20 Sep 2022
On Saturday May 28th 2022, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and the Ngāmotu Pacific community participated in a day of art and culture recognising and celebrating Pacific arts in our community.
We heard from Pasifika artists and thought-leaders on the future of Pacific arts in Taranaki, learnt traditional weaving techniques in workshops, enjoyed dance performances, live tatau demonstrations and much more on this Pasifika-packed occasion.
Lalaga is a pan-Pacific concept meaning ‘to weave’ or ‘woven’. In this context the event brought together different strands of Pasifika culture expressed through art forms – both traditional and contemporary - within the unique setting that is Taranaki.
Lalaga was an opportunity to ‘get to know’ each other, inspired by the physical process of weaving, which creates a platform that allows talanoa (conversations) to take place – to build relationships and shape the future.
This inaugural event marked a new chapter for Pasifika creative arts within the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in Ngāmotu, Taranaki.
Special thanks to:
Taranaki Vaimoana Charitable Trust
WITT - Western Institute of Technology
Workshop Hosts / Artists / Performers:
Ella Tiafau Loheni Stancil
IVI - Making Spaces Collective
Ngāmotu Samoan Weavers
Videography: Matavai Taulangau
Music: S.F.T - Rare Storm & Te Vaka - Mataloa
Motion Graphics: Matt White