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Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art at Britomart

We're proud to join Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tāmaki's monumental celebration of contemporary Māori art by hosting a satellite show of one huge new permanent work and three temporary new installation works by four Māori artists.

01 • 12 • 20Arts & CultureThe Interview

Toi Tū Toi Ora: Lyonel Grant & Tim Gruchy

Lyonel Grant (Ngāti Pikia, Te Arawa) is often described as a carver, but his work is always pushing boundaries. For Toi Tū Toi Ora’s satellite exhibition at Britomart, he collaborated with artist Tim Gruchy, the creator of SCOUT, the 2012 work in Takutai Square that takes a range of environmental data and uses artificial intelligence paradigms to translate that into ever-changing images on a vertical LED screen. Together, they devised SCOUT: Wawata Hōhonu, a process that introduced images of Lyonel’s carvings as the foundations of SCOUT’s deep dreaming process. Here, Lyonel and Tim talk to Britomart’s Jeremy Hansen about their collaboration.

01 • 12 • 20Arts & CultureThe Interview

Toi Tū Toi Ora: Lonnie Hutchinson

Lonnie Hutchinson (Kai Tahu, Ngāti Kuri ki Kai Tahu, Samoan) uses intricate patterns in her artworks to tell stories of her ancestors. Here at Britomart, she references the Ngāi Tahu creation story, which features not only Papatūānuku, the earth, and Takaroa, the progenitor of the oceans, but a third protagonist, Rakinui. Hutchinson’s work at Britomart, Aroha ki te Ora (Lover of Life) is comprised of two sets of three panels, with one panel representing each of the three characters in the creation story. Here, she speaks to Jeremy Hansen about the inspiration of her whakapapa, and the pleasures of creating public art. 

01 • 12 • 20Arts & CultureThe Interview

Toi Tū Toi Ora: Charlotte Graham


Charlotte Graham (Pare Waikato, Pare Hauraki) created a series of flags designed to bring the healing energies of Tangaroa (god of the sea) Tāwhiri-mātea (god of the winds) through Britomart’s nine blocks. Here, she speaks to Britomart’s Jeremy Hansen about her work, entitled Te Hau Whakaora (the healing winds). 

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Toi Tū Toi Ora: Shane Cotton

Shane Cotton (Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Hine, Te Uri Taniwha) is the creator of Maunga, a permanent artwork that now covers the western wall of Excelsior House. The basis of the artwork is a series of 25 works on paper created by Shane in response to Britomart’s commission. He and artist Ross Liew collaborated on the translation of those works into the five-storey-high artwork that now occupies the corner of Customs Street East and Commerce Street (Ross was assisted by Nicholas Boyd and Magarita Vovna). Here, Shane talks to Britomart’s Jeremy Hansen about the creation of Maunga, his use of the pot motif, and his participation in Toi Tū Toi Ora. 

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