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Tour: Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection

Monday 17 October 2022

Join Kaiwhakarākei Curator Collections Sophie Thorn from Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery on an afterhours tour of the Ngā puhipuhi o Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection.

The Art Collection is a nationally significant repository of more than 600 art works by modern and contemporary New Zealand artists. This unique collection has been built since 1947 and is now cared for by Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery on behalf of the Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection Trust. The new Te Reo name for the Art Collection ‘Ngā puhipuhi o Te Herenga Waka’ was recently gifted to the collection by the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Māori. The name plays on the Māori name of the university as the mooring or hitching place of canoes. It extends this metaphor by referring to the collection as the puhipuhi, the bunches of feathers that are used to adorn, draw attention to, and enhance the mana of waka, people, and weapons. Come along to find out interesting titbits from deep in the collection files and think through why particular works hang where they do.

Sophie Thorn has been with the Gallery since 2014. She holds a Master of Arts in Art History and Theory from the University of Canterbury and a Diploma in Law and Collections Management through the London Institute of Art Law. She studied Heritage Materials Science through the Physical Sciences department at Te Herenga Waka-–Victoria University of Wellington and at the Chemical Institute of Technology in Prague, Czech Republic. She has held positions at the Canterbury Museum, Experience Wellington, and Te Manawa Museums Trust. She recently co-curated the exhibition Listening Stone Jumping Rocks with Associate Professor of Art History Tāhuhu Kōrero Toi Su Ballard.


Monday 17 October 2022