Ma¯ ori art exhibition an eye-opener
Aground-breaking exhibition of Nga¯ Toi Ma¯ori has been well received in Paraparaumu. The recent opening of Tiaho Mai, which describes the action of rays of shining light and to be enlightened, was an eye-opening experience for invited guests. For some, it was their first time attending an exhibition of Ma¯ori art and the range of and quality of creative skills was enlightening. And for many of the 24 participating artists, it was the first time their art had been exhibited in Paraparaumu. For the organisers, Creative Ka¯piti, Ma¯oriland Toi Matarau Gallery and Kiwibank Paraparaumu, the collaboration has enabled authentic traditional and contemporary Ma¯ori artworks to be exhibited as part of the Matariki Lighting the Beacons Festival delivered by Ma¯oriland and Art for Everyone programme offered by Creative Ka¯piti. A floor talk by prolific artist Karl Leonard shed light on the complex design and making process. The exhibition features 50 artworks from renowned Toi Iho artists, Nga¯ Aho Whenua Residency Weavers Pip Devonshire and Sonia Snowden, artists of the ARTConfederation of Te A¯ ti Awa, Nga¯ti Raukawa and Nga¯ti Toa Rangatira as well as invited artists. The exhibition is on at the Creative Ka¯piti Gallery Kiwibank Coastlands Monday to Friday, 9am-6.30pm until August 6.