He Waka Eke Noa

18 February 2017 – 18 February 2018

Colonial-era portraits represent a legacy that illuminates the present.

An exhibition built around colonial-era, mainly Māori, portraiture and works connected to the theme of colonisation. Portraits by Charles Goldie and Gottfried Lindauer join early photographs by Dr. A.C. Barker, from Alfred Burton’s celebrated 1885 Maori at Home series, and a small number of Ngāi Tahu portraits. Other works with local connections relate to John Robert Godley and the Canterbury settlement, including a portrait by author and short-term sheep farmer Samuel Butler. William Dunning’s Colonisation Triptych (1999) represents a re-examination of history, and together these works of art represent a legacy that continues to resonate.