Posts categorized as Art

Royal highlights: A portrait of Queen Mary

Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Mary, 1938. Elwes, Simon. Gift of the Women of New Zealand, 1939. Te Papa

  With the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to New Zealand, it’s the perfect moment to ask what some of Te Papa’s treasures tell us about our feelings towards royalty.  Lorde’s critical and irreverent take on the ‘Royals’ of her mega-hit song runs counter to the overwhelming royalty loyalty of our past… Read more »

Unpacking Shi Lu

Getting there…come along from this Saturday, 22 March 2014, to see the end result…

There is something magical about the installation period for an exhibition. As Paul Alexander, the lead exhibition preparator for Shi Lu: A revolution in paint, says, it’s a lot like Christmas. Having spent hours poring over plans with thumbnail images, it’s exciting getting the works out, getting them ready, and getting them on the wall…. Read more »

Teacher Professional Development: Visual Culture and Visual Arts in ECE

  • Inside the painting, Photographer: Te Papa and Lisa Terreni, © Te Papa and Lisa Terreni
  • Art responses, Photographer: Te Papa and Lisa Terreni, © Te Papa and Lisa Terreni
  • Art responses, Photographer: Te Papa and Lisa Terreni, © Te Papa and Lisa Terreni
  • Art responses, Photographer: Te Papa and Lisa Terreni, © Te Papa and Lisa Terreni

Art galleries are a great resource for young learners, but often teachers can feel quite daunted at the prospect of visiting them! One of our goals in Te Papa Education is to build teacher knowledge, skill, and confidence in engaging and responding to art with young children, and so, on Saturday 1st March, we held our first… Read more »

Alexis Hunter (1948-2014)

Te Papa is saddened to hear about the death of London-based New Zealand artist Alexis Hunter on 24 February 2014. Three years after completing her studies at the Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland in 1969, Hunter relocated to England and established herself in London. She was an active participant in… Read more »

A Theremin goes for a walk in Nga Toi.

  What do a Theremin, a harp, a harmonium, tape delay, and Colin McCahon have to do with each other?  This Sunday in Nga Toi Arts Te Papa Riki Gooch will be performing a collaborative composition in response to Walk (series c) by Colin McCahon. The harp, harmonium, tape delay and the theremin are just some… Read more »

Riki Gooch walks with McCahon.

Riki Gooch Photographer Kathrin Simon. © Katrin Simon

As part of the current Nga Toi Arts Te Papa season we are fortunate enough to work alongside our curators, some of the exhibiting artists, and scholars to help produce our audience engagement programme. One initiative is to ask writers, poets, visual artists, performers and musicians to produce artistic responses to works exhibited in Nga Toi Arts Te Papa. One of… Read more »

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 »