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Te Papa's Exhibitions & Events Programme Sep 2001

IN BRIEF:

Te Papa's events and exhibitions programme looks mighty healthy this month. The zany Body Odyssey exhibition continues, and don't miss our fun Heart and Nutrition Day. There's Arthritis Day too, with demos, displays, and even free massages for arthritis sufferers. It's also a great month for music and dance lovers. On 22 September, you get to experience the wondrous New Zealand Symphony Orchestra - for free! They'll have the run of the place nearly all day, so come and see what they do.

As ever, throughout the month there'll be free shows from bands, choirs, and cultural groups. And our own Soundings Theatre is the venue for two exciting big productions: the Wellington Gilbert and Sullivan Society's Pinafore, and Footnote Dance Theatre's 2001: A Dance Odyssey. With all this, plus appearances from clowns, craft fun for kids in the Discovery Centres, and free public talks, a visit to Te Papa in September is great therapy for everyone!

EXHIBITIONS: Coming soon... Four new major art and visual culture exhibitions will open at Te Papa on October 17, as a result of the Greater Te Papa Project redevelopment. This project will add over 1500 square meters of additional gallery space to Te Papa, and will give visitors easier access to exhibitions.

The four new exhibitions, consisting largely of works from Te Papa's collections, are Sightlines, Masquerade, Made in New Zealand, and Off the Wall. Sightlines: looking into the art collections presents eight dramatic views of Te Papa's art collections. Organised around the strong sightlines of the new gallery spaces, the eight sections of the exhibition are defined by major, iconic works. Masquerade is an object-rich exhibition that explores romance and courtship, and looks at the courting behaviour of humans and other creatures. Made in New Zealand replaces the old Parade exhibition, and traces the stories of New Zealand's distinctive visual and material culture. Off The Wall showcases works from Te Papa's collection of New Zealand and international ceramics. Another new addition to Level 6 is the magnificent roof terrace, which will be open to the public for the first time. This outdoor space will house sculpture, and offer panoramic views of Wellington's waterfront.

Body Odyssey (Until 1 February 2002) An amazing, interactive exhibition designed to teach children about the wonders of the human body. From running through a blood tunnel to climbing the giant tongue, this exhibiton provides fascinating insights into the human body. Adults $6.50, children $4.00. Family concessions available. The TOWER Gallery, Level 4.

Rutherford: the story of a Kiwi genius (Until 25 November 2001) We celebrate the life of Ernest Rutherford, New Zealand's most famous scientist. As well as discovering his story, you can explore his work through specially-made replicas of his equipment and a range of hands-on science interactives. Proudly presented by The University of Canterbury, Tait Electronics, The National Science-Technology Roadshow Trust and the Association of Science and Technology Centres of New Zealand. Free entry. Level 4.

Inheriting the Netherlands (Until 14 October) This exhibition looks at works of Dutch born artists who have immigrated to New Zealand or New Zealand born artists of Dutch descent. Comprising of works on canvas, photographs, and 3D installations, Inheriting the Netherlands questions the artists' sense of belonging to either country and their ongoing struggle for identity. Free entry. The Ericsson Zone, Level 3.

Partners in Time: Art and the Treaty (Until October) This exhibition is an artistic exploration of the continuing dialogue between Mäori and Päkehä. Partners in Time presents works from Te Papa's collection, including works by Max Hailstone and a selection from the Muka portfolio. Free entry. The Illot Centre, Level 4.

Quake Braker Venture underground to see Te Papa's newest permanent exhibition Quake Braker. This is your chance to see some of the 152 base isolators Te Papa sits on, and to learn how these New Zealand inventions make Te Papa a safer place, should an earthquake strike. Free entry. Outside by the Main Entrance.

Nieuw-Zeeland - Going Dutch (Until August 2002) Te Papa's second Community Gallery exhibition focuses on the Dutch Community in New Zealand, and tells the moving stories of some of the approximately 100,000 New Zealanders of Dutch descent. Nieuw-Zeeland-Going Dutch shows a vibrant community that has greatly enriched our culture. Free entry. The Community Gallery, Level 4.

