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Kōkōwai / Painting with Whenua

Saturday 25 June 2022

PRICES

Adult $55

WHEN

Sat 25 June, 15:00-17:00

WHERE

The Artery - The Incubator Creative Village, 159 17th Ave, Tauranga

Guided by Rhian Smith, in this workshop you will have the opportunity to prepare your own pigments and paint your own masterpiece while discussing how to respectfully harvest whenua without leaving a trace.

“Mā te kimi ka kite, mā te kite ka mōhio, mā te mōhio ka mārama.”
“Seek and discover, discover, and know, know and become enlightened.”

Ko Mauao te Maunga
Ko Tauranga te Moana
Ko Taakitimu, ko Mataatua, ko Ngātokimatawhaorua ngā Waka
Ko Ngāti Ranginui, ko Ngāi Te Rangi, ko Ngāpuhi ngā Iwi
Ko Rhian Smith tōku ingoa.

Growing up I was surrounded by a lot of mainstream standards to which I never really fit in. It wasn’t until I immersed myself into my Māori heritage and culture that I was able to see the potential in my own self and in my art.

I enjoy working with various mediums from harakeke and mahi raranga – weaving, to create my own pigments out of koha – gifts from whenua and moana and letting the pigments tell their own story on paper or canvas.

A saying that resonates with me is “Mātauranga doesn’t belong to you, you hold it on behalf of those who need it”. Therefore, I like to weave stories into my art as I believe art can create conversation and the opportunity of sharing mātauranga.

My mahi toi is inspired by my surroundings, the indigenous ability to tell stories in such visual and creative ways and most importantly my whakapapa.

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