Posts categorized as Art

A walk along Muriwai Beach

It was one of the best days this year for me:  walking along the vast, luminous west coast beach with jeweller Alan Preston. He strolled, collecting shells with an eye on the tide and recalled Colin McCahon’s influence on his work, White Foreshore.  McCahon’s years at Muriwai are reflected in his remarkable series of paintings including Walk… Read more »

Responding to Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa in your Early Years classroom

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Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa on Level 5 is a wonderful resource for Early Years (ECE-Y2) groups! I wanted to share a few of the ideas I had for classroom responses to artworks and collections ‘on the wall’ at the moment. Perhaps you can contribute some ideas too? Colin McCahon, Walk (Series C) , 1973 In Walk with Me – Art… Read more »

Dr Who?

Zinnias, 1911, United Kingdom. Nicholson, William. Gift of the National Art Collections Fund, London, 1954. Te Papa

Happy news for historical art lovers: Te Papa is soon to have a newly appointed Curator Historical International Art. Dr Mark Stocker is currently a lecturer at University of Otago’s Department of History and Art History, where he has been Associate Professor since 2003. He is an expert on historical European art, particularly in the… Read more »

More than a footnote – Frances Hodgkins’ textile designs

There are a number of paintings by Frances Hodgkins (1869-1947) in the latest season of  Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa  – Te Papa’s new, changing programme of art from the national collection and beyond. Among them are familiar favourites waiting to be revisited - including Hodgkins’ wonderful impressionistic view of a group of women on a windswept Wellington… Read more »

Petrus van der Velden died in Auckland one hundred years ago today, destitute and far from his native Netherlands. He had arrived in Christchurch in the summer of 1890-91, the beginning of a decade credited with changing the path of New Zealand’s painting. Already an established artist, whose work and attitude had impressed the young… Read more »

Wearable of the Week # 10: A Day of the Dead Special!

Danse Macabre by Mercy Brewer (NZ), 2012. World of WearableArt. Photo by:

Over the next two days Te Papa is celebrating Día de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead in conjunction with the exhibition Aztecs: Conquest and Glory. Whether you are marking Day of the Dead or All Souls Day aka Halloween, what better garment to chose for this week’s ‘Wearable’ than Mercy Brewer’s ghoulish yet alluring La… Read more »

Experiments With Light

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‘It was hands on and practical and really rather fun!’ ‘Relaxed interactive professional’  ‘I have so many ideas and am so excited’ Comments made by participants at the Experiments with Light primary teacher’s workshop at Te Papa last week. This cross-curricular workshop introduced teachers to artist Bill Culbert (currently showing in the New Zealand Pavilion… Read more »

Berry Boys: Introducing the ‘Berry Girls’

The ‘Berry Boys’ began as an internal nickname for the men depicted in Te Papa’s collection of soldier portraits by the Wellington photography studio Berry & Co. Amongst the soldiers, however, are some anomalies.  Flicking through the collection on mass, something about a couple of soldier portraits demanded a closer inspection. The body shape, the  face, the hair… Read more »

Wearable of the Week # 9

Powelliphanta Pine by Sally Spackman, 2012. World of WearableArt.

This week’s wearable is by Sally Spackman, a recent graduate from Massey University’s fashion design degree. Made from hundreds, if not thousands of coiled pine needles, the spiralled forms that make up Powelliphanta Pine are inspired by the beautiful shells of New Zealand’s powelliphanta snails – the ‘giants of the snail world’.  Powelliphanta snails, of which… Read more »