Te Aupouri (Until October 2001) Te Aupouri, an iwi from the far north of Aotearoa, tell their gutsy and compelling story of survival. This exhibition includes fascinating history, exciting contemporary art, and beautiful carving. Level 4. Free entry.

EVENTS: ZAMBA FLAM Saturday 1 September, 1pm-2pm. Te Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

HEART AND NUTRITION DAY IN ASSOCIATION WITH BODY ODYSSEY Fun activities and fascinating displays all about eating well and keeping your heart healthy. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry. Sunday 2 September, 10am-6pm.

CRAZY CARTOONIST BRENT HARPUR Sunday 2 September, 12pm-2pm. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry.

TE WHANGANUI-Ä-TARA KAPA HAKA GROUP Sunday 2 September, 2pm-2.30pm. Te Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

ERNEST RUTHERFORD TALK Join Brad Douglass from the Royal Society of New Zealand for a talk about Ernest Rutherford. Saturday 8 September, 1pm-1.30pm and 3pm-3.30pm. Rutherford Exhibition, Level 4. Free entry.

CRAZY CARTOONIST BRENT HARPUR Saturday 8 September, 1pm-3pm. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry.

TE WHANGANUI-Ä-TARA KAPA HAKA GROUP Sunday 9 September, 1pm-1.30pm. Te Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

MEET THE EXPERT-TRADITIONAL WHAREPUNI (SLEEPING HOUSES) Kids, join Te Papa's Curator Mäori, Oriwa Solomon, for a fascinating show and tell about traditional Mäori wharepuni (sleeping houses) and their construction. Sunday 9 September, 2.00pm-2.45pm. Te Huka ä Tai, Level 4. Free entry.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOURS OF TE PAPA'S BOTANY COLLECTION Restricted to those 12 years and over. Numbers limited, so please register at the Information Desk, Level 2. Saturday 15 September, 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. Free entry.

CRAZY CARTOONIST BRENT HARPUR Saturday 15 September, 11am-1pm. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry.

MEET THE EXPERT - FASHION NOW EXHIBITION Join Te Papa's Curator History, Angela Lassig, for a look at the new Fashion Now exhibition and get the goss on Te Papa's fashion collection. Numbers limited, so please register at the Information Desk, Level 2. Saturday 15 September, 12 noon-12.30pm. Free entry.

HAVELOCK NORTH HIGH SCHOOL COLLA VOCE CHOIR Saturday 15 September, 2pm-2.30pm. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry.

HAVELOCK NORTH HIGH SCHOOL STAGE BAND Saturday 15 September, 3pm-3.30pm. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry.

2001: A DANCE ODYSSEY Presented by Footnote Dance Theatre. Saturday 15 September, 8pm-10.30pm. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. For bookings, contact Ticketek (04) 384 3840.

ARTHRITIS DAY IN ASSOCIATION WITH BODY ODYSSEY Interactive displays and presentations by Merck Sharp & Dohme, ACC, and Arthritis Foundation of New Zealand, plus demos of equipment by health professionals. Sunday 16 September, 10am-6pm. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry.

FREE CHAIR MASSAGES FOR ARTHRITIS SUFFERERS BY MASSAGE THERAPISTS Sunday 16 September, 10am-6pm. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry.

INTRODUCTION TO TAI CHI Sunday 16 September, 12 noon-12.20pm. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry.

ARTHRITIS FORUM A public talk followed by questions. Hosted by Wellington Regional Rheumatology Unit, Hutt Valley District Health Board. Sunday 16 September, 12 noon-12.30pm and 1pm-1.30pm. Te Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

MEET THE EXPERT - FASHION NOW EXHIBITION Join Te Papa's Curator History, Angela Lassig, for a look at the new Fashion Now exhibition and get the goss on Te Papa's fashion collection. Numbers limited, so please register at the Information Desk, Level 2.

DANCE ODYSSEY HOT SPOT Presented by Footnote Dance. Sunday 16 September, 1pm-1.20pm. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry.

WELLINGTON SOUTH SALVATION ARMY BAND Sunday 16 September, 2.30pm-3.30pm. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry.

