Toi Hongoeka 2016

Toi @ Hongoeka is an exhibition of artworks by seventeen Māori artists local to Te Upoko o te ika – from Wellington to the Kapiti Coast.

Based at Hongoeka Marae in Plimmerton, Toi @ Hongoeka is a collection by Hongoeka whānau artists, together with the work by their artist friends and whanaunga (relations).

In the exhibition you will see:

Wi Taepa and Miriama Grace-Smith prints, James Molnar paintings, Neke Moa pounamu adornment, and coin jewellery by Matthew McIntyre-Wilson.

Woven art forms made of harakeke (flax) and other plant materials have been created by  Pip Devonshire, Kohai Grace and  Moana Hilliard. Tracey Morgan has made a series of woven forms out of bull kelp, Mark Sykes,  a  waistcoat of harakeke, and Diane Prince, apūtātara” of mixed media, to include houheria or lace bark.  Elaine Bevan, who is of Otaki, but now living in Australia, has sent us her framed “poi” series.

Clare Butler and Maryjane Winiata, also weavers, share a similar theme for this exhibition;  Winiata has made ipu whenua –  harakeke woven baskets to hold baby’s after-birth, and Butler – a waha kura, or  baby’s crib (moenga), is also made of harakeke. 

As second pieces for the exhibition,  these same two have also woven kākahu (garments), such as Butler’s hieke made of a sand sedge called pingāo, and Winiata – a shoulder cape made entirely of muka (flax fibre) and adorned with white albatross feathers.

Also in Toi @ Hongoeka, you will see whakairo work - wood carvings, such as patu (weaponary) by Ranea Aperahama, and tokotoko (walking sticks) by Sidi Reihana. Reihana also presents his “up-cycled” series; sculptures made of recycled materials that tell a story.  

Long term illustrator and kaumātua of Hongoeka, Brian Gunson includes his illustrations for the children’s book “Maraea and the Albatrosses”, written by his sister, author Patricia Grace. The book features alongside Gunson’s illustrations - both the book and illustrations selling as autographed, limited copies.  

Get a preview of the works for sale. Read more about the artists. Toi@Hongoeka is coming soon!