearoa and the Pacific are at the centre of the exhibition and this complementing publication.  Peterson’s personal connection … Continue reading

Elizabeth Lissaman: New Zealand’s Pioneer Studio Potter 
Jane Vial and Steve Austin

With a foreword by Justine Olsen – Curator of Decorative Arts at Te Papa, and an afterword by Rick Rudd – potter and Director of the Quartz Museum.

Elizabeth Lissaman: New Zealand’s Pioneer Studio Potter traces the life and works of New Zealand’s pioneering woman studio potter. It is fully illustrated with over 100 images, especially photographed, of Lissaman’s pottery selected from private and public collections. Illustrations also include images of her designs and historical family photographs. The biography is meticulously researched and written by Jane … Continue reading