2001: A DANCE ODYSSEY Presented by Footnote Dance Theatre. Sunday 16 September, 4pm-6pm. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. For bookings contact Ticketek (04) 384 3840.

A DAY WITH THE NEW ZEALAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. A range of performances and activities, from a brass fanfare at 10am, to a chance for you to bang on the percussion! Throughout Te Papa. The day culminates in an NZSO concert conducted by Ken Young. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry. Saturday 22 September, 10am-4.30pm. .

WAIMATAITAI PRIMARY SCHOOL BRASS BAND Saturday 22 September, 4.45pm-5.30pm. Te Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

CRAZY CARTOONIST BRENT HARPUR Sunday 23 September, 11am-1pm. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry.

EI TIARE COOK ISLAND CULTURAL GROUP Sunday 23 September, 1pm-2pm. Te Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

RUSTY THE CLOWN Monday 24 September, 1pm-2pm. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry.

PINAFORE Presented by the Wellington Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Tuesday 25 September, 8pm-10.30pm. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. For bookings contact Ticketek (04) 384 3840.

CAPTAIN FEARLESS FICKLETUMMY Kids, join Captain Fearless Fickletummy for a pirate adventure. Wednesday 26 September, 1pm-1.45pm. Te Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

PINAFORE Presented by the Wellington Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Wednesday 25 September, 8pm-10.30pm. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. For bookings contact Ticketek (04) 384 3840.

ROOFING SAMOAN STYLE! Experience the art of Samoan fale (house) construction as the Tufunga (master builder) completes Te Papa's fale roof with the aid of three helpers. Thursday 27, Friday 28, and Saturday 29 September. 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm. PlaNet Pasifika, Level 4. Free entry

ILLUSTRATED LECTURE BY SUE WILLIAMS "A Portable Career; botanical illustration, and stamp design from Zimbabwe to Pitcairn". Thursday 27 September, 6pm-7.30pm. TelstraSaturn Centre, Level 3. Cost: Friends of Te Papa $15, Guests $20.

TELLING OUR STORIES - THE POLITICS AND CONSIDERATIONS OF WRITING MÄORI HISTORY. A panel discussion featuring prominent New Zealand writers and academics. In association with Mäori Literature Week. Thursday 27 September, 6.30pm-8.00pm. Te Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

PINAFORE Presented by the Wellington Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Thursday 27 September, 8pm-10.30pm. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. For bookings contact Ticketek (04) 384 3840.

CHURCH COLLEGE OF NEW ZEALAND'S POLYNESIAN CULTURE GROUP join this touring culture group for a fast moving, colourful, dynamic and exciting showcase of songs and dances from the South Pacific Islands of Aotearoa, Hawaii, Tahiti and Samoa. Friday 28 September, 12pm-1pm and 2.30pm-3.30pm. Te Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

RUSTY THE CLOWN Friday 28 September, 1pm-2pm. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry.

PINAFORE Presented by the Wellington Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Friday 28 September, 8pm-10.30pm. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. For bookings contact Ticketek (04) 384 3840.

ILLUSTRATING WRITING WITH HENRY CAMPBELL. Converting text to illustrations. In association with Mäori Literature Week. Free entry. Saturday 29 September, 12 noon-1pm. Te Marae, Level 4.

CRAZY CARTOONIST BRENT HARPUR Saturday 29 September, 1pm-3pm. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry.

PINAFORE Presented by the Wellington Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Saturday 29 September, 2pm-4.30pm and 8pm-10.30pm. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. For bookings contact Ticketek (04) 384 3840.

WELLINGTON HAWKES BAY REGIMENT BAND. Sunday 30 September, 12.30pm-1.30pm. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. MEET THE EXPERT - FORESTS UNDER THE SEA What do sushi, toothpaste and ice-cream have in common? Kids, come and meet Te Papa's Expert, Wendy Nelson, Curator Botany, and find out about the secret life of seaweed! Sunday 30 September, 2pm-2.45pm. NatureSpace, Level 2. Free entry.

PINAFORE Presented by the Wellington Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Sunday 30 September, 2pm-4.30pm. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. For bookings contact Ticketek (04) 384 3840.

Te Papa is open every day from 10am-6pm and Thursdays late until 9pm. Entry is free.


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