Submissions are open for ‘Nga Purapura o Matariki’ – Māori Arts Exhibition

Submissions are open for ‘Nga Purapura o Matariki’ – Māori Arts Exhibition

‘’Tēnā ngā kanohi, kua tīkona e Matariki-‘Here are the eyes affected by Matariki’’

ROTORUA – The Arts Village welcomes submissions for their inaugural Matariki group show to be held across the Mosaic and Cottage galleries on-site at The Arts Village during July, 2018.

The show is being curated by Ngāti Pikiao artist, Cian Elyse White. “Cian is an amazing contemporary voice and we are really excited to see her curate her first exhibition with us. We have such a wealth of Māori talent in Rotorua and we look forward to showcasing work by our talented local artists” says Director ar the Arts Village, Mary-Beth Acres.

The shows title is ‘Ngā purapura o Matariki – The seeds of Matariki’ and will showcase an eclectic array of art pieces from local artists, exploring the significance of what Matariki means to the artists, i te ao Māori (in a Kaupapa Māori context).

Artists who reside in the rohe (region) of Te Arawa are welcome to submit their original works that have not yet been exhibited, to showcase as a part of our curated exhibition which will honor the sighting of Matariki (Pleiades) in 2018.

This is a brand new initiative and The Arts Village is seeking artworks that align thematically with the characteristics of Matariki through a Māori lense- which includes the celebration of culture, language, spirituality, history and papatūānuku (the earth).

‘’It is an honour to be spearheading this wonderful initiative, allowing talented local artists an opportunity to showcase their Matariki inspired works side-by-side as a Māori artists – ā rōpū, ā whānau- together as one.’’ Cian Elyse.

Those wanting to find out more about submitting their works for inclusion in this exhibition can find more information on The Arts Village website at

Works must be delivered to The Arts Village during opening hours between Wednesday 20th June to Saturday 23rd June. Artists will be notified if their works are selected for the show on Wednesday 27th June, and the exhibition will be open to the public from 30th June to 28th July 2018.

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