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'Rules of Engagement' Exhibition and Live Show at LOT23

LOT23 are excited to host the 'Rules of Engagement' exhibition and live show this Friday and Saturday.

The Exhibition at LOT23

Opening: Fri Nov 3 From 5pm - 9pm (Open Invite to All)
Runs From Sat 4 Nov - Thur 30 Nov
Weekdays 8am-6pm | Saturdays 11am-2pm

Art by Tracey Tawhiao, inspired by the debut album from Ria Hall – Rules Of Engagement.

There is history in this country that has never seen the light of day. History that gives us hope and pays homage to our illustrious ancestry. This Exhibition and Ria Hall’s Album are both creative ways of sharing this history with people who may never learn of it any other way. It's history that we are proud to share with you.

A multi-skilled contemporary artist, Tawhiao is a writer, performance poet and filmmaker, who conveys the breadth of her experience and position as a Maori woman in a European-dominated society through her artwork. One-of-a-kind pieces of artwork from Tawhiao will be available for purchase throughout the exhibition.

Rules of Engagement was initially conceived in Wellington and completed in Hall’s ancestral home of Tauranga, the album and exhibition’s inspiration and concept stem from the New Zealand Wars of the 1800’s, specifically 1864’s Battle of Gate Pā (Pukehinahina).

The inspiration behind the concept comes from a letter written from Henare Taratoa to Sir George Grey, outlining the manner in which the Battle of Gate Pā should ensue, and how both parties should conduct themselves during war. This code of conduct was known as the Rules of Engagement, and is where this project takes its name from.



This intimate performance will see Ria Hall accompanied live by Wellington three-piece The Nudge and incorporates a collaboration with artist Tracey Tawhiao who has created a unique stage set.

Very limited tickets from Eventfinda -

Rules Of Engagement has been nearly five years in the making for Hall. It is a work of art which challenges the status quo, at times asking the hard questions, not in confrontation, but rather from an honest and deeply raw perspective.

From the aftermath of war through colonisation to her own internal battles, it is an open expression, speaking to society on numerous levels. Staunch and resolute, Hall is an artist who is both fearless and comfortable in her own skin.

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