Paemanu: Ka Nohoaka Toi

Ngāi Tahu artists have transformed CoCA Gallery. On a recent visit I was captivated by the rock art images drawn on the walls. The drawings, by Ross Hemera, are inspired by ancient rock art. Fascinating pieces of sculpture and projections also rim the gallery walls and interior.

Ngāi Tahu artists from Aotearoa and around the world have come together to create the exhibition Paemanu: Ka Nohoaka Toi.

The exhibition coincides with celebrations marking twenty years since Te Kerēme, the Ngāi Tahu Claim, was settled.

Nohoaka Toi capsule project Tīrewa. Photo by Daniela Aebli
Nohoaka Toi capsule project Tīrewa is a framework on which to hang artworks, responding to the idea of Nohoaka and Kaihaukai – engaging with Ngāi Tahu food practices and community. #paemanu #nohoakatoi, Photo by Daniela Aebli. Posted by CoCA – Centre of Contemporary Art, 11 October 2017.

Curated by senior Paemanu artists, the exhibition takes the form of a nohoaka, a seasonal site for gathering food and other natural resources. There are 72 nohoaka (or nohoanga) within Te Waipounamu. Rights to the nohoanga are part of the Ngāi Tahu Claim settlement.

Artists in the exhibition include Ross Hemera, Areta Wilkinson, Simon Kaan, Lonnie Hutchinson, Peter Robinson, Neil Pardington, Rachael Rakena, Fayne Robinson, Ranui Ngarimu, Nathan Pohio, Louise Potiki Bryant, Martin Awa Clarke Langdon, Kiri Jarden, and many more established and emerging Ngāi Tahu artists.

Paemanu: Ka Nohoaka Toi is at Toi Moroki Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA) until Sunday 26 November 2017.

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Looking forward to looking

Cover of The radical, the reactionary and the Canterbury Society of Arts 1880 - 1996On the weekend of the 13th and 14th of February 2016 the Centre of Contemporary Art will re-open in its beautiful ’60s modernist building on Gloucester Street.

Recently Paula Orrell, the new curator of CoCA, gave a talk about what we might see when the doors open to the public for the first time in five years.

Art galleries are places for the curious and there will be plenty to satisfy that curiosity if Orrell’s previous work in the United Kingdom is any indication.

She’s worked with Lucy OrtaSteven ClaydonMatthew Day JacksonEva and Franco Mattes and the starriest of the art stars, Marina Abramovic. Then there are projects like The River Tamar Project.

There will be lots of community involvement at the new CoCA and there will be all kinds of art forms related to the visual arts; film, installation and performance. “Will there still be flat work and sculptural work?” came a nervous question from the audience.

Yes, there will. In fact there will be quite a lot of sculptural work in the opening show, but beyond that Orrell wasn’t giving anything away. We’ll just have to wait and see.

View of Gloucester Street including COCA
View of Gloucester Street including CoCA’s roof [2014]. Flickr 2014-02-21-IMG_2193
In the meantime, listen to Paula Orrell talk about her vision for CoCA.

Swot up on the the history and legacy of the Canterbury Society of Arts in Warren Feeney‘s book The Radical, The Reactionary and the Canterbury Society of Arts 1880 – 1996.

And get ready to see art inside an art gallery in 2016.