Maia Keane – Te Ara i Whiti Artist 2023

Maia Keane Ngaī Tāmanuhiri, Rongowhakaata Maia is a contemporary Māori artist born and raised in West Auckland, with iwi affiliations to Ngaī Tāmanuhiri and Rongowhakaata. Her mediums are acrylic paint, graphic design, and recently learning the traditional art of mahi raranga; but she refers to herself as a certified haututu. Maia uses her work to […]

Ngaire Tuhua – Te Ara i Whiti Artist 2023

Ngaire Tuhua  Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Whātua Ko te Hoe o Tainui te pou ki mua  Ko Mangawara te pou ki tua  Ko Hapuakohe te pou ki uta  Ko Waitii te tatau o te whare  Uru tomo mai ki te papatipu o te urutapu,  ki te papatipu o te uruora!  Specialising in high-quality contemporary Māori art and […]

Natalie Robertson – Te Ara i Whiti Artist 2023

Natalie Robertson Ngāti Porou, Clann Dhònnchaidh   With a focus on cultural and environmental relationships, Natalie creates photographs and moving images that explore Mātauranga Māori through a whakapapa lens. Natalie is a photographer, moving image artist, writer and Associate Professor at AUT University, Auckland, Aotearoa. In 2022, Natalie graduated with a PhD for her doctoral thesis […]

Melaine Tangaere Baldwin – Te Ara i Whiti Artist 2023

Melaine Tangaere Baldwin Ngāti Porou Melanie Tangaere Baldwin is a multi disciplinary artist, arts educator, curator, director of HOEA! Gallery in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa and has curated Te Ara i Whiti since 2021.    As an artist her work has been research based and largely focused on Te Ao Māori, Mana Wāhine, stereotyping of indigenous peoples and the […]

Jamie Berry- Te Ara i Whiti Artist 2023

Jamie Berry Te Aitanga–a–Māhaki, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Ruanui  Jamie is a Multidisciplinary Artist who creates work that examines Aotearoa histories while reflecting on her identity and place within the current timeline. Originally from Tūranganui-a-kiwa and residing in Te Whanganui a tara. Jamie’s practice is based on her whakapapa, past, present and future focused. […]

Erena Koopu – Te Ara i Whiti Artist 2023

Erena Koopu Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Awa Kapa Haka: the good, the bad, and the ugly – and all it entails has shaped the person I am today. The focus, discipline, relationships, connections, work ethic, and the commitment – are all aspects I carry into my everyday life. Kapa Haka is far more than […]

Lissy & Rudi – Te Ara i Whiti Artist 2023

Lissy & Rudi Robinson-Cole Lissy: Ngāti Hineamaru, Ngāti Kahu | Rudi: Waikato, Ngāti Pāoa, Ngāruahine, Te Arawa LISSY ROBINSON-COLE  and RUDI ROBINSON-COLE are a husband-and-wife team whose artworks explore mātauranga Māori and personal whakapapa through crocheted woollen sculpture, and neon lights.     To date the artists’ largest and most ambitious project has been ‘Wharenui Harikoa’ (House […]

Amio Renati – Te Ara i Whiti Artist 2023

Amio Renati Ngāti whakaue, Tūhourangi, Tapuika, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti kurī Amio is an interdisciplinary artist with a primary focus on photography. To contextualize their photographic practice, they situate their work in contrast to the history of European photographers and painters whose portraits have been regarded around the world as authentic Māori representation. They do this […]

Expression of Interest for Te Ara i Whiti 2022

Expression of Interest is now closed! Open Date: Friday April 1 2022 Closing Date: Monday 18 April 2022 at 12PM Te Ara I Whiti: Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival is a festival with a difference. It’s an event uniquely focused on inclusion, access and authenticity, designed to use the arts to explore what it means to […]

Online Wānanga on Access & Inclusion in the Performing Arts

Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival is hosting a series of wānanga, Te Ara i te Matihiko Toi, to support local artists with digital tools and information. For our last wānanga of the series, we have brought together a talented and diverse panel to have a kōrero on the important and meaningful topic of access, inclusion, and […]