Te Puna o Waiariki -The Spring of Waiariki - Keepers Cottage @ WHITESPACE

Te Puna o Waiariki -The Spring of Waiariki - Keepers Cottage - Albert Park, Open 21 March - 4 April.. Whitespace is delighted to present Te Puna o Waiariki, an exhibition of 5 established contemporary Maori artists in the 1882 Keepers Cottage in Albert Park for two weeks.Artists participating in creating and presenting works during the exhibition include: Anton Forde, Graham Tipene, James Ormsby, Ngahina Hohaia, Penny Howard and Tauira Maori ki Waipapa Taumata Rau; a group of student artists

The Keepers Cottage was built in 1882 in Gothic style and originally built for the parks first keeper, W Boston. For about 20 years from 1887 it was used by the City Librarian, Edward Shillington.


Following concepts of mataurange and tikanga Maori, collaborations between established artists and students working on site and interacting with visitors to the cottage will be encouraged, with works on display.


The name of the exhibition links to an ancient spring that flows from this whenua tuku iho. The sacred spring - Te Waiariki - provided water for crops for the papakainga, Rangipuke, and continued its course down to the harbour; it still runs underground today. This project in this historic cottage and on this sacred site provides opportunity for the artists to reflect on the importance of wai, the essence of all life, now as it was in the past.


For details of talks and workshops see www.whitespace.co.nz

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