Since 1984: He aha te ahurea-rua? 


Waikare Komene, Johnson Witehira, Tanya Ruka, Rik Wilson, Elisapeta Heta, Sarah Hudson,

Will Ngakuru, Ammon Ngakuru, Rangituhia Hollis, Jeremy Leatinu'u.


Curated by Martin Awa Clarke Langdon




ST PAUL St Gallery One
Opening 5.30pm Thursday 16 April

17 April – 22 May 2015


Since 1984: He aha te ahurea-rua? brings together artists from the ‘kohunga reo generation’ – to which curator Martin Awa Clarke Langdon also belongs – 30 years on. Acknowledging events of the 80s (including the monumental impact of the internationally touring exhibition Te Māori) that lead to prioritisation of mātauranga Māori within New Zealand education systems, it asks: How has the institutionalisation of biculturalism informed and affected Māori artists emerging from such systems? The exhibition includes a range of practices that engage with the ambitions and complications of the term ‘biculturalism’; the artwork and positions advocated for are as diverse and wide ranging as the artists’ backgrounds and levels of affiliation.  


Taking its cue from one of the works in the exhibition, Elisapeta Heta’s Noho Symposium, pivots on the practice of wānanga. Here wānanga is understood through the application and understanding of tikanga both in its formal and functional role within the New Zealand education system and conceptually: as an open discussion to arrive at shared understanding. Heta’s work will provide the occasion for a full weekend of korero among invited participants.


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The Custom of the Sea

Richard Lewer

ST PAUL St Gallery Two 

10 April – 15 May 2015

Opening 5.30pm 9 April


Richard Lewer The Custom of the Sea (animation still) 2015 


Lewer’s painting The Custom of the Sea (2012) was inspired by the true story of four men cast adrift after their yacht The Mignonette was destroyed in a storm while sailing from England to Australia in 1884.  After more than two weeks without food and fresh water, two of the men, Dudley and Stephens, made the decision to kill and eat the ill and unconscious fourth crew member in order that the remaining three might survive, the third crew member objected. The intensely personal struggle, responsibility and acceptance involved in making the decision is captured in the painting by the heavy hunched shouldered figures and the dark brooding light on this raw extreme moment. For his exhibition at St Paul St Lewer will revisit this story and his painting to develop an animation and wall drawing for Gallery Two.

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