Each of the eighteen rūnanga within Ngāi Tahu are represented here by a work of art depicting a significant land site.
For Ngāi Tahu, the land is whenua—the placenta from which life is sustained. In this exhibition, the re-purposing of early landscape paintings of Te Waipounamu / the South Island as indigenous territory allows us to consider these works within a new frame and to look again at the rich and complex histories we share.
Exhibition number 988
Aberhart Starts Here
Iconic and unseen early photographs of Christchurch by Laurence Aberhart
Olivia Spencer Bower: Views from the Mainland
A selection of watercolours by one of Canterbury’s most treasured artists.
He Rau Maharataka Whenua: A Memory of Land
Canterbury modernist landscape painting from the collections of Te Puna o Waiwhetū Christchurch Art Gallery, poignantly revised from within a Kāi Tahu perspective
Doris Lusk: An Inventive Eye
In the strange, stunned afterlife that ticked slowly by in the first few years following Christchurch’s February 2011 earthquake, a curious note of recognition sounded through the shock and loss. As a massive programme of demolitions relentlessly hollowed out the city, many buildings were incompletely removed and lingered on for months as melancholy remains – stumps abandoned in a forlorn urban forest. Hideous, sculptural, beautiful; they bore compelling resemblance to a body of paintings created in the city more than three decades earlier.
Max Hailstone: Te Ara Takahaka Tapuae / Points of Reference
An exhibition of Max Hailstone's most controversial and important series, using the signatures of the rangatira (Māori chiefs) who signed New Zealand's Treaty of Waitangi in 1840