Britomart is joining Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki’s celebration of contemporary Māori art with a satellite exhibition of one large-scale new permanent work and three temporary new installation works by four talented Māori artists.
Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art is the most significant survey of contemporary Maori art ever, bringing together over 300 works produced by 110 Maori artists, from the 1950s to today. Britomart will be hosting works from four wonderful Maori artists - Shane Cotton (Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Hine, Te Uri Taniwha), Lonnie Hutchinson (Kai Tahu, Ngāti Kuri ki Kai Tahu, Samoan), Charlotte Graham (Pare Waikato, Pare Hauraki) and Lyonel Grant in collaboration with Tim Gruchy.
A five-storey high mural by Shane Cotton, entitled Maunga, is the cornerstone of Britomart’s satellite exhibition of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki’s Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art. It brings contemporary Māori art outside the walls of the gallery and into the streets of downtown waterfront Auckland. This work is a rendering of 25 pot motifs, each of which represents a maunga (place or mountain) in New Zealand. Read more about the conception of Maunga, here.
Lonnie Hutchinson will bring the Kāi Tahu creation story to Galway Street outside The Hotel Britomart in the form of six aluminium panels perforated with kōwhaiwhai patterns. Read more about Lonnie's work, here.
Charlotte Graham has a new work, Te Hau Whakaora, made up of flags throughout Britomart designed to create a passage that imparts the healing energies of the winds and the water. Read more about Charlotte's work, here.
Master carver Lyonel Grant has collaborated with Tim Gruchy, the creator of SCOUT, the stack of digital screens in Britomart’s Takutai Square, to introduce images of his carvings to SCOUT’s deep-dreaming artificial intelligence. This piece is called SCOUT: Wawata Hōnonu. Read more about this piece, here.
The works were commissioned by the Britomart Arts Foundation in collaboration with Nigel Borell, curator of Māori Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.