Ta Moko | From Origins to Evolution

Opening event Thursday April 12, from 7pm

Riverton Vault, Riverton

RSVP’s for the gallery opening night to the exhibition can be sent to rivertonvault@gmail.com

Te Taonga Mauri (The Living Treasure) Trust and Vault Gallery presents Ta Moko: From Origins to Evolution Exhibition.

Sculpturist and artist Richard OTI Murray, along with the Te Taonga Mauri Trust will present a body of carvings to the Southland region in this Pop Up Exhibition at Riverton Vault this April. Oti has a vast history of projects and his creative work can be found throughout the region and New Zealand. As a Founder and Director of Te Taonga Mauri, Oti has been part of Kura Rejuventation Whakairo (Carvings), gave the Nga Taonga O Nga Matua Tupuna Exhibition at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery and carried out commissions Tamareriti and Te Moananui Pokopoko a Tawhaki for Nga Tahu Seafood in Bluff.

Oti was trained at Te Whare Wananga O Aotearoa (1981-1983) and has spent many years developing and honing his craft. His training came from Lt Rua Kaika from Tikitiki Tuparoa, Ngati-Porau and Mr Kohe Webster from Masterton, Ngati-Raukawa, who were both trained by John and Pene Taiapa, Tohunga whakairo, Master Carvers. He also learned from Greg Brightwell, Te Arawa/Ngati-Porau and Mr Louis Kereopa, from the Turangi region Tuwharetoa.
He writes of his work:

“Behold the Light”
Kaore a te rakau whakaaro, kei te mauri o te Tipuna Te Whakaaro… The design is not in the wood, but in the life-source of the Ancestors. The Knowledge we experience in the World of Ritual, an experience of oneness with People, with Creation and with Io, God is the knowledge that comes to us from the Third Basket Of Knowledge, Te Kete Tuaatea, the basket of knowledge which is beyond space and time.

Gallery hours will be 11:00am to 4:00pm, and will run Friday through to Sunday from April 13 to April 29.

The aim of the gallery is to showcase Southland artists for a unique exhibition and is an opportunity to purchase art work. Art collectors and enthusiasts are encouraged to visit the gallery, which is open to display the artist on show for three weekends. The gallery is set up in the former National Bank Building on the corners of Napier and Palmerston Streets, in Riverton, Southland.

Riverton Vault

Date(s) - 12/04/2018 - 29/04/2018
All Day