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Friends’ Preview of Toi Art
In the new art gallery on Levels 4 & 5
Thursday 15 March, 3pm - 8pm
Be among the first to see Toi Art, the new home of New Zealand’s national art collection.
Charlotte Davy, Head of Art at Te Papa says the new gallery will be a celebration of New Zealand identities, explored through both new art works and the lens of the national art collection. The exhibitions together give a sense of what New Zealand art is, and how it fits within the Pacific.
Spanning two floors, the newly built gallery offers an additional 35% more floor space and will feature four major exhibitions as well as commissions from leading artists – Michael Parekowhai and Tifffany Singh.
Kaleidoscope: Abstract Aotearoa, is an exploration of colour, shape and pattern in the Pacific, and includes a must-see immersive new artwork by contemporary artist Tiffany Singh.
Turangawaewae: Art and New Zealand is drawn from Te Papa’s extensive art collection and questions ideas of belonging in Aotearoa and offers different visions of how art might help us find a place to stand.
Included are two major retrospective shows by influential New Zealand artists: The Pacific Sisters, an artistic collective working across fashion, performance, music and film; and Lisa Walker, world renowned contemporary jeweller.
During the preview there will be a series of ‘hot-spot’ tours or talks of 15 minutes,in the gallery, giving you the chance to meet the curators and hear about the exhibitions.
The timetable is:
3.45pm Justine Olsen in Lisa Walker
4.15pm Nina Tonga in The Pacific Sisters
4.45pm Megan Tamati-Quennell in Turangawaewae and New Zealand
5.45pm Rebecca Rice in Turangawaewae and New Zealand (portraits)
6.15pm Sarah Farrar in Kaleidoscope: Abstract Aotearoa
6.45pm Chelsea Nichols in Level 5 Foyer on Euan Sinclair collection
The preview is members only. You will be asked to show your current membership card for entry. There is no need to register to attend and you can come anytime between the preview hours of 3pm – 8pm, last entry at 7.30pm.
Espresso on Level 4 will remain open until 8pm (last order 7.45pm). Come after work, meet friends, have a glass of wine, and explore the new gallery at your leisure.
Members only. No cost to attend. Admission on showing your current membership card.