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Taonga Pūoro Showcase Exhibition


The Calder & Lawson Gallery will present the Tōku Reo, Tōku Ohooho: Taonga Pūoro Showcase Exhibition, which will feature some of the University of Waikato’s taonga pūoro collection alongside contemporary artworks from the University Art Collection and individual artists. It will offer a snapshot of artists working with images, forms, design, music, or concepts related to taonga pūoro. Supporting the exhibition is a public program outlined below.

An Artist Collaboration Day will take place on Wednesday 13 February; it will be an opportunity for artists to get together, talk, brainstorm and collaborate.

On the evening of Friday 15 February a special taonga pūoro Performance/Showcase event featuring international practitioner performers James Thornton Webster, Horomona Horo and Warren Warbrick. Also including Paddy Free and local artists Jeremy Mayall, Waimihi Hotere and Noel Kaa Reid and more. It will be a performance of a variety of accomplished taonga pūoro players and musicians. There will be a koha entry on the door.

Throughout Saturday 16 February, there will be a Taonga Puroro Showcase Open Day featuring workshops, presentations and performances taking place in Te Whare Tāpere Iti within the Academy including:
• Karetao by James Webster
• ‘How to play’ by Hinewirangi Kohu
• Taonga Pūoro playing, collaboration techniques, sounds and history presentations by Horomona Horo
• Discussion Panel ‘Toku Reo, Toku Ohooho/My Language, My Awakening’ on Taonga Pūoro today and into the future, featuring all artists in attendance.



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Location: University of Waikato, Gate 2b, Knighton Road, Hamilton
Date: February 17, 2019
End Date: April 5, 2019