Kare – A Matariki Celebration

Curated by Putaanga Waitoa

Date: Jun 21 – Jul 18Space: Main Gallery

Step into the boundless realm of KARE, our annual Matariki exhibition bursting with boldness and diversity. In a creative landscape often constrained by repetition, KARE emerges as a multi-layered karanga, beckoning all to explore its limitless depths.

At its heart lies our foundational Matariki exhibition, a tribute to te tau hou Māori and all its richness. Fourteen visionary creatives responded to the karanga, infusing their works with the essence of tradition and innovation.

featuring: Ahi Nyx • Ana-Terinita Marks • Anahera Mear • Erica Toh • Jessa Ka Te Pō • Lucid Luca • Mai Marks • Morag Shaw • Paiana Whaanga • Raewyn Patterson • Renee Paku • Sian Evans • Synz • Wendylee Warner

Venture further and encounter WH/ORCE WH/IELD, a collaborative masterpiece crafted by fifteen ringatoi Māori. This textile piece drips with TE IHI TE WEHI TE WANA, a cloak of protection, solidarity, and Mana Motuhake. We are humbled to host such a profound tāonga.

featuring: Abigail Aroha Jensen • Ahi Nyx • Cora-Allan • Geneva Alexander-Masters • Hana Burgess • Hana Pera Aoake • Kahu Kutia • Kahurangiariki Smith • Maia Keane •Melanie Tangaere Baldwin • Moorehu • Nayesha • Te Eke • Umu Creative • AJ Fata

And finally, ‘Whāngai Rangatira’ pays homage to the legacy of rangatira Phil Belcher, as twenty hue scattered across Aotearoa unite in creative tribute, honouring celestial and ancestral knowledge.

featuring: Ahsin Ahsin • Christie Wright • Fern Ngatai • Hayley Smith • Jacqui Broughton • Nephi Tupaea • Numa Mackenzie • Raukawa Kiri • Pounamu Wharekawa • Purewa Hodge • Putaanga Waitoa • Rachael Stone • Tarisse King • Tori-analee houkamau

Together these three elements tie together the very foundation of toi Māori in celebration of MATARIKI. As we proudly breathe life into KARE for a second year, it shines brightly as Te Matau-a-Māui’s sole Matariki creative celebration

Join us on this extraordinary journey as we celebrate culture, creativity, and community.

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