Vahine – Catching the Trade Wind

Lily Laita, Niki Hastings-McFall & Lonnie Hutchinson. This exhibition celebrates their continuing friendship and the significant place they have established in New Zealand's contemporary art scene. Artists in Conversation with Giles Peterson: Sunday 26 March, 2pm.

  • Opening Date: Tuesday, 14 March 2017
  • Closing Date: Sunday, 2 April 2017
  • Opening Time: Tue-Fri 11-5pm, Sat 11-4pm, Sun 11-3pm

It is 15 years since Niki, Lonnie and Lily exhibited the first Vahine show after a residency in Samoa. Together they studied ancient rock platforms called tia seu lupe (pigeon snaring mounds) and discovered symbols, patterns and shapes which revealed the significance of pigeons and pigeon snaring. Despite the sport (which was practiced by men of high rank) being stopped under missionary influence of the last century, its symbols, metaphors and status can still be found in Samoan oratory, and have influenced the artists profoundly.

ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION with Giles Peterson: Sunday 26 March at 2pm

Niki Hastings-McFall has exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand and overseas since 1992 and her work is held in public and private collections nationally and internationally, including the Chartwell Trust, British Museum, GOMA,Museum of Volkekund-Germany,Tjibaou Centre- Noumea, Museum of NZ-Te Papa Tongarewa, University of Auckland, Victoria University,  and many others. Drawing on the traditions of Pacific adornment, Hastings-McFall has created her own unique art practice that explores what it means to be a New Zealander of Pacific Island descent living in the twenty-first century.

Lily Laita completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam in 1990. She later returned to complete her Masters in 2002. Lily of Ngati Raukawa and Samoan descent has had an extensive exhibiting career nationally and throughout Australasia and the Pacific. Since establishing herself as an artist Lily has also established a career in arts education. Her abstracted subjects explore an ambiguous sense of space and time, communicating the interactions between dreams, Pacific mythology, journeys and notions of intuitive and learned knowledge. Lily has had a prolific exhibiting career spaning over 25 years.

Lonnie completed her Bachelor of Design from Unitec in 1997, which was later followed by her Master of Design. As well as a prolific exhibiting career both nationally and internationally, Lonnie has been awarded a number of international residencies and has made work for numerous large scale public commissions. In 2015 Lonnie was awarded the Creative New Zealand Pasifika Contemporary Artist Award. Lonnie's work also belongs in a number of international private and  public collections including the Auckland Art Gallery, Christchurch Art Gallery, Banff, Canada, The Dowse Art Museum, New Zealand High Commission, Washington, Massey University and David Teplitsky Collection, Hong Kong.

Lonnie Hutchinson completed her Bachelor of Design from Unitec in 1997, which was later followed by her Master of Design. As well as a prolific exhibiting career both nationally and internationally, Lonnie has been awarded a number of international residencies and has made work for numerous large scale public commissions. In 2015 Lonnie was awarded the Creative New Zealand Pasifika Contemporary Artist Award. Lonnie's work also belongs in a number of international private and  public collections including the Auckland Art Gallery, Christchurch Art Gallery, Banff, Canada, The Dowse Art Museum, New Zealand High Commission, Washington, Massey University and David Teplitsky Collection, Hong Kong.

 

 

 

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