Unknown maker, Tïvaevae ta'örei pepe e pua kaute (quilt with butterfly and hibiscus pattern), (detail), circa 1940s, cloth.

Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa 

When:
2 Apr – Oct 2015
Where:
Level 5
Cost:
Free entry
Type:
Arts 

Tivaevae tataura (applique and embroidered quilt) 1996-1997, Quarter, Mi'i, Auckland. Purchased 1999. Te Papa
Tivaevae tataura (applique and embroidered quilt) 1996-1997, Quarter, Mi'i, Auckland. Purchased 1999. Te Papa

A tantalising mix of old favourites and lots of surprises in eight new shows and three refreshed displays.

Tīvaevae: Out of the glory box

Celebrates the art of Cook Islands quilting through Te Papa’s significant collection of tīvaevae.

Remembering the Māori Battalion: Michael Parekowhai exhibition

Michael Parekowhai's flower photographs commemoreate the soldiers of the New Zealand Māori Pioneer Battalion who died on European battlefields during World War I and never returned home.
16 Mar – Jul 2015

Sataua, Savai'i, Western Samoa, 1982. From the series: Polynesia here and there 1982, Jowitt, Glenn (1955–2014), Sataua. Purchased 1983 with Lindsay Buick Bequest funds. Te Papa
Sataua, Savai'i, Western Samoa, 1982. From the series: Polynesia here and there 1982, Jowitt, Glenn (1955–2014), Sataua. Purchased 1983 with Lindsay Buick Bequest funds. Te Papa

Glenn Jowitt: Imaging the Pacific

Honours the work of Glenn Jowitt, who spent more than 30 years photographing Pacific peoples.

Splash! Four contemporary New Zealand paintings

Showcases works by Gretchen Albrecht, Andrew Barber, Fiona Connor, and Allen Maddox that explore painting and mark-marking both in and out of the studio.

Two Artists: Emily Karaka & Shona Rapira Davies

Profiles the work and legacy of two senior Māori artists who opened space for Māori women art makers in the 1980s.

Māori & Pacific Encounters: Ngāti Toa

Historical portraits of Ngāti Toa reveal remarkable stories of encounter in the colonial years of Aotearoa New Zealand.

New Visions New Zealand

Takes a fresh look at modern New Zealand painting through the eyes of a generation of highly imaginative female artists.

Being Modern: Helen Hitchings

Introduces the glamorous taste-maker Helen Hitchings and her ground-breaking gallery of modern art and design.

Louis Rosenberg: Etched into memory

An intimate view of the enticing etchings of American artist and architect Louis Rosenberg.

See artworks from all the galleries on arts.tepapa.govt.nz

John Daley and Lynnsay Rongokea, in front of a tivaevae by Napier Mitaera circa 1992, Daley, John (1946–2012), Cook Islands. Gift of John Daley, 2012. © Te Papa.
John Daley and Lynnsay Rongokea, in front of a tivaevae by Napier Mitaera circa 1992, Daley, John (1946–2012), Cook Islands. Gift of John Daley, 2012. © Te Papa.

More than just an art exhibition

Share your textile treasures

To celebrate the Tīvaevae: Out of the Glory Box exhibition we’re gathering images of hand-made textiles – quilted, knitted, sewn… you name it.  We’d love to see yours!

Do you have a textile treasure to share? Take a photo and upload it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hash tags #tivaevae or #textiletreasures.

See textile treasures shared

Woman responding to art in Nga Toi | Arts Te Papa
More than just an art exhibition

Events

At the heart of Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa is an ongoing programme of events for everyone: curator and artist talks, family activities, late-night events, workshops, and more.
Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa events

Whare Toi | Arts Studio

Bring the whole family to our fantastic studio space with interactive activities for children and adults alike. Draw a self-portrait, share your opinions on art, write your own art-work label and take a selfie.

Up Front

Our information hub is the place to chat with a Host about the exhibition, borrow an audio guide, pick up an Art Detective Kit, and browse our pop-up art and design store! 

Visit arts.tepapa.govt.nz,Te Papa's online home for art, to find out more.

Kids listening to the Kids' Audio Guide in Nga Toi | Arts Te Papa

Kids and families

Audio guide

Our audio guides are no longer available to borrow in the gallery while we prepare for the new Autumn season opening 2 Apr 2015. But you can still listen online!

Tracks from both the adults’ guide and the kids’ guide are available on arts.tepapa.govt.nz.
Adults’ guide tracks
Kids’ guide tracks

Art throughout Te Papa

You can see works from the national art collection on show throughout Te Papa. 
Find out what artworks are on display

Main image credit: Unknown maker, Tïvaevae ta'ōrei pepe e pua kaute (quilt with butterfly and hibiscus pattern), (detail), circa 1940s, cloth. Te Papa (FE012444).