Ngā mihi

Like me, you will be excited to hear that this summer we will be able to view some of China’s most ancient treasures in Te Papa’s summer exhibition, Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality. This amazing 2,300-year-old underground army, hidden from view for more than 2,000 years and only re-discovered in 1974, will be in the new level four Toi Art galleries. This means that not only will you have the rare opportunity to see these powerful works up close, but also see how the new art spaces can be reconfigured to provide innovative and exciting spaces to experience art. The exhibition will open on 15 December, so join us for a first look at the Friends preview on 14 December. More details to come.

Toi Art has had over 200,000 visitors since opening in March and the first big change of exhibitions is coming up. We will miss the fabulous Pacific Sisters: Fashion Activists and Lisa Walker’s intriguing jewellery survey, I want to go to my bedroom but can’t be bothered, but two new exhibitions are soon to open: the magical Curious Creatures and Marvellous Monsters and Tony Fomison: Lost in the Dark, focusing on the artist’s early paintings. Come and hear curator Chelsea Nichols talk on Fomison and the rich imagery that lurks in his works. You can find more information and make a booking here.

Your committee have been busy planning more exciting events and visits for the next few months, so look out for our newsletter and make sure you don’t miss out. If you do, please let the Office know, as sometimes we are able to offer a second event. The response to the 2019 visit to Egypt, exclusive to the Friends, has been so enthusiastic we are delighted that Innovative Travel has arranged a second one. You can find out more here.

In the meantime, next in the Friends fascinating series of fashion lectures, Dr Peter McNeil will look at fashion and textiles, and the power of the flower. Bring your friends and family and enjoy an end-of-week glass of bubbles and a feast for the eyes. For bookings and more information see here.

Nāku noa, nā

Elizabeth Kay