Te Mata Tūroa o PapaThis Natural World

Kua āhua mai ēnei mahi toi i te takoto me ngā tauira o te mata tūroa o Papatūānuku. Kua āta titiro ngā ringatoi, me ngā kaihanga, ki te taiao, ā, kua kitea te rerehua me ngā tini painga o te ao tūroa.

E whakatauira ana tēnei whakaaturanga i te āhua o te mahi ngātahi a te ringatoi, a te kaihanga hoki ki te taiao – kua tīkina atu ngā āhua me ngā rawa o te ao tūroa hei taura here ki ngā momo mātauranga, me ngā kōrero o te taiao e karapoti nei i a tātou.


The natural world’s forms and rhythms have shaped these artworks. The artists and makers pay close attention to their surroundings, finding beauty and usefulness in nature.

This exhibition demonstrates how artists and makers work with nature – using forms and materials to connect with knowledge and stories held in the natural world around us.

When | Āhea

23 Sep 2023 – 19 May 2024

Where | Ki hea

Toi Art, Level 5

Cost | Te utu

Free entry

Accessibility | E wātea ana ki
  • Wheelchair accessible

  • Low lighting

  • One video with ambient soundscape and some flickering light

  • Seating in front of video

  • One large work with components hanging from roof to floor, without barriers

  • Low barriers around some art works

  • Smell of dried seaweed used in one artwork

  • Audio guide with transcripts

Find out more about accessibility at Te Papa

This Natural World features the following artists:

  • Raewyn Atkinson

  • Chris Charteris

  • Karl Fritsch

  • Eléna Gee

  • Christine Hellyar

  • Kauae Raro Research Collective

  • Alan Preston

  • Joe Sheehan

  • Te Aue Takotoroa Davis

Watch Raewyn Atkinson discussing I too am in Paradise II

This Natural World exhibition view, showing three rain capes (a hieke by Te Aue Takotoroa Davis, a pākē, and a kahu tōī), Karl Fritsch’s Kelp, 2023 in the background, and a case of Kauae Raro Research Collective’s whenua pigments, 2023. Te Papa (236085)

Alan Preston, Black Foreshore, 2004, shell shards, silver pin, glue. Te Papa (2013-0001-2/AA to BV)

Christine Hellyar, Fluttering and settling, 1991, white earthenware, staining, casting from moulds, copper electro-plating. Commissioned 1991, in partnership with Expo NZ 1992 Ltd and the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand. Te Papa (1996-0033-22/AA to FH)

This Natural World exhibition view, showing part of Karl Fritsch’s Kelp, 2023 and Raewyn Atkinson’s I too am in Paradise II, 2018 projected onto the wall accompanied by the artist’s Urn and base, 2023. Te Papa (236088)

A collection of whenua (earth) pigments by Kauae Raro Research Collective, 2023. Te Papa

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