Adornment and Identity – years 7–13 education visit

Explore identity through adornment – and create a digital collage to express your own identity.

  • Learning areas and strands Visual Arts, Technology, English, Art History, Social Sciences
  • Education type Education visit
  • Duration 90 minutes
  • Suitable for Years 7–13
  • Next available Late March 2018
  • Cost $6.50 per student. Free for teachers and parent helpers
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How do we adorn ourselves and why? Can adornment express our identity and help to tell our stories?

Using art works in our new galleries, we focus on examples of adornment, from 19th-century portraits to contemporary dress and jewellery by the Pacific Sisters collective and Lisa Walker.

In Hīnātore, our learning lab, students adorn themselves with both paper and digital collages using art works from Te Papa’s collection. They create a portrait of themselves wearing a unique piece of adornment that represents their identity and illustrates their connections to the world.



Pacific Sisters, Ani O'Neill, Niwhai Tupaea, Rosanna Raymond, Suzanne Tamaki, 21st Sentry Cyber Sister, 1997, New Zealand. Te Papa