Our visual arts programme 2023, Kia Mau te Wehi! curated by Jamie Berry is an exhibition where te ao toi speaks stories, where it pays homage to the rich cultural tapestry of Te Whanganui-a-Tara and its enduring mauri as a grounding space that has always nurtured, encouraged and inspired artists. Kia Mau te Wehi! is proud to be the visual arts cornerstone of the Kia Mau Festival.
Through mahi toi of mana whenua, tangata whenua and tangata moana artists who have a strong connection to Te Whanganui-a-Tara, be it through whakapapa or migration, this exhibition is an exploration of the tangible influence drawn from this unique whenua. A blend of 18 emerging and established artists, and spanning a multitude of disciplines from moving image, design, digital media to carving and weaving and beyond, Kia Mau te Wehi! is a space for the artists to reflect, tell their stories, to come together, and to celebrate.
Immerse yourself in the world of Kia Mau te Wehi!, Kia Mau Festival and Te Whanganui-a-Tara by embarking on a journey of discovery across the 9 participating locations around the city. Traverse the exhibitions, engage with the artworks and connect with the mauri of the Te Whanganui-a-Tara as you absorb the rich diversity of the creative visions.
Kia Mau te Wehi! will be showing for the duration of Kia Mau Festival, (02 – 17 June) at participating locations around Pōneke. Nau mai, haramai – you will discover the artists’ mahi toi as part of Kia Mau te Wehi!
02 – 17 June 2023
Across Te Whanganui-a-Tara
Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga a mahaki, Rongowhakaata, Ngāpuhi
I am a Multidisciplinary Artist originally from Turanganui-a-kiwa and have spent the last 20 years residing in Te Whanganui-a-tara. I have always appreciated the vibrant, creative energy present in Pōneke, and can credit much of who I am as an Artist to this beautiful city.
I am honoured to be curating the Visual Arts programme this year for Kia Mau Festival, 6 – 17 June. My intention is to exhibit tangata whenua and tangata moana Artists, who I admire and who have a strong connection to Pōneke, to showcase their mahi toi within the city landscape we love and are inspired by. Pōneke will be humming during the Kia Mau Festival, with emerging and established Artists working in many different Artforms presented in participating locations around the city.
Advocating the energy we as Artists give back to this space and time. Kia Mau Festival is a special event where we as indigenous Artists of all disciplines can come together and celebrate each other.