Free with museum admission for Auckland residents

Tākiri: An Unfurling 
Seven contemporary artists explore early Māori and European encounters through new work inspired by museum taonga.

Historical artefacts meet contemporary art as the national dialogue unfolds 250 years after the first on-shore contact between Māori and the crew of HMS ENDEAVOUR — including the Polynesian navigator Tupaia, and Captain James Cook. 

Through soundscape, photography, illustration, cloth making, weaving and sculpture, each artist explores and confronts the ongoing impact of these historic events.

  • When: 12 October 2019 - 7 June 2020 
  • Where: Edmiston Gallery, New Zealand Maritime Museum (Hui Te Ananui A Tangaroa)
  • Free with museum admission 
  • Free museum admission for Auckland residents 

Responding to one of the most significant maritime events in Aotearoa's history, this will be the New Zealand Maritime Museum's largest temporary exhibition in its 26 years of operation. The group exhibition will add new perspectives to the ongoing national dialogue around Tuia Encounters 250, and the Maritime Museum will play a key role in the Tāmaki Makaurau leg of the voyaging flotilla. 

Artists include: 

  • Reweti Arapere (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tūwharetoa)
  • Chris Charteris (iKiribati, Fijian, English)
  • Kohai Grace (Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Porou, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Raukawa)
  • Nikau Gabrielle Hindin (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi)
  • Jasmine Togo-Brisby (Australian South Sea Islander)
  • Rongomaiaia Te Whaiti (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ngāi Hinewaka, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kuri, Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Waewae) 
  • 7558 Collective

The Maritime Museum is also partnering with Auckland Council and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage to deliver Tuia – Encounters 250 Tamaki Makaurau over Labour Weekend (26 - 28 October 2019). The weekend of activities on the waterfront will include the Tuia flotilla of voyaging vessels in port at the Museum’s marina.

Tākiri: An Unfurling is part of the nationwide Tuia 250 commemoration and supported by funding from the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board Te Puna Tahua. Tuia 250 is a national commemoration led by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage acknowledging 250 years since the first sustained onshore meetings between Māori and Europeans. A wānanga for the nation, Tuia 250 encourages discussion and debate, reflection and contemplation and brings a broad range of perspectives to the stories that have shaped Aotearoa.

This exhibition is guest curated by Bridget Reweti and Linda Tyler.

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Last updated: 17 September 2019