An elite line up of Maori artists aligned to toi iho will be showing their work from October 13 – 23, in the awesome new Waka Maori on Auckland’s waterfront in the Rugby World Cup’s Fanzone.
Sandy Adsett, Clive Fugill, Steve Gibbs, Gordon Hatfield, Ross Hemera, Moana Maniapoto, Hepi Maxwell, Baye Riddell, Paerau Corneal, Sonia Snowden, Colleen Waata-Urlich, Cliff Whiting, and Robyn Kahukiwa will no doubt impress both local and international viewers. As well as the line up of Maori artists showing in Waka Maori, Chris Bailey, Te Rongo Kirkwood and Carla Ruka, are showing artworks in the Eden Park Rugby World Cup VIP lounges as part of a TIKI and Rugby New Zealand 2011 coordinated project. And at the newly opened Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, the work of toi iho supported artists, Ralph Hotere, Fred Graham, Arnold Wilson, Shane Cotton, Para Matchitt, Michael Parekowhai are being exhibited.
Even the new Te Wao Nui at Auckland’s Zoo shows the works of Lyonel Grant, Manos Nathan and Bernard Makoare including the 7m tall sculpture at the entranceway. In his exhibition entitled ‘ Re-patterning at Parnell Road’s artisgallery, toi iho advocate, furniture and interior artist, Carin Wilson presents his new work until Oct 13.
All in all this is a great time to check out some awesome Maori talent. Toi iho, the mark of Maori authenticity and high quality are bringing some great work to Auckland and our many World Cup Visitors.