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The commissions include an interactive exhibition in the Gallery’s family-friendly Creative Learning Centre by Charlotte Graham; a new installation by Ana Iti on the Gallery’s exterior sculpture terrace, connecting the Gallery with nearby Albert Park; and a major new work by Reuben Paterson to be installed in the Gallery’s forecourt pool in 2021.
In the Gallery’s prominent North Atrium, an installation by Emily Karaka will be the largest artist commission of her career. The windows of the Gallery’s South Atrium, meanwhile, are the location for a colourful, two-storey-high installation by Sandy Adsett who explores kōwhaiwhai in his work Puhoro, 2020. A new, two-storey-high installation work based on the female deity Hine-nui-te-po has been produced by Mata Aho Collective in collaboration with artist Maureen Lander; and in the Gallery’s historic Mackelvie Gallery, Shane Cotton has co-curated an exhibition room that will place work by contemporary Māori artists alongside the Gallery’s historical art collection and an exciting new commission work from the artist himself.
Other major new works to be shown for the first time have been produced by Reweti Arapere; Shona Rapira-Davies; Matekino Lawless and Christina Horihia Wirihana; Te Rongo Kirkwood; Ngataiharuru Taepa; Areta Wilkinson and more.
Hei te roanga o te whakaaturanga, ka huraina e Toi Tū Toi Ora ētahi mahi toi whakahirahira hou, i tonoa e ngā ringatoi puta noa i Aotearoa.
Kei roto i ngā mahi tono nei, ko tētahi whakaaturanga pāhekoheko i te wāhanga whakarata whānau o te Taiwhanga arā te Pokapū Ako Auaha nā Charlotte Graham; he toi puni hou nā Ana Iti kei te parehua tāraitanga o waho a te Taiwhanga, e hono ana i te Taiwhanga ki te Pāka o Arapeta; He mahi toi whakahirahira hou nā Reuben Paterson ka whakairia ki te puna o te ātea o te Taiwhanga hei tērā tau.
Kei te Taiwhanga Raki o te Taiwhanga Matua tētahi toi puni nā Emily Karaka, ā, ka noho koinei tana mahinga toi nui rawa atu. Waihoki, ko ngā matapihi o te Taiwhanga Tonga o te Taiwhanga Matua te wāhi e kitea ai tētahi toi puni muramura, e rua papanga te teitei, nā Sandy Adsett, e whakamahi ana i ngā tauira kōwhaiwhai mō tana mahi e kīia nei ko Puhoro,2020. Kua waihangatia tētahi toi puni hou, e rua papanga te teitei mō Hine-nui-te-pō e Te Kohinga Mata Aho, i te taha i te ringatoi Maureen Lander; ā, kei te whakairinga tawhito o Mackelvie o te Taiwhanga, kua raupītia e Shane Cotton tētahi whakaaturanga e whakanoho ana i ngā mahi a ngā ringa toi o nāianei i te taha o ngā kohinga toi tawhito o te Taiwhanga.
Ko ētahi atu mahi toi matua hou ka whakaatutia mō te wā tuatahi, kua waihangatia e Reweti Arapere; Shona Rapira-Davies; Matekino Lawless rāua ko Christina Hurihia Wirihana; Te Rongo Kirkwood; Ngataiharuru Taepa; Areta Wilkinson me ētahi atu.
Sandy Adsett Puhoro, 2020, commissioned by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2020, supported by the Auckland Contemporary Art Trust.