Kararaina Te Ira, Puke Ariki curator, showing New Plymouth Girls High students how to take care of art, at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Photo Simon O'Connor, stuff.co.nz

Kararaina Te Ira, Puke Ariki curator, showing New Plymouth Girls High students how to take care of art, at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Photo Simon O'Connor, stuff.co.nz

Open Collection: Tātai Arorangi / Looking Through the Telescope

  • Sat 19 May 2018
  • 2—3PM
  • West ramp
  • Free | Donations appreciated
  • Please note this part of the gallery is steep
  • Assistance may be required for some visitors

Join Kararaina Te Ira for a talk connecting Tātai Arorangi (Māori astronomy) to natural cycles of life and concepts of creation from Te Ao Māori.

Kararaina is Poutiaki Taonga at Puke Ariki (Curator Taonga Māori) and guest curator of the current Open Collection: Tātai Arorangi / Looking Through the Telescope.

In these artworks Tātai Arorangi (Māori astronomy) is seen depicting the connections between women, light, life, darkness and death.

Many indigenous cultures connect the formation of galaxies with conception and childbirth. Creation begins in the womb where it is dark and full of potential and when the cycle of life ends, everything returns to the darkness.


Pat Hanly <em> Mother and child</em> 1969. Govett-Brewster Collection

Pat Hanly Mother and child 1969. Govett-Brewster Collection

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