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Te Papa strengthens commitment to art

Visitors to Te Papa can expect to be wowed by the new approach to art, according to Chief Executive Michael Houlihan.

Banner promoting Ngā Toi I Arts Te Papa.

Te Papa has re-opened Level 5 galleries, now called Ngā Toi I Arts Te Papa, with an exhibition of work from its collection including old favourites, works never displayed before, new acquisitions and pieces by international artists.

“This heralds a new direction for art at Te Papa. Level 5 has been significantly reconfigured and revitalised. There’s more wall space with longer views of the galleries and natural light.

“It’s a sign of things to come. Over the next few years we are committed to dedicating at least eight thousand square metres to art. That’s about four times more space than we currently have.

“Te Papa has the broadest art collection in New Zealand from paintings, photography, taonga Māori, and Pacific art through to contemporary art, industrial design, furniture, fashion, textiles and more.

“We will be showing and sharing more of our collection, with segments of this dynamic gallery space changing every six months, said Michael Houlihan.”

“We want to bring the best of New Zealand and international art to Te Papa. Over the winter we will be exhibiting Warhol:Immortal, and Aztecs as part of our Great Civilisations series.

“Our aim is to reach a broader cross section of people and to provide a range of ways for them to enjoy art. We have developed a new website which goes live on Friday 29 March. Works are reproduced in rich detail with layers of written and audio-visual information, and there is an online magazine full of expert essays, interviews, and art commentary.

“This all-new site takes art beyond the walls of Te Papa to reach our art-loving audiences wherever they may be – at home, at school, or on their mobile devices. You can see what’s on offer at Ngā Toi I Arts Te Papa and you can get excellent content. It’s a beautifully designed site that’s easy to navigate. It has great potential to grow into an important New Zealand art resource, said Michael Houlihan.”

Te Papa Press has also published a New Zealand Art Activity Book for young school age children.

Written and developed by Helen Lloyd, Senior Education Programmer at Te Papa, in consultation with Senior Art Curator Sarah Farrar, it contains more than 100 creative activities, many based on artworks in the museum’s collections and on display in Ngā Toi I Arts Te Papa.

One page features Gordon Walters’ Karakia and invites children to experiment with ways of drawing koru spiral shapes. Selected activities from the book will be available for use in the Ngā Toi I Arts Te Papa art studio, a space for visitors of all ages to be creative.

Over Easter weekend, Te Papa will celebrate with an exciting range of curator and artist floor talks and family art activities in the Level 5 galleries. tepapa.govt.nz/events


Updated on 23rd July 2015