Join Gus Fisher Gallery for an evening of fun hands-on art making as part of ArtWeek 2023. Tivaivai, meaning patchwork, are treasured quilts made by women in the Cook Islands that are often presented as prestigious gifts or decoration.

Head along to this drop-in session during Late Night Art and learn about the different techniques for creating Tivaivai using brightly coloured fabrics. You can create your own Tivaivai to take home or have it added to a larger quilt that will be displayed in the gallery’s corridor.

This event will be led by Mama Tukua Turia, a ta’unga tīvaivai (expert in tīvaivai), who will share her knowledge on the matriarchal art and hand-stitching techniques. Mama Tuka Turia began the Polynesian Creative Arts Mamas group in 2019, her work has been collected by Te Papa and Auckland Museum and she is routinely commissioned by the Cook Islands Consulate.

Please note: these workshops will be held on level 3 of the Kenneth Myers Centre, 74 Shortland Street. Please access via the side ramp entrance. 

Suitable for all ages. All materials provided. 

Part of ArtWeek in the city centre 2023. 

Park for $2 per hour, to a maximum of $10 on evenings and weekends at the Victoria St car park. Find out more.

Last updated: 03 September 2023