Hīnaki are skilfully made forms used as eel traps. They are baited and then placed in a river’s current, or weighted down on the riverbed where the eels enter the inverted openings and can’t escape. Wellington artist Matthew McIntyre-Wilson talks to Mātauranga Māori Curator Isaac Te Awa about learning from the hīnaki in our collection.
Immersive stories: Rita Angus paintings on Google Arts and Culture
Immerse yourself in ten stories about Rita Angus and some of her paintings from our collection on Google Arts and Culture. Learn about her life and thoughts while she was painting in locations around Aotearoa New Zealand.
Quentin Angus is a composer based in New York, and the great-nephew of celebrated painter Rita Angus. Watch and listen to a performance of Quentin’s composition, Rita, inspired by the artist’s life, values, and her outstanding and diverse body of work.
Studio portrait photography in Aotearoa New Zealand
Studio portraits taken in a professional photographer’s studio – often making use of backdrops or props – were for formal, posed portraits, as well as informal, candid photographs of people, and sometimes their pets.
Art and wellbeing with Tiffany Singh, Ella Brewer, Catherine Spence, and Martin Awa Clarke Langdon
Panellists from science, health, education, and arts backgrounds explore how the relationship between the arts and health can offer diverse and dynamic settings for expressive restorative, educational, and therapeutic benefits.
“There is nowhere to go if something’s inside of you”: Wellington High School’s Elijah Neilson on Tony Fomison
“I think much of what he paints is an expression of feelings too big for your body. He makes these things that impress upon you from the outside. That can feel better than something emerging from the inside, because there is nowhere to go if something’s inside of you.”
How to design an exhibition for teens? Co-create it with them
‘Tony Fomison: Lost in the Dark’ is co-created with students from Wellington High School, which involved working together across a number of creative sessions. Here, Experience Designer Chloe Johnston channels her inner teen.
Accompanying the portrait wall in ‘Tūrangawaewae: Art and New Zealand’ are digital interactives that allow you to dive deeper into the conservation efforts that prepared the paintings for exhibition, and reveal hidden histories.
Stories behind the portraits – in New Zealand Sign Language
Curator Historical New Zealand Art Rebecca Rice and Curator Mātauranga Māori Matariki Williams tell NZSL Presenter Theresa Cooper about four of the artworks on the portrait wall in Tūrangawaewae: Art and New Zealand.
‘I’ve never seen the gallery like this before’: Experiencing Toi Art through dance
Transfixed by BodyCartography Project’s ‘Walk with me’ tour of Toi Art, Head of Exhibition Renewal Frith Williams wrote down her thoughts in the middle of the night, “so I could remember it later.” Here’s what she wrote.
Watch: Ngā Tai Whakarongorua | Encounters timelapse
This portrait wall forms part of the Toi Art exhibition ‘Tūrangawaewae: Art & New Zealand’, which spans historical portraiture to contemporary practice, with art works that inspire and provoke, question and console.
Watch: Bill Culbert installing 'Daylight flotsam Venice' (2013) and 'Drop' (2013)
Artist Bill Culbert created 'Daylight flotsam Venice' (2013) and 'Drop' (2013) as part of his exhibition at the Venice Biennale, where he represented New Zealand in 2013. Here, he installs the work for their first exhibition in New Zealand at Te Papa.
In in Pursuit of Venus [infected], Lisa Reihana uses costume carefully to construct the encounters between European and Pacific cultures. She has been exploring how costume creates character throughout her artistic career. One of the earliest examples is Wog Features (1990). Watch an excerpt here.
Watch: Designing wedding garments for 'Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion'
Watch interviews with New Zealand designers including Francis Hooper, Denise L’Estrange-Corbet, and Benny Castles, whose designs were exhibited in 'Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion' during the summer of 2011–2012.