Art Babies

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A change of scene for parents and caregivers. Bring the baby in the buggy or front pack and enjoy a relaxed tour of Turumeke Harrington: He pito mata, I'm energetic! with Curator Sian van Dyk, followed by playtime and complimentary morning tea.

Art Babies is best suited to those with babies up to twelve months. Book your space now (no booking needed for your baby).

Turumeke Harrington: He pito mata, I'm energetic!
Having had too many school report cards in her life that included comments like “has potential, should try harder”, Turumeke Harrington is on a mission to offer us an alternative form of encouragement.

Drawing on the whakataukī "iti noa ana, he pito mata”, Harrington builds this new work in reference to pito mata—the uncooked portion of kūmara that is replanted for future growth. Within her installation, bright green silk curtains and steel waharoa recall the creation myth, where new life sprang from Te Kore, while rugs on the ground represent the separation of Rakinui and Papatūānuku by Tāne-mahuta and his brothers, who made space for humans to flourish.

Inviting us to wander through a make-shift forest scattered with furniture, Harrington explores the interconnectedness of nature, people and the marae in an interactive space that reminds us that our futures are full of infinite potential.