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ATE: Journal of Māori Art is out now

Author: Alex Grace, Communications and Relationships Manager

                                                Te tau o taku ate

On Saturday 22 June we were the happy venue for the launch of ATE: JOURNAL OF MĀORI ART co-edited by our esteemed friends Matariki Williams (Tūhoe, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Hauiti, Taranaki) and Bridget Reweti (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi).

In their opening text WRITING FROM THE CENTRE, Bridget and Matariki close with the following paragraph.

“All who have supported ATE will no doubt understand the need for writing on Māori art, and for you we don’t need to labour the point that we need more of it: Māori art needs more, Māori writing needs more. And we hope in the future there will be more. We hope that the next generation of artists writers, students, academics and family members will build and ultimately surpass us on the quality, criticality and colleagiality that writing from one’s own cultural centre demands.”

We couldn’t agree more and are thrilled to be selling ATE in our shop. This is important and meaningful work, by amazing people featuring the work of many esteemed Māori artists including Cath Brown, Sandy Adsett, Rachel Shearer and women carvers. Please, support this extraordinary kaupapa, buy a copy yourself and ask your local library to do the same.

To Bridget and Matariki: we are filled with admiration for your tenacity, commitment and generosity. This journal is an important part of our world and will contribute to the health and sustainability of great art in Aotearoa for a long time to come.

Ngā mihi nui ki a kōrua
The Dowse whānau

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