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Maiangi Waitai: Ātea-ā-rangi—Interstellar

Now on
15 Jun – 20 Oct 2019
Free

Maiangi Waitai, On a mountain her heart goes out wandering, detail, 2012. Stuffed fabric, paint, cardboard & cellophane. Private collections. Image courtesy of Bowen Galleries. Photo Stephen A’Court.

Maiangi Waitai, On a mountain her heart goes out wandering, detail, 2012. Stuffed fabric, paint, cardboard & cellophane. Private collections. Image courtesy of Bowen Galleries. Photo Stephen A’Court.

Bursting with bright colours, magical symbols and cross-cultural characters, Maiangi Waitai’s art is all about exploring the mysteries of the universe.

In her newest project made especially for The Dowse, Maiangi re-imagines oral history traditions related to the Matariki constellation. Creating a superhero figure for each star, complete with its own packaging, she shows us a unique way to consider some of the ideas celebrated in Aotearoa New Zealand during the Māori New Year.

A fun, all-encompassing experience for the whole whānau, this vibrant exhibition explores empowerment, nurturing each other, generosity, gratitude, protection of culture and the environment, working together and having a positive attitude!