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Issue #4 – Jan 2014

Tuhoromatakaka (Maggie Papakura's house)

On looking inside

Lissa Mitchell on Letting Us In and the domestic interior in photography
Darryn George in his studio, Christchurch, December 2013. Photograph by Lara Strongman

What would yellow look like

Artist Darryn George interviewed by Lara Strongman

Poking holes in the space beyond

Sarah Farrar on Colin McCahon’s environments
Walk (Series C)

Inside the wild (Te Henga, December 2013)

A poem by Paula Green in response to Colin McCahon’s Walk (Series C)
Walk (Series C)


A poem by James Brown in response to Colin McCahon’s Walk (Series C)
He Tohu

Mana modernism

Deidre Brown on the second season of Te Ao Hou | Modern Maori Art
Art News from Elsewhere

Poetry about painting

Greg O'Brien discusses poetry about painting, with reference to the work of Ashleigh Young, and the Te Papa project Walk With Me: Contemporary Poets Respond to Colin McCahon.

The painting and the poem

Ashleigh Young blogs on writing a poem in response to Colin McCahon’s late beach-painting Walk (Series C)

'Generation 15'

The past and present lives of Native Americans in New York will be the focus for New Zealand sculptor Brett Graham (Ngati Koroki Kahukura)

Permanent pavillion

Turkey has signed the lease on a 'permanent venue', ensuring the country’s presence at the Venice Biennale for the next 20 years

The power of patience

professor of history of art and architecture Jennifer L. Roberts on teaching students the value of deceleration and immersive attention

Sherlock Holmes, eat your heart out

Using astrophysicists to date a Monet masterpiece

Art with Mary Kisler : Freedom Farmers

Senior Curator at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, discussing the exhibition Freedom Farmers : New Zealand Artists Growing Ideas. (14:28)

White Fungus goes global

Taiwan-based White Fungus magazine, founded in 2004 in New Zealand by brothers Mark and Ron Hanson, recently signed a major deal for worldwide distribution.

Art Media

Dutiful daughter of New Zealand jewellery

Jeweller Lisa Walker is interviewed by jeweller and teacher Peter Decker about found materials and studying and working in Germany
Art news from Te Papa's blog

Royal Insights: The Royal School of Needlework

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Royal highlights: A portrait of Queen Mary

  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.....

Unpacking Shi Lu

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,.....

Shi Lu and the Year of the Horse

The horse has loomed large in China’s long and storied past. It’s not surprising then, that several pop up in the works of the master.....

The tale of the Te Papa taniwha

This blog comes from our lovely Audience Engagement intern, Shonagh Lowerson-Head: On Sunday 2nd March, as part of our Seaweek Family Fun Day, a new.....

Teacher Professional Development: Visual Culture and Visual Arts in ECE

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.....

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.....

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.....

Riki Gooch walks with McCahon.

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,.....

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.....