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Manukau Arts Weekly update

Manukau Arts Weekly update
11 - 17 September 2006

New exhibitions opening this week

Te Timatanga – The Beginning
In this exhibition of mixed media works, three Maori wahine (female) artists explore the concept of Te Timatanga (all things new).

Identifying as local artists from Manukau and their combined love of weaving was the basis for this exhibition.

About the Artists

Dana Rapata – Curator and weaving tutor at Te Wananga o Aotearoa
Nadya Rapata – Weaving tutor at Te Wananga o Aotearoa
Tania Black – Art Tutor at the Ideal Success Academy.

Sisters Dana and Hadya Rapata met Tania Black while all three were studying at the Buck Nin School of Fine Arts at Te Wananga o Aotearoa. All share a common interest in both traditional and contemporary art. All grew up in Manukau, but originally home was the Hokianga in Northland.

What: Te Timatanga – The Beginning
When: 19 September – 8 October
Where: Mangere Arts Centre, Mangere Town Centre
Bader Drive, Mangere
Entry: Free

Ongoing Exhibitions

Minimal Baroque – video installation
Chilean artist Juan Castillo is in New Zealand as the 2006 Manukau School of Visual Arts Artist in Residence.
As part of the first stage of his exciting residency project and in collaboration with local video artist Leilani Kake he explores the paradoxes of private/public space and internal/external projections. Juan met with Otara locals and compiled video interviews which record their views on ‘What is Art?’
The work is now installed at Fresh Gallery Otara as a registration of the actions that have taken place.
What: Minimal Baroque – video installation - Juan Castillo (Chile) collaborating with local artist Leilani Kake
Where: Fresh Gallery Otara
When: Opening 12 noon: 6 September; runs to 20 September
Entry: Free
Information about the Artist:
Juan is one of five members of C.A.D.A (Collective Art Action) an artist group that emerged in 1979 in reaction to the military coup that saw Pinochet assume power in Chile. Juan’s community-based politically charged work was in direct reaction to the military government and he has since spent most of the time in exile in Sweden. Today, Castillo is a senior artist whose work is influencing a new generation of artists across the globe.

Create II Devastate
Solo exhibition by Troy Jackson

Born and raised in Otara, Troy Jackson is an established visual artist working in the mediums of glass and wood carving. With his work in the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre Art Collection and permanent representation at the Manukau Indoor Markets, Troy is constantly developing his diverse practice reflecting on his Maori and Niuean heritage and the urban Manukau environment. This exhibition will showcase Troy's recent work in glass etching and illustrate a fascinating juxtaposition of imagery from Niue to New York!

What: Create II Devastate
When: 22 August – 16 September
Where: Fresh Gallery Otara, Otara Town Centre
Entry: Free

NZ Icons vs South Auckland Icons

Exhibition by teachers and students of Alfriston College in Manurewa - collectively they explore the theme of NZ Icons versus South Auckland Icons. Set against the every-changing social, cultural and environmental background of New Zealand and South Auckland in particular, these artworks attempt to capture our defining similarities and differences.

What: NZ Icons vs South Auckland Icons
When: 5 – 27 September
Where: Nathan Homestead, Manurewa
Entry: Free


2 and 2

Four artists present their interpretations of whanau (family), whakapapa (ancestry), traditions and identity.

For Gillian Laird, it is the reference to the whare (house) and its strength and solidness.
Daniel Tangi makes use of text to express his sense of physical and emotional safety in his immediate environment. Lape Tulisi explores paper surfaces through 50s stylized wallpaper, popular in state housing. Glenda Vilisoni explores and questions Pacific values and traditions through her sculptural installations.

What: 2 and 2
When: 29 August – 17 September
Where: Mangere Arts Centre
Entry: Free


September – October School Holiday Programme at Nathan Homestead
Dates: 25 September – 6 October 2006
Bookings open 9am on Monday 4 September

Crafts, cooking, magic tricks, art classes, acting, performance, jewellery and more!
Contact Vic Leilua on phone (09) 2670180 or email vleilua[at] for full details.

OMAC SoundHouse evening classes:

OMAC's SoundHouse music and media technology facility – new adult evening classes: Tuesday evenings, with an option to hold further classes on Wednesday or Thursday, based on demand.
What: Evening classes at OMAC SoundHouse
Where: Otara Music Arts Centre (OMAC), Bairds Road, Otara
When: Tuesday evenings (other times will be added on demand)
For further information, contact OMAC: Phone: (09) 274 6400 Email: Jnili[at]

About OMAC SoundHouse:
Located in Otara Town Centre, it is one of only two SoundHouse™ facilities in New Zealand, and 60 facilities in operation worldwide. SoundHouse™ students will:
• Enjoy making music, regardless of experience or technical ability
• Learn to operate our special digital loop-based software programme
• Compose, arrange, mix, enhance and produce an original piece of music

Also on at OMAC:
The Mace Country & Western Music Club invite one and all to their music days every fortnight, beginning on Saturday 16 September - $2 door charge.

For more information on Manukau’s Art Scene check out
Arts in the City available at your nearest Manukau City Council Arts
Centre, Leisure Centre, Citizens Advice Bureau or at Council Customer Centre


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