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View of a gallery space. It is dimly lit. In the foreground hangs large pieces of kelp lit by a rainbow of neon lighting. In the background, projected onto the wall, is a video work comprising of many ceramic pots housing plants the are outgrowing them

Te Mata Tūroa o Papa This 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 – mid 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

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