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Contemporary Jewellery in Aotearoa (revisited 2020): Areta Wilkinson & Alan Preston

Author: Steph McDonald, Communications Manager

Relive a defining moment in Aotearoa’s jewellery history, with this special presentation by Areta Wilkinson, Alan Preston and special guests at The Dowse Art Museum, 12 July 2020.

Selection of works presented as part of the talk, 20 July 2020. Photo: Isobel Mackinnon

Selection of works presented as part of the talk, 20 July 2020. Photo: Isobel Mackinnon

Areta Wilkinson, Hei Tupa, 2013. Ngā Hokohoko at The Dowse, 2020. Photo by Nick Taylor

Areta Wilkinson, Hei Tupa, 2013. Ngā Hokohoko at The Dowse, 2020. Photo by Nick Taylor

Join some of the most innovative jewellers of the past 40 years, as they revisit and update their lively and prestigious keynote presentation delivered at The Design Museum Die Neue Sammlung, Munich as part of Schmuck Jewellery Week in 2016.

A tūturu kiwi-iwi PowerPoint, complete with hongi and waiata, exchange of jewellery pieces, costume changes and quirky slides displaying New Zealand, it showed the longstanding friendship of the jewellers inter-woven with tikanga Māori. Contemporary Jewellery Aotearoa New Zealand: Māori, Oceanic and International practices underpinning Fingers development for 40 years, became an instant hit.

This was a ground breaking moment for New Zealand jewellery, and makes public this unique dynamic and bicultural whakapapa. 'We demonstrated our tikanga and this collective identity and that was Māori and Pākehā together,' says Areta.

This talk ran in conjunction with Ngā Hokohoko, an exhibition exploring the kaupapa of hokohoko–exchange, trade, barter–within the contemporary jewellery community in Aotearoa.

Curated by Gina Matchitt (Te Arawa, Whakatōhea) 2019 Blumhardt/Creative New Zealand Curatorial Intern. 

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